Having returned to their working environments representatives of regional AIDS Centers and USAID projects who participated in the Arc GIS Online training conducted by RESPOND in February this year applied the new knowledge and skills in practice. 

Here’s what Zhanna Antonenko, M&E specialist at the Kyiv City AIDS Center shared with us about her practical experience with data visualization:

“Among the most critical issues we are facing today in the city of Kyiv is understanding the complexity and dynamics of HIV epidemic, service accessibility, and work planning. After the training we developed HIV/AIDS incidence and number of new cases as well as HIV/TB correlation maps, visualized the network of existing HIV-services and how they affect the epidemic, and what decisions are to be made in each district of the city.

It appears that today this strategic information is interesting and useful not only for the officials who make decisions, but for the non-governmental sector as well because we now see the demand for it from NGOs.

We have also used maps as a visualizing tool to present the Draft City Program on HIV/AIDS for 2015-2018 and to demonstrate the differences in the epidemic patterns across the city districts revealing the limited access to HIV-testing. For example, the fact that there are only 4 HIV counseling and testing sites in Kyiv is a big barrier to people reaching these services due to the overflow with clients and remoteness of services from certain residential localities.

In the newsletter of the Kyiv City AIDS Center we have visualized the spread of the HIV and TB epidemic in Kyiv City where the number of newly diagnosed cases of AIDS in 2014 was 17.4 per 100,000 persons. 73% of those diagnosed with AIDS have TB. The map clearly shows the relationship between the spread of AIDS and TB co-infection which constitutes a problem of high priority for the city.

This way of presenting information stimulates data demand and use for decision making. Besides, not only does mapping and other data visualization skills make work of M&E experts more useful but also more exciting.”

Map 1. Prevalence of HIV and limited access to HCT services in Kyiv city (click to enlarge)

Prevalence of HIV in Kyiv city and limited access to HCT services

 

Staff of the USAID Strengthening Tuberculosis Control in Ukraine Project also participated in RESPOND-organized ArcGIS training and following that developed an interactive map of TB healthcare facilities in the city of Kyiv: http://www.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=bdb9620dc71247d6b365ca4ea53d3c88