Safe, Affordable, and Effective Medicines for Ukrainians: Our Impact

On September 24, 2020 over 120 health care professionals in Ukraine gathered online for the 2nd National Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Forum led by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, with support from the MSH-led, USAID Safe, Affordable, and Effective Medicines for Ukrainians (SAFEMed) Activity.  HTA, an evidence-based instrument to identify which medicines, medical devices, and treatment regimens are optimal for a state to support, is designed to serve as a key priority-setting tool for Ukraine’s health system. Globally, HTA is recognized as the preferred tool for reviewing health technologies and providing evidence for the value they can deliver to patients, the health system, and more broadly, to society.

In April 2019, the USAID Safe, Affordable, and Effective Medicines for Ukrainians (SAFEMed) Activity supported the National Health Service of Ukraine with the introduction of electronic prescriptions, also known as e-prescriptions, to complement and advance Ukraine's medicines reimbursement program. At little or no cost, patients can access select medicines, which family doctors electronically prescribe, to treat cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, or bronchial asthma.

 {Photo credit: Igor Dashevskiy}Left to right: Arsen Zhumadilov, Head of Ukraine's Central Procurement Agency, Zoryana Skaletska, Ukrainian Ministry of Health, and Susan Fritz, USAID Mission Director to Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.Photo credit: Igor Dashevskiy

On October 2, 2019, Ukraine’s Ministry of Health (MOH) opened the doors of its Medical Central Procurement Agency (CPA), a new type of Ukrainian organization driven by a strong vision to improve access to medicines and prevent corruption.

{Left to right: Oleh Petrenko, Head of the National Health Service of Ukraine, Zoryana Skaletska, Ukranian Ministry of Health, and Inna Sacci, Project Director of USAID's SAFEMed Activity. ]{Photo credit: Tetiana Matviichuk}Left to right: Oleh Petrenko, Head of the National Health Service of Ukraine, Zoryana Skaletska, Ukranian Ministry of Health, and Inna Sacci, Project Director of USAID's SAFEMed Activity. Photo credit: Tetiana Matviichuk

On October 25, 2019, the National Health Service of Ukraine (NHSU), with support from USAID's SAFEMed Activity, hosted a national forum on Ukraine’s Affordable Medicine Reimbursement Program.

 {Photo credit: Igor Dashevskiy}Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Roman Illyk, presents during the National Health Technology Assessment Forum in Kyiv, Ukraine.Photo credit: Igor Dashevskiy

A health technology assessment (HTA) is an evidence-based instrument to identify which medicines, medical devices, and treatment regimens are optimal for the state to support. It significantly reduces opportunities for corruption and helps countries move toward self-reliance in the health sector. A National Health Technology Assessment Forum took place in Kyiv, Ukraine, on February 28, 2019, to further advance HTA as an important priority-setting tool for Ukraine’s health system. Photo credit: Igor Dashevskiy