Under the Program “Stop TB in Ukraine”, the following researches are planned for 2011-2013 with the financial support of the Global Fund:
Organizer – Charity Foundation “Development of Ukraine”:
- social study of TB knowledge, attitude, practice and behaviour in various population groups across Ukraine as of 2011
Organizer – International Charitable Foundation “International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine”:
- social study “Mapping TB diagnostic and preventive services for HIV/AIDS-positive people at the premises of AIDS Prevention and Fight Centres” (2012);
- operational study “Access for TB patients to voluntary HIV consulting and testing, its quality and further support regarding HIV diagnosis and treatment” (2013).
The performed studies did not cover all the directions which should have been studied in accordance with the recommendations.
2. Operational research should be conducted on:
a) factors involved in delays in case detection and barriers to access for vulnerable and other groups at risk (delays by patients or by doctors, laboratory performance);
b) the yield from case-finding among different groups actively screened for TB;
c) performance of institutions (length of stay, occupation rate, availability of drugs for treatment, rate of patient hospitalization, outcome);
d) case management – the default rate among vulnerable groups and patients who started the continuation phase in rayons (follow-up and DOT in the ambulatory phase, cohort analysis);
e) all aspects of delivery of services in both TB services and AIDS centres, including different ways of integrating services;
f) isoniazid preventive therapy and co-trimoxazole preventive therapy;
g) infection control, including successful ways of implementing individual and administrative measures.