Michel Sidibe: Romania, example of HIV/AIDS management

Romania is recognized worldwide for the management of the problem of patients infected with HIV. You are an example in the region, said Michel Sidibe, UN understate secretary of the United Nations, general manager of UNAIDS, at a meeting he held on Tuesday with Health minister Ion Bazac, said a press release of the Health Ministry.

The two officials reviewed the progress Romania made as regards the identification of optimum solutions for the support of the patients affected by HIV/AIDS and talked about the ways by which the experience of Romania can be repeated, in the future, at the level of the region.

The two officials also examined the possibility that Romania sets up, under the aegis of the United Nations, a technical secretariat integrating the HIV/AIDS activities at the level of the region, the press release also said.

The Health minister informed the UN official that, in the period immediately afterwards, launched will be the European academy for HIV/AIDS at the level of region, the release also said.

„We want this academy to be a representative center for the countries in the region, setting standards of care taking focusing on the needs and resources of these countries. This institution is part of the new strategy of healthcare for the period 2009-2012, which we are currently working on,” Bazac stressed.

The European academy for HIV-AIDS and infectious diseases will work at the Institute of Infectious Diseases Matei Bals and it will represent both a center of preparation for specialists in the region and for an institution where organized will be scientific actions and multi-center studies will be carried out, for the access of patients to therapy to increase.

In Romania, for the treatment of the people infected with HIV allocated are on an annual basis some 50 million euros, with Romania being one of the few countries who ensures treatment free of charge to the people ill of AIDS, and that has a special law in the field, mentions the press release of the Ministry of Health.

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