Strengthening of STI surveillance in the Republic of Moldova

WHO/Lali Khotenashvili

Participants in mission to strengthen STI surveillance in the Republic of Moldova

WHO/Europe's new report is a review of surveillance of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the Republic of Moldova with the aim to better characterize the components and performance of the STI surveillance system and provide recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the system. A mission with four members visited the Republic of Moldova from 11-15 March 2013.

The mission visited institutions in different settings such as STI clinics, HIV/AIDS clinics, public health centres,obstetrics/gynecology units,primary health care centres, reproductive health centres, and laboratories representing the central secondary and primary care levels of health care delivery in the capital city of Chisinau and selected regions. It was noted by the mission that it is crucial to review and revise case definitions and STI management guidelines, and improve and quality-assure the STI diagnostics used in Republic of Moldova in line with international evidence-based standards and guidelines.

In conclusion, STI surveillance system in the Republic of Moldova is well structured, but minor revisions of the STI electronic case reporting would improve the amount and quality of information necessary for development of better targeted STI interventions.