meeting2On 21-22 February 2017, a working meeting of representatives of nongovernmental organizations (NGO) took place in Shymkent (Republic of Kazakhstan) within the framework of the project “Addressing Cross-Border TB, M/XDR-TB and TB/HIV among Labor Migrants in the Republic of Kazakhstan” with a focus on increasing effectiveness and potential of outreach workers and analyzing project performance.

The meeting was attended by managers, coordinators, social and outreach workers from NGOs, grant sub-recipients of eight regions where Project HOPE carries out its activities: Astana, Almaty, Aktau, Aktobe, Karaganda, Taraz, Taldykorgan, Shymkent. Representatives of Project HOPE, the National TB Center of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the International Organization for Migration were invited to participate as experts in the above event.

The participants familiarized themselves with the results of the project implementation on a nationwide scale and in each region. Achievements were reviewed and analyzed, obstacles and barriers for work were revealed, and a list of solutions of urgent problems was prepared. Developing Action plans for their organizations became a useful exercise for NGOs’ managers and coordinators. Outreach workers had the opportunity to increase their knowledge and improve their skills in informational and educational work among labor migrants.meeting3

Within the framework of the above meeting, training sessions were held, during which the skills in interpersonal communication between outreach workers and labor migrants were trained, issues of migration legislation and practical aspects of application thereof were discussed. A session on job burnout prevention was held for all the participants. Besides, participants familiarized themselves with the standards of developing press releases, success stories and other informational materials.

“This is our first working meeting in such interactive format. We were able to pay maximum attention to important details, to discuss the project activities, successes and difficulties, and to develop a plan for improvement of project effectiveness. Moreover, in the course of the meeting the exchange of experience in work with labor migrants took place; the aspects of tuberculosis prevention and treatment among target group were discussed. We will schedule such meetings in future,” – said Bakhtiyar Babamuradov, project manager/Representative of Project HOPE in the Republic of Kazakhstan.


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