In December 2015, RESPOND awarded six grants to support HIV Counseling & Testing and linkage to care for sexual partners of PWID. Three grants will support HIV Counseling & Testing and linkage to care for sexual partners of PLHIV. One grant will target MSM and aim at strengthening HCT & linkage to care for this key population group. One more grant will support implementation of CITI model that was developed and introduced under the HIV/AIDS Alliance program.

To avoid duplication and maximize impact these grant projects will be implemented in coordination with the...Read more

Head Doctors of regional AIDS Centers - participants of Quality Improvement Collaborative met in Kyiv to review the global HIV treatment targets as well as the local challenges and existing resources and to idetnify ways of combining efforts in closing the gaps in HIV-service continuum. Representatives of UCDC, UNAIDS, USAID, AHF, and USAID HIV Reform in Action project also participated in the event.

The Agenda and presentations from the meeting are available In PDF format as attachments below.

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25 representatives from six organizations that implemented the Seven Steps intervention convened for a two-day community of practice meeting on November 25-26 in Kyiv.

Seven Steps is a cognitive-behavioral intervention to reduce HIV risks and promote drug treatment and health services through a combination of individualized counseling and comprehensive case management for people who inject drugs (PWID).

Six NGOs in Cherkasy, Poltava, and Zaporizhzhya oblasts have been...Read more

Despite the completion of direct support from RESPOND, Street Smart model targeted at Most-At-Risk-Adolescents introduced earlier under the RESPOND Project, continues to be implemented and a number of partners have expressed an interest in adopting the model.

The Street Smart intervention is a multi-session, skills-building program to help youth practice safer sexual behaviors and reduce substance use. Earlier this year, RESPOND transferred the piloted and adopted to Ukrainian context methodology to the Ukrainian League of Social Workers to be integrated within public centers of...Read more

On November 9-10, 2015, RESPOND conducted a workshop on HIV treatment cascade analysis for representatives of 13 ART (antiretroviral therapy) sites from Kyiv and Kherson regions. The workshop also addressed an important issue of reducing stigma towards PLHIV. Kyiv and Kherson oblasts are among seven priority regions which have joined the RESPOND’s Quality Improvement initiative aimed at closing the gaps in HIV-service continuum.

In addition, during the month of November 2015, RESPOND technical experts conducted a series of skills trainings for over 70 quality improvement coaches in...Read more

8th National Conference of LGBT-movement and MSM-service "Reflecting: Community and Movement" took place on November 6-8 in Kyiv. More than 100 activists from all regions of Ukraine discussed the sustainability of HIV prevention and treatment services, planned advocacy and public events for the next year and participated in workshops to master their professional skills.

This year, the RESPOND project was one of the co-organizers of the Conference, contributed to the development of the Conference program and supported particiption of 30 people from its partner organizations. One of...Read more

In 2015, RESPOND took the first step in helping HIV –service NGOs to decrease their donor dependency and strengthen sustainability through diversification of funding by launching social enterprises. In November, Ukrainian HIV-service NGOs took part in a workshop on business model validation.

The objective of this pilot initiative is to create and test sustainability strategies that blend business revenue and grant funding for a hybrid resourcing model.

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On October 19-24, 2015, RESPOND conducted a workshop on Quality Improvement in the area of HIV/AIDS for its regional implementation groups from seven priority regions – Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhya, Odesa, Mykolayiv, Kherson, Kyiv obslats and the city of Kyiv.
 
The group members reviewed the quality improvement model and the continuum of HIV services, analyzed gaps in HIV service cascades, and learned from colleagues working in Lviv and Zaporizhzhya regions about the experience in applying quality improvement methodology to improve access to HIV counseling and testing....Read more

In the last year, RESPOND has invested a significant effort in providing practical skills trainings on HIV counseling and testing for TB and PHC health workers.
 
Based on global best practice and incorporating experience from the trainings conducted in Ukraine as well as activities and materials from the HCT toolkit prepared by UNICEF, FHI 360 and WHO for the Asia Pacific, RESPOND led the development of the updated curriculum and training materials on HCT to be used within the post-graduate education system.
 
On October 19-23, 2015, the curriculum was...Read more

In October 2015, to continue a series of regional meeting launched in September in Zaporizhzhya and Dnipropetrovsk RESPOND conducted similar meetings for five other partner regions: Kyiv city & region, Odesa, Mykolayiv, and Kherson regions.  The meetings aimed to introduce Quality Improvement methodology as a frame for collaborative efforts to close gaps within the continuum of HIV services for key populations.
 
NGOs, regional TB and Narcology services, Regional AIDS Centers and practitioners from the ART sites took part in the meetings to review and discuss a...Read more