Core elements of interventions designed to improve services for people living with HIV (PLHIV) and their sexual partners aimed at identifying new HIV cases, involving patients into the system of treatment, and forming adherence to treatment have been combined to amplify the performance of ART sites in eight regions of Ukraine involved in RESPOND-led Quality Improvement Collaborative. 8 new grants were awarded in October 2016 to implement this new comprehensive intervention titled Strengthening the Continuum of Services at ART site. The grant projects to support the implementation will last...Read more

 

RESPOND participated in and co-sponsored this year’s National Conference of LGBT Movement and MSM Service of Ukraine “LGBT and Politics: Tipping Point”. The event which assembled more than 140 people took place in Kyiv from September 30 through October 2, 2016. 
The conference agenda touched upon such aspects of MSM-service and LGBT movement as advocacy priorities, PR-strategy and ethical principles of cooperation, cooperation in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA), priority research areas, new international guidance on MSM transgender initiatives and more....Read more

 

On September 28-29, 2016, RESPOND’s sub-grantees implementing programs designed to enroll sexual partners of PWID (people who inject drugs) in the system of care convened for community of practice meeting. The intervention is a powerful element in the continuum of HIV services and is being applied by local quality improvement teams in Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson, Kyiv, Mykolayiv, Odesa, and Zaporizhzhya regions and the city of Kyiv.

2,808 partners of PWID have received HIV testing services, of them 212 tested positive. ...Read more

 

On September 19-21, 2016, RESPOND conducted 2nd Cross-Regional QI Collaborative Learning Session to share experiences and data on successful changes tested by local QI teams in eight RESPOND pilot regions. The exchange of ideas provided the framework for the participants to prioritize and optimize changes within current regional change packages. 

Director General of the Public Health Center of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine Professor Nataliya Nizova welcomed the participants and outlined the objectives and trajectory for healthcare reforms which include...Read more

 

RESPOND continues to use COP meetings as a platform for local partners to communicate and share information, stories and personal experiences in intervention implementation. On September 14-15, 2016, the Community of Practice meeting was held for RESPOND sub-grantees completing their projects aimed at piloting local promising interventions, namely “TB is Curable,” “Steps Towards Health,” “Patient School,” “Studio of Opportunities,” and “Partner’s Health.” RESPOND and All-Ukrainian Network of PLHIV worked together to structure, document, and pilot these interventions to be...Read more

RESPOND continues to implement three local structured interventions aimed at strengthening adherence to treatment among challenged groups of PLHIV: 

  • Formerly dropped out of care patients re-entering treatment programs and newly enrolled in treatment clients receive services through an intervention Patient School - individual level intervention which includes 5 individual counseling sessions tied to doctor’s appointment and visits to a healthcare facility. In addition, mothers with young children receive economic empowerment support through Patient School integrated with
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Since December 2015, RESPOND has been supporting ten grants to provide HIV Counseling & Testing and linkage to care for priority populations: sexual partners of PWID, sexual partners of PLHIV, and MSM. All these grants contribute to the Quality Improvement Efforts in the seven high and medium burden regions supported under RESPOND. The list of implementing organizations is available on our website.

In February-March 2016, RESPOND conducted trainings on counseling skills for service providers from community-based...Read more

 

Following a series of regional Quality Improvement (QI) Learning Sessions held during March-April, representatives of the QI Collaborative from seven regions where this initiative is being implemented convened in Kyiv on April 25-27, 2016, for the First Cross-Regional QI Learning Session.

The aim of the meeting was to share local, regional and global experience on improving the quality of services along the HIV continuum; and to revise regional packages of changes for the next round of implementation until October 2016.

DeputyDirector of the Ukrainian Center...Read more

 

On April 12-15, 2016, RESPOND facilitated two Regional Quality Improvement (QI) Learning Sessions in Dnipropetrovsk region to discuss first results and existing challenges in closing the gaps in HIV care and treatment continuum. From January  2016, local QI teams established in 37 ART sites of Dnipropetrovsk region managed to increase the number of people who get tested, began using smart phones to transfer test results or send reminders to patients, staffed ART sites with psychologists who now provide adherence counseling to prevent drop out from care. In...Read more

 

On March 28th – 29th, 2016, RESPOND facilitated Quality Improvement (QI) Learning Session to discuss achievements as well as existing challenges of QI Efforts in Mykolaiv oblast. Local QI teams were represented by QI coaches and STI, TB, PHC, Narcology specialists, and representatives of HIV-service NGOs and patients of ART sites.

Through Story Boards, local QI teams working in nine ART sites shared their successes and lessons learned while testing changes in HIV-service continuum. From January till March, 2016, local teams improved coordination and referrals between...Read more