This document was developed by a team of Ukrainian authors as part of a study entitled ‘Strengthening the adolescent component of the national HIV/AIDS programme through country assessment’, the key goal of which was to conduct an impartial analysis of information about the demographic and epidemiological HIV-related situation among adolescents, including key adolescent populations and the respective cross-sectoral programmes for adolescents, in order to strengthen the adolescent component of the national HIV response programme.
During 2015–2016, a Ukraine National Situation Assessment to strengthen the adolescent component of the national HIV/AIDS (response programme was conducted with the application of a conceptual approach ‘Strengthening the Adolescent Component of National HIV Programmes through Country Assessments’ / Guidance Document. UNICEF. July 2015) (hereinafter: ‘Assessment’).
The goal of this Assessment was to analyse the demographic and epidemiological situation related to the spread of HIV among adolescents, including most-at-risk adolescents, and the respective intersectoral programmes for adolescents, in order to strengthen the adolescent component in the national HIV response programme. The assessment was implemented in three consecutive phases.
Phase 1: Rapid Assessment, which included a review of existing information on the health status of adolescents, a general evaluation of the inclusion of different adolescent groups in the national epidemic response, and identification of geographic differences.
Phase 2: In-depth Analysis, including an assessment of barriers that limit the impact of interventions and HIV epidemic response activities among adolescents.
Phase 3: Evidence-informed planning was focused on the development of an intersectoral action plan for HIV epidemic response among adolescents.
Special thanks are due to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in particular to Olena Sakovych, Youth & Adolescent Development Specialist in UNICEF Ukraine, for her support to the implementation of this assessment.