Issue 3

A quarterly newsletter about developments in the context and administration of the ClASS methodology and framework. Subscribers to the newsletter will receive quarterly updates and invitations to participate in quarterly training and refresher sessions on newly developed tools.

ClASS in Ukraine

At the invitation of the I-TECH Ukraine Team and CDC-Ukraine, and in conjunction with the Ukrainian National Training Center, a team of ClASS consultants travelled to Ukraine from 15-31 May to train a team of Ukrainian reviewers and to identify needs for the strengthening and expansion of clinical services at three Oblast (regional) AIDS Centers.  The assessment focused on:  effective use and management of available resources; effective management and administration of programs; sustainability and fulfillment of planned activities; strengthening human resources and management capacity; and the provision of comprehensive and quality healthcare services. 

The ClASS team was made up of highly experienced clinical, fiscal, and administrative reviewers as well as an experienced reviewer there to pilot the new Counseling and Testing tool.  As a result of this practical training experience, the Ukraine is now home to eight ClASS-trained reviewers who, with the continued support of I-TECH, will use the ClASS methodology to assess the capacity of remaining regional AIDS Centers throughout Ukraine.

Congratulations to the ClASS Ukraine team for a job well done!

Featured Resources

The ClASS toolkit now boasts a large array of technical assistance resources.  Available to the public and arranged by both modular relevance and topic matter (such as financial management or organizational governance), these resources are meant to be utilized by reviewers and program staff alike.  Reviewers should feel free to refer program staff to this comprehensive collection of articles, working papers, examples and templates that addresses many of the commonly identified programmatic challenges faced by implementing programs.  If you have a resource that you would like to suggest for inclusion, please let us know.  Your knowledge and expertise are part of what makes the ClASS methodology so effective.