The government by 2019 is going three times to reduce the cost of the program for health protection of mother and child, reports RBC. The program was adopted three years ago to reduce the mortality of children and mothers, improve their health and prevent transmission of HIV from mother to child.

From the explanatory notes to the budget, which studied the Agency, it follows that in General in the next three years spending on the health of the mother and child will be reduced to 6.1 billion rubles. Originally it was planned to spend 17.5 billion rubles. In 2017 the budget of the program “health of the mother and child from 2013 to 2020″ will be cut from the planned 4.7 billion to 2.1 billion rubles, said in the article.

The document notes that the Ministry of health needs to partially fill the funding gap for the program maternal health and child funds from other programs – in particular, the money will be taken from the program “Improvement of rendering specialized, including high-tech medical aid (VMP)”, says RBC.

According to government plans, funding for the program in providing high-tech assistance was also drastically reduced in 2016 has been allocated 154,1 billion next year on these purposes will be spent just 57.6 billion. A sharp reduction in the budget due to the change of the funding mechanism stated in the explanatory note. In the coming years it is proposed to provide the means of Fund of obligatory medical insurance.

Experts warn that any reduction in budget expenditure on health will negatively affect society and the economy. In particular, they say, the savings to the program of prevention of HIV transmission from mother to child would increase the number of infected children that will require the purchase abroad expensive children’s antiretroviral drugs.

According to the non-commercial partnership “E. V. A.”, currently in Russia there are 140 thousand children born from HIV-infected patients. However, every year there are more. According to the study “E. V. A.”, the main problem of women with HIV infection is receiving breast milk substitute. According to the organization, only 25% of women receive this benefit, the rest have to buy milk powder alone. Meanwhile, their average cost is 4900 rubles per month. If the costs of routine will decrease sharply, it is obvious that the number of beneficiaries is also reduced.

Note that if plans for cost reduction in this subprogramme prevention are implemented, it will occur against the background of the disastrous situation in Russia with the spread of HIV. In particular, in March at the Fifth conference on HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets reported that in 2015 in Russia was recorded 93 thousand new cases of HIV infection, and the total number of HIV-infected living in the country exceeded one million.

In October last year, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev instructed the Ministry of health for six months to develop a national strategy to combat HIV. In February, the Ministry of health presented a draft strategy for combating the spread of HIV by 2020. The main emphasis in the document was placed on the promotion of healthy lifestyle and family values as one of the most important measures to prevent the spread of HIV infection, which caused sharp criticism of the medical community.

RBC: three times the government will cut the budget of the programme for health protection of mother and child 19.10.2016

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