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Barriers and Facilitators to Adherence to Treatment Among Drug Resistant TB Patients in Georgia

Tuberculosis is a global challenge to public health throughout the world. Poor adherence to treatment remains a significant problem that prevents countries from obtaining high treatment success rates that is essential for health systems to control the epidemic and decrease spread of the disease.

In 2016 Curatio International Foundation conducted a qualitative study to investigate factors that enhance or hinder treatment adherence among Drug Resistant TB patients (DR-TB) in Georgia. The study revealed different types of factors affecting treatment adherence among DR-TB patients and grouped them into structural, social, personal and health system factors according to the study conceptual framework. The study made it clear that all factors are closely interlinked and mutually influence each other.

The study provides evidence that may help policy-makers develop effective strategies for improving treatment outcomes among DR-TB patients. The study findings might be helpful for other countries in the region where TB burden is also high.

The study report and policy brief is downloadable below:

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ონლაინ სემინარი: მედიკამენტების ფასები და ხელმისაწვდომობა საქართველოში

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7 სექტემბერს,  13 საათზე საერთაშორისო ფონდი კურაციო ვებინარის* ფორმატით  წარადგენს მედიკამენტების ფასებისა და ხელმისაწვდომობის კვლევის შედეგებს, რომელიც 2016 წლის ივნისში გამოქვეყნდა.

კვლევის პრეზენტაციას წარადგენს ფონდი კურაციოს აღმასრულებელი დირექტორი და ჯანდაცვის სისტემების ექსპერტი გიორგი გოცაძე.

ვებინარის ფარგლებში აქცენტი გაკეთდება ორ მნიშვნელოვან საკითხზე : 1. როგორია გენერიული და ბრენდული მედიკამენტების ფიზიკური ხელმისაწვდომობა საქართველოში და რა გავლენა აქვს ამ ფაქტორს მოსახლეობის მკურნალობის ხარჯებზე; 2. როგორ უპასუხა ქართულმა ფარმაცევტულმა სექტორმა რეცეპტების შემოღების რეფორმას.

ბოლო 30 წუთის განმავლობაში ბ-ნ გიორგი გოცაძე პასუხს გაგცემთ ონლაინ რეჟიმში დასმულ  შეკითხვებზე.

ვებინარზე დასასწრებად გთხოვთ დარეგისტრირდეთ ბმულზე: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/280622131954782466

გთხოვთ წინასწარ გაეცნოთ კვლევას და მოგვწეროთ თქვენი ინტერესების შესახებ, რათა თქვენთვის საინტერესო საკითხის განხილვას მეტი დრო დაეთმოს.

ვიდეო-კომენტარები კვლევის ირგვლივ შეგიძლიათ იხილოთ ბმულზე.

*ვებინარი – ონლაინ სემინარი. ვებინარის შესახებ დამატებითი ინფორმაციისთვის იხილეთ ბმული.

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Research Data Management Policy

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Version Control
Version Author/Responsible person Approved by Date
V1. RDMP Maia Uchaneishvili Ivdity Chikovani 10.03.2015
 

Introduction/Background

Curatio International Foundation (CIF) uses own experience and best practices during creation of this Research Data Management Policy (RDMP). The owner of this RDMP is the Research Unit at CIF. It is mandatory for this RDMP to be reviewed and updated (if needed) on a regular basis. The revision shall take place at least every 2 years. The version control of this document is also a mandatory practice.

Purpose

The Research Data Management Policy describes a set of main principles and rules for the management of data. RDMP includes statement of general principles, definitions, application, description of research data, metadata, Data Management Plan preparation rules, principles of data sharing, access and security and information about author and responsible person to ensure Research Data Management Policy procedures in the proper way.

Statement

Curatio International Foundation acknowledges that in the maintenance of quality of research project the Research Data Management Policy is one of the most important document and all research staff follow this policy document rules. CIF is committed to achieve research data management standards for secure data retention, and to optimizing the benefits of research through collecting, storing and making research data accessible in such a way that it can be used in future by members of the organization and community.

All data collected and stored at CIF is organizations property and all rights on the access and share belongs to CIF.

Research Data Management Policy obliges all research projects to prepare Data Management Plan before the project starts.

Research Unit has permission to provide approval to all Data Management Plans developed in CIF and Principle Investigator (PI) is responsible to prepare the DMP according RDMP of CIF.

CIF is committed to the principles of this RDMP and expects adherence to them.

Data must be recorded as accurately and completely as it is possible. All data should be stored in a secure way and protected way.

Definitions

  • Principle Investigator (PI)- The lead researcher of the project
  • Researcher: Any person conducting research or involved in the collection, generation or analysis research data
  • Research Assistant: A support staff providing assistance to the researchers
  • Funder: An agency providing the financial support of the research project
  • Data sharing agreement: Is an official document signed by host organization and other parties describing terms of data usage and the specific purpose
  • Metadata: Is the data which describes other data.

Application

This policy applies to the research staff of the organization including: Principle Investigators, Researchers, Research Assistants, Interns involved in research activities and Project Manager of the research projects.

Research data

Research data is data collected, observed and analyzed for purpose to produce research results.

Research data may include the following:

  • Databases
  • Questionares
  • Field notebooks
  • Standard operating procedures for data collection
  • Study protocols
  • Contents of an application such as input, output, log files for analysis software
  • Audio and video materials
  • Photo materials
  • Transcripts
  • Clinical data, including patient records
  • Test responses
  • Methodologies and frameworks.

Metadata and documentation

Metadata should include structured and schematized information about research data. It should provide information regarding all type of research data. Metadata should be informative and provide info about research project name, date of data creation, date of last update, type of data and so. The content of metadata should depend on specific requirements of the research project. Metadata should be created manually in an accurate way.

Data Management Plan

A Data Management Plan (DMP) should be produced for all research projects. It should be created before the research project starts and updated or changed only if needs of research or requirements from funder changed significantly, from those captured in the first version.

The DMP must be prepared by the Principle Investigator of the research study and approved by Research Unit Director of the Organization.

The DMP should describe the approach, of how it will be taken to create, manage and share research data. DMP should describe type of study and what type of research data will be collected and what methodologies will be used for data collection. The DMP also should indicate procedures of data managing, storage and security. All DMPs should have responsible person for research Data Management.

Access and share of data

CIF has its’ regulation regarding access and sharing of data.

  1. All research staff should have full access to the research data
  2. Research data metadata will have an open access
  3. Only PI should have permission to share data outside the research team
  4. All data which can’t be in the open access will be shared only after signing data sharing agreement, in which the specific purpose of usage should be stated.

Data Security

CIF acknowledges an obligation to ensure appropriate security for all data in its domain of ownership and control. All research data should be stored in a secure way. All research data should be secured on a password protected computers. The data should be stored in the separate protected place. Only research team should have access to the password protected computers and locked separate place.

Contact

All questions regarding CIFs’ Data Management Policy should be directed to the Research Unit at [email protected].

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Georgia Health Financing and Immunization System Assessment

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Opening and closing
December 29, 2015 – June 30, 2016
Donors  and Partners
The World Bank Group
Objective
1. To carry out the Implementation Assessment through implementation of the Immunization Module of the HFSA

2. To provide inputs to the broader HFSA

Contribution
1) Pinpoint the immediate short-term needs to ensuring a successful transition away from GAVI assistance;

2) Identify longer-term sustainable approaches that will facilitate transitions well before graduation from GAVI support;

3) Contribute to a nuanced dialogue with governments regarding potential pathways toward sustainability of immunization, while countries progress toward equitable and sustainable financing for UHC.

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Washington DC hosts workshop Immunization Costing: what have we learned, can we do better?

On May 17-18 EPIC Immunization Costing hosts workshop Immunization Costing: what have we learned, can we do better? in Washington DC.  CIF executive director George Gotsadze and Business Develop
ment unit director Ketevan Goguadze are invited to attend the event.

George Gotsadze will be one of the panelist in the panel discussion: Sustainable institutional linkage and improving immunization program implementation, taking place on May 18 in frame of the workshop.Capture

About the event: EPIC supports a community of practice comprised of researchers and practitioners concerned with measuring immunization program cost and financial flow – and utilizing such information to improve program operations and mobilize resources.

A 300 members’ community from more than 50 organizations are involved in immunization programs across the globe, exchanging information and enabling new approaches, collect and use cost information to improve vaccine delivery.

The workshop is sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and organized by Harvard School of Public Health.

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What can be done to improve treatment adherence among tuberculosis patients in Georgia: Looking through health systems lens

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Curatio International Foundation  has started implementation of new research project with the aim to provide a more in-depth understanding of the factors associated with loss to follow-up among TB patients.  The project is funded under the Joint TDR/EURO Small Grants Scheme for Implementation Research in Infectious Diseases.

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The project aims to address the following objectives:

  • To generate evidence that will inform policy on measures to reduce loss to follow-up among TB patients
    • To identify, determine and describe factors that enhance or undermine treatment adherence among TB patients
    • To develop recommendations based on research evidence aimed at policy makers and involved stakeholders.
  • To disseminate the study findings to the wider audience in the Eastern European Region for its further application.

The study outcomes will inform policy makers and provide evidence based recommendations and the results will be disseminated regionally trough events dedicated to TB.

CIF will provide information about all key activities and results during the study implementation.

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Policy Briefs

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