On March 23rd-25th, 2016, RESPOND conducted training on the use of ArcGIS Online Application for more than 20 representatives of HIV Monitoring and Evaluation Centers from seven high and medium HIV burden regions of Ukraine supported under RESPOND (Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson, Kyiv, Mykolayiv, Odesa, and Zaporizhzhya oblasts and the city of Kyiv). Representatives of CDC, Ukrainian Center for Socially Dangerous Disease Control of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, Kyiv Medical University, PLHIV Network, ICF “Alliance for Public Health”, and  “HIV Reform in Action” USAID Project also...Read more

 

On March 15th – 16th, 2016, RESPOND facilitated Quality Improvement (QI) Learning Session to discuss existing and new challenges and first results of QI Efforts in Zaporizhzhya oblast. Local QI teams were represented by QI coaches and STI, TB, PHC, and Narcology specialists. The event was attended by regional level medical specialists, representatives of USAID, UCDC, and the PLHIV Network, HIV-service NGOs and patients of ART sites.

Through Story Boards, local QI teams working in eight ART sites shared their successes and lessons learned while testing changes in HIV-...Read more

In January-February 2016, RESPOND technical expert team conducted quality improvement (QI) mentoring visits to AIDS Centers and ART sites in Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson, Kyiv, Mykolayiv, Odesa and Zaporizhzhya regions and the city of Kyiv.

Mentoring visits are part of routine QI activities to implement changes identified within QI Charters and aimed at closing gaps within HIV treatment cascade.

There’s been significant progress observed in the regions: local QI teams have been established and include health providers from ART sites, TB, STI and narcology services as well as...Read more

On February 22nd-26th, 2016, participants of RESPOND initiative that is aimed at supporting social entrepreneurship among NGOs, took part in an intensive 5-day Mini-MBA Program designed and delivered by EY Ukraine.

Program modules included sessions on marketing, financial performance, HR management, business strategy and business processes.

This training was subsequent to the workshops on business model validation conducted earlier by RESPOND for seven select Ukrainian HIV-service NGOs. Following the completion of the training, the participating NGOs...Read more

In coordination with Ukrainian Center for Disease Control (UCDC), RESPOND supported the development of the Training Curriculum on HIV Counseling & Testing. The curriculum is based on the international best practice and the most recent WHO recommendations. On February 22nd-26th, 2016, RESPOND & UCDC conducted training for 15 trainers from Regional HIV Training Centers (Kharkiv, Vinnitsya, Lviv, and Zaporizhzhya). These trained and certified trainers will now use the curriculum to train physicians and nurses from across Ukraine through the four Regional HIV...Read more

On February 17-19, RESPOND conducted training on HIV counseling skills for 23 service providers from community-based organizations working in Kyiv City and Kyiv Region. These NGOs are implementing interventions to enhance enrolment into HIV testing, improve linkage to care and strengthen adherence to ART for people who inject drugs, people living with HIV, and their sexual partners. ...Read more

On Feb 2nd -3rd 2016, RESPOND brought together social workers from HIV-service NGOs and health providers from HIV and TB facilities from four regions of Ukraine to review and discuss the effectiveness of promising local interventions aimed at strengthening adherence to treatment and retention in care. 

RESPOND and the All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) have been working closely together for over a year to structure the interventions and tailor them to the specific needs of three different groups: PLHIV with TB co-infection, PLHIV who inject drugs, and...Read more

QI Charters for all seven participating regions (Dnipropetrovsk, Kyiv, Kherson, Mykolayiv, Odesa, Zaporizhzhya, regions and Kyiv city) have been finalized and clearly define PDSA cycles listing implementation steps. Six of the QI Charters have been signed by regional authorities, HIV AIDS Centers and NGOs with 2 more to be signed by mid-February. In addition, in 3 regions (Odessa oblast, Kyiv oblast & City) regional QI activities were formally launched through regional “nakazy” (orders).

The changes to be tested within QI Collaborative include:
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In September 2015, RESPOND completed the pilot of Mpowerment methodology in Ukraine as a program to provide HIV prevention services for MSM (men who have sex with men). Over 1200 MSM were enrolled in the program through three sub-grant projects in Kryvyi Rih, Lviv and Chernihiv. 

The Mpowerment methodology reduces rates of unprotected sex among young gay/bisexual men by addressing individual, interpersonal, social, and structural/environmental issues. Unlike other preventions that focus on changing men’s attitudes about safer sex or...Read more

To ensure consistency and quality of data collection and analysis process, RESPOND has developed an electronic tool which uses data available in the standard health service reporting forms. Data entered into the e-tool and used by regional partners within RESPOND QI Collaborative can be easily transferred into the new government Management Information System (MIS) scheduled for piloting in Kyiv City and Odesa Region from February 2016. 

RESPOND provided training on the use of the electronic data collection tool for doctors and nurses from...Read more