The program has emerged amid the alarming situation of patients with tuberculosis (TB) and their families in Romania.
In our country, the disease annually kills 1.200 people and touch other 15.000, mostly among the young and active population. Romania is the European Union country with the highest number of cases of tuberculosis, but they receive the diagnosis too late and don’t benefit of complete and quality treatment nor measures of social protection and reintegration programmes in the labour market. At the same time millions of healthy people are exposed to disease and risk to develop it without knowing how to prevent it.
Romania is an unprepared country to correctly deal with its tuberculosis patients and the romanians are, without knowing, totally uninformed about this disease, as they are exposed to it every single day.
“The program dedicated to social and professional reintegration of the people affected by tuberculosis” aims to establish special psyho-social services, counselling and vocational guidance for people affected by TB, thus providing models of good practice and also to properly inform the general public regard to tuberculosis and to lessen the degree of discrimination and stigma against people with TB through a national campaign.
The main objective of the project: facilitating access to employment for persons affected by tuberculosis and at the socio-economic risk, through access to training and professional integration/reintegration and guidance in order to identify individualized offers of employment and counselling services, psychological and social support.
- Development a model of good practice for multidisciplinary integrated support services (medical and socio-psychological) for patients with TB, with a holistic approach and the early needs of social and professional integration of these persons;
- Facilitating the acces to professional integration for people affected by TB through psyho-social counselling, social support for them and addicted ones and granted free access to the qualification/re-qualification courses;
- Organizing national awareness campaigns among the general population regard the risk of TB disease and reduction of stigma and discrimination against people affected by TB.
- Organizing multidisciplinary support services in four regions of the country.
- Conducting 1000 of social surveys for people affected by TB and implementation plans of 1000 individualized interventions.
- The provision of psycho-social counseling services to support multidisciplinary assistance, for 1000 affected people.
- Providing financial support for the period of treatment, for 1000 patients and their family members.
- Providing advice/guidance regarding access to the labour market for 500 people affected by TB and training/qualification/requalification courses for the 150 people affected, including the granting of subsidies throughout the period of participation in
- Conduct a national campaign to inform the general population about the risk of TB disease and the reduction of stigma and discrimination of persons with tuberculosis.