International non-governmental organization “International HIV/AIDS and TB Institute” in partnership with the Military-Medical Department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Central Sanitarian-Epidemiological Department of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and Ukrainian Military-Medical Academy conducted a training of trainers (ToT) on the Program «Prevention of HIV and other socially dangerous diseases among the military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine».
The training was held on June 22 – 25, 2015 at the premises of the Center of re-training and courses for managers of the Ministry of Income and Charges of Ukraine located at Kozin, Obukiv district, Kiev region. The representative of the Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) took part in the opening ceremony of the event. The Head of the IHATI Board, Dr. Eliot J. Pearlman, greeted the participants in his welcoming speech.
The event was organized in the frames of the support for technical assistance for the Armed Forces of Ukraine under the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (DHAPP PEPFAR). 25 participants, namely professors and cadets of the Ukrainian Military-Medical Academy, as well as the representative of the Central Sanitary-Epidemiological Department of the Ministry of Defense participated in this training of trainers.
During the four days of the ToT, the participants have been mastering the necessary skills for conducting information-educational sessions under the Program «Prevention of HIV and other socially dangerous diseases among the military of the Armed Forces of Ukraine». The above-mentioned Program has been developed as the manual with the detailed description of the training sessions (training exercises, duration of the sessions’ activities, advises for trainers and appendices). The Program includes four major topics: 1. HIV prevention. 2. Safe sex and prevention of the sexually transmitted infections; 3. Prevention and treatment of Tuberculosis and Hepatitises; 4. Prevention of abuse of the psychoactive substances. The above-mentioned topics are interrelated and include up-to-date information on the prevention of HIV and other socially dangerous diseases, prevention of drug and alcohol abuse and the consequences of such behavioral choices; and decision-making which will help keeping oneself and others healthy.
With the developed education-prevention program complemented by the specifically-tailored ToT, the participants will further train the young servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine at unit level in an interactive and engaging manner. In a broader sense, this training initiative with the new team of trainers will help to speed up the new approaches of prevention and health promotion work in the Ukrainian military.