On September 24, the U.S. Embassy donated more than 1,900 (1930) Tuberculosis test kits to the Marius Nasta Institute in Bucharest. The Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) Colonel Louis Seliquini donated the kits to the leadership of the Institute on behalf of the U.S. government. The value of the kits is USD 147,000 and funding was provided by the U.S. European Command (EUCOM).
“This test kits shorten the diagnosing period for the drug-resistant tuberculosis from a few months to just hours,” Marius Nasta specialists said. ODC Chief, Col. Louis Seliquini commended the professionalism and dedication of the Marius Nasta team and pointed out the importance of this project that includes, besides the Tuberculosis test kits donation, trainings and building renovation.
The donation is a component of a larger Humanitarian Assistance Project to improve tuberculosis testing and treatment in Romania. This project supplements the Romanian TB Program with rapid TB drug sensitivity testing (DST) tests and helps Romania bridge the current DST capacity gap identified by the World Health Organization and other TB experts.
More information about the Office of Defense Cooperation Romania at http://go.usa.gov/3tQF9.