Yuliia Kalancha, TBEC Executive Director
Yuliia Kalancha joined TBEC team as an Advocacy and Policy Manager in February 2019 to support TB affected communities and civil society in their advocacy efforts towards people-centered TB care.
Yuliia is a specialist in European Union law and has a passion for volunteering. Since 2011 Yuliia has been working in the field of public health and has been involved in the processes related to the widening of access to treatment at the national, regional, and international levels. Before joining TBEC she worked at AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Ukraine as an advocacy/marketing coordinator and as project coordinator for “Healthcarers”. She also dealt with procurement issues at the All-Ukrainian Charitable Organization “All-Ukrainian Network of PLWH” and the Ukrainian CDC.
The main areas of Yuliia’s expertise are related to community mobilization and involvement of grassroots communities in the international advocacy on access to essential medicines, creation, development, design, and implementation of advocacy activities and campaigns, as well as monitoring of procurement of drugs and medical appliances. Yuliia took over the duties of TBEC Director in August 2020
Aleksandra Vasylenko, TBEC PR Manager
Since 2008, Aleksandra Vasylenko has been professionally engaged in communications in the social and medical fields, particularly in those issues where it is possible and needed to influence the change in public opinion and behavior. Aleksandra has proven experience in communication activities in public, private, and non-profit organizations. For the first time, she was involved in communication work in the field of TB control in 2011 within the framework of the Global Fund project “Stop TB in Ukraine”. Later she continued her work at the ICF “Alliance for Public Health”, on behalf of TBEC which was a partner in the TB-REP project. This experience provided an opportunity not only to expand knowledge about the problem of the disease in the EECA region but also to get acquainted with national aspects and approaches in TB control, to promote the exchange of useful information among CSOs in the countries of the region and to study in detail the best practices of implementing people-centered approaches.
In addition, Aleksandra Vasylenko has been responsible for coordinating the 4-years activities of the inter-factional deputy association “Parliament Platform to Fight Tuberculosis” in Ukraine since its establishment in 2017.
In the course of her work in the field of TB control, Ms. Vasylenko has continually interacted with TBEC and since June 2020, as a Communications Consultant, she had the opportunity to directly participate in the work of the Coalition. Since August 2020, Aleksandra joined the TBEC team as a PR Manager.
Kira Grozava, TBEC Program Manager
Kira joined TBEC team in February 2021. Prior to joining TBEC, Kira had a diverse experience of working in both public and private sectors related to administrative work, finance, and project management, including organizing events for international organizations, technical support, and project implementation. She was involved in the launching of Regional Technical Support Hub (hosted by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance to provide technical assistance on effective HIV/AIDS responses to civil society organizations and community networks, CCMs, and NGOs in Eastern Europe and Central Asia), ensuring that administrative and financial systems of the hub are in line with the organizational and local legal requirements, efficient financial management and reporting to sponsors of capacity building activities.
Kira has MA degree from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and PhD in Economics.
Lesia Khmel, TBEC Finance Manager
Lesia Khmel joined TBEC in April 2022. She has been working in the field of public health since 2002. Lesia has an extensive experience in finance, programme management, coordination and administration at a non-governmental sector as well as at public administration. She has more than 5 years of work in the field of coordinating different large-scale international and national projects as well as sub-grants. Among them are regional project for ENPI-East region countries on effective HIV Prevention Strategies introduction (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine), regional project on Data Quality Design (12 countries from Africa), on-line web-resource Help24 where on-line consultations are provided for the representatives of the key groups of Ukraine, set up and coordination of regional teams work on conducting quality assessment of HIV related services for KP provided by medical facilities in 12 regions of Ukraine and others. Lesia organized large-scale national and international trainings, workshops, conferences, meetings all over Ukraine and abroad (Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Armenia, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia etc.) She is actively involved into fundraising process and has understanding of work with many international donors such as EU, CDC, The Global Fund, USAID, SDC, UNAIDS, UNFPA and many others. In 2020 successfully completed the online courses from the University of Washington – “Project Management in Global Health” and “Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation”. In 2021 has completed the training course from Ukrainian Catholic University “Project Management”.
Vlada Rabinova, TBEC Program Manager
In April 2021, Vlada joined TBEC team. Since 2008 Vlada has been working in the field of public health, specializing in administration, coordination, programmatic and financial reporting within the framework of projects. She participated in the launch, development and implementation of the Regional Technical Support Center for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, during the period of work, more than 10,000 days of technical assistance were provided (2008-2016). She organized and support of major international and regional events (conferences, forums and trainings). She has unique knowledge of business processes in a profitable and unprofitable legal entity.
Vlada has a Master’s Degree in International Law, Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University.
Lesya Tonkonog, TBEC Program Manager
Lesya joined TBEC in mid-April 2022. She has been working in the sphere of public health since 2008. She started her career at Alliance for Public Health. Lesya has the extensive experience of administrative and program work at a non-governmental organization and at a profitable organization; more than 6 years of work in the sphere of coordinating different large-scale international and national projects as well as sub-grants. Among the projects she coordinated are the following: IBBS among PWUID and their sexual partners for more than 10 000 respondents in Ukraine (Integrated Bio-Behavioral Survey); the focal point for short technical assistance (the project funded by the GF); The National Monitoring campaign of the Transfer of Ukraine from the Bivalent to Trivalent Vaccine against Poliomyelitis (funded by WHO Ukraine); the survey on Values and preferences regarding HCV self-testing in UKRAINE (funded by FIND); International Training Course “Harm Reduction Academy”; on-line web-resource Help24 where on-line consultations are provided for the representatives of the key groups of Ukraine; organized numerous study visits and brought delegation to Ukraine for experience exchange from many countries, including but not limited to Kenya, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, UK etc. and many other projects. Lesya organized large-scale national and international trainings, workshops, conferences, meetings all over Ukraine and abroad (Kyrgyzstan, Istanbul, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Kenia, India, Kazakhstan, Sweden etc.) She is actively involved into fundraising process and has understanding of work with many international donors such as CDC, The Global Fund, The Red Cross, WHO, USAID, FIND, Viiv Healthcare, UNAIDS, UNICEF, AIDSfond, EATG and many others. In 2020 successfully completed the Training on Distant Management from Management Center, UK. In 2020 and 2021 successfully completed the courses from the University of Washington – “Project Management in Global Health” and “Fundamentals of Implementation Science”.
Olesya Murha, TBEC Administrative Officer
Olesya joined TBEC team in June 2022. Prior to joining TBEC, she had a diverse experience of work in civil society organizations and the non-profit sector, which was always of a humanitarian nature and was associated with administrative, pedagogical, and volunteering activities. Olesya has experience in organizing events for international organizations and missions in the field of migration management; contributed to numerous study visits, round tables, and conferences in regard to migration management (Pakistan, Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine). She was involved in the monitoring of the detention conditions (provision of medical care, human rights protection, etc.) in places of temporary detention for refugees and migrant accommodation centers.
Over the past few years, Olesya has been actively involved in volunteering (teaching children from low-income families of Iranian and Syrian refugees in southern Turkey) and in the educational field in Ukraine (launching a school and working as a teacher).
Olesya received a Master’s degree in Administrative Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, National Technical University of Ukraine” I. Sikorsky KPI”, and also she completed a Technology Governance course at the Tallinn Technical University, Estonia.