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Mykola Azarov: In 2013 all patients will receive antiretroviral therapy free
16.01.2012 | 15:45
Department of Information and Communication of the Secretariat of the CMU

All patients who need antiretroviral therapy will receive it free in 2013 year. The Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov said this at a meeting on January 16, with executive director of the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Michel Kazatchkine.

"Next year for the funds of the state budget antiretroviral therapy more than forty-three thousand patients receive and, practically, we will absolutely balance patients with antiretroviral therapy. It is an extremely important task for us, because people do not always able to pay for such treatment" - Mykola Azarov said.

He added that at present about 86% of patients received the treatment for budget means.

The Prime Minister noted that over last two years it has been managed to reduce the growth rates of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. PM reported that, compared with 2004, in 16 times funding for treatment and prevention of these diseases has been increased.

Michel Kazatchkine, in turn, pointed on Ukraine's success in combating these diseases.

"Ukraine's success in combating these problems is significant as in the regional and worldwide" - the director of the Global Fund said.

He stressed that antiretroviral therapy more than 25 thousand people in Ukraine receive, and 7 years ago when the Foundation started cooperation with Ukraine, only 250 patients received the treatment.

In addition, the fund supports the structural changes in Ukraine on Prevention and Control of Tuberculosis.

"For struggle against tuberculosis, we support the structural changes that are happening in Ukraine", - Michel Kazatchkine said.

Among the problem that still need resolution, the chairman of the fund noted the need to increase the number of patients of substitution therapy and bettering treatment in prison.

In turn the PM instructed the Minister of Health to take under personal control solution of mentioned problems.


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