Now Patients of Ukraine is one of the most influential patient’s organizations in the country. I am not kidding because pharmaceutical mafia and corrupt officials are trying to discredit us.
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.
Each year the situation was getting worse. The main problem was that the government did not understand what HIV — is not just a disease. It is an epidemic that annually takes thousands of lives. According to unofficial UNAIDS data, in 2011 360,000 Ukrainian were infected with HIV. More than 40,000 of them urgently needed treatment, and this number was rapidly growing every day. Therefore, in 2011 the idea of action «Let me live!» appeared.