Representatives of non-governmental organizations told about the implementation of a new financing model.
17 may 2019
The 20/50/80 transition plan is actively implemented jointly by the Public Health Center, partners and non-governmental organizations working in the provision of HIV/AIDS services.
The interview participants spoke about the transition of public health services from donor to state funding, mediation meetings and new challenges for NGOs.
Evheniya Kuvshynova, Executive Director, “Convictus Ukraine”
What’s new for organizations is a transition plan and a change in funding model?
Evheniya Kuvshynova, Executive Director, “Convictus Ukraine”: It was an important issue for Ukraine to fully fund HIV / AIDS and tuberculosis programs from the state budget, and to establish a mechanism to procure services from non-governmental organizations that have provided community services for many years as the key one. Over the years of Global Fund support, we have created effective work models and services that can be integrated into the budget system, and recognize NGOs as full-fledged program implementers. This year we will see a transition in all senses: in changing the actual sources of funding, and in changing the paradigm of thinking. There are many challenges for NGOs, and we must work together to ensure that the legal framework is not only favorable for the future work of non-governmental organizations and does not cause bureaucratic difficulties, but also encourages NGOs to participate in the implementation of programs/services for budget funds. We are ready to work together with government agencies and international partners so that the accumulated results will be preserved for years and our clients will have further unhindered access to services.
Dmytro Tygach, Head of the Board, CO ” NETWORK “LVIV”: The transition plan actually opens up broad opportunities, gives an understanding that the state is ready to take responsibility and take care of people who are in rather difficult life circumstances. This will allow the uninterrupted provision of necessary services to vulnerable groups of the population, in particular to those affected by the HIV / AIDS epidemic.
Dmytro Tygach, Head of the Board, CO ” NETWORK “LVIV”
What do you think organizations should first of all do to prepare for the procurement?
Dmytro Tygach, Head of the Board, CO ” NETWORK “LVIV”: All participants who want to participate in public procurement should carefully read the rules of the competition. It is necessary to analyze all previous experience of the activity, to understand which partners are potentially willing to help, whose support you can count on. It is important to review the signed agreements, memorandums of partnership, all documents relating to the provision of services to target groups for compliance with the requirements of the tender documentation and in general the requirements of the Law of Ukraine “On public procurement”. At the stage of preparation for participation in public procurement you need to attract lawyers, because in this situation it is precisely the precise interpretation of the requirements of the tender documentation and the norms of current legislation will help to successfully participate in the tender.
Volodymyr Kazus, president of CO “Kharkiv Charity Foundation “Blago”
Was it useful for you and your organization to participate in mediation meetings?
Volodymyr Kazus, president of CO “Kharkiv Charity Foundation “Blago”: There are always many different questions during changes. The mediation meeting was certainly useful. It not only helped the main regional prevention actors agree on mechanisms to preserve the quality of services to the beneficiaries, but also provided an opportunity get more information on the transition plan period.
Olena Ovsyanikova, Head of the Board of CO “Charitable Foundation “Vse Mozhlyvo”
How do you see the future of service organizations involved in the implementation of the transition plan 20-50-80?
Olena Ovsyanikova, Head of the Board of CO “Charitable Foundation “Vse Mozhlyvo”: First, organizations will get experience in procurements through the Prozorro system, which will allow them to offer their services in other areas by participating in tenders. Secondly, organizations will become attractive to their local authorities as professional providers of social services and will be able to receive funds from local budgets. Such NGOs will receive a great deal of “credibility” from international donors in grant competitions through demonstration of partnerships with the state.
Evheniya Kuvshynova, Executive Director, “Convictus Ukraine”: The organization that I head has been a reliable partner of state institutions, public and international organizations in the implementation of to HIV and TB programs for 12 years. Over the year, we cover HIV prevention services for more than 23,000 at-risk groups. We also conduct about 22,000 HIV tests and provide support for HIV clinical examination and treatment (ARV therapy, including services for building adherence) to more than 900 people in Kyiv city and region per year. Every day we work to ensure that services for the prevention and treatment of HIV infection and tuberculosis are available and sustainable. Therefore, we will make every effort so that our customers do not feel a decline in the quality of services, do not lose access to integrated services, and we continue our work in the Kyiv region. To go through this “transition” stage, all of us, non-governmental organizations, need to be open to dialogue and cooperation.
Volodymyr Kazus, president of CO “Kharkiv Charity Foundation “Blago”: The transition plan is a challenge not only for the state, but also for organizations. The world is changing, state approaches are evolving in financing medicine and the social field. It’s a unique opportunity to gain experience in obtaining social contracts for budget funds. Together with donor funding, that will greatly enhance the ability of organizations to solve local social problems at the expense of communities and diversify resource revenues.
The material was published with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation.