Clinic Partnership Donetsk-Berlin
 

Station - Donetsk Regional Center of AIDS Prevention and Control
Station - Donetsk Regional Center of AIDS Prevention and Control

 

Since 2006 the Donetsk Regional Center of AIDS Prevention and Control in Ukraine and the Vivantes Auguste Viktoria Clinical Centre (AVK) in Berlin maintain a clinic partnership. This partnership facilitates the immediate exchange among colleagues about diagnostic and therapeutical possibilities in the stationary care of people with HIV and Aids. Apart from regular observations and assessments in both clinics, it shall be possible to discuss before long findings and treatment strategies online on a telematics platform.

PD Dr. Keikawus Arastéh, Director of the Department for Internal Medicine, Infectology / Gastroenterology at the Vivantes Auguste Viktoria Clinical Centre and medical head of the clinic partnership project in Berlin explains:

"Committing to such a cooperation means working continuously on the clinic partnership. Only continuity establishes confidence on both sides, and only confidence permits working in partnership. But that includes apart from the sincerity of the immediately involved parties the political will on both sides."

Outpatient department at the policlinic - Donetsk Regional Center of AIDS Prevention and Control
Outpatient department at the policlinic - Donetsk Regional Center of AIDS Prevention and Control

 

Goals of the Clinic Partnership

In January 2006 PD Dr. Keikawus Arastéh, Inge Banczyk and Susann Kowol from the AVK visited the Donetsk AIDS Centre for the first time and agreed with director Nikolai Grashdanow upon a cooperation to support the AIDS Centre collegially; basically with a constant transfer of knowledge regarding diagnostics and therapy as well as the care of people infected with HIV/AIDS.

 

Further trainings in diagnostics and therapy

Based upon the resources available in Donetsk, physicians are trained in diagnostics and the therapy of opportunistic diseases. With this training the physicians are meant to achieve a qualification built upon their resources and strengths.

Work in the Ward at AVK – Visiting Physician Konstantin Solodenko
Work in the Ward at AVK – Visiting Physician Konstantin Solodenko

 

Further Training in Health Care/Palliative Care

Another equally important goal is the knowledge transfer between the health care workers of both centres concerning the special care and palliative care of people with HIV and AIDS.

 

Multiplication in Donetsk

The Donetsk colleagues, i.e. the target group of the clinic partnership, either work in the policlinic of the AIDS centre in the city of Donetsk or in the new AIDS ward. The knowledge acquired during observations is subsequently imparted at both locations.

 

Telematics Platform

So as to provide a frequent information exchange a bilingual communication platform is under way. The platform permits the two clinical centres to discuss findings and questions regarding treatment and care online.

 

Realisation of the Clinic Partnership

The partnership’s goals and project stages are above all directed at the needs in Donetsk. In regular team meetings the development of the clinic partnership is considered and discussed, thus making the implementation subject to a constant process of improvement. Top priority is of course to incorporate the Ukrainian colleagues into the development and realisation of the partnership goals.

 

Observations

The training is realised in Berlin as a several weeks-long observation. Depending on the focus, an employee of the AIDS Centre (physician or trained health care worker) aided by an interpreter sits in on the wards of the Clinic for Internal Medicine – Infectology / Gastroenterology as well as on other AIDS care departments of the AVK. In addition to that, talks with other Berlin care utilities take place.

Sonography Training at the AVK
Sonography Training at the AVK

 

Assessments

Within the scope of the clinic partnership project assessments take place too at the Donetsk AIDS centre. This is to safeguard the local implementation of knowledge acquired during the observations. Furthermore the work routine in the AIDS ward and in the outpatient department of the policlinic is checked as well as the availability of lab technological and diagnostic facilities. The same applies for the availability of medicine.

The realisation of the clinic partnership project Donetsk - Berlin from 2006 to 2007 was made possible by the support of – among others – the German Ministry for Health’s Division for Bilateral Cooperation in the Health Sector. Since 2008 the German Ministry for Health funds the clinic partnership Donetsk - Berlin within the framework of the German–Ukrainian cooperation in the field of HIV/AIDS with the aid of the GTZ.

Read more (at): www.aids-ukraine.org