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#33, February, 2017
In this issue:
RESPOND at Social Innovations Conference
Business Model Validation Workshop for the Network Branches
Promoting Status Disclosure to Enhance HIV Detection and Treatment
Zaporizhzhya Medical Students Practice HIV Testing and Counseling Skills

RESPOND at Social Innovations Conference

On February 16, 2017 RESPOND partners and Pact staff participated in the international conference “Social Innovations: New Ways to Solve Old Problems” held by Ukrainian Philanthropists Forum. The Conference aimed to explore international trends and best innovating practices in Ukraine that CSOs, business and local communities applied to address social challenges.

RESPOND hosted a session to present social enterprises developed by HIV-service NGOs and presented its business model validation curriculum “From social idea to successful business model.”

RESPOND partners presented several stories on setting up start-ups on soap production and family center services. The discussion was built around success factors that contribute to growing business models out of non-profits. The participants stated the need to combine a well-defined social mission with business approaches and develop partnerships based on shared values. They also stressed the need to have access to trainings to validate their business ideas and learn tools to help them start up their businesses.

Business Model Validation Workshop for the Network Branches

On February 20-23, 2017, RESPOND held 4-day business model validation workshop for 16 representatives of the Network regional branches and the central office to help them test and validate their assumptions on launching community-based clinics.

Stephanie Marienau Turpin, Managing Director of Pact Ventures, Jeff Carroll, Vice President of Humanim, and Yuri Lopatinskyi, cofounder of Ukrainian social enterprise Horihovyi Dim, led the participants through the lean canvas, prototyping and developing customer architype. Developing business plans will be the next step.

Promoting Status Disclosure to Enhance HIV Detection and Treatment

In February 2017, RESPOND conducted trainings for local QI teams from Kherson, Kirovograd, Kyiv, and Mykolay regions and the city of Kyiv on enrollment of sexual partners of PLHIV into HIV testing services (HTS).

The training was conducted in response to a request of the local QI teams who expressed the need for medical professionals to learn HIV status disclosure skills. This training offered participants motivational strategies that are particularly effective for engaging sexual partners of PLHIV in HTS. The local QI teams mastered techniques that help facilitate disclosure of HIV status to sexual partners. The participants also developed an algorithm on how to conduct structured counseling for PLHIV and motivate them to disclose their HIV status to their partners.

Zaporizhzhya Medical Students Practice HIV Testing and Counseling Skills

On March 1, RESPOND participated in the USAID University Day at Zaporizhzhya State Medical University. RESPOND’s Regional Quality Improvement Team hosted a workshop on HIV Counseling and testing.
Not only did the students learn about new approaches to HIV detection, prevention, and treatment, but gained practical skills in motivational counseling and rapid HIV testing under the supervision of experienced physicians.

The training involved role-plays to practice HIV counseling and testing skills using real test kits and such job aids developed by RESPOND as Screening Algorithm for Behavioral HIV Risks and Clinical Indications for HIV Testing.

The students asked multiple questions. Some addressed the role of primary health care providers in detection and treatment of PLHIV, others were curious about ways to keep in care those tested positive for HIV.

RESPOND would like to thank Zaporizhzhya Regional Quality Improvement Team for organizing such an interesting, informative, and practical workshop.


  • Quality of Services
  • Network and Organizational Strengthening
  • Data for Decision Making
The USAID RESPOND Project funded under the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief is aimed at reducing the HIV transmission among key populations in Ukraine. The project is implemented by Pact, Inc. in partnership with FHI 360.
This publication is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.
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