Two-day conference on Transition Plan implementation took place in Kyiv

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18 march 2019

On March 11-12, the All-Ukrainian conference “The participation of NGOs in tenders for the procurement of public health services for budget funds” took place in Kyiv and gathered more than 250 participants representing 100 non-governmental organizations.

The event was devoted to the introduction of a new model of financing in the framework of the implementation of 20-50-80 transition plan. The plan provides for a gradual transition from donor financing of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis programs to budget one.

This is a historic moment when, for the first time in 15 years, the basic package of programs for HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis response will be financed from the state budget, – said conference participant Evgeniya Kuvshynova, executive director of CO “Convictus Ukraine”.

The main task of the conference is to help potential providers of public health services in the processes of participation in services procurement for budget funds. We focused on working with the electronic procurement system, the structure and content of tender documentation, risk management, and also discussed possible scenarios for the implementation of the transition plan in the regions and providing access to the service package.

The purpose of the conference is to ensure that all non-governmental organizations can understand how the mechanism of the transition plan will be implemented in 2019. After all, it is very important to provide patients and clients with a basic package of services that will be sustainable, – said Dmytro Tygach, Budget Advocacy School expert, head of the CO “100% Life in Lviv”.

The conference was organized by Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, CO “100% Life”, the ICF “Alliance for Public Health”, UNAIDS, International Renaissance Foundation, SI “Medical Procurements of Ukraine”, CO “Light of Hope”, and Institute of Analysis and Advocacy.

– EECA region is following our experience, – noted Budget Advocacy School expert Serhii Dmytriev. – The state said “yes” and we, representatives of the non-governmental sector, need to take responsibility, many years of experience and accumulated expertise, and continue to provide services to clients, moving to a new funding model.

It should be noted that Ukraine is the first among the countries of the EECA who are implementing such a transition plan.  From July 2019, social services will be provided for budget funds in all regions of Ukraine. Follow the stages of the implementation of the Transition Plan on the official website http://transitionplan.com.ua/.

The material was published with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation.

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