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Improving the health of the population in Romania by increasing TB control

Project financed by the Norwegian Grants 2009 - 2014, within the RO 19 - Public Health Initiative.

The funds necessary for the implementation of the project Îmbunătățirea stării de sănătate a populației din România, prin creșterea controlului tuberculozei” (The Improvement of the health of the Romanian population through enhanced tuberculosis control) for the period August-December 2014 have been transferred to the Romanian partners in November 2014, and, by the end of December 2014, 91% of these funds had already been spent for the purchase of medicines.

The implementation pace of this project is very rapid. The medicines for the treatment of patients with multidrug-resistant and extensively resistant tuberculosis are essential and we cannot cut any corners in terms of quality when the lives of patients are in our hands. We make efforts every day to find the best solutions to deliver the results promised in this project.” Silvia Asandi, Director of the Romanian Angel Appeal Foundation, project partner, in charge with medicine procurement.

In December 2014, the first batch of medicines for 200 of the 1000 patients who will be treated within the project had already been delivered, in parallel with the payment for a new batch of medicines that will ensure the treatment of 550 MDR/XDR TB patients.

Also in December, as a result of the fruitful collaboration between the Marius Nasta Institute and the RAA Foundation, the procurement procedures were launched for rapid diagnosis equipment and consumables (GeneXpert, MGIT and LPA).

So far, the assessment of the national database of the National Tuberculosis Control Programme has also been completed, and priorities have been established for the necessary changes, in line with the World Health Organisation recommendations.

An equally important step for the progress of the project is the identification by the Centre for Health Policies and Services (CPSS) of the vulnerable communities where activities are to be conducted for information-education-communication and for the detection of TB cases among the poor populations with limited access to health services. For these communities, the next step is to develop information programmes and materials concerning the transmission, prevention, TB symptoms and access to primary medical care.

The project is moving forward and – which is very reassuring – the rapid diagnosis and support services for the patients and affected community have already begun to be materialized, as a result of a successful partnership between the government sector and the civil society.