The First Workshop for Community Workers’ Coordinators

As part of the pilot project funded by the Global Fund,“Supplying integrated community support interventions for active case finding and improved treatment adherence of TB caseload”, the project team of the Center for Health Policies and Services Foundation attended a workshop with the partner teams: National Union of Organizations of Persons Affected by HIV/AIDS (UNOPA) and Association for the Support of Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis Patients(ASPTMR).

 

The meeting took place over August 21-23 at Mara Hotel in Sinaia and purported to provide an integrated approach-type of training to the multidisciplinary teams, volunteers and medical experts involved in the pilot project in the five counties (Arges, Constanta, Dolj, Maramures, Neamt) and the municipality of Bucharest.

 

This was the first opportunity for the teams of the three afore-mentioned partner organizations to get better acquainted with one another, to understand the various facets of the pilot project, the types of services offered to patients, patients’ flow within partner organizations’ projects, and the allocation and referral methodology of patients toward TB services available in the project pilot counties.

 

The roles and responsibilities of county teams regarding the methodology for the incentives to be utilized in the project were also presented.

 

Presentations focused on the public-private partnership among specialized nongovernmental organizations, community and public sector, with a view to securing integrated TB–related services, as well as practice exchange among participants.

 

Lidia Onofrei shared her long-standing expertise in the field of community medical work, with focus on the particular experience of Botosani County and discussed the need to strengthen the entire community work field at national level.

 

The multidisciplinary teams worked together by county from the very beginning of the meeting, so as to consider approaching patient caseload in tandem with the main actors, DOT volunteer coordinating physicians and DOT volunteers at dispensary level,  psychologists and social workers on multidisciplinary teams, peer support educators and community worker coordinators. The teams practiced on real case scenarios, utilizing the database of each county, to exercise service allocation adequate to each case.

 

In parallel with the extended team working sessions, the team of the Center for Health Policies and Services had a series of working meetings with the coordinators of the to discuss and clarify practical aspects related to  the activity they will coordinate in the project, specific responsibilities of community workers, as well as the next steps.