Addressing urgent health needs through innovation and partnership
PATH’s first foray into Ukraine was in 1994, and more than two decades later, we are known in the country for our achievements in tuberculosis (TB) care and control. Our innovative approaches have resulted in dramatically improved TB case detection and treatment outcomes among key populations.
Our efforts have also encompassed immunization, influenza, HIV, and women’s health concerns, such as breast cancer. Areas of potential growth include preventing and treating noncommunicable diseases and addressing the health effects of gender-based violence.
PATH partners with the government, academic institutions, the private sector, and local organizations. We contribute our expertise in a range of health areas, as well as surveillance for infectious diseases, pandemic preparedness, health information systems, and laboratory strengthening.
Our work in Ukraine
Improving care for drug-resistant TB: PATH has supported Ukraine’s TB control efforts since 2001, with a focus on addressing the country’s high rates of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB). Through the Challenge TB project, we are implementing a comprehensive approach that combines a patient-centered focus, innovative treatment methods, and health systems strengthening to improve care and outcomes. We are building service delivery and infection control at primary health care facilities and linking TB care with other health services to improve outcomes.
Coordinating services for TB and HIV: PATH works to improve the quality and accessibility of care for TB–HIV co-infection, and to integrate care for both diseases. Our strategy includes ensuring that people living with HIV/AIDS have access to effective TB diagnosis and treatment, improving infection control, strengthening disease surveillance, and enhancing laboratory services.
TB in detention centers: PATH also has a long history of addressing TB infection among high-risk groups. For example, we worked with the Ukrainian Detention System to ensure proper management of TB among prisoners and pretrial detainees. TB case detection in this group increased tenfold, and our approach is now being rolled out nationally.
Health systems strengthening: Our TB work includes strengthening health systems and building human resource capacity. We develop training curricula and implement trainings, conduct technical visits, and help strengthen laboratory diagnosis. We also support the development of national and regional policies, plans, and supervision guidelines.
Photo: PATH/Aleksey Bogdanov.