RESPOND joined the initiative of Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation to create a single, accurate and reliable database of HIV testing sites. The data will be available to everyone through the open channels of communication - the Internet or Hotline. The work will include mapping of all sites: the ones intended for any person seeking testing for HIV; those serving members of vulnerable groups through programs funded by the Global Fund; and institutions which in addition to HIV testing provide ART and MAT services.
 
The initiative is also backed up by the Ukrainian Center...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

RESPOND partners implementing promising local interventions aimed at enrolment in testing and treatment of people who use drugs, as well as to enhancing adherence to ART and TB treatment of people living with HIV participated in the Community of Practice (COP) meeting in Kyiv on September 28-29, 2015.

More than 40 social workers, psychologists, and health providers were among the participants. This time RESPOND offered Open Space as the meeting format. The participants themselves chose the most pressing issues for discussion and developed the meeting agenda, the meeting...Read more

Ukrainian Minister of Health Oleksandr Kvitashvili visited a Primary Health Care Center #2 in PoltavaUkrainian Minister of Health Oleksandr Kvitashvili visited a Primary Health Care Center #2 in Poltava where RESPOND and its partners joined efforts to integrate MAT services. With technical assistance from...Read more

On September 19, 2015 RESPOND and its Chernihiv-based partners participated in the USAID Filed Day (Mistechko USAID) in the city of Chernihiv. RESPOND hosted the Healthcare area of the Mistechko USAID and helped its visitors learn about HIV, the work of RESPOND Project and the services offered by RESPOND partners – Chernihiv Regional Branch of All-Ukrainian Network of PLHIV and All-Ukrainian Charitable Organization “Fulcrum.”

RESPOND program consisted quests, quizes and board games, all aimed at reducing stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV.

We would...Read more

In September 2015 RESPOND awarded a grant to Odesa Union of NGOs “Together for Life” to pilot "TB Is Curable" Promising Case Management Intervention for PLHIV with Confirmed Tuberculosis. The intervention goal is to build adherence among PLHIV to the TB medication regiment to ensure that the patient completes the full course of treatment. Similar projects were launched by RESPOND earlier this year in Mykolayiv and Kryvyi Rih through sub-grants to  local branches of All-Ukrainian Network of PLHIV....Read more

In September, RESPOND launched a series of regional meetings to introduce Quality Improvement methodology as a frame for collaborative efforts to close gaps within the continuum of HIV services for key populations. The first two meetings took place in Zaporizhzhya and Dnipropetrovsk. The meetings brought together NGOs, regional TB and Narcology services, Regional AIDS Centers and practitioners from the ART sites.  This time, the managers from the health facilities where ART sites are located also took part in the meetings.

The meeting goal was to review and discuss a draft of...Read more

In September 2015, three more regions joined the Quality Improvement Collaborative. RESPOND Project and Health Departments of Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Zaporizhzhya Oblast State Administrations signed the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation in witness of the Ukrainian Center for Disease Control.

By signing the Memorandum the parties agreed to work together to improve the quality of the continuum of HIV services and fill in the gaps in the HIV care and treatment cascade in order to achieve timely identification and effective antiretroviral therapy for at least 72% of key...Read more

In August, RESPOND in partnership with the League of Social Workers of Ukraine conducted two trainings on the implementation of Street Smart - HIV/STI prevention program for Most-at-Risk Adolescents. Thirty representatives of public centers for social services from RESPOND partner regions attended the training.

The trainers team included RESPOND local partners who have piloted Street Smart in Lviv and Kryvyi Rih from July 2013 to March 2015 and were later trained as supervisors. Their practical first-hand experience helped the training participants to better understand how to...Read more

In August-September 2014, RESPOND facilitated Integrated Technical and Organizational Capacity Assessment for Poltava Regional Charitable Foundation “Hromadske Zdorovya” (Public Health) and helped the organization to develop an Institutional Strengthening Plan. A special emphasis was made on the need to develop a strategic plan, fundraising and PR strategies.

Within a year, “Hromadske Zdorovya” has fully implemented the Institutional Strengthening Plan and is now looking into working with new hard to reach target groups building upon the experience and expertise that exists within...Read more