«Olya, do you understand that you will surely face instability and a light purse for at least one year and a half or even for two years? You should think twice», told me one of my colleagues when I filed an advance notice leaving the All-Ukrainian PLWH Network, one of the largest NGOs at the moment. But I did not care…
Initially almost no one believed in success of this campaign. Nevertheless today we proudly share our joy – we did it together! In 2016 international organizations will procure medicines for seriously ill Ukrainians at public expense in full. On Tuesday, January 12, 2016 the relevant order of the Cabinet of Ministers entered into force.
The story began in January 2013 when the mother of 18-months old Vovchik from a small town in the Dnepropetrovsk region asked our organization for help.
People living with HIV / AIDS, tuberculosis and hepatitis for a long time fought for their right to be treated at public expense. However, the government had ignored the problem of these three epidemics for many years.
High-quality imported drugs will not disappear from pharmacies. Patient organizations stopped the coming into force of the law on licensing, which had been designed, as declared, to protect the quality of medicines.
For the first time since independence, NGOs managed to convince government officials to provide full funding of HIV / AIDS treatment.«A few years ago receiving life-saving treatment seemed to be unattainable dream, — says Dmytro Sherembey, the Head of patients’ organization UCAB. — In 90ies patients with AIDS were tied to bed and left to die».Each year the situation was getting worse. The…