Sustainability of HIV services in Ukraine is ensured for budgetary funds
29 january 2020
In 2020, 80% of the costs for financing HIV services will come from public funds. These is the responsibility Ukraine has taken upon the Global Fund as part of the implementation of the Transition Plan from donor to public funding. The gradual transition to budget financing is aimed at adapting the scope of HIV services to new financing models, as well as to avoid interruption in the provision of services to those who need them.
For 2020, the budget of Ukraine includes 207.5 UAH to purchase HIV prevention, care and support services. Purchases are carried out through the ProZorro system, in which on December 6, 2019 the first announcements of open tenders appeared. In total, at the end of 2019, 97 tenders were announced, which will be held in 24 regions of Ukraine and Kyiv. Bidding is scheduled for February-March of 2020.
“Government funding of the HIV sector is a unique precedent for Ukraine and the region as a whole. But we should not stop there, because there is still work to do: we need to improve the state M&E system, finalize the procurement of services, transfer services from the public health category to the category of services with a zero VAT rate”, says Yuriy Nestulya, BAS expert.
Recall that in 2019, for the first time, purchases of prevention services among high-risk groups for HIV infection, care and support for people living with HIV, in all regions of Ukraine took place. In general, in 2019, the Public Health Center held 92 tenders, as a result of which they signed agreements with 52 non-governmental organizations that won tenders in 24 regions of Ukraine and Kyiv.
Ukraine successfully fulfills the responsibilities of budget financing of the HIV sector and is not going to stop there. The next step in overcoming epidemics is to ensure the sustainability of TB services. Experts from the Budget Advocacy School, who are members of the Strategic Group under the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, will also join this process.
The article was prepared in the framework of the project with the financial support of the International Renaissance Foundation