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15/12/2016

Patients of Rivne Oblast may monitor medicines leftovers online

Information about medicines leftovers in hospitals of Rivne Oblast is available online for the patients. Representatives by CF “Patients of Ukraine” and Rivne Regional State Administration have said this information during presentation of the project “E-liky”. Since now patients has the opportunity to see the information about medicines leftovers, which are procured by the State.
12/12/2016

Civil society calls on Groysman not to appoint odious State Secretaries

Patients’ and anti-corruption communities demand Government and Volodymyr Groysman not to appoint Natalia Sholoyko as State Secretary for the Ministry of Health due to the conflict of interests and her relevance to the pharmaceutical industry. This is stated in open appeal to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine signed by Charitable Foundation “Patients of Ukraine”, NGO “Anti-Corruption Action Centre” and Transparency International Ukraine. Besides, community calls on to show the scores, which each participant has got, and video interviews of candidates applied for the position of the State Secretary of the Ministry of Health. The position of the State Secretary of the Ministry of Health obtained Natalia Sholoyko, Deputy Director for registration and pharmacovigilance of the state enterprise “State Expert Center” and the wife of Alexander Heylomskiy, co-founder of the company “Ridan” and Deputy CEO of the state enterprise “Indar” specialized on the production of genetically engineered insulin (according to media information in 2012-2015). “Indar” appeared in SSU (Service of the Security of Ukraine ) criminal proceedings on grand lancery (UAH 500 million). Natalia Sholoyko’s daughter – Tatiana Heylomska heads the company “MBB Instruments”, which is known for supplying medical equipment to “Indar” at inflated prices.  Co-founder of this company is Natalia Sholoyko’s fater-in-law – Borys Heylomskiy. “Two months ago Natalia Sholoyko was running in a competition for the head of the The State Drugs and Medications Control Service, but she “forgets” to declare that her family works in pharmaceutical business. Her candidature has been rejected because of the fact of hidden information from the Competition Commission, – said Olga Stefanyshyna, Executive Director of CF “Patients of Ukraine”.  It is important to publish and thoroughly check the information that is written in candidates’ declaration,” – she adds.  Non-governmental organizations demand to make public the documents submitted by applicants, including their declarations, which should be presented on the web-site of National Agency for Prevention of Corruption according to the current legislation. “The work of the Competition Commission is very opaque. Community doesn’t know how the evaluation process has passed, because media were not allowed to the session of the Competition Commission. We don’t know the scores, which each participant has got, and also their declarations haven’t been published. As a result, it is unknown, for example, whether Natalia Sholoyko informed the Competition Commission that she has conflict of interest  because her family works in pharmaceutical business, and her husband is Deputy CEO of the state enterprise or not.” – Olexandra Ustinova, said member of Board of NGO “Anti-Corruption Action Centre”. “If reforms begin in key ministries, the whole system h be changed. The problem with odious candidates exists in other ministries also even under the government of  progressive ministers-reformers. There is a question about Andriy Galuschak that might be a State Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure. Same as Health Minister Ulyana Suprun, Infrastructure Minister Volodymyr Omelyan has protested the appointment of Andry Halushchak as state secretary for his ministry,” – added Yaroslav Yurchyshyn, Executive Director Transparency International Ukraine.   In addition, on December 7, 2016 the Competition Commission has chosen State Secretary of Ministry of Internal Affairs (Oleksiy Tahtay obtained the position for the State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. During 2011-2014 Oleksiy controlled execution of the orders of Viktor Yanukovych; appeared in scandalous video of the State Security Service of Ukraine about sand), State Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure (Andriy Galushak, who was the head of the Vladyslav Kaskiv’s State Agency for Investment and National Projects), and the State Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (Oleksiy Perevezentsev, who was the chief lawyer of this Ministry during the rule of Mykola Azarov’s Government and has worked for two years in the National agency on preparation and holding in Ukraine UEFA EURO-2012 under the leadership of Borys Kolesnikov.)  Community calls on Government to consider the past of these candidates, and choose for these positions independent and professional people.Download a[rel~="mtli_filesize18477kB"]:after {content:" (184.77 kB)"}
29/09/2016

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.”
19/09/2016

Activists Pressed Government for Increase of Budget on Medicines Procurement by UAH 2 Billion

Seriously ill patients will receive far more medicines in 2017.  Draft Budget-2017 allocates UAH 5,9 billion for procurement of medicines for patients with HIV, TB, viral hepatitis, pediatric and adult oncology, haemophilia and other diseases, which is by UAH 2 billion more than in the previous year.  Corresponding draft law  is registered at the Verkhovna Rada website.
15/09/2016

Bohatyreva’s Team Filed a Case against Activists

Today representatives of the patient and anti-corruption organizations have organized a protest action in front of the Podolsk district court demanding to close the case and stop placing pressure on the activists. The fact is that “Bohatyreva’s witnesses”, people who worked with her at the MoH and dealt with procurement of medicine, filed a case against the teams of CF “Patients of Ukraine” and the Anti-Corruption Action Center.
07/09/2016

The Government will look for funding to treat seriously-ill patients

The Government will look for additional funds in Budget 2017 to procure medicines for seriously-ill patients. Such decision was made yesterday during the meeting of patients’ organizations activists with the Minister of Finance Olexander Danylyuk and the acting Minister of Health Uliana Suprun.
01/09/2016

Patients’ organizations have learnt how to use advocacy and PR tools effectively

Non-governmental organizations have learnt how to use advocacy and PR tools effectively in order to achieve socially important for patients goals. On August 30-31, 2016 the CF “Patients of Ukraine” conducted under the USAID “Cost(less) Medicine” Project training aimed at capacity building of NGOs.
01/09/2016

HOW MUCH UKRAINIANS PAY FOR MEDICINES IN FACT — RESEARCH

Research measuring the share of household budget, which an average-sized Ukrainian family spends for medicines, has been launched in Ukraine. The research is performed under the Cost(less) Medicine Project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the Charitable Foundation “Patients of Ukraine”.
28/07/2016

Next year Ukrainian patients with hepatitis C may stay without treatment

As soon as next year Ukraine will not provide treatment for patients with hepatitis C for the public funds. The State Program on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis for 2013-2016 ends this year. If the Cabinet of Ministers fails to continue this State Program, treatment of hepatitis will become unavailable for the Ukrainian patients.
08/07/2016

This year medicines procurements will be transferred to international organizations by July 20, 2016

The Ministry of Health will form and submit the current year budget for the procurement of medicines and medicinal products to international organizations by 20-th of July.