STOP TB Partnership and Zero TB Cities visit to Odesa

On 15-17 January 2018, representatives of the STOP TB Partnership and the Zero TB Cities Initiative visited Odesa to study tuberculosis (TB) situation in Odesa region, to get acquainted with the city TB control program and to develop recommendations to strengthen the 2018-2020 city program and the TB response strategy.

The visit included a meeting with the chief specialists of the Odesa TB service with presentation of the results of TB situation assessment and the relevant municipal report; meeting with management of the Odesa City Council Health Department with presentation of the 2018-2020 HIV/TB program; and a meeting with civil society organizations implementing TB prevention and treatment projects in Odesa and the region. Besides, a meeting was held with administration of the Odesa regional TB service.

On January 16, 2018 an official meeting and a press conference took place in the Odesa City Council with the participation of partners of the STOP TB Partnership and the Zero TB Cities, concerning changes in the approaches to health and health care, counteracting TB at the city level and the preparation of VII City Health International Conference, that will be held on 13-14 September, 2018 in Odesa.

The visit included introducing the experience and results of the implemented model for TB treatment in the outpatient phase “Results-based financing for the provision of controlled treatment of outpatients with TB” in the framework of the ” Fast-track TB/HIV responses for key populations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia Cities” project.

The work in this area began in July 2017. As of January 10, 2018, 63 patients have been treated at the outpatient clinic with the help of nurses of the Center of primary health care (CPHC), 5 patients have completed treatment with the result that “the treatment is completed successfully” and there was no interruption in treatment. 8 out of 11 CPHC in Odesa work in this direction of treatment.

During the visit with international experts, the representatives of the STOP TB Partnership and the Zero TB Cities shared the experience of TB fighting in other countries with medical personnel and social workers.

When taking stock of the visit, the experts recommended to expand the screening of the surroundings of patients with TB, to expand the coverage of outpatient treatment of TB and to prevent interruption in treatment, and to implement a DOT-video in the offices of controlled treatment. These and other recommendations that will be provided soon will be reflected and taken into account in the municipal program on HIV/TB for 2018-20.