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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.

Equipment for the rapid diagnosis of MDR TB; the first patients enrolled in the project, for treatment 

The firsts months of 2015 have meant major progress in the project “Improving the health status of the population in Romania by increasing tuberculosis control”, conducive to achieving some of the objectives of the whole endeavor: strengthening national capacity for early diagnosis of TB MDR / XDR and providing complete, continuous and quality treatment with second-line drugs for patients with MDR TB / XDR.

In late February, it was completed the acquisition of LPA and MGIT equipment enabling rapid diagnosis of tuberculosis resistant to treatment. In the first part of March 3 MGIT equipment have already been installed in lung disease laboratories in Bucharest, Cluj and Bacau. Because it enables the diagnosis of MDR TB in a very short time, the high performance equipment purchased under the project offers patients the chance to receive appropriate treatment immediately form of tuberculosis sufferers.

In early March, the first 50 patients with MDR TB were enrolled in the project (35 at Marius Nasta Institute, in Bucharest and 15 at the Bisericani Pneumology Hospital, in Neamt county) for receivind correct, complete and quality treatment treatment.

Training for professionals and TB Technical Assistance Unit and Management of PNPSCT staff

During 19 – 22 March, at Ibis Parliament Hotel, in Bucharest, the first session of training of trainers on drug management, control and surveillance of tuberculosis infection was held. Further, the trainers will train 600 doctors and nurses from across the country. Training sessions for different groups of participants are set to run until March 2016. The courses are organized under the coordination of the Policy and Services Health Center Foundation.

Between 24 – 25 March, the first training session in methods for rapid diagnosis of tuberculosis was held for the Marius Nasta Institute laboratory personnel. The courses are coordinated by Marius Nasta Pneumology Institute team.

Information activities

  • The press conference to launch the project was held on February 12, 2015, at Hotel Minerva. The speakers were the Ambassador of Norway in Bucharest, Mrs Suzana Matei, RO 19 Program Manager from the Ministry of Health and Mrs. Dr. Gilda Popescu, Project Manager, from the Marius Nasta Pneumology Institute. The event enjoyed broad participation from the World Health Organization – Romania Office, Romanian Ministry of Finance, the US Embassy, ​​numerous institutions and NGOs active in health, media.
  • It was completed the first draft of the project’s presentation brochure.
  • In early March, the first two issues of the electronic bilingual Newsletter (Romanian and English) of the project were sent to over 450 recipients – Romanian decision makers, public authorities, media, NGOs in Romania, but also to embassies and international organizations such as Finnancial Mechanism Office, World Health Organization (WHO Europe and WHO), Global Fund, Stop TB Partnership, TB Europe Coalition, GD Advocates, Results UK, TB Alert, UK Parliament, The Union etc.