On May 18-19, the USAID RESPOND project held a Community of Practice meeting for its partner NGOs implementing an intervention aimed at improving the enrollment of people who inject drugs (PWID), and their sexual partners in HIV testing services in high HIV-burden regions of Ukraine (Dnipropetrovska, Khersonska, Kyivska, Mykolayivska, and Odeska oblasts and the city of Kyiv). 

This intervention titled Partner’s Health was developed and piloted by the RESPOND Project as a much-needed and unique tool to fill the detection and testing gaps in the continuum of HIV services. Social...Read more

 

Following a series of regional QI (Quality Improvement) learning sessions conducted during November-December 2016, representatives of QI Collaborative from eight regions where QI initiative is being implemented convened on March 27-29 for their 3rd Cross-Regional Meeting.

The objectives of the meeting were to share successful changes supported by data across the regions (indicators, run-charts, and cascades); revise the current change packages by regions for April-September 2017; revise the regional QI charters beyond the current timeline of the RESPOND project (...Read more

The QI Technical Working Group (TWG) had second meeting on March 10th, 2017, at UCDC. Representatives of Ukrainian Center for Disease Control (UCDC), USAID, RESPOND project, other technical assistance projects, international organizations, PLHIV Network, the International Charitable Foundation “Alliance for Public Health”, participated in the meeting.

The main goal of the meeting was to present an overview of the first draft of QI methodological recommendations to improve quality of services at the medical facility level, to discuss comments and constructive feedback to documenting...Read more

 

On January 17-18, 2017, Regional Coordinators and Quality Improvement Mentors from RESPOND’s eight pilot regions convened in Kyiv to review progress and further coordinate the implementation of QI activities. The participants finalized regional change package frame, agreed on process indicators to measure progress, and discussed the role of health providers in facilitating patients’ voluntary status disclosure and increasing adherence to ART. The meeting was preparatory to the Quarterly Cross-Regional QI Collaborative event scheduled for March 2017. ...Read more

 

RESPOND participated in and co-sponsored the 5th Civil Society Development Forum which took place in Kyiv on November 29-30, 2016. The Forum brought together over 1,200 Ukrainian civil society professionals to promote best practices that ensure the development of adequate skills and organizational capacities to ultimately enable civil society to effectively move the reform process forward in Ukraine.

RESPOND supported participation of 33 partners from local organizations – current and former RESPOND grantees. In addition to providing an opportunity to attend various...Read more

 

From November 28 to December 2, 2016, RESPOND held a pilot post-graduate training course on QI methodology. 20 chief and deputy chief doctors of rayon and city hospitals from eight project partner regions participated in the training. 
The overall goal of the training course is to introduce participants to the foundations of quality management at the level of healthcare facility and to train hospital administrators in the implementation of quality improvement methodology. 

This post-graduate training curriculum developed by RESPOND experts in...Read more

 

At the 3rd National AIDS Conference (November 21-23, 2016) RESPOND presented Quality Improvement (QI) model and the results of testing the changes to fill the gaps in HIV service continuum. Recommendations on the QI model integration in services provided by the state-run healthcare facilities and NGOs were included in the conference resolution.

During break-out sessions, RESPOND presented the results of implementing a number of interventions. “Partner’s Health” is an intervention aimed at enrollment of PLHIV sexual partners in HIV counselling and testing services. It...Read more

 

On November 15-18, 2016, Regional Quality Improvement (QI) meeting in Dnipro launched the 3rd round of QI Learning sessions. QI coaches from 37 ART sites presented successful changes they tested during 9 months that included: HIV testing with two rapid tests or ELISA by specialty and/or PHC providers, implementation of a patient tracking system (introduction of patient referral slips), registering the HIV-positive in-patients with AIDS service before they are discharged from the hospital, transferring patients from AIDS centers to local ART sites, signing informed consent to...Read more

Quality Improvement (QI) Technical Working Group (TWG) convened on October 25, 2016. Representatives of Ukrainian Center for Disease Control (UCDC), USAID RESPOND project, other technical assistance projects, international organizations, PLHIV Network, the International Charitable Foundation “Alliance for Public Health”, participated in the meeting.

The TWG focused on RESPOND’s initial results of QI initiative implementation in combination with contingency planning strategies as an effective tool for improving the performance of ART sites. The QI activities have been implemented by...Read more

 

On October 24-27, 2016, USAID RESPOND Project conducted a workshop on business model validation for 14 representatives from six Ukrainian HIV-service NGOs. Four of participating NGOs have already launched their social enterprises with the technical support from RESPOND and expressed the need to train more staff. 2 of the NGOs have recently joined the initiative and are still at the stage of validating their business ideas. 

In fall 2015, RESPOND launched a pilot initiative to support HIV-service NGOs in the development of social enterprises as alternative...Read more