Ukrainian Health Minister Maksym Stepanov and World Bank Country Director for Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine Arup Banerji discussed prospects for cooperation in implementing projects in the healthcare sector, combating COVID-19 and creating conditions for public-private partnerships.
"Since 2015, the Health Ministry and eight regions have been implementing the Serving People, Improving Health Project through a loan from the World Bank. The total loan amount is USD 214.7 million. Of this amount, USD 148.9 million is envisaged for the implementation of eight regional subprojects in Vinnytsia, Volyn, Dnipropetrovsk, Zakarpattia, Zaporizhzhia, Lviv, Poltava and Rivne regions," Stepanov said during the meeting on August 18.
In order to effectively use the funds of the World Bank loan, in April 2020, the project was restructured and more than USD 10 million was allocated to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, Stepanov spoke about the development of a model and conditions for involving the private sector in transplantation and the activities of the healthcare system. According to him, the creation of conditions for public-private partnerships has already begun, so that business becomes a real source of investment in medicine.
As reported, the Health Ministry and the World Bank will purchase more than 1 million new test kits for COVID-19.