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   10–14 October 2014 experts of Regional Technical Support HUB in Eastern Europe and Central Asia P. Smyrnov and V. Borshchov facilitated the five-day global meeting of partner organization with the focus on the progress achieved within implementing Link Up project. The following meeting took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
    The purpose of the meeting was to involve partner organizations into the process of discussing the results of the project as well as implementing software SyrEx for data collecting and analysis. The following event gave the experts the opportunity to review the progress, achievements and problems and obstacles of the partner organizations. They also used the possibility to inform and present innovations in the sphere of monitoring and evaluation, policy and advocacy, human rights.
    It should be noted that one of the achievements of the project is involvement of youth into its implementation. During the meeting the representatives of youth conducted and facilitated some of the sessions and took part in parallel sessions where they discussed guidance on youth’s involvement and reviewed and analyzed their working plans and budgets. In general, attention was also drawn to the necessity to provide support of youth in each partner country.
    Special emphasis was laid on the area of monitoring and evaluation as well as on the peculiar issues related to the use of software SyrEx. The participants discussed the process of clients’ entering into the database, giving them their unique code, data disaggregation and analysis, referrals mechanisms and use of data received for the purpose of conducting surveys. The following issues helped the participants realize the importance of the above mentioned work and that the transparency and correctness of data serve strategically important information. Moreover, during the meeting and in the process of sessions all the participants had a great chance of getting answers to all queries arisen and it helped them understand bottlenecks of some issues, receive useful information and advice on the possible solution of all the problems and inconsistencies in their work as well as improve the quality of work performed and services provided.


Consultants of the Regional Technical Support HUB in Eastern Europe and Central Asia H. German and L. Shulga have developed training module “Prevention in the Sphere of HIV/AIDS and Counseling for the Representatives of Vulnerable to HIV Infection Groups” which aims at trainers of Red Cross Society of Ukraine.
    The module is structured in the form of a cycle (consisting of 4 topical units and 16 topics in general) of small trainings. Each topical unit is presented by conceptual blocks which can be either studied altogether or separately depending on the needs and interests of a learner. The following training module covers such topics as transmission routes and methods of HIV prevention among vulnerable groups; counseling of the representatives among vulnerable groups; specifics and prevention of the risk behavior among vulnerable groups; sexual and reproductive health of the representatives of vulnerable groups. While preparing the materials the authors used different forms of work: exercises for group dynamics (greeting and warming up); theoretical units and trainers’ presentations; video materials; work in small groups resulting in presentations and discussing its results; brain storm; exercises aiming at developing skills; role games and summing up.
    Trainers’ presentations and specially developed handouts including e-publications initiated and supervised by ICF “International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine” serve to enlarge participants’ knowledge on the topic.
    Each separate module includes objectives, tasks, description of needed and necessary resources, diagrams, theory, presentations and handouts.

Training Module “Instruments of Data Collection and Analysis for Surveys Implementation and Conducting” At present, 10–14 November 2014, Kamyanets-Podilskiy has been hosting the participants of the training within Metida project “Instruments of data collecting and analysis for surveys implementation and conducting” (Module 2), which is one of the constituents of the trilogy of training on the same thematic. The participants of the training are scientific workers, project coordinators, and heads of health care institutions, officers on data collection, epidemiologists and other representatives taking part in the process of surveillance.
    The aim of the training is to continue acquainting its participants with the main approaches to conducting surveys in the sphere of health care, particularly in the area of fighting HIV infection/AIDS; further development of their ideas associated with individual projects; forming the community of specialists interested in research as well as their participation in this kind of activity at the regional and national levels.
    In the process of studying and training the participants are involved into different kinds/forms of work, such as lectures, discussions in small groups and teams, individual work, work with PC in the Internet and cooperation while fulfilling homework. The following event is interactive. All the participants are actively involved in the overall process of studying. They prepare and present their own works. Constant collaboration among trainers and participants allows to timely assess their level of affords and achievements. Trainers provide the participants with the answers to all the issues they are interested or not sure in. In the result of such cooperation none of the participants falls behind the team. Trainers give a hand of help those who need it. At the end of each working day the participants express their ideas as to whether their expectation have been met during the working day and air their points of view on what could be improved. After such brainstorming trainers try to adjust the work of the following day taking all the remarks and ideas of the participants into consideration which surely stimulates them to active and interesting work. But the main accent is laid on data collection as well as on the process of conducting individual surveys.


   The expert from the Regional Technical Support HUB in Eastern Europe and Central Asia Olga Varetska visited International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton, The United Kingdom of Great Britain with the aim of taking part in the meeting with the representatives of the Secretariat dedicated to important issues related to the process of implementing and analyzing software SyrEx within Link Up project.
    During the following visit all the participants of the meeting reviewed and analyzed results of implementing the software SyrEx within the project, disadvantages in its functioning and possible ways of their removal and solving the existing problems. Therefore, in the process of the meeting the participants presented the following material: parameters of software SyrEx functioning for each of the implementing partners within Link Up project (Bangladesh, Burundi, Ethiopia, Myanmar and Uganda); plan of further software implementation; as well as further work on software improvement within the project (for instance, introducing some additional functions). One more key issue discussed in the course of the visit was analysis of possibilities of using the software off Link Up project.
    The following recommendations were developed and provided by the expert of TS HUB in the result of the visit: continuation of further work on improvement of the software (taking presentations of the implementing partners into consideration); provision of technical support to the implementing partners within Link Up project considering their interests and needs; detailed analysis of the issue related to possibility of using the software off the project.


on Monitoring and Evaluation of HIV Programs for Key Populations and SyrEx Database Usage
    24-28 November 2014, Kyiv, Ukraine (in Russian)
    16-20 March 2015, TBD (in English)


    19–23 April 2014 the experts of Regional Technical Support in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (HUB) provided technical support to the linking organization, Malaysia AIDS Council (MAC).The aim of the visit was to analyze the situation with PUD’s access to antiretroviral (ARV) and methadone substitution therapy.
    At present the country is characterized by the variety of drug scene depending on the area. Therefore the problem of the access to ARVT is especially acute. During the visit the experts had the opportunity to observe the functioning of the programs implemented by the local organizations within CAHR project, and that helped them to analyze the services provided to PUD. They also interviewed clients about the quality of the services provided the results of which were discussed with the team of the organization in terms of searching possible ways of improving the quality of the services.
    The experts could also see the achievements of the program, such as experienced team of outreach workers, possibility of TB screening during outreach, as well as the existing problems in the process of providing services in the sphere of harm reduction. It was found out that the evident problem was the necessity to work out standard operational procedures which would include the following information: effective usage of low dead space needles; usage of special boxes for solving the substances.
    Nowadays the country has been also indulged in the launch of voluntary counselling and testing (VCT). The Ukrainian experts learnt the situation and provided their recommendations as for the possible improvements in the work of the project.
    It goes without saying that this visit of technical support will become a powerful impulse for the country in reaching the effectiveness of the work they’ve been carrying.


   As a part of CAHR project Regional Technical Support Hub for Eastern Europe and Central Asia together with India HIV/AIDS Alliance and COACT conducted a workshop on Employing people who use drugs in harm reduction. It took place in Bangkok, Thailand and gathered CAHR partners from China, Kenya, Malaysia, Indonesia and India. Participants had a chance to exchange their knowledge and practices on employing people who use drugs in harm reduction programs and share personal experiences.

    The aim of the workshop facilitated by Mat Southwell (COACT), Charanjit Sharma (Alliance India) and Maryna Braga (Alliance Ukraine) was to promote the employment of people who use drugs in the Alliance family and to extend current practice based on the Guide to Employing People who Use Drugs in Harm Reduction. The workshop served as one of the steps in development of the Guide featuring good practices across Alliance partner organizations. Topics discussed during the workshop included: developing a workplace charter around the employment of PWUD, hopes and fears of employing PWUD, setting minimum workplace standards, burnout prevention, etc. Practical sessions allowed participants to develop skills on dealing with challenging situations that can arise when managing harm reduction programmes. Participants found the workshop useful and it helped them to set up goals on improving the system on employing people who use drugs in their countries.

    “All the topics were very useful and I found them all to be very important. It also gave us more knowledge on the issues thus making me aware of my weaknesses and where to pull up socks in our organization.”

    “This workshop is good from the point of view of time, place and environment”.

    “The facilitators' technique was great encouraging people to become more engaged and attracted to contribute. Brad level of understanding. Also sometimes triggering participants to realize that knowledge is not only what's given in the workshop but also within their practical experience”.

Building capacity in programmatic monitoring for the Link Up project in Burundi

   On March 19–21, 2014 Maryna Braga and Tetiana Mykhalchuk from Regional technical support HUB in Eastern Europe and Central Asia organized participated in the second visit aimed at capacity building of ABS partners implementing the Link Up project in Burundi. As a part of the visit together with ABS staff they conducted a workshop dedicated to programmatic monitoring for the partner organization in Bujumbura, Burundi.
    20 participants, M&E officers and managers of partner organisations of ABS, took part in the workshop. During the workshop participants had a chance to learn more about the key indicators of the project and methods of data collection to report on them effectively. A special attention was paid to the use of client’s unique identification code and all the bottlenecks connected with its introduction. Participants developed practical skills in data collection, reporting and analysis. They also practised filling in the primary documentation of the Link Up project.
    ABS and their partners are going to introduce SyrEx database for data collection and analyses and during the workshop participants were building their skills in SyrEx use (for data collection, reporting and analysis). In addition to that they developed tools for internal monitoring.
    Specific time and attention was devoted to the use of unique identification code. Specific challenging issues connected with the introduction of UIC were discussed and an instruction was developed, translated and shared among ABS partner organisations.
    All participants liked participatory approach to the workshop, use of different training methods and found the workshop useful and practical. After the workshop ABS and their partner organisations received further recommendations aimed at improving their programmatic monitoring capacity.

25 March 2014
    Pavlo Smyrnov, one of the leading experts of Regional Technical Support HUB in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Kiev, facilitated training on Peer Driven Intervention (PDI) within CAHR project. The training that took place on 2-7 February, 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia, was organized by Indonesian Drug Users Network, Oxford University, Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League and CAHR partner in Indonesia Rumah Cemara.
    The Ukrainian expert reviewed all in-country documents and materials, had meetings and discussions with the country experts that helped him to adapt the training agenda to the local needs. During five days of the trainings participants had an opportunity to get a better understanding of PDI model and its principles, usage and application of SyrEx software, ways of application of PDI model for various groups. Participants also discussed an opportunity to introduce SyrEx software to facilitated data collection within the intervention. Afterwards the expert prepared and provided recommendations and suggested framework concept.
    All participants of the training gave a positive feedback and expressed their satisfaction with materials presented and facilitator’s work.


17 March 2014
LLC “Alliance-Ukraine Consultancy” (herein after referred to as the “Contracting Authority”) announces a bidding on provision of services on organizing and procurement of events.
Deadline: 11 April 2014.

    9–13 December 2013 Regional Technical Support HUB for Eastern Europe and Central Asia organized and conducted a five-day-training for trainers (TOT) on Peer outreach among key young population in Myanmar, Yangon. The training was organised as a part of the Link Up project, implemented by International HIV/AIDS Alliance with partner organisations in 5 countries.
    Before conducting the training experts from Ukraine Liudmyla Shulga and Iryna Zharuk and a local consultant Dr. Thwe Thwe Win conducted some preparatory work. The experts reviewed the situation in the country and visited 2 local CBOs, conducted a focus-group and a meeting with the Program Director Htun Linn Oo. The following meeting helped them identify some peculiar characteristics of the local program on HIV. In accordance to that a training program was developed and adapted to the local context.
    The aim of the following TOT was to develop and in some cases to improve participants’ skills and their level of knowledge on peer education and outreach for young key population at risk. 28 participants learnt about effective communication in outreach which would ensure their capacity in conducting further training for peer educators and outreach workers and implementing integrated HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) programme. The training opened for the participants’ understanding such new topics as code of ethics, safeguarding and responsibilities of outreach workers. They learnt the conñepts of peer outreach” and “counselling”; types of outreach methods as well as methods of providing education during outreach; considered different segment of key population and risk behavior; studied new instruments and tools.

Regional Technical Support Hub
for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Kiev) participated in conducting a 3 days’ workshop on SyrEx database, held on 18-20th, November, 2013 in Kenya. The facilitators of the workshop from TS HUB were Pavlo Smyrnov and Vasyliy Borzhchov.
    The aim of the workshop was to build monitoring and evaluation capacity of Kenya governmental and non-governmental organizations implementing MARPs programs especially Harm reduction targeting intravenous drug users. For many decades Kenyan government has been struggling to get realistic size population for IDUs, MSMs and sex workers accessing health services in the country. Introduction of SyrEx database as a Monitoring & Evaluation tool has enabled Harm reduction implementing partners to register new clients with unique identifier in to SyrEx database with minimal double reporting cases.
    During the workshop the participants had the opportunity to get vast experience in the following areas: SyrEx database overview; key data collection requirements; Menu overview; system Directory which includes the following sections: service delivery sites, narcotic substance, package of services, project staff, commodities and services offered, coverage and period. The participants pointed out the greatest advantage of the database: the system can proficiently and timely give relevant reports if data is correctly, adequately and consistently filled. The team recommended a pilot phase to implement the tool.

Presentation of peer driven intervention during the Conference ©MENAHRA
Second Regional Conference on Harm Reduction for Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region
    The Middle East and North Africa Harm Reduction Association (MENAHRA) organized Second Regional Conference on Harm Reduction which took place in November 12–15, 2013 in Beirut, Lebanon.
    Recently the sphere of harm reduction has been drawing more and more attention all over the world. The aim of this Ñonference was to gather practitioners and researchers from the region and to give them the opportunity to exchange their experience and latest developments and present main strategies in the sphere of harm reduction as well as to advocate for their adoption by stakeholders, implementers and activists in the region.
    Maryna Braga, International Technical Support Manager, presented Regional Technical Support Hub for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Kyiv, Ukraine). The presentation “Adaptation of Peer Driven Intervention for New Settings” drew attention and raised great interest of the audience. The presenter explained the concept of “peer driven intervention” (PDI), its key parts, advantages and examples of PDI adaptation in different countries within CAHR project; as well as provided the participants of the Conference with the evidence for effectiveness of this model’s functioning.
    Such events give an opportunity to promote activities and main achievements of Regional Technical Support HUB and enlarge the circle of partners for future collaboration.

Regional Technical Support HUB for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (TS HUB)
Regional Technical Support HUB for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (TS HUB)
    “Introduction to procurement and supply chain management of health products. Public procurement principles and best practices”
   which will take place in Kyiv, Ukraine, in January 2014.
    Working language of the course is Russian.
    Target Audience: :The following training is intended for Health Professionals in public health programs (government, NGOs and civil societies); Principal Recipients and Sub-recipients of GF; supply chain / logistics professionals; civil society representatives as well as treatment activists at the local and national level; civil society representatives in national procurement structures.

    Course Objectives and Tasks:
  • Introduction and better understanding of the basics of procurement cycle and supply chain management in Ukraine;
  • Practical skills training in developing procurement and supply plans and review of GF’s main requirements towards it;
  • Mastering of main concepts and regulations of pharmaceutical management;
  • Analysis of pricing and main politics of price cutting in procurement;
  • Identifying and discussion of supply chain bottlenecks.
    Cost: Tuition fee is 1300 ˆ (and doesn’t include accommodation the details of which will be provided later).
    Tuition Fee includes: training, reading course material, CDROMs, certificate and photos, graduation ceremony, gala dinner, coffee-breaks and lunch.
    For more detailed information apply to Vlada Rabinova.
    Attention! In case of early bird registration and payment of the course up to December, 1, 2013 the tuition fee is 1200 ˆ.
    We would appreciate it if You circulate this e-mail to all people that might be interested in it.
    Warmest Regards,
    Regional Technical Support HUB
    for Eastern Europe and Central Asia
    “Alliance-Ukraine Consultancy” Ltd.

Building finance and administrative capacity of CAHR partners in Indonesia
   A technical support visit to Bandung (Indonesia) took place within CAHR project on September, 23–27, 2013. Dmytro Bielon from Regional Technical Support Hub for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Kiev evaluated financial and administrative systems of the local organization Rumah Cemara and analyzed financial and administrative policies and procedures as well as collaboration with partner organizations implementing harm reduction projects in Indonesia.
    The aim of the visit was to identify possible steps to improving financial, administrative and sub-grant management systems providing relevant recommendations. During the visit the consultant had a meeting with the senior management team of Rumah Cemara and presented recommendations as for more effective usage of financial system (FINA), suggested possible improvements of financial and grant procedures, financial reporting forms, financial and administrative evaluation of partner organizations’ activities.
    After the discussion the colleagues from Indonesia expressed their interest in implementing the above mentioned recommendations. They also hope for future collaboration in the sphere of strengthening financial and administrative capacity of Indonesian NGOs. Indonesian partners also discussed a possibility of conducting trainings for financial and administrative employees.
    On September, 25–27, 2013 financial officers from 5 Indonesian NGOs had an opportunity to participate in the training “Financial Management for NGOs”. The aim of it was to improve participants’ knowledge in the sphere of financial management and accounting, to provide relevant information necessary and useful in the process of budget planning as well as the financial reporting with practical tasks for improving the skills.
    Participants of the training actively participated in all activities, group work and ice-breakers. The biggest interest rose those sessions where participants had a chance to share their experience and practices. All of them took an active part in the process of development and facilitation of their presentations.
    It should be noted that for most of training participants it was the first educational activity conducted in English. But despite that all of them had succeeded in practice while presenting results of their group work.
    Participants emphasized effectiveness and practical value of training sessions as well as expressed the need in participating in such kind of trainings in the future. As a result of the training Rumah Cemara has got a team of well-prepared financial specialists who will be able to apply the knowledge they have got in practice and it will surely help them simplify the process of budget planning and prepare financial reports for donors.
    Participants’ evaluation of the training can be characterized with the help of the following quotes:
    “I consider the session on budget planning to be very useful as in the process of it I have learnt about budget categories and about the ways of minimizing the risk of making mistakes in the budget”.
    “Due to this training I’ve learnt more about the process of preparing a financial report, about possible challenges that may appear and the ways of their solutions”.
    “This is the very first experience of my participation in such kind of training and I’ve got useful and clear materials on financial management”.
    “This is a very useful training as I had a chance to practice the skills got in the process of training as well as to work in groups”.

The role of business in HIV prevention
   IFU invited Kiev TS Hub to tell representatives of business companies about HIV situation in Ukraine and provide practical recommendations. Maryna Braga, International Technical Support Manager participated in the seminar “A new approach to corporate social responsibility” which took place on 26 September, 2013 in Lviv. The presentation showed key statistics and information about HIV/AIDS epidemic in Ukraine, examples of best practices of HIV prevention within enterprises and provided a set of recommendations for the companies. The presentation is available in English and can be viewed here.
    On 16-20 September representatives of Regional Technical support HUB (Kiev) visited Middle East and North Africa Harm Reduction Association (MENAHRA) in Beirut, Lebanon again. Previously the organization had got SyrEx2 adapted to the needs of the country. This time the aim of the meeting was to discuss the main issues in the process of SyrEx2 use. Maria Samko and Pavlo Smyrnov, highly qualified and experienced experts in SyrEx2 adaptation and use facilitated the workshop.
    The first part of the visit was dedicated to discussion of the problems that had arisen in the process of implementation, such as mistakes in data entry, coverage criteria and the needed changes into the database, and the ways of their solving. In the result the organization has got the database fully adapted to their needs.
    On 17-18 September MENAHRA organized the workshop for their sub-recipients and the personnel of MENAHRA. The participants of this training had an excellent opportunity to get profound knowledge in programmatic M&E issues and practical skills in filling in paper registration forms with the necessary data and then transfer it to SyrEx2 database. The facilitators also provided a clear explanation of the process of the database use in the projects run by MENAHRA sub-recipients. In the end of the workshop the participants had to go through the quiz and demonstrated good results.
    Kiev TS HUB is intending to continue close collaboration with MENAHRA in terms of providing further technical support on SyrEx2 database use.

Refresher harm reduction workshop in Kenya
   From 14 till 16 August, 2013 KANCO with Medecins du monde (MdM) and Kiev TS Hub organised a workshop Enhancing harm reduction services in Kenya.
    The aim of the workshop which took place in Mombasa was to improve knowledge of participants on key harm reduction components and approaches; discuss barriers in implementation of harm reduction projects and look for possible solutions to current problems.
    The workshop for outreach workers, outreach supervisors and M&E officers was facilitated by Dr. Zin Mar Han (MdM), Sylvia Ayon (KANCO) and Marina Braga (Kiev TS Hub). Participants got acquainted with the new approaches and services in harm reduction, practiced counselling skills and developed a list of monitoring and evaluation tools for harm reduction programme in Kenya.
    Particular attention was paid to analysis of current problems and discussions of approaches to overcome them. The key problems mentioned by participants were big distances outreach workers cover and difficulties in services provision to people in different sites; police harassment towards clients and outreach workers; safety in outreach; disposal and poor return rate of used commodities; low adherence to ARV and TB treatment among drug users. By the end of the workshop participants from each organisation developed an action plan which they are going to implement upon return to their organisations.
    Participants were actively involved in all the sessions, participated in the discussions and role plays, and were interested in the topics covered. Sessions on methadone maintenance therapy, overdose prevention and management and SyrEx use rose a particular interest among workshop participants.

SyrEx2 adaptation for Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region
    On 24-26 July Pavlo Smyrnov and Basyl Borshchev visited Middle East and North Africa Harm Reduction Association (MENAHRA) in Beirut, Lebanon. The aim of the visit was to introduce SyrEx2, a specially designed database, developed by International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine, to MENAHRA and its partner organisations delivering harm reduction services to people who use drugs.
    During the visit Ukrainian experts discussed requirements for database adaptation with MENAHRA staff.
    On 25 July Pavlo and Vasyl facilitated a workshop for representatives of MENAHRA partner organisations introducing database system, explaining its advantages and possible barriers in introduction. Participants of the training had a chance to practice database use by inserting clients’ information and daily registers. On July 26 MENAHRA received the database adjusted to the needs of their partners. Kiev TS Hub will continue cooperation with MENAHRA on database finalisation and strengthening monitoring and evaluation capacity of their partners.

Learning exchange visit to Ukraine
   Starting from June 4 till June 7 2013 International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine (Alliance Ukraine) and Regional Technical Support Hub for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (Kiev TS Hub) hosted representatives from International HIV/AIDS Alliance and Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO) who came to Kiev to learn about the work of the Alliance Ukraine. Participants of the visit learnt about HIV/AIDS prevention programmes run by the Alliance Ukraine and had a chance to visit local organisations implementing harm reduction projects in Kyiv oblast. On the first day of the visit, guests attended NGO “Convictus” to see peer driven intervention, case management project and went for a night outreach together with an organisation “Club Eney” to observe the work of mobile ambulance run by this NGO. The mobile ambulance helps to increase access to people who use drugs and sex workers not only to basic harm reduction services, but also to HIV and STI testing and treatment.
    The next days were devoted to the introduction of integrated harm reduction services such as substitution therapy and anti-retroviral therapy together with psycho-social support from NGO. The guests learnt about a pilot case management intervention improving access to people who use drugs to ART and visited TB dispensary in a small town of Kyiv region providing harm reduction services to their patients. They also attended a pharmacy providing needles and syringes to people who use drugs (the project is run by NGO “Nika Kiev”) and community centre for men who have sex with men (MSM) and saw street outreach services providing to MSM by NGO “Gay Alliance”.
    Communication with Alliance Ukraine staff helped to understand systems of monitoring and evaluation, technical support provision, procurement and supply management and overall programming in Ukraine. Though 4-days visit is not sufficient to see all best practices implementing under support of International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine, but it was a good overview which opened opportunities for further cooperation between the countries.
    Anamaria Bejar, Associate Director: Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean of International HIV/AIDS Alliances reflected on the visit: “It was fascinating for me to learn about the challenging context of your national health system and the new developments of the Ukrainian CDC and how you have found ways to make sure key populations receive the services they deserve. This was a dimension new to me which made me value your work even more. Definitely you have a great opportunity with the current health care reform in Ukraine. I also hope that the international community finds ways of supporting people who are injecting substances as stimulants which seem to be a constant worry in the heads of the people we talked to.”

As a part of CAHR project, TS Hub Kiev coordinated development of the publication Setting the scene: assessing and planning with harm reduction partners. This report summarises the results of site assessments on HIV and drug use in China, India, Indonesia, Kenya and Malaysia. The assessments were conducted by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and their teams of experts in four technical areas:
    • HIV prevention services for people who inject drugs
    • HIV and drug-related policy and environment
    • organisational development issues
    • monitoring and evaluation of interventions.
    The publication can be accessed at the Alliance web-site

Developing Peer Driven Intervention (PDI) to prevent HIV among injecting drug users in China
    TS Hub Kiev provides technical support to AIDS Care China on development of Peer Driven Intervention. This specially designed outreach model helps to target the most-hard to reach groups of people who use drugs and employs peer education concept to raise clients' awareness about the risks and harms of drug use.
    Two representatives from AIDS Care China participated in PDI workshop that took place in Malaysia in December 2012. This helped them to gain knowledge about the PDI model and receive a package of programme documentation. On 25-29 March, 2013 Lu Liu and Qiu Feng (AIDS Care China) together with Pavlo Smyrnov and Oksana Matiiash (TS Hub Kiev) delivered a workshop for 14 representatives from partner organisations of AIDS Care China. Project managers and counsellors who participated in the workshop not only learnt about the model and received skills enabling them to provide services to clients, but also contributed to the adaptation of the intervention to the local contest.
    Peer Driven Intervention will be implemented in four sites: Ruili, Xindu, Jiuni and Jiegao. PDI projects are expected to establish a link between underserved active injecting drug users and harm reduction services available in local sites. Clients will be offered an access to needle exchange programs and HIV/HCV testing. Additionally, they will receive education and skills in overdose prevention and Naloxone administration. On a wider scale, PDI projects are expected to increase a number of IDUs enrolled for MMT treatment. Data received through PDI will also inform harm reduction programs in China about existing risks and drug using practices. One of the advantages of the model is that it helps to receive data from those IDUs who visit services for the first time and to learn why they have not contacted services providers before. Understanding the obstacles in accessing services can help harm reduction practitioners to improve them and make services more accessible to people who use drugs.

Partners’ Feedback on the Technical Support Provided by Regional Technical Support Hub for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (TS Hub Kiev) as a part of CAHR project in 2012

The new publication “Reaching drug users: a toolkit for outreach services” has been developed in the frameworks of CAHR project. Publication development process has been coordinated by Regional Technical Support Hub for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. This guide provides tips on how to do outreach work among communities of people who use drugs, in particular among injecting drug users. It includes suggestions on how to optimise the number of clients served by each outreach worker, in order to ensure cost effectiveness. The publication can be downloaded using the following link http://www.aidsalliance.org/publicationsdetails.aspx?id=90629

On December 17-22, 2012 TS Hub Kiev together with Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) organised a training “Peer Driven Intervention (PDI) to prevent HIV among injecting drug users”. The training is the first step on the way to development of PDI in Malaysia which will be implementing as a part of CAHR project in 2013.
    The aim of the training facilitated by Pavlo Smyrnov and Oksana Matiyash (TS Hub Kiev) was to adopt PDI model in order to address HIV epidemic in Malaysia. Its main focus was on bringing the model to a local context, educating relevant staff and development of all documents and tools required for the field work. As a result of the training a list of practical recommendations was elaborated to support and sustain the model implementation in Malaysia. Peer driven intervention will help to increase the coverage of active drug users and in particular female drug users, who are not reached by prevention activities so far.
    PDI is an outreach model, developed for reaching and educating drug users from hidden communities to prevent HIV and reduce risks associated with drug use. It helps to reach existing peer networks, rather than individuals. This model was developed and piloted by Robert S. Broadhead and his colleagues in the USA, China, Vietnam, Russia and Ukraine.
    The participants learnt about requirements for PDI site, discussed HIV prevention services which will be offered to their new clients recruited by the PDI model. Some sessions were devoted to practical skills development such as clients’ screening and delivering education sessions to people who use drugs.

Online distance learning course on development of information materials for people who use drugs

   Online distance learning course for representatives of CAHR partner organisations from China, Kenya, India, Indonesia and Malaysia started in the end of November, 2012.
   The main objectives of the course are:
   • to develop participants' understanding of the importance and significance of information work on HIV/AIDS
    • to make participants familiar with information, education and communication (IEC) development process, methods and tools
    • to ensure quality IEC materials development in the framework of CAHR.
   This interactive course will help to exchange experience and knowledge in information, education and communication (IEC) materials development among representatives of organisations from five countries. Participants are expected to take an active part in the discussions through social media, Skype and e-mails, do individual and group assignments  and practice in developing own information materials.
   If you are interested in joining the group of participants, or want to know more about this course, please contact Marina Braga (Regional Technical Support Hub for Eastern Europe and Central Asia) braga@aidsalliance.org.ua

  A workshop on study design, data generation and interviewing
    Prior to the launch of operational studies that will be implementing by CAHR partner organisations in 2013, a workshop on study design, data generation and interviewing was organised for research teams from China, Kenya, India, Indonesia and Malaysia by TS Hub Kiev and Rumah Cemara. The workshop that took place on 16-19 November, 2012 in Bali, Indonesia was facilitated by Professor Tim Rhodes (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and Doctor Alisa Pedrana (Burnet Institute).
    Participants of the workshop had different experience in conducting qualitative studies. The group was very diverse as for the background and previous experience. There were project managers, representatives from research institutions and field workers. For those who did not have any research experience before, it was “an eye opening workshop” (as stated in the evaluation forms), participants from research institutions learnt how interventions targeting people who use drugs can benefit from qualitative studies. The future research teams from five countries had a chance to work together on their studies, discuss them in details and receive a feedback from their colleagues and facilitators. Participants found the workshop very useful, saw its practical implication and highly evaluated the work of the facilitators.

The first training for trainers for CAHR partner organizations from 4 countries
    The training of trainers on Outreach Counselling under the behaviour change communication frameworks was the first one to get together people involved in CAHR project from Indonesia, China, Malaysia and Kenya. The training, facilitated by specialists from TS Hub Kiev Liudmyla Shulga and Maryna Braga took place in Bali, Indonesia on November 5-9, 2012.
    The aim of the training was to improve and develop training skills of participants and knowledge on behaviour change communication and counselling in outreach to ensure their capacity to conduct further training of outreach workers and implement harm reduction programmes.
    As a result of this training there are teams of trainers in four countries able to conduct trainings on Outreach counseling under the behavior change communication frameworks. All the teams received a package of documents which included presentations, handouts and materials of the sessions, developed by participants during the training. All these materials can be used when developing the trainings in the countries.
    Participants were actively involved in all exercises, group work and ice-breakers. The biggest interest rose the sessions where participants could exchange their experience and share practical examples from their countries. All participants without an exception took an active part in developing their sessions and facilitating their parts. For some of the participants it was the first training conducted in English, but they successfully managed to facilitate their sessions.
    Participants found sessions useful in their future work and almost all mentioned they are going to do the same training in their own country. Most of participants highly evaluated the sessions they were conducting themselves, because they found this experience particularly useful.
    From the evaluation forms on what they liked most about the training:
    “Training approach used by trainers. Never before trainers allocated separate session to provide feedback to each participants’ performance and I personally feel this useful as I practise skills learnt from the training. More than enough opportunity was given for practice as well.”
    “I will adapt this process to do in the same way to improve outreach workers’ performance in my place.”
    “The games were very good and needed for sessions. The role plays gave the participants a chance to internalize the skills in counselling.”
    “During the process, our team’s knowledge and skills got practices, and moreover, through going through the documentary we understood what’s to be improved further.”

  In September – October 2012, the Kiev Hub specialists participated in the review and re-planning (R&R) visits to CAHR partner organisations in China, Malaysia and Indonesia. One of the aims of the visits was to assist the national partners in consolidating the programme results so far and defining the programme priorities as well as to develop specific action plans for the next phase of CAHR. Among the other things the colleagues have worked on innovative approaches that can be implemented by partner organisations in the countries in 2013 in order to improve the quality and effectiveness of harm reduction programming. The R&R schedules also included specific pieces of technical support related to priority technical subjects. Thus during the R&R visit to Indonesia, a specialist from the Kiev Hub conducted a mini-training for Rumah Cemara staff on peer education approach to work with prisoners which can make the education programme implementing by Indonesian organisations more interactive and engaging. Together with this a description of peer education approach on work with prisoners was translated and shared with Rumah Cemara and other organisations through CAHR web-site.

27 September 2012 ICF “International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine” announces the selection of the three MSM/HIV NGOs with specific and solid experience of Package of services implementation within the AIDSTAR-Two project in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.
    In 2010 and 2011, AIDSTAR Two supported the development of a Core Package of Services for Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) in the E&E Region.
The package of services was widely vetted in collaboration with governments,local HIV non-governmental organizations (NGOs), nascent MSM community based organizations (CBOs), and international agencies operating in these countries. Stakeholders proposed a number of recommendations for furthering the work; one of these recommendations was to provide capacity-building support to MSM/HIV NGOs in order to enhance their capacity to deliver the package of services and then serve as models of best practice within the region.
    The three selected NGOs will receive dedicated capacity-building support from AIDSTAR-Two and Alliance Ukraine. Technical support will aim to help the NGOs review their current services with respect to the package of services, identify one or more additional/enhanced services which the NGOs would like to provide (either directly or through effective referral networks), and develop and implement a costed plan with specific objectives, action steps, and benchmarks/indicators for expanded or strengthened services over the following seven months. The Alliance Ukraine technical support will help the NGOs collect baseline data and select targets for appropriate service delivery indicators. AIDSTAR-Two and Alliance Ukraine will ensure that the technical assistance provided is consistent with PEPFAR’s MSM program guidelines. AIDSTAR-Two’s technical assistance to the selected NGOs will be consistent and synergistic with other capacity building efforts for MSM in the region, avoiding duplication and collaborating where appropriate.
    If you are interested in participation fill in the application form and send it to Rabinova@aidsalliance.org.ua
   Attached you’ll find recommendations and application form.

  Recently, Marina Braga, International Technical Support Manager of TS Hub Kiev, has been invited by CARHAP to facilitate the working meeting for representatives of governmental as well as non-governmental organizations of Kyrgyz Republic providing services for people injecting drugs. The meeting took place in Karakol (Issyk-Kul) on 27-28 August 2012.
    The participants of the working meeting had a good opportunity to get acquainted with the best practices of harm reduction programmes and to learn from Ukrainian and international experience. They also discussed the plan consolidating the efforts of NGOs, governmental organisations and vulnerable communities in improving harm reduction program implementation in Kyrgyzstan.
    After the working meeting three-day training for trainers was organized. The aim of it was to increase the capacity of local trainers for further scale up of Harm Reduction trainings in the country.

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The team of TS Hub Kiev.

TS Hub Kiev continues the process of strengthening monitoring and evaluation system of CAHR partners. In June 2012 together with KANCO Olga Varetska and Pavlo Smyrnov (Alliance Ukraine) trained local partners in Kenya on the principles of monitoring and evaluation and SyeEx2 database use. The training for M&E officers, project managers and outreach workers of KANCO partner organisations delivering HIV prevention projects among PID took place on June 20-22, 2012 in Mombasa, Coastal Kenya.
    By the end of the training the participants had been acquainted with general M&E principles, data collection and reporting requirements for CAHR and obtained practical skills on SyrEx2 database use for clients’ tracking. The participants received information on key requirements to service-related data collection (implementation of unique identifier code, data tracking at the point of service delivery, further data aggregation and analysis, etc.) for efficient use of SyrEx2 database and received examples of data recording and reporting formats that are compatible with SyrEx2. The practical sessions gave participants an opportunity to try themselves in data entering and reports generation and ask questions at the time they occurred.
    The overall opinion on the training was positive, participants considered the aim and objectives to be achieved. They mentioned the practical experience and acquaintance with the database as the most useful part of the training giving them an opportunity to present accurate information on the project progress. Participants also suggested having more exercising and conducting a refresher course in the future.
    The facilitators indicated that “the participants were highly motivated, since they had been experiencing a need in a service provision data tracking instrument for a while at the moment of the training delivery”. The next step planned by TS Hub shortly after the training will be adaptation of SyrEx2 database according to the needs of Kenyan partners.

Starting from June 5 till June 8 International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine (Alliance Ukraine) and Regional Technical Support Hub for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (TS Hub Kiev) hosted Middle East and North Africa Harm Reduction Association (MENAHRA) from Lebanon. 5 representatives from MENAHRA studied experience of the Alliance Ukraine in the implementation of the programme funded by the Global Fund.
The study tour visit consisted of group meetings with the Alliance Ukraine and TS Hub staff, individual consultations and field visits. There were individual meetings with specialists in different areas such as programme coordination and technical support, monitoring and evaluation, finance management and donor reporting, knowledge sharing and networking, procurement regulations, procedures and mechanisms. People taking part in the study tour visit had an opportunity to visit organisations in Kiev and to see the pharmacy project providing services to people who inject drugs (PID), substitution therapy programme and also the community centre for PID.
The programme of the visit has been created based on the needs and interests of the visiting organisation. During the visit representatives from MENAHRA learnt about the structure of services providing to vulnerable populations in Ukraine, Alliance Ukraine activities and experience of being the principal recipient of the programme funded by the Global Fund.
The feedback on the visit was very positive. Participants enjoyed all components of the programme, individual meetings with experts in different areas and a field visit, especially to the community centre where they could communicate with service providers and their clients.

What did you find the most useful about the visit?
“The individual sessions on technical support as well as the regional TS HUB. In addition, the meeting with the senior management team and the site visits were very interesting and useful.”
“The organization: agenda, flexibility, timing; the diversity of the subjects that cover on our needs; the TS: knowledge sharing; meeting with the Executive Director.”
They also expressed the wish to have longer individual meetings and to ask additional questions that arose later during the visit.
What would you make differently?
“I would have liked to have more time with the M&E team on the last day to tackle any new questions that came up, but the M&E team was kind enough to provide contact information in case any follow-up questions need answering.”
In the end of the study tour visit representatives from Lebanon shared their ideas on possible cooperation with the Alliance Ukraine and TS Hub Kiev.
How do you see our future collaboration?
“I’m very optimistic; I think we have many common interests in the field of HIV as long as in the field of Harm Reduction.”
“Future collaboration may be through the provision of technical support on certain areas and issues that MENAHRA needs to develop such as operational research and M&E database.”

10.05.2012 ICF “International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine”/”HIV/AIDS Technical Support Hub for Eastern Europe and Central Asia” announces recruitment to fill the posts of regional consultants to work with MARPs (IDUs, MSM, SW) in Eastern European countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Belarus, Moldova Russian Federation). Recruitment is announced due to implementation of the EU-funded Project “Broader Introduction of Effective HIV Prevention Strategies Targeting Populations at Most Risk in the ENPI-East Region”
Description of the project specifics and objectives and TOR for regional consultancy can be found on the web-site of “HIV/AIDS Technical Support Hub for Eastern Europe and Central Asia” in section “To be a Consultant”.
Deadline for applications: 6 pm, May 23, 2012. In case of your interest, please feel free to apply by sending your CV and Cover Letter to Dovbakh@aidsalliance.org.ua with copy to khmel@aidsalliance.org.ua .

A technical support visit to AntiAIDS Association (Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic) took place on 2 – 6 April, 2012. The visit has been conducted by Slava Kushakov and Dmytro Bielon.
Experts from Ukraine held meetings with the Secretariat of AntiAIDS Association, headed by Executive Director Chinara Bakirova. Meetings with other representatives from local and international representatives and stakeholders (UNDP Implementation Unit of the Global Fund Grants in Kyrgyz Republic, Local Fund Agent and others) took place as a part of the visit as well.
The main aim of this visit was to analyse the capacity assessment report of AntiAIDS Association and suggest technical support activities needed to strengthen the capacity of the organisation to implement the project funded by the Global Fund in Kyrgyz Republic. Besides, an attention of Ukrainian experts was paid to the development of programmatic, administrative and financial spheres of AntiAIDS Association as one of implementing partners of the project funded by the Global Fund.
The key point of the visit was the participation of representatives of Ukraine in general meeting of AntiAIDS Association founders, where they had possibility to highlight the preliminary results of the visit, to share their project implementation experience and to provide the answers to the questions.

In February-March 2012 TS Hub Kiev delivered technical assistance to International HIV/AIDS Alliance in India to introduce SyrEx software and adapt in for the country. On 1-2 March, 2012 in the frameworks of CAHR programme, experts from Ukraine Maria Samko and Vasyl Borschov introduced SyrEx software to 12 representatives from partner organisations of the Alliance India.
The two-days training organised by International HIV/AIDS Alliance in India that took place New Dehli was interactive and practical. Participants were trying to fill in the actual reporting forms with the list of indicators used in CAHR Project trying out all functions and reports available in SyrEx.
The overall feedback on the training was very positive and participants were looking forward to start using SyrEx in their daily work. One of the participants reflected in the evaluation form: "The workshop was easy and flexible. The practice sessions of the SyrEx software were the most useful ones. The participatory methods had been very helpful. Practicals were good and helped in learning. The software will be helpful in report collection and data management."

The workshop "Employment of active drug users in harm reduction projects" organised by KANCO took place on February 21-24, 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya and was facilitated by Konstantin Lezhentsev, TS Hub Kiev in the frameworks of CAHR programme. Involvement of people who use drugs in harm reduction programmes is the key principle of effecting HIV prevention intervention among vulnerable population. The workshop that gathered outreach workers, outreach teams' supervisors and project coordinators raised important issues related to the employment of people who use drugs in harm reduction projects. Such as advantages and disadvantages of drug users' employment, monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of their work, development of organisational policy towards drug users' employment and effective human resource management. Specific focus was made on describing Ukrainian and international experience of organisations that employ people who use drugs as their staff members. The key output of the workshop was the positive change in the attitude of participants towards employment of active drug users in harm reduction programmes. Participants also had an opportunity to discuss the structure and contents of the future publication on employment of active drug users in harm reduction projects that may serve as guidelines for practitioners working in the area of HIV prevention among people who use drugs.

From 9th to 13th of January 2012, Alliance Regional Technical Support Hub Kiev (TS Hub Kiev) provided technical support on Monitoring and Evaluation to Indonesian CAHR partner Rumah Cemara. During the visit the experts from Ukraine assessed monitoring and evaluation systems of Rumah Cemara and partner organisations implementing harm reduction projects in Indonesia. The aim of the visit was to identify what improvements can be made in monitoring and evaluation system and provide further recommendations.
Recommendations provided by consultants included suggestions on improvement of clients' registration system and Rumah Cemara received examples of clients' registration forms. Electronic database (SyrEx) has been presented to the organisation. And after having heard advantages and disadvantages of SyrEx database colleagues from Indonesia expressed their interest to adopt the database for organisations in their country. Adaptation action points have been discussed during the visit and TS Hub Kiev will start an adaptation process in the nearest future.

On 21-25 November 2011 a Training of trainers "Harm Reduction and outreach among injecting and non-injecting drug users" took place in Nairobi, Kenya. Facilitated by Julia Zhitkova and Oksana Kosenko, the training was aimed to improve training skills of participants and raise their skills and knowledge on Harm Reduction and outreach.
A team of 22 future trainers from different parts of Kenya consisting of outreach workers, outreach supervisors, addiction counsellors and managers from non-governmental organizations providing outreach services to vulnerable population received skills and knowledge that will build their capacity to conduct further trainings of outreach workers on a local level.
Training participants were very motivated to learn from Ukrainian experts and they demonstrated a great creativity in preparing their own sessions. Despite the fact that participatory learning approach was new to most of participants, they practised in developing their sessions using different participatory methods such as group work, brainstorming, ice-breakers, energisers and others which they are going to employ in their training practice.

Technical support visit to Kenya took place on November 1-10, 2011 and was conducted by Lyudmila Dmitriieva and Marina Braga (Alliance Ukraine Consultancy) who assisted KANCO, Kenya in conducting capacity needs assessment of local organisations and facilitating the workshop for their partners.
The aim of the visit was to prepare organisations to launch Harm Reduction projects. The team from Ukraine together with staff members from KANCO visited organisations in Nairobi, Mombasa, Malindi and Ukunda, met their staff and clients to assess their technical support needs and understand how system and procedures employed by organisations at this moment could be improved to start Harm Reduction projects.
During the workshop that took place on November 8-9 in Mombasa, participants received a feedback on capacity needs assessment results. It helped them to understand how to improve an overall management, administration and monitoring in their organisations. Individual sessions with workshop participants gave an opportunity to provide the feedback on project proposals submitted to KANCO and answer the questions on their finalisation.
Ms. Dmitriieva presented monitoring and evaluation system used by Ukrainian projects and facilitated a discussion on how M&E system in Kenyan NGOs could be improved based on experience of Ukrainian organisations. Participants were particularly interested in developing a unique clients' coding and introducing SyrEx database that may help organisations to calculate clients' coverage more accurately.

31 October – 04 November 2011 a visit on horizontal experience exchange in the sphere of technical assistance (TA) in Ukraine and its region took place.
Alliance Ukraine and Hub hosted their colleagues from Alliance India (Joydeep Sen, Manager: Technical Support Hub, and Shaleen Rakesh, Director: Technical Support India HIV/AIDS Alliance). In the result of this visit the guests had the opportunity to see the functioning of TA system, the development of skills in providing the services, the systems of resource centers, designing of innovative projects, operational research implementation, and the spread of the best practices in Alliance Ukraine.
Together with the representatives of Alliance Ukraine the colleagues from Alliance India analyzed not only HUB operational manual in TA, providing its quality, they also discussed the perspectives of collaboration in the international projects on TA to grantees GFTAM, the potential development on USAID means, organization of training exchange between Ukraine and India in the sphere of AIDS-TB, mobilization of WSW communities, STI, sexual and reproductive health services.

The first review and re-planning meeting of CAHR partners took place on October 17-21 in Kiev and has been hosted by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine. The meeting was dedicated to summing up the temporary results of the project and to planning of its future events. One of its most important aims was the experience exchange in the sphere of harm reduction. The participants of the meeting visited syringe exchange points, outpatient clinics, community centres for injection drug users and sex workers, pharmacists’ etc. During these site visits the participants had the opportunity not only to communicate with the clients but to watch the work of the volunteers and the staff as well. The meeting gathered partners from Malaysia, India, Indonesia, India, Ukraine and the UK. That was the first opportunity for partners from different countries to meet, share their ideas as a part of this multi-country project.
The participants of the meeting are:

  • Anton Mulyana, Rumah Cemara, Indonesia
  • Bibi Mbete, KANCO, Kenya
  • Charanjit Sharma, Alliance India
  • Jenithaa Santhirasekaran, Malaysian AIDS Council, Malaysia
  • Sonal Mehta, Alliance India
  • Ann Fordham, International Drug Policy Consortium
  • Anton Ofield-Kerr, Alliance Secretariat
  • Enrique Restoy, Alliance Secretariat
  • Georgina Kane, Alliance Secretariat
  • Helen Parry, Alliance Secretariat
  • Simon Mollison, Alliance Secretariat
  • Susie McLean, Alliance Secretariat
  • Slava Kushakov, CAHR Management Unit
  • Tetiana Deshko, CAHR Management Unit
  • Marina Braga, Alliance Ukraine Consultancy

On 10-12 October 2011 in Moscow, Russia, the International Forum "Millennium Development Goal 6 in Eastern Europe and Central Asia" took place.
Representatives of governments, scientific community and civil society participated in the Forum. Anna Dovbakh was the Regional Technical Support Hub representative. Besides, the Executive Director of International HIV/AIDS Alliance Alvaro Bermejo was present and made a presentation about MARPs in the region.
Representatives of the Russian authorities, foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and the President's assistant Arkadiy Dvorkovich, in their speeches highlighted Russia's desire to become one of the main donors of the response to HIV/AIDS epidemic. Also, the decision of the Russian government to allocate 500 millions USD for RUSAID (Russian International Development Agency) creation was sounded.
During the session on consolidation of efforts of the public organizations, the next MDG summit was appointed on September 2013.
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Alliance Technical Support Hub together with KANCO, partner organisation from Kenya organised and conducted a workshop to develop a package for HIV prevention services for drug users. The workshop that took place in Nairobi on September 27 – 29 was facilitated by Konstantin Lezhentsev and Marina Braga. 11 participants from local NGOs got acquainted with Harm Reduction principles, methods and approaches of HIV prevention services delivery to drug users and designed a framework for needles and syringes exchange programme that is going to start in December 2011.  

20-22 September 2011 in Mauritius, Port – Luis, the 2nd Conference on Harm Reduction: Towards a Client Centred Approach was held. It was organized by CUT (Collectif Urgence Toxida) and gathered NGOs and GOs from the Indian Ocean region and some African countries such as Kenya and Morocco. Experience of Mauritian organisations, which have been implementing Harm reduction programmes starting from 2006, was widely presented there. Alliance Technical Support Hub assisted in organising the visit for representatives from Kenya to attend the Conference and to do a study tour visit. 

On 22-24 August 2011, in Irpin, Ukraine, regional consultancy "Community systems strengthening for key affected groups in Central Asia and Eastern Europe region". The meeting was organized by GFATM, EHRN, ECUO and International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine. Regional Technical Support HUB also participated in the organization and supported the event financially. Representatives of IDU, MSM and PLHA communities, whose national organizations are able and planning to apply for GFATM Round 11, were invited to the meeting together with the experts from international and UN agencies. Altogether, consultancy meeting was attended by 48 representatives and experts from 10 countries of the region. The primary objective of this consultancy was providing technical assistance to the participants on including CSS component in the Proposals to GFATM Round 11.
Consultation was organized in the form of group work of the representatives of organizations from Eastern Europe and Central Asia countries and the representatives of regional ones. Each team had an expert from international organization (such as UN, WHO, GIZ) or from one of the countries, that have had successful experience of including CSS in the previous GFATM Proposals (Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan). So, the accent was made both on quality preparation of CSS components and on coordination of the community organizations on the national level. On the links below you can find presentations about approaches and methods, used in Ukraine, to mobilize the MSM / LGBT community, and about the process of preparation to apply for GFATM.
Allince best practice on community mobilisation
Methods and dynamics of mobilization...

A meeting with managers of the Alliance's Technical Support Hubs was conducted in UK on 18-20 July. The main goal of this meeting was to support the Hubs in strategically positioning themselves in relation to the changing Global Fund grants TA landscape.
The objectives of the meeting were:
To review the general civil society Global Fund footprint, grant performance and needs.
To familiarise Hub managers with changes in the Global Fund architecture and changing TA dynamics in relation to the Global Fund.
To identify the Hubs' strengths, weaknesses and opportunities in providing TS to Global Fund grantees.
To understand the key components of a costed TA plan.
To understand the key GF value add from quality standards, coordinate regional marketing processes, access stakeholders, including CCMs and grantees, and develop a marketing and communication strategy for each region.
To ensure that Hub managers are able to articulate the key value add of the Alliance TA offered to support the Global Fund grants.

11-15 July, 2011 in Kyiv, Ukraine, with support of the Hub, took place Regional Workshop on HIV and Drug Use. This workshop brought together government officials, civil society representatives, multilateral agency representatives and US Government (USG) field staff from select countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and provided them with up-to-date and evidence-based information about the best practices, lessons learned, and impact of high-quality HIV prevention and care programming for people who inject drugs in the region. During the workshop, focus was made on sharing tools and knowledge that will help participants advocate for and extend the support of services for people who inject drugs in Eastern Europe and Central Asian countries where epidemiological data indicate the need for these services.

Billy Pick, USAID

Richard Needle, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator

During the presentation "PEPFAR's approach to implementation science"

Leland Zhijun, CDC, China, and Kostyantyn Dumchev, CDC, Ukraine.

July 11, 2011 in Vilnius, Lithuania will be meeting on the Technical Capacity Building management and modalities in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia with the participation of TS HUB representatives. During this meeting will be discussing country needs, management of assistance, performance evaluation and quality control, type of data basis of consultants.
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Regional meetings of all stakeholders took place in Belarus, Russia and Moldova from 11 to 20 May 2011. Package of services for prevention, care and support for MSM, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people was discussed.

Regional meetings of all stakeholders took place in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan from 9 to 15 April 2011. Package of services for prevention, care and support for MSM, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people was discussed.

30.11.2010 The report "Men Having Sex with Men in Eastern Europe: Implications of a Hidden Epidemic" was produced by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Regional Technical Support Hub for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the Alliance-Ukraine in cooperation with Management Sciences for Health (MSH) under the auspices of AIDSTAR-Two, a USAID-funded project, and was released today. According to the report, enhanced action at the country and regional levels in Eastern Europe is urgently needed to address the hidden HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men. For full version of the report in Russian and in English visit http://www.aidstar-two.org/

Meeting under the project "Signs of a Hidden HIV Epidemic: Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in E&E Countries" was successfully completed 5-7 May, in Yerevan, Armenia.
Participants of the meeting were representatives of USAID, ICF International HIV/AIDS (Secretariat), World Health Organization, UNDP consultant, ICF «International HIV / AIDS in Ukraine» consultants and lenders of local organizations.

28.01.2010 The Alliance Regional Technical Support Hub (Hub) is announcing the competition for local/regional consultants to conduct  Situation and Response Assessment
"Eastern Europe and Central Asia Signs of a Hidden HIV Epidemic: Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in E&E Countries"

Timeframe for the consultancy: February – April, 2010
Countries of assessment: Albania, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Russia, Belarus, and Moldova.

Please find enclosed detailed Terms of Reference.

11.01.2010  In 2009 Alliance conducted several operational research.
  In 2009 Alliance launched a new type of research – operational research. The main objective of this research - to provide executives and project managers necessary information to improve programme planning, identify ways to resolve problem situations and management decisions. In 2009, together with partner NGOs conducted operational research: "Evaluation of the introduction of gender sensitive approaches to HIV prevention projects and harm reduction among IDUs," "Experimental study of the effectiveness of customer acquisition in MSM projects through the online social networks", "Study of opportunities to improve access of FSW to STI treatment programmes", "Evaluating the effectiveness of HIV prevention programmes in penitentiary institutions" and "Formative research among IDUs who use handicraft stimulant drugs".

17.12.2009 December 17th - The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Press -release  

08.12.2009 Make a child dream come true!
St. Nicolas Day, New Year's Eve and Christmas holidays are almost here. It is the time when all of us are looking for miracles to happen and it is within our power to make those dreams come true for children!
On December 19th, 2009 ICF "International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine" will conduct a charitable event, named "Letter to St. Nicolas", to help HIV-positive children. The event is aimed to support HIV-positive children, who are currently under the "Treatment Clinics for HIV-infected/ AIDS children" center treatment (Ohmatdyt). They have written their wish-letters to St.Nicolas. Collected letters will be spread among our staff, friends and partners to make all wishes some true.
Our goal is to make St. Nicolas Day the real holiday for children with presents and surprises.
Any support and help in the celebration is welcomed!
Thus, organizing the New Year's celebration: "Young Art against AIDS" at the premises of the "Treatment Clinics for HIV-positive/ AIDS children" Alliance plans to collect:
Clothes and footwear
Books and discs
New Year's tree decorations
Baby body-care cosmetics and materials
Handcrafts materials for master classes
Contact: Irina 050 986 78 27, Darya 066 235 85 09

Info note dedicated to the World AIDS Day:
Overcoming HIV/AIDS in spite of crisis   
Regional Events Schedules:

12.11.2009 Info note
"Methadone substitution maintenance therapy will be available all over Ukraine"   

09.11.2009 Ukraine was worthily represented on the Third Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS Conference  

26.09.2009 Alliance-Ukraine is participating in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS Conference (EECAAC)
The Third Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS Conference (EECAAC) will be held in Moscow on October 28-30/ Conference is the leading regional forum on public health and HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the third EECAAC 2009 conference is to strengthen regional cooperation, and join efforts towards fighting HIV/AIDS and achieving the goal of Universal Access to HIV prevention, treatment and care. Alliance-Ukraine staff will make several presenations on the conference as well as posters on actual problems of overcoming of HIV/AIDS epidemics in Ukraine – substitution therapy, prevention among vulnerable groups, overcoming of stigma and discrimination, etc. Also satellite 'Technical Support: Does it really help in HIV/AIDS work?" will be held on October 29 (17.00 – 18.30). Special attention will be dedicated to summarizing of two big programs implemented by Allaince-Ukraine - funded by Round 1 Global Fund Program and SUNRISE.

29.09.2009 Info note
'Equal opportunities for drug treatment in Ukrainian prison settings' .  

22.09.2009 Alliance – Ukraine with national partners is celebrating the completing the 1 round programm
On September 22 Alliance-Ukraine hold the Completion conference for 5-year program "Overcoming the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Ukraine" supported by Global Fund in 1 round (January 2003 - March 2009). Representatives of more than 85 national and regional/local community and government organizations as well as international organizations attended the conference. Among successes achieved with the Round 1 grant the ART and SMT treatment were named as well as general success in civil society leadership and building strong and sustainable national commitment for focused prevention and care and support for vulnerable groups. The meeting becomes good start for discussion for the current challenges in national HIV response.

Presentation "Lessons of the 1st Global Fund Grant Programme - Looking forward into the Future". Andriy Klepikov, Alliance Ukraine, 22 September 2009   

Regional Technical Support Hub for Eastern Europe and Central Asia:
5 Dymytrova St., building 10A, 9the floor, 03680, Kiev, Ukraine Tel.: (+380 44)490 54 85 Fax: (+380 44)490 54 89 E-mail: Vlasta Brodska, Director of Regional Technical Support HUB; Anna Dovbakh, Senior Manager