SAFEMed Regional Distribution Centers Assessment Report
Access to safe essential medicines is a critical component of an effective health care system. The Ministry of Health (MOH) in Ukraine is directly responsible for the procurement of medicines for several priority health programs, including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), and viral hepatitis. The delivery of HIV, TB, and hepatitis commodities, procured by central government programs, are transported from national warehouses to regional distribution centers where they are stored until last mile distribution to public health facilities.
In November 2020, the PEPFAR-funded, USAID Safe, Affordable, and Effective Medicines for Ukrainians (SAFEMed) Activity partnered with the MOH and the Center for Public Health to conduct an independent assessment of compliance of regional-level distribution centers for storing medicines for HIV/AIDS, TB, and viral hepatitis treatment to Ukrainian legislation and Good Storage Practices (GSP). Recommendations from this assessment will be instrumental in reinforcing a more robust comprehensive national logistics system for Ukraine and will include identification of opportunities for private sector engagement in the warehousing field.