November 23, 2015 at 09:30 in front of the World Bank (Kiev, Dniprovsky Descent, 1, activists of the Representative Office of the ANTIAIDS Foundation in Ukraine – AHF (AIDS Healthcare Foundation) and other patient non-governmental organizations held a protest action. The World Bank to reconsider the classification according to which Ukraine is referred to middle-income countries and recognize the truth that Ukrainians are poor.Therefore, neither the state nor patients can buy drugs at the same prices as they buy them, for example, in Brazil and or China.
For today, despite the economic crisis, the devaluation of the hryvnia and the decline in the level of the well-being of the population, Ukraine is referred by the World Bank to the group of “middle-income” countries. This primarily affects the formation of prices from international pharmaceutical companies, because for the richer countries, higher prices for medicines are being set. Also, international donors use the “middle income” label to justify cutting financial assistance. For example, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria provides less funding for groups of countries, depending on the classification of their incomes. As a result, middle-income countries that have a large share of the global burden of HIV and tuberculosis now have less money to fight epidemics. The objective assessment of the status of Ukraine and referring it to countries with “low income”, according to activists, will help reduce the prices of medicines, increase the level of international assistance, and then save thousands of lives of patients with a fatal illness, including HIV / AIDS and tuberculosis .
Similar protests under the offices of the World Bank have now taken place in many countries of the world, such as Peru, Mexico, the United States, China, Cambodia and Switzerland.