1. Implementing the quality improvement model at the medical facility level (based on the improvement of the service continuum for HIV-positive adults and adolescents). Methodological recommendations / Myronyuk I. S.,
    Novichkova O. M., Semenenko I. V., Snidevych U. S. – Kyiv: State Institution “Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine,” USAID RESPOND Project, 2017. – 59 pages
    (in Ukrainian). http://respond.org.ua/file/17u.pdf

The purpose of these Methodological Recommendations is to provide guidance in developing and implementing continuous improvement of medical services at the medical facility level to ensure effective quality management of healthcare and to enhance the competitiveness of these facilities on the healthcare market.

The Methodological Recommendations describe the main stages and tools used to plan and implement quality improvement projects within healthcare facilities.

The Methodological Recommendations are intended for health facility managers and specialists responsible for healthcare quality management on the facility and department levels.

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  1. HOW TO. A guide on quality improvement. Implementation Manual
    / Edited by I. Semenenko. Kyiv: Poligraf Plus, 2015. 192 pages. ISBN 978-966-8977-57-2
    (in Ukrainian). http://respond.org.ua/file/22u.pdf

The HOW TO guide on quality improvement (QI) contains practical guidelines prepared by the U.S. CDC for developing countries. The document offers ready-to-apply instruments and methods of quality improvement for healthcare systems and services.

This guide was translated and adapted to the Ukrainian context by the USAID RESPOND Project to improve the quality of HIV services for key populations.  Some illustrations in the book have been adapted or changed to fit the context.

The quality improvement guide is a comprehensive and practical manual containing ten modules which cover philosophies, such as the psychology of change, development of changes, sustainability and scaling up, as well as the implementation of specific tools, such as process maps, PDSA cycles, and run charts. These modules offer practical and user-friendly improvement instruments ready for use.

This guide on QI will be of interest for medical staff, social workers, psychologists and other specialists implementing QI projects in the field of healthcare. The manual provides guidance for people not familiar with the QI methodology and open new perspectives to experienced specialists.

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  1. How to make HIV treatment effective / Edited by V. Boyko. Kyiv, 2016. 16 pages
    (in Ukrainian). http://respond.org.ua/file/18u.pdf

This brochure for patients contains answers to the following questions: “What is HIV-infection?”, “The result of an HIV test is positive: what are next steps?”, “Why is it important to be examined?”, “When and how should ART be initiated?”, “Why is it important to take medications regularly?”, “What does resistance to treatment mean?”, and others.

This material was developed to assist patients on ART and to build their adherence to effective treatment.

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  1. HIV counseling and testing with the use of rapid tests. Training materials
    / USAID RESPOND Project. Kyiv, 2016. 198 pages (in Ukrainian).
    http://respond.org.ua/file/19u.pdf

The training course materials on HIV counseling and testing with the use of rapid tests were created for physicians of all specialties, nurses and social workers from primary health care institutions and specialized facilities that provide HIV services.

The training guide consists of two blocks: one on developing the HIV counselling skills, and the other on developing the skills on the use of rapid tests.

The training takes participants through the following topics: the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Ukraine, modes of HIV transmission and prevention methods, risk and risky behavior, stigma and discrimination towards vulnerable populations and PLHIV, stigmatization and its influence on the epidemic, regulatory framework in Ukraine around HIV/AIDS, effective communication, pre- and post-test HIV counselling, HIV testing methodology with the use of rapid tests, medical records and reporting related to rapid HIV testing.

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  1. Training course on HIV counseling and testing. Trainer’s Manual
    / O. M. Verner, I. V. Dziublyk, A. P. Volokha, et al. Kyiv, 2016. 306 pages (in Ukrainian).
    http://respond.org.ua/file/21u.pdf

The HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) Training Course was developed under the project entitled “Institutionalization of HCT Training Course as an Element of the Post-Graduate Medical  Training Curricula” implemented by the All-Ukrainian Charitable Organization «Chas Zhyttya Plus» with the support from the USAID RESPOND Project.

This course is unique given the compressed nature of the program: It is a five-day course versus ten-day courses offered by post-graduate medical institutions.  In developing the course, the Ukrainian experience around HCT was utilized along with best international practices, particularly the “Trainer’s Guide on HIV Counseling in Asia and Pacific” (WHO, UNICEF, and FHI 360).

The course targets the development of counseling skills for different conditions: pre-test and post-test counseling, provider-initiated counseling and testing, counseling on treatment issues, counseling for specific client groups, counseling of suicidal clients, etc.

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