Spread of HIV/AIDS and TB in Ukraine is the second highest in Europe after Russia. Because of corruption in public procurement of drugs thousands of Ukrainians don’t receive proper treatment, according to the Anti-Corruption Action Centre (AntAC) report “Who makes money on HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in Ukraine ” which was presented last week.
The All- Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS, one of AIDS Action Europe partners, supported AntAC's research. Sergiy Kondratyuk, head of Advocacy and Legal Support Unit, explains the importance: "The goal of the investigation and monitoring of public tenders conducted by the Anti-Corruption Action Centre during 2013 was in finding how and why prices for HIV/TB medicines in Ukraine are higher in comparison to some of the neighboring countries, not speaking about prices for the same medicines available globally. This investigation was targeting first of all any signs of corruption on behalf of the MoH Ukraine or other authorities, which buy HIV/TB medicines, but rather unexpectedly it showed besides to signs of corruption, a cartel agreements between local suppliers of these medicines, which play a role of corruption "shells" in revealed corruption schemes. Better and clear understanding of the corruption schemes will help to find ways to bring responsible person to liability and work out systematic solutions to the state procurement system in healthcare, understand what legislative changes needed."
The report also makes recommendations to reform the national system, as well as broader recommendations for international actions. Those include the creation of a public register of pharmaceutical procurement companies’ “beneficial owners,” to avert the scam of companies competing against themselves, ensuring greater civil society oversight into drug procurement, and greater transparency in the process.
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