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Moldova looks to relaunch TB Caucus with strong parliament backing

25 October 2021, Chisnau -- An online meeting recently took place between partners of TB-REP 2.0 and the chairman of the parliamentary commission on health in the Republic of Moldova, in which the issue of relaunching the National Assembly on control of Tuberculosis (TB Caucus) was discussed. It was a necessary event in light of the recent formation of the Republic of Moldova's new Parliament.

Alesia Matusevych, the Caucus' EECA Regional Coordinator, was present to give perspectives on the different realities in the region, the work parliamentarians do and various approaches to protecting the rights of people affected by the infectious disease. During TB Caucus meetings, parliamentarians share their experiences and discuss issues such as the impact of COVID-19 on TB services, as well as their national experiences and progress in the context of TB control.

Moldova first joined the global initiative of parliamentarians involved in fighting tuberculosis back in July 2017. The first members of the national-level TB Caucus movement brought together 29 MPs, who signed the declaration during its establishment. Today, it is considered to be the largest group of national parliamentarians in the TB Caucus global movement.

The meeting on the 13th of October 2021 was attended by:

  • Dan Perchun, Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission for Social Protection, Health and Family

  • Dr. Sofia Alexandru, Director of the Institute of Phthisiopulmonology "Kirill Draganiuk"

  • Valentina Vilk, coordinator of the National Tuberculosis Control Program

  • Alesya Matusevich, coordinator for the EECA region from the Global TB Focus

  • Oksana Rukshinianu, Vice-Director of the Moldovan National Association of TB Patients "SMIT" ("Society of Moldova Against TB")

  • Pavel Rukshinianu, Director of the Moldovan National Association of TB Patients "SMIT" ("Society of Moldova Against TB")

  • Liliana Karaulan, acting Director of the The Center for Health Policies and Studies (PAS Center)

  • Cristina Celan, Project Manager, PAS Center

  • Olga Ozhog, Chief Consultant of the Parliamentary Commission for Social Protection, Health and Family.

They discussed the feasibility of re-launching the parliamentary platform of the TB Caucus movement, considering the results and achievements of the former team, as well as the experience of other countries and the possibilities of cooperation at the parliamentary level.

Notably, participants agreed that the 2017-2019 movement was one of the most active in the region, culminating in the public hearings “Global mobilization and commitments in the fight against tuberculosis. Multisectoral Approaches to Recovery in the Republic of Moldova ”, which was organized on March 14, 2018 and included the participation of regional partners. Based on the results of public hearings, a Resolution was adopted that ensures the sustainability of medical and social support services for people undergoing TB treatment at the outpatient level.

The experts of the WHO European Office and the PAS Center were also conveyed to be in direct dialogue with the global initiatives of parliamentarians involved in the fight against Tuberculosis.

At the end of the meeting, Dan Perchun, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission on Social Protection, Health and Family, confirmed his interest in resuming the national TB Caucus in Moldova and his readiness to engage in solving other pressing problems related to Tuberculosis in Moldova.

This post was adapted from the article "The relaunch of TB Caucus was discussed in Moldova with the backing of the chairman of the parliamentary commission on health". View the original article here.

About the Global TB Caucus

The Global TB Caucus is the world's largest independent parliamentary network with over 2,500 members from over 150 countries. The network covers 4 geographic regions: Europe and Central Asia, Africa, America, Asia-Pacific and 2 language regions - Francophone and Portuguese. Parliamentarians of the Caucus work both collectively and individually to accelerate progress in the fight against TB.

About TB -REP 2.0

Since 2016, PAS has been implementing a regional program funded by the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria to promote a people-centered model of quality tuberculosis (TB) care (TB-REP -2016-2018 and TB -REP 2.0 - 2019-2021). The program covers 11 countries in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) region, including the Republic of Moldova, and is implemented in partnership with the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, TBEC European Coalition, (TB People), and network of parliamentarians participating in the fight against tuberculosis (the Global TB Caucus).

One of the activities of the program, implemented in conjunction with GBTC, is to mobilize members of parliament from TB-REP countries and advance TB-related issues in the legislative agenda in each of the 11 countries of the EEAC Region.