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”.

“Every day seriously-ill patients for whom even essential medicines are unaffordable apply to the Foundation. Daily about 1600 Ukrainians die because they don’t have the medicines they need. We speak self-evident truth known to any person who just for once sought medical advice: free medicine in Ukraine is a MYTH!, said Olga Stefanyshyna, the Executive Director of the Charitable Foundation Patients of Ukraine.  In order to change the situation one needs to clearly see the state of things: specific factors and general statistics. This is the task to be performed by the USAID-funded Cost(less) Medicine Project, she adds.

The research findings will be used for preparing changes in the health sector with the aim of improving access to treatment for patients, especially for those who live with life-threatening disease. The Project is implemented in cooperation with the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology and the School of Public Health of the National Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

“The research will primarily focus on examining the real situation with access to medicines for the patients with cancer, HIV, TB, hepatitis and some chronic diseases,  particularly  diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular diseases”, says  Stacy Wallick, the Health Office Deputy Director of the USAID Ukraine.

The research will cover the whole Ukraine, but the problems and needs of the patients will be examined in a more detain in five oblasts: Kyiv, Poltava, Lviv and Kharkiv.

The research findings will help the experts to come up with a solution of the problem of poor provision of medicines to the Ukrainian patients.

According to the World Health Organization, Ukraine has one of the highest levels of private spending on health care among former Soviet Union countries. At the same time Ukraine has one of the highest morbidity and mortality rate as well as a low level of life expectancy. All this is the consequence of limited access to treatment and low quality of medical care.

USAID and CF “Patients of Ukraine” report the Project implementation progress on their official Facebook profiles:


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The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), have provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for 50 years. In Ukraine, USAID’s assistance focuses on three areas: Health and Social Transition, Economic Growth and Democracy and Governance. USAID has provided around 2 bln technical and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine since 1992. For additional information about USAID programs in Ukraine, please visit our website: or our Facebook page at

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