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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.

Between 19 and 22 March, in Bucharest, over 20 pulmonology doctors were trained in TB control, within the project “Improving the Health Status of the Romanian Population through the Increase of the TB Control Capacity”, financed through the Norwegian Grants 2009-2014 within the Program RO 19 – Public Health Initiatives, developed by the Ministry of Health.

The doctors participating at the course held on mid-March were trained in rapid diagnosis and received information on TB epidemiology (worldwide and in Romania) and epidemiology survey. After this course, they will become trainers and shall train, starting with April, 600 doctors and nurses in the country.

Adriana Socaci, a medical doctor from Timişoara and coordinator of the National TB Program in Timiş county, says that the notions learned at the training sessions bring news regarding rapid diagnosis methods which, during last year, reduced the time for TB diagnosis from a few months to a few hours. Mr. Florin Sologiuc, MD, consultant for the Centre for Health Policies and Services Foundation, one of the training organisers, told us that he wishes that, at the end of the 30 training sessions in the country, the doctors and nurses “will be informed about the new diagnostic and treatment methods, will know how to use them, who to investigate and who not, so that the new equipment procured within the project can be efficiently used.”