On March 11, the University of Washington Department of Global Health (DGH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ukrainian Centre for Socially Dangerous Disease Control of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine (UCDC).
This landmark event consolidated cooperation between the International Education and Training Center for Health (I-TECH) — a DGH center — and UCDC. This partnership started in 2013 with the launch of the I-TECH-developed Clinical Assessment for Systems Strengthening (ClASS) tool within a project to build clinical and managerial capacity of HIV/AIDS services in Ukraine.
All parties expressed confidence that this MOU would help foster relationships and the development of possible collaborative projects in capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, and research aimed at quality improvement of health care services in Ukraine.
“I-TECH is very excited about this new development in our collaboration with UCDC,” said Anna Shapoval, Country Director of I-TECH Ukraine. “The MOU will help to formalize, fortify, and, hopefully, expand our partnership with the UCDC in the coming year and beyond — in particular in the area of health systems strengthening through development of human resources for health and supporting strategic information systems.”