Dutch funding for Bucharest-based psychiatric training center

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The Mental Health Training and Intervention Center was inaugurated on Monday at the Dr. Constantin Gorgos Psychiatric Hospital in the Bucharest district of Titan, a facility built under the funding agreement between the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Romanian Health Ministry.

The Dutch Foreign Ministry provided 300,000 euros in support for this project that was also co-financed with 580,000 lei by the Romanian Ministry of Health. The 879 sq m-wide center was built according to the top European quality standards between September 2009 – January 2010.
Hospital manager Dr. Violeta Manasi said that the center is equipped with a conference hall with a capacity of 100 seats and last generation audio-video systems plus two simultaneous translation booths, classrooms and offices for specific medical activities.

In her turn, director of the National Mental Health and Anti-Drug Center Dr. Ileana Botezat Antonescu told that the center already hosted twinning courses with Dutch experts on mental health management issues.
“A recent study conducted by the National Health School shows an incidence of mental disorders of 13.2%, anxiety and depression being the most frequent. Anxiety disorders in the adult active population are becoming increasingly frequent,” said Dr. Ileana Botezat.

The representative of the Embassy of Netherlands in Bucharest, Hans Sandee stressed in his intervention that the goal of this project is to support mental health in Romania. He also reminded that the Netherlands got involved in mental health-related projects in Romania as early as 1990, alongside NGOs.
Hospital manager Dr. Violeta Manasi also referred to another financing that will be ensured through a partnership with Norway and which will lay the groundwork for setting up a care center for children with psychomotor development disorders, autism in particular, the construction of which should start this year.

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