Patient Involvement

Project New Generation (PNG+)

PNG+ is a group of young people living with HIV from across the Russian Federation. They are part of REACH and are there to give a voice to the young people whose data is being analysed in this cohort study. They have been learning about the study and producing materials to share this with the public and their peers.

Who is a PNG+?

PNG+ is a group of young people aged between 15-19 (at the point of becoming a member) that includes those affected by HIV, TB and/or HCV. In REACH there are two PNG+ groups.

There will be a minimum of 14 young people involved across these groups. They will work together on set tasks, activities and also act as champions for others, giving a voice for their peers affected by HIV, TB and/or HCV.

Implementing PNG+ in REACH


PNG+ is a result of the YTB Project which spent a year developing an interactive, youth-friendly, activity-based training programme with young people living with HIV across four different countries. Russia is only the fifth country in the world to have an adopted this model, with the training having been modified for REACH. It focuses on a cohort study and the three different health conditions.

All PNG+ members receive training that covers:

  • Understanding HIV, HCV and TB, their similarities and differences
  • Understanding what a cohort study is and how it works
  • What is REACH and what are the roles of PNG+ members within REACH

PNG+ Activities

Over the two years of REACH the PNG+s will undertake specific activities including:

  • Developing patient and public information about what REACH is and what it plans to do
  • Developing aspects of the REACH website
  • Producing patient and public friendly materials that report what REACH has found out
  • Looking at ways to engage the wider community in understanding and taking an interest in REACH

PNG+ members are also able to engage with additional activities as and when they arise. By the end of REACH we expect to have a set of youth-created online and paper resources which explain the project and its findings in a clear and public-friendly way.

The REACH study described by PNG+

PNG+ have created information and graphics to explain to children, young people, families and the public what a Cohort Study is and more details about REACH.

REACH is a Cohort Study. A ‘cohort’ is a group of people with something in common like a sports team or musicians.

The cohorts REACH is studying are children, young people and pregnant women with HIV, HIV and HCV (called co-infection) or just with HIV, HCV or TB across 5 medical centres in Russia

REACH has brought together all the ‘data’ (stories) of these groups, and is looking at this data (analysing it) to find patterns so they can have a better understanding of HIV, HCV and TB. They are finding out about the different illnesses children might get, how the medicine works and what happens to children over a long period of time.

Through REACH, medical professionals will be able to learn how to offer better treatment and care, reduce illness and death and make new tests. They will also improve their skills and knowledge.