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Health Expo 2007

Health Expo 2007

Executive Director A.F IRFF ONLUS: Cîrpală Nicolae, A.F IRFF ONLUS, Strada: C. Vîrnav 13,Chişinău, Moldova, www.irffmd.net

And Peace Corps in Moldova


As the poorest country in Europe, Moldova struggles to meet the basic needs of its people in safety, sanitation, and health care; Moldovan government expenditure per capita on health in 2002 was a mere 16 US$.[1][1] Many medical professionals--unaware of the latest information on breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, heart disease, substance abuse, and nutritional needs--are unequipped to provide preventive advice or even diagnose these conditions. Although specialists exist, because general doctors, nurses and medical assistants do not have enough access to information, they are unlikely to be able to send their patients to the appropriate specialists.

Providing needed additional health care support are hundreds of non-governmental organizations focused on health and safety. Fifty-or-so organizations, in Chişinău alone--such as Centrul Sănătaţii Femeii “Dalila”, Centrul SIDA, and Centru de Informare privind Drepturile Copilului din Moldova (children’s health and rights)--are run by HCNs to serve their fellow Moldovans. Unfortunately, budget constraints restrict the amount of advertising and publicity achieved by these NGOs, resulting in a population that is surrounded by organizations that could significantly improve their quality of life, but that is unaware of the bounty of resources available.

A symptom of not knowing about the health-support organizations or even the illnesses themselves--in addition to a variety of environmental and economic factors--is the poor condition of the average Moldovan’s health. On the United Nations’ human development index for 2005, Moldova is ranked at 115--below all other European and CIS countries except Tajikistan.[2][2] Many conditions, however, could easily be prevented or mitigated through education, even as brief as a seminar or as short as a pamphlet. For example, hepatitis A cases, which numbered 7,968 among the Moldovan population in 2003, could be diminished through information on proper hand-washing. The WHO Global Status Report on Alcohol 2004 reports that Moldova’s recorded consumption of alcohol per capita (over the age of 15) is the fifth-highest in the world with 13.88 liters of pure alcohol, and yet it also estimates that another 12 liters per capita goes unrecorded.[3][3] Yet few Moldovans--both medical practitioners and the general population--are aware of the alcohol-dependency support services available. Likewise, preventive medicine handouts, blood pressure and breast-cancer screenings, as well as information about support organizations, will contribute to healthier Moldovans--but only if these services are known about and utilized.

The partner for this project is the A.F IRFF ONLUS.

Organization Purpose:

IRFF ONLUS Moldova is a nongovernmental and a public, non-profit organization with material and educational aid goal.

Implemented IRFF ONLUS projects including donors’ names:

2003, 2005 Peace festivals at National Radio, International FWP

From 2001 Long Distance Adoption, IRFF ONLUS Adoziony a distance Italy

From 2004 Youth Change the world, Jun Foundation, IRFF International, Local sponsors

2002 Medical Project, IRFF Europe

2003 “Turning point of Global Governance: New approach to create peace in transition society” IIF for World Peace

2003-2007 HIV/AIDS prevention small projects: “IRFF Europe

-Round table on topic: Strategies and perspectives of HIV/AIDS prevention in
Moldova. May 15;
-Three seminars on topic: “Zero HIV/AIDS transmition lifestyle”. First seminar was organized in Ovidius library others in Marinici and Frumusica villages;
-Press conference on “Love conquer AIDS” project, 22 October;
-International conference “World without AIDS”, 19 November;
-On 30 December for the World HIV/AIDS prevention day we organized online conference together with national Moldova Radio;
-On 1st December we organized a medical-cultural event dedicate for the World HIV/AIDS prevention in Chisinau Gymnasium-orphanage N.2;

a) The making of a documentary movie with the title "They + Us=ALL", having the message of prevention of HIV/AIDS, in collaboration with the Association anti-AIDS from Moldavia "Amas".

b) The Festival of Volunteers, organized by the Philanthropic Association IRFF-ONLUS and by the organization Service for Peace, with the occasion of International day of Volunteers. At this action participate around 210 persons.


3. The project „Youth change the world”, was an ample action, organized in the summer and in autumn of 2005, by the partners associations IRFF-ONLUS, Service for Peace organization, The Association for Education from Republic of Moldavia and Educators for Peace and Mutual Understanding organization.

In the City Hall Center Sector took place the festival of offering the prizes for the work YCW in the national campaign “ABC Model- way of life with no HIV/AIDS transmission”. The national campaign of HIV/AIDS prevention took place in over 30 localities of Republic of Moldavia.

Human resources: Number of members: 5 people, Number of constant workers: 11 people, Number of volunteers: 30.

Technical resources: 1pc, 1laptop, 2 mobile phones, a printer.

Project Description

Building on the learnings and success of last years, Health Expo 2007, 1 December 2007, Medical State University of Moldova, organized by A.F IRFF ONLUS and the Peace Corps GAD-subcommittee, we will bring together health organizations National and International, the Ministry of Health, medical practitioners, medical students, and peer education teams for a one day health conference over a weekend. Advertising for Health Expo 2007 will be targeted at the three groups. First, an ad will run in the national medical journal to alert doctors to the upcoming Health Expo. Next, based on responses to the ad and recommendations from PCVs, A.F IRFF ONLUS, and Peace Corps, 300 doctors from all corners of Moldova and both towns and villages will be invited. This number is obviously higher than the 150 possible attendees but last year’s experience showed us that it is necessary to invite a much higher number to guarantee the 150. Those who accept will also receive follow-up phone calls from members of the Health Expo planning team one to two days before the event to remind and encourage them to come (as shown necessary by the 25% of medical professionals last year who gave an RSVP but did not attend). Medical students will be targeted through PCV presentations at the medical universities, posters, flyers, as well as through the on-line bulletin and Health Expo web site. Peer education teams will be selected by PCVs and A.F IRFF ONLUS; they will receive posters flyers and pep-talks from PCVs as well as through the on-line bulletin and Health Expo web site. Following all of this publicity, the event will host approximately 300 attendees over the course.

Goals and Objectives: Health Expo 2007

The goal of the project is to publicize local health-promoting NGOs and disseminate health-related information to the public by educating health care providers, medical students, and peer educators through seminars and presentations during conference featuring these NGOs, medical experts, and the Ministry of Health. The Health Expo will improve public health by educating community leaders who are in a position to have an impact on the most people. This goal is supported by four objectives:

Objective 1: Increase the awareness and utilization of health-related non-governmental organizations and the services they provide in Moldova. Specifically, by introducing health providers, medical students and peer educators to active and successful health and safety NGOs, the participating NGOs will achieve publicity and hopefully a higher rate of use. We will provide table space in a Chişinău location for participating organizations, create and distribute programs to Health Expo attendees with the NGOs’ contact info, and provide attendees with a training on working with and utilizing health NGOs.

Objective 2: Educate the following groups on health-related issues through speakers, handouts, and discussions: medical practitioners (doctors, nurses and medical assistants), medical students, and peer education teams (a student with an adult leader). Medical practitioners need more information to recognize and treat many health epidemics facing Moldova today. Medical students are key in that they need to understand which diseases and health issues are rampant in Moldova today, allowing them to be better prepared to treat their causes in the future. Finally, peer education teams are pivotal in the distribution of information in that they have the ability to reach students immediately. Peer education teams are often the first approached for health information by their peers; it should also be noted several studies have demonstrated children are more receptive to receiving health information from their peers than from any other source.

Objective 3: Educate the public about health-related issues by educating those in the health field who are respected and in the greatest position to reach the most people. The 300 attendees of the Health Expo have the potential to reach 27,500 people.

Objective 4: Provide a forum for medical providers, medical students, and peer education teams to develop connections with other members of the medical community. Medical providers will be placed in one of three working-groups according to geography, and this will allow them to meet other medical providers in their area who they can use as a source of information. Medical students will also be given the opportunity to be involved in the medical community, and peer education teams will meet with other peer education teams--allowing the sharing of ideas, techniques, and information.

There are three distinct groups of beneficiaries of the Health Expo. The first beneficiaries will be the participating organizations; they will receive publicity and an enhanced level of name-recognition, which in turn, will result in increased usage of their services and the fulfillment of their missions. The second beneficiaries are the attendees--the medical professionals, medical students, and peer education teams--who will learn more about various health and safety NGOs and specific diseases--their causes, diagnoses, and treatments. The third group of beneficiaries is the public, which will benefit from the knowledge gained by the Health Expo participants when the participants return to their towns and villages.

Budget: Health Expo 2007


Amount in USD

Renting auditorium


Coffee breaks and meals


Printing materials and hand outs




Monitoring and Evaluation Plan: Health Expo 2007


· Monitor attendance – upon check-in, doctors registering for the event will be cross-checked against the list of registered doctors

· Monitor breakdown of participants by gender and age – a volunteer will be stationed at each entry point (2) with a chart and a pen to identify each person as man, woman, girl, or boy.

· Monitor use of screening – the medical practitioner evaluating weight and blood pressure would also be equipped with a chart and a pen to identify each person as man, woman, girl, or boy. Additionally, if privacy would not be violated, a blind record of blood pressure and weight will be recorded.

· Seminar attendance – seminar facilitators will note attendance with a chart and a pen to identify each person as man, woman, girl, or boy.


· Usefulness of Information– upon exiting, all participants will be asked to fill out survey indicating an increase in knowledge of local organizations and an increased knowledge about at least one health issue pertaining to them. Anticipating 2/3 positive response

· NGO Evaluations – on the number of new NGO contacts they made and on what improvements could be made for the following year.

· 3-Month Evaluation for medical professionals – to assess the impact on usage of their NGOs after the publicity garnered by the Health Expo as well as the usage of new info from the Health Expo, doctors will either be interviewed personally by PCVs in their region or contacted via a letter.

The entire Health Expo 2007 Committee and A.F IRFF ONLUS will review all post-event evaluations two weeks after the event. At that evaluative meeting, a full post-mortem on the event and next year’s strategic plan will be discussed.

[1][1] WHO, “Country Health Indicators,” http://www3.who.int/whosis/country/indicators.cfm?country=mda&language=en#economic (accessed 12 December 2005).

[2][2] UNDP, “Human Development Report 2005: International Cooperation at a Crossroads,” 221.

[3][3] WHO, “WHO Global Status Report on Alcohol 2004,” 12, 16.

2007-09-12 11:32:53


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