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Success Stories

JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. successfully implemented the Together for Health for the U.S. Agency for International Development from 2005 to 2011. For further information on project activites, visit the TfH page on jsi.com.


By reaching an estimated 300,000 people through informational materials on family planning and reproductive health and 9.9 million people through mass media communications, Together for Health (TfH) has not only become a major presence in Ukrainian public health, but has had great success in working towards its main objectives to improve access to affordable FP/RH services and supplies. Over 7,300 doctors, mid-level personnel, pharmacists and provisors (pharmacists with higher educations) in oblasts throughout Ukraine have been trained by Together for Health to provide accessible and accurate family planning, reproductive health, and contraceptive information and services.

In addition, Together for Health has worked closely with the Ukrainian Ministry of Health and the National Medical Academy for Postgraduate Education (NMAPE) to update and improve the family planning and reproductive health curricula for medical postgraduate education to ensure a healthy future for the country. Educational programs and events ranging from widely-disseminated videos, theatrical productions, and art contests are constantly being organized for teens, young adults, and the general public. These are just a few examples of Together for Health's impact on the overall health of the Ukrainian people; read more success stories below.

Go to the Partnering to Keep Youth Safe Success Story.Partnering to Keep Youth Safe
September 2011 - On a warm autumn day in the small town of Derazhnya, Ukraine, a Peace Corps volunteer named Becky Robinson was scouring the internet for teaching materials on sexual education, family planning and reproductive health. She wanted to give these materials to the local school psychologist (in addition to any interested school teachers) who was preparing to teach high school students about healthy lifestyles. Becky and the school psychologist named Tetyana Solomyana knew...

Go to the Pieces of the Puzzle, a Multi-pronged Approach to Behavior Change Communication Activities Success Story.Pieces of the Puzzle, a Multi-pronged Approach to Behavior Change Communication Activities
September 2010 - Most of us remember as children, putting together a jig-saw puzzle, searching for the right pieces to complete the puzzle's picture. Perhaps, you still enjoy searching for puzzle pieces. Yet instead of finding the yellow puzzle piece to complete a flower's petal, you now search for pieces to one of life's many puzzles. Just as finding that missing piece makes a picture whole and complete, the same principle is true in life. In order to accomplish something that you truly desire, you need to...

Go to the TfH Launches Public-Private Partnership to Improve Access to FP/RH in Ukraine Success StoryUSAID Supports New Ways of Learning For New Health Care Standards
August 2010 - Over the last few decades, following the demise of the Soviet Union, Ukraine's health care system has undergone considerable changes. There has been a gradual transition of power from central to local initiatives, and standards for diagnosing and treating diseases are being implemented. Ukraine has ambitious plans to bring the quality of its health care services on par with those in the leading countries of the world. All of this requires a new way of thinking about health care organization...

USAID Facilitates Inter-Oblast Collaboration to Improve Access to FP/RH ServicesBringing Family Planning Services Closer to the People
July 2010 - Until recently, women and couples in Ukraine interested in family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) care had to go to obstetrician-gynecologists (ob-gyns)—who usually work in women's health care facilities in towns and cities—making geography a significant barrier for many people. In 2005, the USAID Together for Health (TfH) project set out to change that paradigm, by providing training, evidence-based information, and skills to enable family doctors and midlevel health...

Від сім'ї – до кримсько-татарської громадиReaching Families, Opening Doors in Crimean-Tatar Communities
May 2010 - This story takes place in Ploshchyne, a village in the Bahchysaray district of Crimea, where two young people fell in love and had a baby. Because the couple was not married, the young father's parents wouldn't accept the young mother, who, after giving birth, had no choice but to stay at the Center for Mother and Child. The fate of this mother and child may well have been grim had it not been for a change of heart on the part of the child's grandfather, who, stirred with mercy and...

USAID Facilitates Inter-Oblast Collaboration to Improve Access to FP/RH ServicesUSAID Facilitates Inter-Oblast Collaboration to Improve Access to FP/RH Services
April 2010 - USAID's Together for Health (TfH) project supports partnerships to improve reproductive health (RH) and family planning (FP) services in 15 oblasts across Ukraine. As Natalia Karbowska, Deputy Director of TfH explained, "The success of TfH is based upon collaboration between public and private organizations, professionals and laborers, young, and old. Each region, or oblast, develops its own strategy that best meets its specific public health challenges and operational organization...

Go to the Healthy  Parents—Healthy Children, Healthy Children—Healthy Future… Success StoryHealthy Parents—Healthy Children, Healthy Children—Healthy Future…
March 2010 - This title is a simple truth, which today is especially relevant, as maternal and child health are becoming a priority for government policy. This targeted focus makes sense, as the health status of children, newborns, mothers, and women of reproductive age (WRA) are often far from perfect. Thus, in Ukraine, government programs are now functioning alongside international organizations' projects. When the goals of non-government and government structures coincide—it can bring...

USAID Facilitates Inter-Oblast Collaboration to Improve Access to FP/RH ServicesFamily Planning Information in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast is Just a Phone Call Away
September 2009 - With USAID assistance, the population of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast now has a new way to receive family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) information as a part of the growing network of FP/RH services and resources in the region. With help from the Together for Health project (TfH), pharmacy chain Apteka No. 1 and the NGO Women's Information-Coordination Center (WICC) have launched telephone hotlines that individuals can call to receive objective, accurate, and confidential...

Sevastopol Health Department and USAID Tackle Reproductive Health IssuesSevastopol Health Department and USAID Tackle Reproductive Health Issues
July 2009 - In 2008, Sevastopol had the third highest abortion rate and the third lowest use of modern contraceptive in Ukraine, according to Ministry of Health statistics. The USAID-funded 2007 Demographic Health Survey found that the teenage pregnancy rates in the southern oblasts of Ukraine (including Sevastopol) were nearly twice the national average. "These statistics were alarming. For us health professionals, it was a wake up call," said Maryna Zimina, the head Ob-Gyn of the Sevastopol...

USAID Facilitates Inter-Oblast Collaboration to Improve Access to FP/RH ServicesCreating Public Private Partnerships to Promote Hormonal Contraception and Counter Contraceptive Myths
July 2009 - The USAID Together for Health (TfH) project, in cooperation with Bayer Schering Pharma (BSP), a leading contraceptive manufacturer in Ukraine, conducted two seminars with BSP medical representatives and key medical opinion leaders on the application of evidence-based medicine (EBM) in promoting hormonal contraceptives with doctors and other medical...

Go to the Family Planning Film Engages Teens Success StoryFamily Planning Film Engages Teens
March 2008 - Teenage audiences are notoriously hard to please, but Family from A to Z, an organization in Kharkiv City, Ukraine, creates programs about reproductive health and family planning that appeal to teens. Family from A to Z was founded in 1995 by a television producer, Valentina Chichkun. After the birth of her daughter, Valentina decided to create a program about life as a new parent. The program grew to become Family A to Z, a nongovernmental organization that runs parenting classes...

Go to Sustainable Sex Education for Orphaned Youth Story Sustainable Sex Education for Orphaned Youth
March 2008 - As a social worker in the Kharkiv health department, Irina Mashtal spent a great deal of time talking about reproductive health issues with youth. But while working in a region with one of the largest populations of orphaned youth in Ukraine, Mashtal and her colleagues recognized that the specific needs of this group were unmet. Many children growing up in orphanages face challenges beyond the normal trials of entering adolescence, and Mashtal and her coworkers wanted to use their...

Go to the Public-Private Partnership Focuses on Pharmacies Success StoryPublic-Private Partnership Focuses on Pharmacies
February 2008 - The ability to plan pregnancies makes it more likely that a family can live within their financial means. And when people have access to a range of reasonably-priced contraceptive options, they have healthier families. In the past, many Ukrainians have had a difficult time accessing high-quality, affordable contraceptives in the oblasts (regions) in which they live. Pharmacy managers, unaware of how multiple, affordable contraceptive options could benefit their communities...

Go to the TfH Launches Public-Private Partnership to Improve Access to FP/RH in Ukraine Success StoryTogether for Health Launches Public-Private Partnership to Improve Access to Family Planning/Reproductive Health in Ukraine
December 2006 - Together for Health (TfH) launched a groundbreaking Public-Private Partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Partnership on December 7, 2006, between the project, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, seven manufacturers and distributors of contraceptives, and a market research firm. The USAID Mission Director, Earl Gast, participated in the signing ceremony as a witness...

Go to the New Family Planning & Reproductive Health Project Launched Success Story New Family Planning & Reproductive Health Project Launched
January 2006 - On January 20, 2006, the Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Office of Health and Social Transition, Ms. Nancy Godfrey, joined Deputy Minister of Health Uriy Oleksandrovich Gaydaev and representatives of the Secretariat of the President's Administration, the Parliament, and the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers to launch a new five-year, $9.75 million project entitled...


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