Transition plan from donor to budget funding was discussed in Kyiv


21 december 2018

Strategies, models, pilot projects and the website of the Transition Plan were presented in the capital, and they also discussed public participation in its implementation.

 On December 14, a coordination meeting of partners took place in Kyiv to ensure the sustainability of HIV prevention services, social support for patients with HIV and tuberculosis in the process of transition from donor to budget funding. The event was attended by more than 70 representatives of government, public and charitable organizations from all over Ukraine.

Ukraine is one of the first countries in Eastern Europe, which declared the transition from donor to public funding. Then preventive services were procured, as well as care and support services for PLWH. A transition plan is now planned, it will gradually over 2018–2020 years provide budget financing for those services that were previously procured by donors, in particular the Global Fund, UNAIDS, and provide these service packages to Ukraine”, – said Viktor Lyashko, First Deputy General Director of Public Health Center, Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

The speakers of the coordination meeting were Director of Public Health Program in International Renaissance Foundation Viktoria Tymoshevska, Head of the Coordination Board in  CO “100% Life” Dmytro Sherembey, First Deputy General Director of Public Health Center (PHC) of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine Viktor Lyashko, Deputy Executive Director of the ICF “Alliance for Public Health” Pavlo Smyrnov, Coordinator of Strategic Group at Public Health Center Maxym Demchenko, Coordinator of SMT Programs at Public Health Center Taras Grytsenko, as well as the manager of Public Health program in International Renaissance Foundation Olena Kucheruk.

It should be noted that the work of the newly formed strategic group at Public Health Center for the expert support of transition plan implementation from donor to public funding of HIV/TB programs was presented during the event.

One of the key tasks for the strategic group of PHC is to coordinate efforts to make the transition process more comfortable for non-governmental organizations, as well as to preserve the quality of services. In order for them to be accessible to clients”, – said Maxym Demchenko, coordinator of the strategic group at Public Health Center, expert of Budget Advocacy School.

During the meeting, strategies and models of the transition plan, ways of financing measures for HIV/AIDS response, basic packages of HIV prevention services, and also advocacy initiatives aimed at implementing the transition plan were presented for participants.

Today, countries need to develop practical mechanisms for the transfer of social services through specific financing instruments. Only close cooperation between public health centers and nongovernmental organizations, which can implement the budget mechanism and rationalize the money, will show that this mechanism works. Show that it is possible and ensures the sustainability of services”, – noted Victoria Tymoshevska, director of Public Health program in International Renaissance Foundation.

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