Identifying barriers to better TB outcomes in the Republic of Moldova
Participants of a policy dialogue organized by WHO in the Republic of Moldova on 28-29 May 2014 looked at areas in which the health system can be strengthened to boost the prevention and control of multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (M/XDR-TB) in the short and long term.
The policy dialogue focused on identifying current gaps in governance, financing, service delivery and health commodities and finding potential solutions, such as through efficiency gains and opportunities to streamline TB hospital care and strengthen service delivery for outpatient TB care. These follow the Strategic Action Plan for Outpatient TB Care, which was developed in the context of a comprehensive TB programme review conducted by WHO/Europe in February 2013. The Plan will be incorporated in the National Strategic Plan for TB Control 2016-2020 and be the starting point for development of a country concept note to be filed with the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in mid-August 2015 for a potential TB grant.
Experiences of other countries and regional initiatives were also considered. The event also provided opportunities to follow up on earlier reports and activities related to health system strengthening and TB control commissioned and conducted by WHO in the Republic of Moldova.