HIV / AIDS Issues in the military units of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine discussed during the roundtable

The conference hall of the ALFAVITO Hotel hosted a round table on "HIV / AIDS in the military units of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine", organized by the NGO "International Institute for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis".

The meeting was held within the framework of the PEPFAR project "HIV / AIDS Prevention in the Armed Forces of Ukraine: Testing and Counseling, Reducing the Risk of Infection in the Battlefield". The purpose of the event was to discuss the status of providing a package of services to servicemen with HIV / AIDS and the procedure of interaction of medical units of the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine on the basis of patient-orienting approach.

Participating in the event were organizations working with or involved in combating HIV / AIDS, in particular, the Center for Public Health, the Office of Defense Cooperation at the US Embassy, ​​the Department of Preventive Medicine, and the Health Service of the National  Guards of Ukraine, National Scientific Center of Odessa Regional Center of Socially Significant Diseases and others.

Під час засідання круглого столу піднімались питання епідемічної ситуації з ВІЛ-інфекції/СНІДу в Україні та серед військовослужбовців, виявлення ВІЛ-інфекції в лавах Національної гвардії України, шляхи з удосконалення взаємодії медичних підрозділів  МО та МОЗ України щодо надання пакету послуг військовослужбовцям ЗС України з ВІЛ-інфекцією/СНІДом на основі пацієнт-орієнтованого підходу, захист прав ВІЛ-позитивних військовослужбовців, надання психологічної та духовної допомоги ВІЛ-інфікованим військовослужбовцям, у т.ч. в зоні бойових дій та інше.

During the roundtable, were raised questions on the epidemic situation of HIV / AIDS in Ukraine and among military personnel, identification of HIV infection in the ranks of the National Guard of Ukraine, ways to improve the interaction of medical units of the MOD of Ukraine and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine on the provision of military services, protection of the rights of HIV-positive servicemen, providing psychological and spiritual assistance to HIV-infected servicemen, incl. in the war zone.

«Сьогоднішня зустріч стане важливим кроком в подальшому подоланні епідемії ВІЛ/СНІДу. Для цього ми висуваємо наступні пропозиції:  створити робочу групу з медичної служби МО України, Національної гвардії України та Міністерства охорони здоров’я України, а також впровадити міжвідомчу систему обліку ВІЛ-інфікованих – Медичну Інформаційну Систему» - зазначила виконавчий директор МГО «Міжнародний інститут проблем ВІЛ/СНІДу та туберкульозу» Лариса Доброскок.

"Today's meeting will be an important step in furthering the HIV / AIDS epidemic. We make the following suggestions: to create a working group on medical service of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the National Guard of Ukraine and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, as well as to introduce an interagency system of accounting for the HIV-infected - Medical Information System ”, - said the project coordinator Dobroskok Larysa.

Memorandum of Cooperation between NGO International Institute for HIV / AIDS and Tuberculosis and National Guard of Ukraine was signed

On August 29, a memorandum of cooperation was signed between representatives of the International Non-Governmental Organization "International Institute for HIV / AIDS and Tuberculosis" and the National Guard of Ukraine.

The main objective of this partnership is to eradicate the HIV / AIDS epidemic and tuberculosis by the end of 2030. Such cooperation will also include the fight against hepatitis and the prevention and detection of other socially dangerous infections in servicemen of the National Guard of Ukraine.

Reference: "Sustainable Development Goals" - key directions of development of the countries, agreed at the UN Summit on Sustainable Development. They replaced the Millennium Development Goals, which expired at the end of 2015. The Sustainable Development Goals are approved for the period from 2015 to 2030 and have 17 Global Goals that meet 169 objectives.

The blood center of the National Military Medical Clinical Center received the equipment

On the 5 of September, in the laboratory department of the Blood Center of the National Military Medical Clinical Center "Main Military Clinical Hospital" a ceremony for the transfer the immunological analyzer "Arkitekt i1000 SR" was held. 

The purchase of the equipment was performed by the International Institute for HIV / AIDS and Tuberculosis within the PEPFAR project.

The event was attended by: deputy chief of Medical Service of the Armed Forces of Ukraine colonel of medical service Andriy Galushka, director of the International Institute for HIV / AIDS and Tuberculosis Eliot Pearlman, chief of the Office of Defense Cooperstion, U.S. Embassy Kyiv Daniel Miller, Medical Advisor, Office of Defense Cooperation Mr. James  Cahill, chief of the National Military Medical Clinical Center major-general of medical service Anatoliy Kazmirchuk, deputy chief of the Central sanitary and epidemiological department of MOD of Ukraine, Lt. Col. Sergey Morgun and PEPFAR Embassy Interagency Coordinator Mrs. Alice Wolfram.

The collaboration of the "International Institute for HIV / AIDS and Tuberculosis with the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, in particular with the Blood Center, has a long history. Previously, freezers and thermal containers for exporting blood components, as well as centrifuges for separating blood components, had already been delivered under the program. The Arkitekt i1000 SR immunological analyzer is the latest addition in this reform process. This equipment will allow testing of about 100 blood samples per week, and if it necessary, these indicators can be increased several times," - said the director of the International Institute for HIV / AIDS and Tuberculosis, Elliot Pearlman.

The equipment is already installed and operational. In addition, the manufacturer provided training for professionals who are now working with this unit.

"Such measures make Ukraine stronger. We know that international defense cooperation is alarming to aggressor countries" - said colonel of medical service Andriy Galushka.

The device is much easier to operate and allows faster, cheaper and more likely to detect hemocontact pathogens than previous manual tests for ELISA antibodies. Thus, in future, number of uncertain and false-positive results will significantly decrease. Such detection of contaminated blood is the most important component of all blood software.

Also chief of the Office of Defense Cooperstion, U.S. Embassy Kyiv Daniel Miller was taking part in the event, who noted the complexity of the work done: "This is a huge step in transformation of medical care that is taking it to the next level. I am very proud that America was able to contribute to this. Blood safety program should be at the highest level".

The threats facing Ukraine now do not pay attention to which organization or agency person belongs to or what chevrons he|she wearing. That is why we must by all possible means contribute to solving the pressing problems of today. It is extremely valuable that we can improve the work and capabilities that Ukrainian military medicine has achieved" - said Mr. James  Cahill. 

 

What we will talk about during the roundtable on "Combating HIV infection in the Armed Forces of Ukraine"?

We would like to remind that on September, 9 at 10.00 in the conference hall of the Hotel "ALFAVITO" will be held a roundtable on the topic: "Combating HIV infection in the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine". Organizer of the event: NGO "International Institute HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis". The round table meeting will be held within the framework of the PEPFAR project "HIV/AIDS Prevention in the Armed Forces of Ukraine: Testing and Counseling, Reducing the Risk of Infection in the Battlefield".

The following questions will be raised during the round table meeting:

- the epidemic situation of HIV / AIDS in Ukraine and among the military personnel of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine;

- ways to improve the interaction of the medical units of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine on the provision of a package of services to the military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with HIV / AIDS on the basis of a patient-oriented approach;

- providing psychological assistance to HIV-infected servicemen, including in the combat zone.

It should be noted that the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia is the only one region in the world where the number of HIV infections and AIDS deaths is increasing. At an international scientific conference in Mexico City (July 21, 2019), UNAIDS Regional Director stressed that the HIV situation in the region was a serious cause for concern. Current approaches to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV, including the fight against discrimination, are being implemented but the coverage of such programs, the quality of the programs and the impact of such programs are not perfect.

The number of HIV-infected people in Ukraine in the period 1987-2018 was 333.7 thousand people, of which 111 thousand were diagnosed with AIDS; 48, 5 thousand people have already died from AIDS-related illnesses. There are only 142.06 thousand people under medical supervision, which is 49.7% with the target of 90%. One in every hundred citizens between the ages of 15 and 49 is infected with HIV, which is one of the highest rates among countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The incidence of HIV infection among military personnel reflects the overall situation in society and requires immediate intervention.

 

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