Acknowledging the valuable work of health professionals at the 2018 Health Gala in the Republic of Moldova

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Dr Elena Caraus, winner of the award for best family doctor team

On 11 April 2018, marking World Health Day 2018, the most accomplished Moldovan health professionals received awards during a Health Gala ceremony to acknowledge their performance and achievements.

Primary health care as the foundation of universal health coverage

Mr Pavel Filip, Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, expressed his gratitude to the health workers, noting that every doctor has an important responsibility in performing this noble profession. “I admire your everyday commitment to provide high-quality health-care services to all Moldovan citizens,” he said at the event.

“The Health Gala Award is my first award during the 40 years I have worked as a family doctor,” said Dr Elena Caraus, winner in the category for best family doctor team. “I am very proud of my team and grateful for their support.”

“I started working in the Chiscareni village when I was 23 years old,” Dr Caraus explained. “Together with my husband we still are working in this rural health centre, serving families, mothers and the most vulnerable. I strongly believe that primary health care is the gatekeeper of any health system, and serves as a firm foundation for universal health coverage, providing community-based services, prevention and health promotion.”

Close collaboration with WHO

In partnership with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection, the National Health Insurance Company, and the Centre for Health Information and Communication, WHO supported the fifth edition of the Health Gala.

While on an official visit to the Republic of Moldova, Dr Nedret Emiroglu, Director of Programme Management at WHO/Europe, attended the Health Gala and reconfirmed the Organization’s commitment to build on its existing collaboration with the country. “We will continue to support the Republic of Moldova to serve the public interests, particularly those of the most disadvantaged parts of the population, and make sure that every effort is made to leave no one behind,” said Dr Emiroglu.

The winners were selected in 11 categories: best family doctor team; best nursing team; best emergency team; best hospital team; best health insurance team; best management of a health-care institution; best public health team; best nongovernmental organization in health; best journalist writing about health; best didactic activity; and best lifelong health career achievement.
The first Health Gala took place in 2012. The event is dedicated to World Health Day, and one of the awards is given in a category related to the topic of the year’s World Health Day campaign. In 2018, the theme was universal health coverage.