Open data on leftovers of medicines procured by the State ruined the corruption schemes in Odesa Oblast

Open data on leftovers of medicines procured by the State ruined the corruption schemes in Odesa Oblast

More than 20 thousand citizens of Odesa Oblast used the services of web-site liky.odesa.ua where data on leftovers of medicines, which are procured at public expenses and can be received by patients free  of charge, are opened. This anti-corruption initiative was presented by the Executive director of CF “Patients of Ukraine” Olga Stefanyshyna during the contest “Stop corruption: public action in the Odesa region.”

Recall that a year ago in Odesa Oblast at the initiative of the CF “Patients of Ukraine” and due to the support of the Odesa Regional State Administration a pilot project aimed at opening data on medicines leftovers in every hospital was launched. As of now, web-site liky.odesa.ua contains the information on the availability of medicines in 111 hospitals of the Oblast. This information is updated weekly through automated accounting system.

“Thousands of Ukrainians are dying due to lack of medicines, because of corruption schemes in hospitals. The State procures drugs, but almost none of the patients receives these drugs. The reason is sompe – year after year medicines procured at the expense of public funds are reselling. Thanks to the political will in the Odesa Oblast and support of the IF “Renaissance” we managed to open data on medicines leftovers available in every hospital of the Oblast. This initiative allows each patient to enter to the web-site, to check the availability of prescribed medicines in the hospital and to demand them free of charge”, stated Olga Stefanyshyna, the Executive director of the CF “Patients of Ukraine”. We have started with an idea and got a result which overcomes the corruption schemes in hospitals. Now Odesa experience extends to other Oblasts of Ukraine and in the nearest future we plan to launch a nationwide site with open data on medicines leftovers called “Eliky”, she added.

There is  a corresponding decree, at the state level, which obliges hospitals to publish information on medicines leftovers, but it is doesn’t work without political will on the ground.

I am very glad that there are such initiatives. Web-site liky.odesa.ua  shows how effectively public authorities and civil society can cooperate in order to fight corruption and ensure patients medications. It is easier to reform the sphere, when there is a common vision and desire to change the old system, said Salomiya Bobrovska,the Deputy Head of the Odesa Regional State Administration.

In addition, the Odesa Regional State Administration and the Charitable Foundation “Patients of Ukraine” have joined efforts in the implementation of health reform in the Odesa Oblast and providing patients with needed medicines. The relevant Memorandum was signed today by the Executive director of the CF “Patients of Ukraine” Olga Stefanyshyna and the Deputy Head of Odesa Regional State Administration Salomiya Bobrovska.

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