Health reforms in the Republic of Moldova in line with Regional priorities
Dr Hans Kluge, Director of the Health Systems and Public Health Division of WHO/Europe and Special Representative of the Regional Director on multidrug- and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (M/XDR-TB), visited the Republic of Moldova on 11–14 February 2013, on the invitation of Dr Andrei Usatii, Minister of Health. The agenda of the visit included a series of public lectures, meetings and discussions on priority issues in public health and health systems under the current and forthcoming collaborative agreements, modalities of collaboration, strategic partnerships and resource mobilization opportunities.
In a debriefing meeting on 14 February, both leaders noted that reforms in the Republic of Moldova are in line with Regional and global health policy developments, including the recently adopted European health policy Health 2020 and ongoing dialogue on universal health coverage.
Dr Hans Kluge addressed university staff and post-graduate students in a lecture on the future of public health and health systems at the State University of Medicine and Pharmacy “N. Testemitanu” on 12 February 2013.
A second lecture on health care reforms in the era of economic crisis was delivered on 14 February for primary health care managers, hospital directors and public health specialists. This lecture was followed by a vivid dialogue on the ongoing and planned reforms in the country and a series of interviews on the same topics with local media.
“The recently initiated health reforms in the Republic of Moldova are in line with the priorities set up for the whole European Region and WHO will further support the Ministry of Health in their implementation,” mentioned Dr Kluge in one of his interviews with a television channel.
Special focus: health worker mobility and tuberculosis
Special attention was paid during the visit to the issues of health professionals’ mobility and tuberculosis control. Dr Kluge attended the European Union supported Human Resources Mobility initiative discussions on how to respond to country needs and to accelerate project implementation as well as ensure sustainability of WHO’s interventions in this challenging area.
The Director’s visit coincided with WHO’s country mission for evaluation of the National Tuberculosis Control Programme. The Director met with the evaluation team and discussed the most relevant preliminary findings. Dr Kluge also met with the Minister of Health and Minister of Justice to highlight the importance of addressing the issue of TB in the penitentiary system.
Both Dr Hans Kluge and Dr Jarno Habicht, WHO Representative, highlighted the very high importance of tuberculosis control in the whole country and the need for a turning point brought about by tangible and measurable results in the short term.
All the issues addressed during Dr Kluge’s visit to the Republic of Moldova were discussed in the debriefing session with Dr Andrei Usatii, Minister of Health. This meeting was also attended by heads of departments and institutions, as well as contact persons of WHO-supported activities at country level.
In addition to national priorities, the role of representatives of the Republic of Moldova and their contributions to Regional and global health initiatives were discussed. Dr Usatii expressed high appreciation for WHO’s continuous and strategic support in promoting the reform agenda in the health sector of the Republic of Moldova and reiterated high commitment in continuing the ongoing initiatives.