A trusted resource for the region
Improving control of infectious disease and the health of residents
PATH has been working in the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union since 1994. Based in Kyiv, our team has implemented work in Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, and Russia. Our portfolio of projects responds to the region’s most urgent health needs. Over the years, our projects have helped to improve infectious disease control, immunization programs, and women’s and children’s health.
PATH provides trusted leadership in infectious disease information management and surveillance and has built a strong reputation as a leading technical agency. We are committed to promoting meaningful, long-term change in all of our work to strengthen health systems, change behaviors, and design interventions that address local needs.
Improving capacity to detect and treat TB
Ukraine has one of the highest tuberculosis (TB) disease burdens in Europe and Eurasia. Three main factors fuel the epidemic: numerous TB strains resistant to multiple drugs; growing rates of HIV infection, which makes people especially vulnerable to developing TB disease; and setbacks to the health system during years of political, social, and economic transition.
PATH has been providing technical assistance to Ukraine’s TB control efforts since 2001. In close collaboration with local, national, and international partners, we’re expanding the reach of STOP TB strategy, the internationally recommended strategy for TB control. We’ve also worked to increase services for people with TB and HIV and reduce the stigma and discrimination surrounding these conditions.
Our results include:
- Strengthened national political commitment and capacity for using modern TB control and monitoring standards, including the adoption of DOTS as a TB control framework.
- Reached 50 percent of Ukraine’s population with high-quality TB prevention services, diagnosis, and treatment.
- Developed and implemented quality control standards and other tools to improve laboratory testing.
- Strengthened collaboration between HIV and TB services to improve quality of care for co-infected individuals.
- Improved capacity among local nongovernmental organizations to increase TB case detection and support TB treatment completion and care among people living with HIV.
In addition, PATH is a subrecipient for Phase 1 of Ukraine’s round 9 Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grant. Under this grant, PATH’s role is to expand DOTS to additional regions, strengthen the TB laboratory network, and improve Ukraine’s capacity to reduce the burden of multidrug resistant TB.
Preparing for pandemic influenza
Ukraine’s geographic location places it at extreme risk for the spread of pandemic influenza. PATH works closely with the Ukrainian Ministry of Health to strengthen surveillance, rapid response, and containment strategy. Our goal is to help Ukraine protect itself and the region from a potential pandemic.
In close collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, Ukraine’s Ministry of Health, and other partners, PATH has established a sentinel surveillance system for influenza-like illness and severe acute respiratory infection from influenza. We have also developed national guidelines for surveillance and control of seasonal and pandemic influenza in humans, trained more than 3,000 public health personnel and clinicians in surveillance and response procedures, and organized pandemic preparedness simulation exercises for members of regional interagency coordination councils.
Preventing the spread of HIV in Georgia
PATH has extensive experience in implementing programs to reduce HIV transmission. Our programs deliver complete and accessible information to health care providers and high-risk populations and offer insight, motivation, and empowerment to adopt new behaviors. In Georgia, we are partnering with pharmacies to deliver HIV prevention information, products, and services to the country’s most-at-risk populations, which include injecting drug users, men who have sex with men, female sex workers and their partners, and youth.
Banner photo: PATH/Mike Wang.