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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.

165 doctors and nurses from the pulmonology wards countrywide have attended training courses on tuberculosis epidemiology, rapid diagnostic methods for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and the correct treatment, by the end of June 2015. Seven courses were organised in Timişoara, Sibiu, Ploieşti, Constanţa, Piteşti and Cluj, and 20 more training sessions shall be organized in other cities of the country by the end of the project.

The trainees had the chance to learn new things about the disease incidence and modern diagnosis, “information they don’t have access to in day to day medical activity”, as Dr Florin Sologiuc says, consultant at the Centre for Health Policies and Services Foundation, one of the organizations in charge with the training. One of the trainers, Doctor Marilena Crişan, specialized in paediatric tuberculosis, also stated that the added value of the trainings is given by the fact that they provide the doctors and nurses the opportunity to thoroughly discuss the news in the area of tuberculosis. “Although tuberculosis seems like a simple disease, it has been constantly surprising for more than 200 years. The trainings are very interesting because they are interactive, and the participants have access to the new technologies. We intend to discuss with the doctors about the cases and none of the training participants is marginalized; we want them to be engaged.”

The pulmonology network in Romania is made of more than 700 doctors and over 2000 nurses. A series of training courses on tuberculosis was organized during 2004 – 2014, especially within the projects funded by the Global Fund to Fight against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, but now, due to the increase of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis cases at global level and following the revision of the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on treatment and patient management, the training of the pulmonology doctors became a priority.