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Focused on helping those most affected by ill health
PATH’s work in Ukraine and surrounding countries focuses on improving health among low-income, vulnerable, or marginalized people in regions disproportionately affected by infectious diseases such as tuberculosis (TB) and HIV. We also strengthen health systems to address control of communicable diseases, introduce modern approaches, and build skills and capacity of staff. Our projects include:
Georgia HIV prevention project
The HIV prevention project, led by RTI International, is developing and implementing community-level counseling, testing, and prevention efforts to forestall the spread of HIV among those most at risk in Georgia. PATH is responsible for developing and implementing a pharmacy intervention strategy. Collaborating with the Aversi pharmacy network, we’re improving the ability of pharmacists to educate and counsel clients about sexually transmitted infections and HIV and to refer people to partner facilities when appropriate.
Reducing the tuberculosis burden in Ukraine
PATH is working with the Foundation for Development of Ukraine to improve TB diagnosis by upgrading the TB laboratory network in the civil and penitentiary sectors, improving access to TB services, and strengthening the Ukrainian health system’s ability to respond to TB. We train laboratory specialists in laboratory diagnostics and external quality assurance, and health and social services providers in TB case management and patient support. Our work includes strengthening monitoring and evaluation tools and processes, improving case management, and providing technical assistance to improve supervision by regional specialists who are managing cases of multidrug-resistant TB. Our work is supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Surveillance and response to avian/pandemic influenza in Ukraine
PATH worked with the Ukrainian Ministry of Health and National Institute of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases to develop a national surveillance system and response capabilities for seasonal and pandemic influenza. The project’s goals include improving surveillance of severe acute respiratory infection and influenza-like illness; maintaining the ability of the influenza laboratory system to confirm diagnosis; supporting preparedness and response efforts; and training personnel in communication, advocacy for immunization, outbreak investigation and response, and clinical management of cases.
Tuberculosis control partnership
Through this program from the US Agency for International Development, PATH supports Ukraine in expanding TB control and improving the quality of services. Our activities range from developing an electronic surveillance system to training clinicians in modern approaches to TB treatment, and from establishing a quality assurance program for TB laboratories to developing a model for continuity of care for prisoners. We also encourage collaboration between TB and HIV programs to produce better outcomes for co-infected patients.
TB-HIV under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief project
In collaboration and with funding from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are building on our decade-long history of providing TB and HIV-related technical assistance in Ukraine. We are working to strengthen control of HIV-associated TB within the Ukrainian national TB and HIV programs. PATH’s work is guided by Global Health Initiative principles, with particular emphasis on increasing impact through strategic coordination and integration, improving metrics, monitoring and evaluation, and encouraging ownership by countries.