“Together for a TB-free Romania!” – A project that started in October 2013, in partnership with the Association for the support of patients with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.
The project started on October 1, 2013 and aims to improve the quality of life of TB patients by involving the civil society in developing public policies on protection measures for the people affected and to prevent the spread of disease. Another goal is to elaborate a draft bill to regulate concrete and adequate measures for social protection of patients with tuberculosis.
The general objective of the project is to strengthen the institutional and operational capacity of the Association for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis patients’ support (AMRTPS) to effectively contribute to TB patients’ rights, to reduce their social problems and to improve the quality of life of people affected by tuberculosis in Romania.
The specific objectives are:
• O1. To strengthen the organizational and operational capacity of the Association for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis patients’ support (AMRTPS) through core staff training, provision of equipment required for the operation and development of organizational strategy and strategic plan for the next five years;
• O2. To involve the civil society in drafting and promoting public policies on protective measures for people affected by TB and to prevent the spread of TB in communities in Romania.
Some of the main activities developed in the project in order to achieve the objectives are:
• Training for the AMRTPS staff in project management, procurement management, financial management, fundraising, advocacy and lobby, purchase of technical equipment necessary for its proper activity, development of the communication and visual identity manual as well as of the AMRTPS website;
• Mapping the TB patients’ needs in Romania, developing, editing, printing and dissemination of the needs mapping report;
• Developing a draft law on the control of tuberculosis in Romania and social protection measures for TB patients
• Developing an advocacy and lobbying campaign for the draft law.
The main outcomes expected:
• Increased awareness among policy makers about the needs of people affected by TB in Romania and about the importance of measures to be taken to increase the quality of life of people affected by TB;
• A strengthened position and voice of patients with TB and MDR/XDR-TB;
• Mapping the needs of patients with TB and MDR/XDR-TB – mapping report delivered.
• A draft law on social support and socio-professional integration of people affected by TB.
The project “Together for a TB-free Romania!” has an implementation period of 12 months. The total eligible value is of 73.920 CHF of which 66.528 CHF is co-financing and 7.392 CHF is the RAA and AMRTPS contribution.
The project is co-funded through a Swiss Grant through the Swiss contribution for the extended European Union.
The .pdf version of the report, here.
The pdf. version of the draft Law on prevention and control of tuberculosis, here.
More about the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme, here.