Summary

First in the BIPAI Network

Romania was the first in the BIPAI Network and opened the first COE in 2001. They serve the oldest patient population, and continue to focus on successful methods for transitioning HIV+ adolescents to adult care and meeting the health needs of its patients and their families. Sustaining funding for the Clinical Center of Excellence in Constanța has been provided by Abbott Fund, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and by AbbVie Foundation.

In 2007 BIPAI Romania began providing other health services concurrently with HIV treatment, namely, dentistry, gynecology and tuberculosis treatment. In 2009, BIPAI Romania widened its mission to include medical services for other infectious diseases with similar transmission and risk factors, such as hepatitis B and C. In addition, the COE offers patients primary cardiology and family planning services. Psychosocial support plays a major role in BIPAI Romania’s services, as well as the prevention of medical discrimination by accompanying and representing its patients to other local services when necessary.

BIPAI Romania has also transitioned Flower House, once its home for HIV+ orphans, into a residence for homeless young adults where they can learn independent living skills in a safe environment, while working or attending school. Over 70 youths were housed during 2001-2014.

To view the BIPAI Romania 10 year anniversary website, please visit: www.excelenta-hiv.ro/en/


Key Facts

  • Location: Constaa
  • Services: dentistry, tuberculosis, hepatitis B&C, HIV/AIDS
  • Patients reached: 34, 383 
  • Total employees: 36
  • Total health professionals trained: 602
  • Total budget: $690,000

Highlights

Clinical

In addition to the provision and monitoring of antiretroviral therapy, services offered at the Romanian Clinical Center of Excellence include programs in:
  • Dental care 
  • Education for healthy, independent living 
  • Family planning 
  • Gynecology 
  • Infectious diseases 
  • Psychosocial counseling 
  • Pulmonary diseases 
  • Social assistance and support groups 
  • Primary cardiology screening 

Hepatitis and HIV Testing Centers

Its free testing and counseling offices in Constanța and Tulcea have been well received by both patients and the local medical community with service requests growing rapidly. Clients receive pre- and post-test counseling and referrals to appropriate health services. Since its inception in 2007, more than 40,000 persons have been tested in Constanța and Tulcea, with annual prevalence rates of 4% for HVB, 3% for HCV, and 0.3% for HIV. These offices have also distributed thousands of free condoms and literature about safe sex, HIV prevention and pregnancy prevention. 
 
Since 2001, BIPAI's Romanian Clinical Center of Excellence has provided HIV/AIDS care and treatment services to more than 500 HIV-infected and HIV-exposed children and young adults.  
 
Currently, the range of services was expanded offering, under one roof, services such as medical, psychological and social assistance to approximately 980 patients of all ages. 
 
BIPAI Romania operates a clinical center of excellence (COE) in Constanța, three offices for rapid testing and counseling in Constanța and Tulcea, (the country's first) and a protected housing complex for homeless youth.
 
In the early 90's children in Romania accounted for more than half of all European pediatric AIDS cases. Most Romanian children with AIDS were infected with HIV as a result of discarded medical practices of the past, including reuse of disposable needles and repeated transfusions of sick and premature infants with whole human blood.
 
Approximately 50% of Romanian children with AIDS were orphaned or abandoned. BIPAI has worked collaboratively with the Romanian Ministry of Health and Romanian professionals since 1996.
 

Training & Education

Continuous Medical Education

An important part of our Baylor team's activity is represented by the continuous medical education trainings that are presented by the foundation's authorized trainers.
 
Yearly, hundreds of healthcare workers, medical and dentistry students participate to the trainings organized by the Baylor Black Sea Foundation in Constanța. These have various themes which are extremely appreciated by our participants.
 

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