The project proposes to address the issue of tuberculosis (TB) and HIV / AIDS in Romania in two directions: the development and consolidation of the STOP TB Romania network and increasing the capacity of citizens to get involved in public health policies regarding TB and HIV/AIDS.
Together with 3 other non-governmental organizations, RAA Foundation established the STOP TB Romania Partnership following the model of STOP TB Partnership (http://www.stoptb.org/) – an international network that brings together all actors involved in projects in the field of TB, HIV and of public health (approx. 1500 partners from over 100 countries).
The STOP TB Romania partnership is an informal network that includes 11 organizations active in the fields of TB and HIV / AIDS, organizations working with affected people or groups most at risk of disease. Through our project, we want the organizations involved in the fields of TB and HIV in Romania to coordinate their efforts much better and more effectively through the network and, at the same time, to attract as many people affected or at risk of infection with TB or HIV, by forming a community of patients and former patients interested in public health policies.
The project will address two categories of beneficiaries: persons affected or at risk of infection with TB or HIV and members or future organizations within the STOP TB Romania network. The project activities include network development activities, conducting national advocacy campaigns in the field of TB and HIV, increasing the capacity of citizens, training and mentoring in order to involve them in consultations with decision makers at local or central level.
Regarding the added value within the Stop TB Romania network, it will be directed starting from the relevant experience both in working directly with patients / communities, but also with the authorities.
The aim of the project is to increase the civic involvement and capacity to participate in decision-making of people affected or at risk of TB and / or HIV through the STOP TB Romania Partnership, so that public policies proposed and implemented at central and local level in communities account of the voice of these citizens, following the principle “Nothing for us without us”.
The 3 main objectives of the project are:
1. Involvement of at least 50 people affected or at risk of TB and / or HIV in actions of ACSM (advocacy, communication, social mobilization) at central or local level to influence public policies in the sphere of the two epidemics and which have an impact on life and health community
2. Extending and consolidating the STOP TB Romania Partnership by including at least 5 patient associations and health NGOs, in order to increase the legitimacy of the network to represent the interests of the target group
3. Increasing the level of education and involvement for at least 400 citizens regarding public health and the role of each citizen in participating in the elaboration of public health policies, by going through two e-learning modules, until the end of the project.