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Ukraine will continue to implement programs for use of replacement therapy for patients with HIV/AIDS
16.01.2012 | 15:50
Department of Information and Communication of the Secretariat of the CMU

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.

 

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