As a technical assistance partner to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ukraine (CDC-UA) since 2009, our Global Strategic Information (GSI) group provides training and technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and local partners to build local capacity in strategic information, including

  • Epidemiologic surveillance
  • Data science
  • Manuscript and proposal writing

GSI’s partners in Ukraine include the CDC-UA, the Ministry of Health, the Alliance for Public Health, Ukraine, and the Ukrainian Center of Family Medicine (UCFM).

Data Driven Science

Data Triangulation and Use

GSI provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Health in collating, reviewing, analyzing and interpreting national HIV data from multiple sources, primarily from case reporting and risk-group bio-behavioral surveys. Findings from this triangulation exercise were used to inform strategic planning, including the identification of high-risk populations and geographies. It also has resulted in regional triangulation exercises in eight regions: Cherkassy, Chernigov, Dnipropetrovska, Kherson, Kyiv City, Kyiv Oblast, Mykolaiv, and Odessa, which local consultants managed.

Training and Education

Training and Capacity-Building for Program Improvement

GSI works closely with the Alliance for Public Health, Ukraine on their Monitoring and Evaluation-related Technical Assistance and Improved Data application in HIV (METIDA) project. Under METIDA, GSI and the WHO Collaborating Centre for HIV Strategic Information, Zagreb build capacity by coordinating trainings of local professionals, including epidemiologists, clinicians, basic scientists and non-governmental staff. Trainings cover topics such as program evaluation implementation, including data collection, analysis, and use; data quality monitoring; data visualization and dashboards; and research, with a focus on publications and proposal writing.

Advancing Human Resource Capacity in Public Health 

GSI collaborated with Deloitte and the UCFM to develop a four-week public health certificate program for the first cadre of public health professionals in Ukraine. Launched in October 2016, the program requires coursework in:

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Public Health Systems, Policy, Ethics, Law, Management, and Leadership
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Public Health (including Surveillance)
  • Public Health Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Data Quality, Data Use and Informatics
  • Public Health Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation