This study seeks to evaluate the implementation of the Street SMART evidence based behavioral intervention (EBI) in the Ukrainian context in order to determine its feasibility and effectiveness
Using a randomized clinical trial (RCT), this study was designed to assess the effectiveness of HIV risk-reduction interventions targeting injection drug users (IDUs) in three Ukraine regions. The investigators proposed to compare the effectiveness of a revised and updated manually-driven HIV testing and counseling intervention, the Counseling and Education (C & E) model developed by NIDA, with the C & E plus a manualized network intervention.
Booth RE, Davis JM, Dvoryak S, Brewster JT, Lisovska O, Strathdee SA, Latkin CA. (EN) Lancet HIV. 2016 Oct;3
Pact Inc. USAID «RESPOND»
The goal of this study is to evaluate the implementation in the Ukrainian context of the START intervention, which combines HIV/hepatitis/STI prevention case management, motivational interviewing and incremental risk reduction to aid soon-to-be-released prisoners to successfully re-integrate into the community and to protect them from HIV-related risks. The study has been conducted in the Mykolaiv, Lviv, and Dnipropetrovsk regions, including Mykolaiv and Kryvyi Rig cities, in collaboration with the local partners: local HIV-servicing NGOs and health care facilities.
Research has proven the effectiveness of interventions START in Ukraine. Results of the study have shown a significant reduction in risky sexual behavior, a higher level of seeking for harm reduction services and testing for HIV, and improvement of knowledge about HIV among men in the intervention group compared with the control group. The project results were presented at the International AIDS Conference 2016 in Durban (South Africa)
T. Kiriazova, Y. Sereda, O. Neduzhko, O. Postnov, R. Yorick, I. Shvab, S. Dvoriak. Project START intervention increases HIV testing uptake and decreases HIV risk behaviour among men released from prison: a randomized study in Ukraine. AIDS 2016 - Durban, SAR
T. Кірьязова, Ю. Середа, О. Недужко, О. Постнов, Р. Йорік, І. Шваб, С. Дворяк. Втручання START підвищує рівень охоплення тестуванням на ВІЛ і знижує рівень ризикованої щодо ВІЛ сексуальної поведінки серед колишніх ув’язнених чоловіків: рандомізоване контрольоване дослідження в Україні. Проект USAID “RESPOND”, 2016 р. (UA)
Pact Inc. / USAID «RESPOND»
To evaluate eligibility of the integration care model for opioid addicts in non-specialized setting, particularly on basis of three primary care policlinics. Outcomes of interest include public health, substance abuse, HIV and TB.
Інтегроване лікування хворих на опіоїдну залежність в умовах центрів первинної медико-санітарної допомоги: навчально-методичний посібник / Дворяк С. В., Карагодіна О. Г., Морозова О. С., Пикало І. І., Думчев К. В., 2016
13/01/2017 Вийшов друком навчально-методичний посібник
Management Science for Health (MSH)
The study was conducted on the use of drugs for ART in order to improve the quality of treatment, optimize its costs and improve the patients’ condition, as well as increase the professional level of physicians involved in the treatment of patients with HIV-infection.
Holding an international conference after the publication in the journal "The Lancet"
A two-day meeting in Kyiv (28-29 July, 2017) explored the range of possibilities to improve health services access for people who use drugs at three distinct time periods: pre-incarceration, incarceration and immediately post incarceration. The meeting focused on aligning current advocacy, policy directions and future research in EE&CA towards enhanced health and criminal justice outcomes for key stakeholders working across the interface of drug use, health service provision and criminal justice systems in the region. The meeting included a formal press event to cast a Ukrainian and EE&CA lens on challenges and opportunities in responding to the dual issues of drug policy and health in the criminal justice system in the region.
Study of the aspects of stigma (as a barrier to HIV treatment) that can be changed through the development and implementation of interventions
National Institutes of Health (NIH), Harvard University
Collection of samples and observation of the growth of culture in dense nutrient media and incubation in test tubes with an indicator of growth of mycobacteria
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The purpose of the project is to develop a coherent system of evaluation and quality improvement which can be used by institutions implementing opioid substitution therapy, as well as by national agencies responsible for the implementation and effectiveness of the program.