Regional Knowledge Hub for the Care and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in Eurasia

In response to the rapidly increasing HIV/AIDS pandemic in the region, the independent, non-governmental Regional Knowledge Hub for the Care and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in Eurasia was established in 2004 and is supported by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the World Health Organization's Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Euro) in conjunction with the American International Health Alliance (AIHA).

The Knowledge Hub serves as a crucial capacity-building mechanism for reaching WHO’s “3 by 5” targets in the region by providing a unified, evidence-based, organizational framework for national efforts to build the health system capacity necessary to provide high-quality care to HIV-infected individuals. Its activities focus primarily on designated priority countries, including Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, and Ukraine, which are currently experiencing some of the fastest growing rates of new HIV infections in the world.

Like a hub of a wheel, the centre axis from which many spokes radiate, the Regional Knowledge Hub is the nucleus of a multi-pronged approach to improve HIV/AIDS care and treatment in Eurasia. Components include

By bringing together a community of global and regional experts on HIV/AIDS and patients living with the disease, the Regional Knowledge Hub provides a wide range of networking and information exchange opportunities; serves as an organizing point for providing treatment and care throughout the region; and promotes systems reform and absorptive capacity.

The main objective of the Knowledge Hub is to create the human resource capacity necessary to provide care to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) by developing expertise among healthcare professionals, cultivating training capacity so knowledge and skills can be passed on to others, and massing a body of evidence-based resources and informational materials. To do this, the Knowledge Hub is collaborating with international experts and educational institutions throughout the region to develop and provide a series of training workshops and online resources designed to give practitioners the skills necessary to improve care for PLWHA. The Knowledge Hub is looking to expand its list of strategic partners and plans to work with affiliated capacity-building centers throughout the region to precipitate change.

As part of a concerted effort to bring HIV/AIDS expertise physically closer to Russian-speaking healthcare providers, the Knowledge Hub is based in Ukraine at the National Medical Academy of Post Graduate Education (NMAPE), an affiliate of the Ukrainian AIDS Prevention Centre.

Tasked with developing a cadre of well-trained, knowledgeable, and skilled professionals who will work in close collaboration with community-based organizations dedicated to providing care and social support to PLWHA, the Knowledge Hub is part of a synergistic network that includes two similar centers in the European Region — one that focuses on harm reduction and another that concentrates on HIV second generation surveillance. These centers are designed to build technical capacity in countries throughout Eurasia as they work to effectively access and utilize grants available through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and other large-scale donor organizations. All three centers operate within the framework of WHO’s GTZ-funded project, “Capability Strengthening for Improved Utilization of Financial Resources to fight HIV/AIDS.” While the Knowledge Hub provides some direct technical assistance to establish collaborative links among institutions involved in HIV-related care in the region, its broader purpose is to serve as a coordinating mechanism. As such, it taps into the strengths of the many international, regional, and local organizations that are committed to assisting these countries meet the challenges of providing clinical services and social support to PLWHA.

In collaboration with the EurasiaHealth AIDS Knowledge Network, the Knowledge Hub also seeks to provide health professionals in Eurasia with the most current guidelines and research on the care and treatment of the disease.
Contact information: 

Regional Knowledge Hub for the Care and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in Eurasia

American International Health Alliance
2nd Tverskaya-Yamskaya St.,
16/18 Eight Floor, Suite 823
Moscow 125047 Russia
Phone: (495) 250-3072; 1328; 3483 Fax: (495) 797-4780
www.AIDSKnowledgeHub.org

For all information on the Regional Knowledge Hub and its programs, please contact

Inna Jurkevich
Regional Director, AIHA/Russia,
E-mail: i.jurkevich@aiha.ru
or
Natalia Khaldeeva

Senior Program Coordinator, AIHA/Russia
E-mail: n.khaldeeva@aiha.ru

For inquiries concerning the Web site of the Regional Knowledge Hub, please contact

Grigory Naumovets, Information and Communication Technology Coordinator
E-mail: gri@aiha.kiev.ua.