TBEC Board Member, Olya Klymenko is, in addition to many other commitments, Chair of the Board for TBPeople Ukraine. Today, she will share a little information about TBPeople Ukraine’s history and development, as well as their current projects.

Black and white photo of Olya Klymenko, Chair of the Board for TBPeople Ukraine and TBEC Board MemberWhen I became ill in in 2015, I decided to help other people with TB. Over time, I gathered together a group of civil society activists, all of whom had also had TB at one point. They started to support patients on a volunteer basis. Meanwhile, in Ukraine, there were changes in legislation and the transition to a patient-centred treatment model began. We saw that there was a real chance to make genuine change at state level and speak for patients by using successful tools and practices so we started to learn more about what we could do. We joined TBPeople and in May 2018, by unanimous vote we took the decision to register as the organisation TBPeople Ukraine.

This not only gave us the chance to develop the global TB People network, but also to create national movements. Having registered as an official organisation, we became the first regional branch in the history of TBPeople.

Since then, we have been working on the following projects:

  1. ‘Support and Institutional Development of the TB Community’

This is implemented in consortium with the charitable organisations TBPeople, Light of Hope, and ‘100% of Life’ over the course of 2019.

Activity within the scope of the project is aimed towards development of regional embassies and thus strengthening the role of the society in forming of local policies in field of TB counteractions, and also towards strengthening of the positions at national level.

  1. ‘Powerful Community’

This project is implemented in consortium with TBPeople Ukraine and the civil organisation ‘Infection Control’, supported by 100% of Life, over the course of 2019. It aims to accelerate changes in treatment and prophylaxis of TB. Activity within the scope of the project is aimed towards development of the capability of the enterprise in assurance of inflectional security of regional embassies of the community and so to strengthen the role of the community in forming of local policies in the field of TB counteractions and also towards strengthening of the positions at national level.

  1. Project to adapt the ‘One Impact’ Mobile app.

This project is implemented by TB people Ukraine, powered by the Stop TB Partnership. The app has been developed to provide users with information on medical and social services for people living with TB. The project also has space for feedback in order to develop the app further. The project began on the 11thFebruary 2019 and will run until the 15thSeptember 2019.

  1. ‘Implementation of Innovative Instruments at Societal Level’

This project is implemented in consortium with TBPeople Ukraine, Light of Hope, and the Center for Health Policies and Studies. It aims to strengthen the role patients play in monitoring treatment quality, as well as providing social services for patients. It began on the 3rdJune 2019 and will run until the end of May next year.

There are some areas of these projects that are run solely by experts, but others are open to anyone interested and willing to take initiative. Our achievements are the result of the unification of everyone’s efforts an teamwork, as well as our partners’ support. We work a lot as volunteers, supporting patients, their families, children receiving treatment, and so some of our offices are constantly filled with members of the public, it’s never just staff.

We have our goals, our strategy, and our plan to realise them and we are ready to share our experience to help the global community become stronger and more influential.

You can follow TBPeople Ukraine on Facebook or our website.

For more information about Olya, you can read her background here.


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