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Rinat Akhmetov Foundation will build a modern laboratory in Donetsk for the diagnosis of tuberculosis in line with all international standards

16.05.2013

Within the “Stop TB in Ukraine. Regional Program” the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine plans to build a modern laboratory for TB diagnosis in Donetsk. This will be the first laboratory in Ukraine to meet international standards of the World Health Organization (WHO), in compliance with all the rules and regulations of the European Union for infection control. It shall apply modern technologies in the field of "clean rooms" that will completely eliminate risks of TB infecting by laboratory staff.The laboratory will be installed with the latest equipment for TB diagnosis, particularly, HAIN systems for molecular genetic TB diagnosis, providing detection of the entire spectrum of resistance to first and second line TB drugs within one day. Also, a separate training room will be created to teach laboratory technicians and bacteriologists; as well as convenient working and leisure environment will be ensured for laboratory staff.

Laboratories of such level exist in Germany, France and the countries of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan). Now modern TB diagnostic laboratory will appear in Ukraine.

The decision to build such a lab was taken last year due to the need for improvement of outdated equipment of the functioning lab at Donetsk regional TB clinic that does not meet modern requirements in terms of infection control and separate area for molecular genetic tests.

“The new laboratory will be built "from scratch" in a separate building at the Donetsk regional TB clinic premises”, - says manager of “Stop TB in Ukraine” program of Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine, Denis Denisenko. The design and supervision over the construction will be performed by Czech-Ukrainian project organization "FAVEA engineering Kyiv". According to the concluded agreement between Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and "FAVEA engineering Kyiv" it is planned to design the lab this year, and to launch its construction the next one. In 2015, Ukrainians will receive modern TB laboratory in line with international standards. The total budget on lab construction constitutes UAH 18 million. The funding for this project is covered by Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine”.

Tests in the modern diagnostic laboratory will be available for all residents of Donetsk region by referral from a TB doctor. Also, patients on stationary and ambulatory TB treatment will be referred to this laboratory.

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Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine is a non-profit organization established on July 15, 2005.

Foundation mission: work for people by eliminating pressing social problems by adopting the best experience gained in Ukraine and abroad; by creating unique system decisions; by achieving the best results with each of our projects and activities.

Directions: modern education, health of the nation, dynamic culture, and targeted assistance.

Foundation founder: Rinat Akhmetov

For more information please visit www.fdu.org.ua

"Stop TB in Ukraine. Regional Program" has being implemented by Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine since 2007.

On December 1, 2012 the results of "Fighting TB Epidemic in Donetsk Region 2007-2011" program were summarized. Its main achievement was the reduction of TB incidence rate by 26.5% in 2011 compared to 2006, as well as the decrease in TB mortality rate by 42% respectively.

The main objective of the Regional TB Program in Donetsk for years 2012 - 2016 is to further reduce the number of TB patients, TB incidence and mortality rates.

Program Objectives:

• implement and make available to the public of modern effective methods of TB detection and diagnosis;

• ensure availability and compliance with international and national standards for the treatment of TB patients, including MDR-TB and TB/HIV co-infection;

• improve program management, monitoring and evaluation in order to increase its effectiveness with a focus on the final outcome;

• introduce WHO recommended system of ACSM (advocacy, communication and social mobilization) strategy in the region to enhance public respond to TB.

The funding of the Regional TB Program in Donetsk for years 2012 - 2016 is covered by Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine, as well as all the partners involved in its support and implementation in the region, including regional budget, budgets of cities and rayons of Donetsk region.

FAVEA is a leading European engineering company engaged in the design, construction and reconstruction of the pharmaceutical industry. The company has extensive experience in designing "clean rooms" in compliance with all rules and regulations of the European Union for infection control.