Where We Work
Task Order 1 of the USAID | Health Policy Initiative (HPI) completed its work in Ukraine on December 31, 2007.
In Ukraine, HPI worked to improve the country's policy responses to HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and other health issues. In doing so, the project built government and civil society capacity for policymaking, advocacy, resource allocation, and data use at the national and oblast levels. The project also helped ensure that policies are based on international standards and best practices; mobilized resources; and introduced approaches that are truly multisectoral in nature.
While HPI ended in 2007, USAID-supported HIV work will continue under the USAID HIV/AIDS Service Capacity Project in Ukraine (2007-2012).
HIV/AIDS. In the field of HIV, the project strengthened the HIV policy environment at national and regional levels by supporting the government in developing and implementing a series of national policies, norms, and guidelines covering PMTCT and VCT. These policies and guidelines are designed to promote program scale-up and reduce barriers to service access and use. The project also reviewed legislation and gathered data on the needs of children living with or affected by HIV to inform future policymaking. In addition, the project assisted in the design and establishment of oblast-level HIV monitoring and evaluation systems. HPI also strengthened the capacity of the Coalition of HIV Service NGOs, which has over 70 members (as of September 2007) and is an active partner in HIV and TB policymaking bodies.
Tuberculosis. To improve the national TB response, HPI contributed to a review of Ukraine's existing TB control program. The project also supported the work of the multisectoral TB Policy Development Group, which helped draft the country's new National TB Program (2007-2011) adopted in February 2007. Moreover, HPI facilitated Ukraine's proposal to the Global Drug Facility, an initiative of WHO to provide uninterrupted access to high-quality TB drugs. As a result, in 2007/08, Ukraine will receive 100% of the first-line TB drugs needed for the country's three most affected regions. At the oblast level, the project supported TB situational analyses that will provide an evidence base for enhanced local policymaking and program development.
Other Health Issues. In 2006, HPI helped form six oblast Avian Influenza (AI) Implementation Groups to mobilize and coordinate awareness-raising activities. These groups worked with NGOs to reach local populations with AI prevention and behavior change campaigns. In the field of FP/RH, the project strengthened the capacity of public sector officials at the oblast level to effectively plan and allocate resources. As a result, in mid-2007, oblast administrations in Vinnytsia and Zhytomyr adopted action plans and budgets that are strategically designed to achieve their stated FP/RH goals.