Vaccines purchased for budget funds, UNICEF will be delivered to Ukraine by the beginning of summer

UNICEF purchases only 28 items of drugs for the treatment of HIV/AIDS and antiretroviral therapy for adults and children


Children’s Fund UNICEF is planning in the early summer to deliver to Ukraine all vaccines purchased for the state budget in 2016.

This at a press-conference dedicated to the procurement of medicines international organizations, said the head of the UNICEF office in Ukraine Giovanna Barberis, reports “UKRINFORM”.

“At the request of the Ministry of health of the vaccine will be delivered in June and July. Medical institutions in the early summer will get these drugs. By June we will finish the whole process of procurement of funds in 2016,” said Barberis.

She also said that is already used by 66 % of the budget for the purchase of drugs for antiretroviral therapy. In particular, in Ukraine delivered drugs such as “Darunavir”, “Lopinavir/Ritonavir”, “Efavirenz”, “Raltegravir”. In other positions signed contracts with suppliers, the drugs are under production.

UNICEF only procures for the state budget funds 2016 28 items of medicinal products for the treatment of HIV/AIDS and antiretroviral therapy in adults and children.

Giovanna Barberis also said that UNICEF has already signed contracts with suppliers of all 8 vaccines that are currently in the production stage – PDA, IPV, bopv, BCG, AKDP, hepatitis b, DPT, W.

In turn, the acting Minister of health of Ukraine Ulyana Suprun noted that UNDP, UNICEF and Crown Agents have conducted all tenders, with the exception of one, 11 % of medicines ordered by the Ministry of health for funds from the state budget for 2016, has arrived in Ukraine.

Regarding the timing of vaccine delivery, Suprun said that thanks to savings in procurement 2015 will be the year that allowed for the purchase of individual vaccine in Ukraine created a certain stock of these drugs. Therefore, delivery will be carried out in accordance with the needs to prevent a situation where the shelf life expires and it has not yet used.

“There is an understanding that some vaccines are not necessary, because we have stock. So the Ministry requested UNICEF to postpone the delivery until the summer, so we did not have too many vaccines, which can’t use,” said Suprun.

She noted that now the Ministry of health collects from the regional health departments information on availability of medicines in the regions and makes appropriate redistribution in case of shortage of medicines in some regions and surpluses in others. To prevent such situations, when the government spent money on drugs, and in the regions occurs by the shortage, according to Suprun, need long-term procurement planning, clear definition of needs on the basis of reliable statistics and forecasting for several years ahead.