Training in Ukraine: tuberculosis and harm reduction services integration and advocacy

During 25-27 September 2012, a training on tuberculosis (TB) and harm reduction (HR) services integration and advocacy was held in Kiev, Ukraine, organized by the WHO Knowledge Hub for Harm Reduction/Eurasian Harm Reduction Network and supported by WHO/Europe.

The main aim of the training was to increase the capacity of community-based organizations and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in the area of harm reduction in providing TB related services and technical support and in engaging in advocacy actions to increase access to TB services for injecting drug users (IDUs). Eighteen people from Ukraine, Republic of Moldova, Russia and Uzbekistan participated in the training, including representatives from civil society organizations, IDUs and people living with HIV and/or hepatitis C.

The training was based on the WHO guidelines for TB treatment and care as well as the draft training module "Developing tuberculosis treatment services for people who use drugs". Taking into account the experiences and lessons learned during this training, the draft training module will be finalized in autumn 2012 as part of the work under the EC-WHO grant agreement on harm reduction: Scaling up access to high-quality harm reduction, treatment and care for injecting drug users in the WHO European Region.