Ukraine will continue to implement
programs for use of replacement therapy for patients with HIV/AIDS. This was
announced by executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and
Malaria Michel Kazatchkine at a meeting with Prime
Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov.
"We had a very frank
and open discussion with the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola
Azarov. He said quite clearly: as replacement therapy,
Ukraine will continue to move outlined course and continue to use replacement
therapy as a means of HIV prevention"- said Michel Kazatchkine.
He said the program was intended to cover 20 thousand patients with substitution,
"And if this figure increase, this will lead to revise the existing legal norms".
At the same time the head of the Fund noted the successful implementation by Ukraine
of substitution therapy. He stressed that in Eastern Europe, Ukraine
is a leader in this regard.
In addition, Ukraine's
achievements in fighting HIV/AIDS, according to Michel Kazatchkine,
is the close cooperation of NGOs with government agencies, as well as the use
of antiretroviral treatment for Ukrainian patients with AIDS. "At the
moment treatment is covered 25 thousand patients. It should be noted that when Ukraine
submitted an application for participation in the program, it was only about 250
patients. So we can say that the number of those who receive aid has increased in
100 times", - the Executive Director of the General Fund noted.
Overall, he said, the
Global Fund has granted Ukraine
substantial funds to combat this problem: from 2003 to 2016, our state will
receive 640 million dollars.
"I am grateful to
the Prime Minister for the meeting. We had a very frank and productive discussion",
- Michel Kazatchkine said.