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More vulnerable persons benefit from life-saving medicines of high quality free of charge, as a result of an agreement signed in January 2017, under which the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection has delegated the procurement to UNDP of 9 national and special health programs. The allocated budget was of approx. 4.5 million USD.

UNDP, with its significant global experience in the field of public large-scale procurement, has been managing the procurement effectively, reaching out to international markets, and generating important savings.

As a result, the number of patients benefiting from insulin analogues doubled, with 1,300 more persons, among which 300 are children. Also, 700 more persons living with HIV had access to antiretroviral treatment in 2017. Vital cancer treatment medicines were procured for the first time for about 1,000 patients.

“UNDP has provided support to Moldova for procurement of life-saving medicines to treat HIV, cancer and diabetes. On the one hand, we were able to obtain reasonable prices, and on the other hand, universal coverage was ensured with high-quality treatment for people who need these medicines. We have achieved good results and are satisfied with the cooperation with UNDP in this area,” noted Svetlana Cebotari, Minister of Health, Labour and Social Protection.

All procurement was carried out in accordance with UNDP standards, in a transparent, efficient and accountable manner. All calls for tenders, bids results, procurement progress and delivery tables were made available on the UNDP Moldova website. The procured medicines and medical products meet WHO and EU standards.

“Our cooperation with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection reflects a strong commitment to strengthen the national health care procurement system, ensuring its transparency and effectiveness. Our aim is to help the people of Moldova to receive uninterrupted access to high quality life-saving treatment and to contribute to the improvement of their quality of life,“ said Dafina Gercheva, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Moldova.

UNDP is also supporting the upgrade storage conditions in line with good delivery practice (GDP) international standards.

Based on the promising results and the successful collaboration in 2017, a new agreement was signed between the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection and UNDP, increasing the scope of procurement support in 2018 for national and special health programs, with an allocated budget of approx. 6.5 million USD.

The 2016 Aid Transparency Index recognised UNDP as the leading aid organisation among 46 other international agencies, which account for 98% of the total official development assistance.

Contact information: Laura Bohantova, Communications Analyst, UNDP Moldova, tel.: (373 68) 511 883, laura.bohantova@undp.org 

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