Romania – E-Detect TB
Tuberculosis is a public health priority in Romania.
Every year, about 1,000 people die from tuberculosis and another 16,000 are diagnosed with the disease, most of them being young and active persons. In 2016, the incidence of tuberculosis in Romania was five times higher than the EU average: 20% of all cases reported in the EU are attributed to Romania, which accounts for only 4% of the EU population.
The Delft Approach
E-DETECT TB aims to actively detect TB in vulnerable population groups, including inmates, homeless people, drug users, and very poor populations such as Roma with limited access to healthcare. Thus, with the help of a mobile medical unit equipped with imaging and molecular diagnostic equipment, specialists from the National Institute of Pneumophytiology “Marius Nasta”, with the support of PNPSCT, will perform radiological examinations procedures and sputum culture tests among the targeted populations.
The E-DETECT TB consortium brings together leading researchers and TB control experts at University College London with experience of running to mobile X-ray service – Find & Treat Service, Dutch TB experts of KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation with experience of TB control in the Netherlands and globally, and industry partners – Delft Imaging Systems who provided the X-ray technology for screening. This collaboration allows European partners to deliver innovation under the leadership of the Romanian national TB control program and the Marius Nasta Institute.
Making an Impact
Patients diagnosed with active TB will be supported to complete a full course of TB treatment according to national TB control recommendations. Ensuring successful completion of treatment is essential to stop transmission and prevent death and drug resistance.
Do you want to learn more about E-Detect TB? Visit the website here: https://e-detecttb.eu/