In March 2015, RESPOND partner from Uman, Cherkasy region - Charitable Foundation “Volia” received a Marketplace voucher to develop a fundraising strategy. Based on the strategy, the organization is now running a fundraising campaign to collect funds for a sport playground STREET WORKOUT in Uman. 

The playground will provide alternative leisure for the town’s at-risk youth.  “Volya” also organized an exposition of photographs “Philanthropy through the Lens of a Camera” in the local “Sofiivka” park. For 20 Hryvnyas its visitors were offered to find one of 2,000 pieces of...Read more

An initiative on providing HIV Counseling and Testing Services at primary care health facilities has been launched in Poltava region during the Regional Project Partner Meeting which took place in Poltava on August 5, 2015.

The event was attended by Joanna Michler, Health Quality Improvement and Communications Specialist, Office of Health, USAID Ukraine; Roman Yorick, RESPOND Project Deputy Director; Oleg Pruhlo, Deputy Head of Poltava Regional State Administration; Viktor Lisak, Director of the Department of Health Poltava Regional State Administration; Danilenko Oksana, Head of...Read more

On July 28, RESPOND and Zaporizhzhya Regional Health Administration launched an initiative on providing HIV Counseling and Testing Services at primary care health facilities. The initiative is piloted in Shevchenkivsky district of Zaporizhzhya city, Vasylivske and Orikhivsky districts of the oblast, Melitopol city and Melitopol district. The aim is to increase the number of people who received testing and know their HIV status and in case of positive results are enrolled in care.

RESPOND trained over 100 primary care health service providers from up to 40 PHC ambulatories on...Read more

Sara Teitelman, Knowledge Management Director at Pact, conducted a workshop on conference abstract writing for key national RESPOND partners – HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine, All-Ukrainian Network of PLHIV, Ukrainian Center for Disease Control, as well as representatives from Research Institutes – on July, 24, 2015.

14 participants learnt and discussed the following topics: Choosing a Conference; Types of Abstracts; Abstract planning steps; Organizing Ideas, Information & Data; Literature Reviews; Using Data Visualization to Tell Your Story; and Presentation Tips.

During...Read more

The first Quality Improvement Learning Session was held on July 10, 2015 in Melitopol.

43 representatives of PHC Centers from Melitopol rayon, Zaporizhzhya Regional and Melitopol City AIDS Centers, Melitopol Central Rayon Hospital and local NGOs reviewed the progress on the quality improvement project aimed at improving the continuum of HIV services for key populations with the focus on PWID using the QI (Quality Improvement) Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) Cycle.

Since the QI Charter was signed in May 2015, the QI teams of Melitopol city have provided counseling...Read more

RESPOND supported participation of six regional & national partners in the training on HIV Prevention and Treatment Cascade Analysis which took place in Zagreb, Croatia, on June 29-July 3, 2015. 

The training was conducted by the WHO Collaborating Centre / Knowledge Hub for HIV Surveillance. The main objective of the course was to enhance the skills of participants in analysis of the HIV test–treat–retain cascade to determine the magnitude of the losses and gaps along the continuum of HIV care and to explore reasons for these losses.  

“We have...Read more

RESPOND Project, Ukrainian Centre for Disease Control, and the Health Departments of Odessa, Kherson, Mykolaiv Oblast State Administrations, and Kyiv City State Administration signed the Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation on June 24, 2015.

By signing the Memorandum the parties agreed to work together to improve the quality of the continuum of HIV services and filling 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 populations living with HIV, particularly people...Read more

RESPOND held the 2nd Project Partner Conference on June 23-25, 2015 in Kyiv. This year the Conference theme was Innovating & Partnering for Sustainable Results. This event brought together local, national and international partners including health and social service providers representing the public sector and CSOs, decision makers, and other stakeholders. 

To read Conference Recommendations, please follow this link or open 'Conference Recommendations' file in the attachments...Read more

The third round of services mapping has started. This time it involved participation of nine regional M&E specialists from RESPOND partner regions and was done in close cooperation with the GF principal recipients - UCDC, Alliance and PLHIV Network.

RESPOND convened a kick-off meeting to identify the needs for mapping on June 17-18, 2015, specify the ways of collecting and presenting the data, and to decide on the design of the maps. This time the maps will cover Cherkasy, Chernihiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Lviv, Mykolayiv, Odesa, Poltava, and Zaporizhzhya oblasts and the city of...Read more

On May 26 2015 the USAID RESPOND project conducted a wrap up workshop to present results from piloting Street Smart HIV prevention program targeted at Most-at-Risk Adolescents. Through RESPOND sub-grants to 7 local organizations, over 1,100 adolescents received services from July 2013 to March 2015. The program helped to increase knowledge about HIV from 38,6% to 63,8% and coverage by preventive services from 27 ,5% to 87,5%. The intervention implementation manual originally packaged by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (UCDC) was translated, adopted to Ukrainian context...Read more