Advocacy of systemic changes aimed at improvement of continuum of services from testing to treatment

 

Supporting the promotion of the model, AHF’s medical director gave a presentation at the international seminar “Best Practices and Approaches in the Fight against HIV Epidemic”, which was held in Kyiv on 12–16 June 2017, where AHF testing and treatment model was presented as one of the best world practices in HIV field.

On March 14th–16th, AHF’s prevention and testing program coordinator, took part in a meeting on the implementation of international recommendations for epidemiological monitoring of the spread of HIV/AIDS epidemic in Ukraine.

Upon the initiative of AHF professionals, the monitoring of linkage of people with positive HIV test results to medical services was included in the indicators determining quality of HIV testing services.

AHF specialists made a significant contribution to the Test & Treat model promotion by participation in the permanent working group under the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. The working group developed the adapted clinical guidelines “HIV Testing Services” and introduction the concept of linkage of people with positive HIV test results to medical services. This concept was included into the chapter dedicated to HIV testing.

This guideline is an informational material for professionals that provide HIV testing services and a methodological material for specialists in the development of industry-wide regulations in this field.

In April, AHF Ukraine’s medical director and HIV prevention and testing program coordinator took part in the seminar “Best Practices and Approaches for the Provision of Services in HIV Infection Treatment”, which was held upon the initiative of the Public Health Center of Ukraine in partnership with the US Centers for Disease Control (US CDC) and International Training & Education Center for Health (I-TECH) of the University of Washington.

The meeting was dedicated to the implementation of best HIV testing and treatment practices in Ukraine. The international experts presented major evidence based international practices, as well as discussing their experiences of implementation in their country.

AHF Ukraine’s medical director presented the testing and linkage to care model, which has been implemented by AHF in Ukraine since 2009 as one of the best practices in the field of HIV/AIDS in the country. The presented model was highly appreciated by the experts in the provision of HIV services in Ukraine.

After the AHF Checkpoint presentation, representatives from the Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhia regions called for the opening of similar testing sites in their regions.

A consensus meeting on the provision of services in the field of HIV/AIDS in Ukraine in the context of ongoing reforms was held on 22-24 March 2017, in which AHF’s medical director and AHF’s prevention and testing program coordinator took part. In particular, AHF representatives acted as facilitators and speakers during panel discussions. The meeting was held for the purpose of presenting and discussing changes to the regulatory framework on HIV/AIDS in Ukraine in order to achieve the global UNAIDS goals 90-90-90 by 2020, to end the HIV epidemic and ensure the continuity of the provision of HIV-related services under the conditions of reforms in the healthcare system of Ukraine.

According to the results of the meeting, proposals were received with regard to the creation of a new medical and technological documentation project, namely, to the Unified Clinical Protocol on the Provision of Medical Care for HIV/AIDS patients (UCPMC).