Combating tuberculosis by providing access to diagnostic and treatment services for vulnerable populations, as well as raising issues relevant to Ukraine related to tuberculosis, is an important component of the activities of the Convictus Ukraine.
About 40-50 cases of tuberculosis are registered in Ukraine daily, including two in children. And 75% of people with TB are able to work between the ages of 18 and 54. This indicates that the disease has long gone beyond the most-at-risk populations. Tuberculosis is a problem of the whole society that needs the attention of the authorities, full-scale funding and a systemic solution.
We are building partnerships to raise awareness about TB and influence those in power to strengthen the political will needed to effectively control the disease.
Stop TB Partnership Ukraine
Stop TB Ukraine Partnership was established in March 2018 by an initiative group supported by PATH within the framework of the TB Challenge project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The mission of the Partnership is to promote effective approaches to tackling the TB epidemic and to ensure that every patient has access to effective diagnosis and successful treatment; stopping the transmission of tuberculosis and the spread of related diseases; reduction of social and economic losses caused by tuberculosis in Ukraine; prevention of discrimination against TB patients and people affected by the disease.
The goal of the Partnership is to unite the efforts of the Partnership members to effectively overcome the tuberculosis epidemic in Ukraine by 2030, as provided for in the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the WHO Strategy for Combating Tuberculosis. And also to unite the efforts of society, governmental and non-governmental organizations in achieving the 90-90-90 goal of the Global Plan to Fight Tuberculosis of the Stop TB Partnership for 2018-2022.
Today, the Stop TB Partnership Ukraine has 71 members and covers 21 regions of Ukraine and Kyiv, is a member of the Global Partnership against TB – STOP TB Partnership. The activities of the Stop TB Partnership Ukraine involved both non-governmental organizations and government agencies, health facilities, doctors, experts in the field of tuberculosis. The role of the Partnership is to facilitate cooperation and coordination between international and national institutions to ensure an effective TB response in Ukraine.
AUCO “Convictus Ukraine” acts as the Secretariat of the Stop TB Partnership Ukraine. The activities are implemented with the generous support of the American people, provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through funding for the project “Support to Efforts to Combat Tuberculosis in Ukraine”.
If you would like to join the Partnership, please let us know by sending an email to[email protected]
Olha Tsviliy, Head of the Partnership [email protected]
Improving the detection of tuberculosis cases among vulnerable populations and expanding access to diagnosis and treatment
The aim of the activity is to identify cases of tuberculosis, including MDR-TB, among vulnerable populations and to provide support services for diagnosis and treatment in Kyiv and Kyiv oblast.
Target groups: persons who do not have a permanent place of residence; persons released from prisons; people who inject drugs; sex workers.
- Conducting a screening survey for tuberculosis;
- Accompanying clients, whose screening showed a positive result, to health care facilities for examination and in case of diagnosis – assistance in obtaining treatment for tuberculosis;
- Assistance in concluding declarations with the family doctor;
- Advising on the formation of adherence to the treatment of tuberculosis;
- Providing advice on tuberculosis prevention.
The activity is implemented with the support of the ICF “Alliance for Public Health” (funds of the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria).
Oleksandr Volontyr, Project Manager,[email protected]