On March 10-13, RESPOND in partnership with the Clinton Foundation conducted training of trainers on HIV counseling & testing using rapid tests. This time the training took place in Poltava. 

Health workers who successfully completed the training will then train more than 100 family doctors and nurses from Primary Healthcare Centers in four rayons of Poltava oblast.  This initiative is aimed at increasing access to HIV counseling and testing. In addition to training, the PHC Centers will also receive rapid tests through a donation from AIDS Healthcare Foundation....Read more

In March 2015, RESPOND awarded grants to seven local NGOs, most of which represent regional branches of the All-Ukrainian PLHIV Network (the Network), to pilot promising local interventions aimed at strengthening adherence to treatment and retention in care.  RESPOND and the Network worked closely together 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 people who will be starting ARV treatment or those who have difficulties with adherence to ART. The package for each intervention...Read more

Regional Stakeholders' meeting that took place in Poltava on February 26, 2015 gave attention to the challenges posed by the HIV epidemic in Ukraine and international trends in HIV prevention and treatment. In response to these challenges, RESPOND will work with the local partners to design and pilot a continuum of service model for key populations aimed at bridging the gaps between the stages within the HIV care and treatment cascade to minimize the losses.

To pilot the model, RESPOND will apply "Quality Improvement (QI)" methodology and will focus on Kremenchuk city – a...Read more

Regional Stakeholders' meeting that took place in Zaporizhzhya on February 17, 2015 gave attention to the challenges posed by the HIV epidemic in Ukraine and international trends in HIV prevention and treatment. In response to these challenges, RESPOND will work with the local partners to design and pilot a continuum of service model for key populations aimed at bridging the gaps between the stages within the HIV care and treatment cascade to minimize the losses.

To pilot the model, RESPOND will apply "Quality Improvement (...Read more

A four-day training of trainers on HIV counseling & testing using rapid tests was held on February 10-13, 2015 in Lviv. The training was organized by the USAID RESPOND project in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. The Lviv Regional Training Center which recently opened with the support of RESPOND project hosted the event. 

The training involved 14 medical workers from Lviv oblast, who as early as March 2015 will start training a much broader range of medical professionals from local TB & PHC centers. 

Similar trainings are planned in two...Read more

In February 2015, in collaboration with the Ukrainian Center for Socially Dangerous Diseases Control of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine (UCDC)  RESPOND conducted three 3-day trainings on building interactive maps. More than 45 training participants represented regional M&E Centers. National partners, including Global Fund PRs, also joined the training.

Maps will become a source of basic information for managers who make decisions on HIV response program planning and policy development, and for those implementing programs. Acquired skills and knowledge will help to...Read more

The continuum of service model was discussed at the regional stakeholder meeting in Lviv on January 28. In response to the new challenges posed by the HIV epidemic in Ukraine and following international trends in HIV prevention and treatment, RESPOND will work with the local partners to develop a continuum of service model for key populations. The effort is aimed at bridging the gap between people who have access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services and people who are being left behind. 

To ensure continuity of services RESPOND will apply "Quality...Read more