понедельник, 22 августа 2011 г.

Rinat Akhmetov allocates USD 2 million for TB control in Nikolaev region

Nikolaev region signed a memorandum with Rinat Akhmetov Foundation " Development of Ukraine" within the framework of the Project "Stop TB in Ukraine"
Today, August 19, 2011, Memorandum of understanding and cooperation
was signed between Nikolaev regional council, Nikolaev regional state administration, and Rinat Akhmetov Foundation "Development of Ukraine". The document was countersigned in the framework of the Foundation's program "Stop TB in Ukraine", which is supported by the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
The main directions and tasks for cooperation will be:

  • Effectively functioning National and Regional programs to combat TB epidemic;
  •  Effective laboratory TB diagnosis; TB case management in accordance with the World Health  Organization international standards ; 
  • Improved human capacity of TB service; 
  • Effectively functioning monitoring and evaluation system in TB control; 
  • Effective system for detection and treatment TB/HIV co-infection ;
  •  Improved capacity of state systems for effective control.
Anatoly Zabolotny, Director of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation "Development of Ukraine" says: "Nikolaev region is the first region we're signing memorandum with. This region is one with the highest TB incidence. Back in 2007, Rinat Akhmetov began fighting the TB epidemic in the Donetsk region, running a pilot program. Also, until 2010, before signing the grant agreement with the Global Fund, we have implemented a number of Ukrainian projects on tuberculosis control. After receiving approval and confidence of the international community, we'll go with ambitious program in all regions of Ukraine. Our goal is to overcome the TB epidemic for ever. In order to do this in Nikolayev region, in particular, a department will be created for treatment of patients with resistant forms of tuberculosis. Starting from 2013 until 2015, when the program will be completed, we will be annually purchasing drugs for 120 patients, in total  for 360 patients in general health care facilities for 3 years and up to 120 patients in prison system. Laboratory network will also be equipped, and personnel will be trained under the new scheme. Biological safety cabinets, autoclaves, boxes for storage and transportation of biological material will be procured and installed."

Foundation " Development of Ukraine" press release , Nikolaev, August 19, 2011
picture source: nikvesti.com