The ASCENT project in Ukraine
Ukraine is one of the five countries where the ASCENT project was implemented. The project was implemented in 24 rayons in five oblasts of Ukraine, namely Odeska, Lvivska, Donetska, Zakarpatska, and Mykolayivska oblasts. Participants and health care providers made use of digital adherence technologies to support people taking their TB treatment at home. The first participants were enrolled mid 2021. A total of 1,645 people with TB were enrolled in Ukraine.
Ukraine has a population of 44 million people. According to the WHO, in 2018 an estimated 36,000 people suffered from TB in Ukraine, making the TB incidence rate per 100,000 people 80. An estimated 13,000 people suffered from multidrug resistant TB. The WHO estimates 5,700 people died of TB in Ukraine in 2018.