Procurement Support Services to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection

Status: Active
Duration: 2017 – 2018
Budget: 5,826,100 USD
Coverage: National
Beneficiaries: Population of the Republic of Moldova
Focus Area: Effective Governance
Partners: Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection and related public agencies (Center for Centralized Health Procurement, Medicine and Medical Devices Agency, Moldfarm etc.), UNAIDS, specialized, NGOs
Project Document: Procurement Support Services to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection
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Project Summary:

The drugs crisis from the Republic of Moldova at the beginning of 2015 determined the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection to request the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) assistance in the field of procurement and supply chain management of essential medicines. This initiative aims to avoid the fraud related to public procurement, the risk of discontinuity in the drugs supply and to reduce the time and cost of delivery and improve the quality of procured medicines.  

During 2017-2019 UNDP will procure medicines and other health products for treatment and diagnosis of diseases included in the national and special health programs, in accordance with its corporate standards, using modern tools and transparent procurement procedures. It will also contribute to the modernization of medicinal storage infrastructure, in line with international standards in the field.

As a result of UNDP’s assistance, the most vulnerable people from Republic of Moldova will have ongoing access to quality medicines at a reasonable price and in required quantities.  

Objectives:

  • To procure medicines and health products included in the list of the national and special health programs, such as those intended for diagnosis and treatment of patients with HIV/AIDS and STIs, oncological diseases, hematological, tuberculosis, rare diseases, diabetes etc;
  • To strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection to ensure transparency, accountability and effectiveness of the public procurement of medicines and to create a coherent pharmaceutical policy;
  • To modernize public facilities for the storage of medicinal products in accordance with international standards of good distribution practices (GDP).

Expected results:

  • Increased efficiency of the procurement of the critical medicines;
  • Better access of the most vulnerable people to affordable and quality assured medicines;
  • Strengthened capacity of the national health care procurement system;
  • Modernized medicinal storage infrastructure in line with GDP standards;
  • Increased transparency and accountability of the medicines procurement.

Accomplishments:

  • Thanks to strategic partnership of UNDP with the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection, significant savings were made, which allows to procure additional stocks of vital medicines for patients suffering from Cancer, Diabetes and with Mental health disorders;
  • All medicines (127 common international names) and medical products (217 types) procured correspond to the highest quality standards, respecting EU and WHO quality requirements;
  • Increased in 2017 the coverage of human insulin analogues by 50%, procured under the National Diabetes Control Program (about 1300 beneficiaries, including 300 children);
  • Increased accessibility of the treatment with ARV for aproximately 700 patients included in treatment in 2017;
  • Ensuring the accessibility of the anticancer medicines for patients included in the national programme for control of cancer (aproximately 1000 patients in 2017);
  • In 2017, UNDP provided the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection with 100% of the total volume of medicines contracted under this project. These efforts brought over 527,000 USD in savings to the state budget, which represents 14% of the allocated budget;
  • The results of tenders, expenditure reports and list of procured medicines are publicly available and are regularly updated, increasing the transparency of the medicines procurement.
Years Budget Delivery  
Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection UNDP
2017 4,500,000 USD 100,000 USD 3,684,300 USD
2018 1,326,100 USD 100,000 USD  

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