The second lecture for the students of the School of Public Health at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy on the topic "The role of civil society in addressing the TB epidemic in Ukraine: historical perspective and Good Governance" took place.
On the 20th of November, 2015 INGO "IHATI" in collaboration with the School of Public Health at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy provided a lecture for students on the theme: "The role of civil society in addressing the TB epidemic in Ukraine: historical perspective and Good Governance". The lecture was held within the framework of the project “Let the Fresh Air In”: bringing UKMA Public Health Students into the National TB Response, which is being implemented through support provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Strengthening Tuberculosis Control in Ukraine (STbCU) project.
The lecturer was Dr. Eliot J. Pearlman MD, MPH & TM, MPA, Head of the Board of the INGO "International HIV/AIDS and TB Institute." During his speech he shared with the students his 16-year experience of working on TB in Ukraine along with the development of a strong civil society to address the TB epidemic in Ukraine.
A historical background was presented to the students showing the development of international and national NGOs working first with HIV issues and then transitioning later to deal with TB in Ukraine: the main directions and objectives of their work.
Critically important in the discussions was highlighting the strong influences of the Global Fund in Ukraine first with its support, prevention and treatment programs on HIV infection and then later on with TB infections. An adjunct to this was discussions and examples of the strong emphasis on good governance that was inherent to the Global Fund and its grants.
The main purpose of this presentation was to present and analyze together with the students which areas of public health require the development and which there are prospects for NGO activities in this area, to interest them as future professionals to actively work. At the end of his speech, Dr. Eliot once again reminded one of the main ideas of the "fresh air" that students are fresh air for health sector, and fresh air is an essential condition for the prevention of tuberculosis. He closed his lecture in paraphrasing a speech of the late President Kennedy dealing with the ideals of dedication, courage, integrity, and judgement. All characteristics that he felt the students of public health should nurture.
This event was made possible through support provided by the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Strengthening Tuberculosis Control in Ukraine (STbCU) project. The author’s views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Agency for International Development or the United States Government.