A project entitled “Public-private partnership consolidation for a sustainable development of community-based services for persons with disabilities” was recently launched in Chisinau. The project worth EUR 273,436 is funded by the European Union and implemented by Keystone Moldova jointly with the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and Family. EUR 241,401 of the total project cost are provided by the European Union, and the other EUR 32,035 are supplied by Open Society Foundations / Mental Health Initiative.
The purpose of the project is to develop Mobile Team services in five districts of the country: Singerei, Falesti, Ungheni, Anenii Noi and Dubasari. This is supposed to improve the quality of human services provided to about 200 children with disabilities and their families in these districts. Additionally, the project provides for activities to change public attitude towards persons with disabilities and promote their rights.
“The project’s importance is not so much due to the financial assistance provided as because it is a sign of a new stage in the socially aimed cooperation between the European Union and the Republic of Moldova”, declared Head of EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, H.E. Ambassador Mr. Dirk Schuebel who attended the launching event. “Its value also resides in that it contributes to the establishment of a public-private partnership which, in its turn, will ensure a sustainable development of community-based services for persons with disabilities. […] The project will help model the new Mobile Team services to support persons with disabilities locally based on their needs”, mentioned H.E., Mr. Ambassador.
Deputy Minister of Labor, Social Protection and Family, Mr. Sergiu Sainciuc, who also attended the event, thanked the EU for funding the project. “We may have a very good legal framework and qualified staff, but without the funds necessary to implement the activities envisaged by the project it will be very hard for us to ensure equal opportunities”, declared the Deputy Minister.
In her turn, Mrs. Ludmila Malcoci, CEO, Keystone Moldova, mentioned that the project supports the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Moldova, ensuring their right to quality services and life in the community. “At the same time, it will help decentralize human services by developing public-private partnership and empowering local authorities and service providers in creating and implementing quality services based on the needs of persons with disabilities. The service models to be developed will be then applied in other districts of Moldova”, added Mrs. Malcoci.
Mobile Teams is a service providing home-based social assistance to persons with disabilities and their families in remote areas with limited access to specialized services. Services provided by Mobile Teams vary based on beneficiaries’ needs and can include: psychological assistance and counseling; healthcare and rehabilitation/recovery services (kinesiotherapy, speech therapy); special training to develop independent community life skills, etc. Thus, Mobile Teams contribute to early detection of children with disabilities, help prevent their placement in residential care and facilitate their social inclusion by ensuring their access to quality rehab and recovery services.
The Mobile Team human service will act under its Framework Regulation and Quality Standards developed by the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and Family with the support of Keystone Moldova and approved by the Government in 2011. So far, Keystone Moldova has supported the service development in 7 districts – Ialoveni, Hincesti, Orhei, Soroca, Edinet, Telenesti and Leova, and 2 cities – Chisinau and Balti. Recently, the service was also created in the districts of Nisporeni and Cimislia, funded by the state budget. Keystone Moldova will provide methodological support to ensure operability of the service.
The project “Public-private partnership consolidation for a sustainable development of community-based services for persons with disabilities” is implemented within the Community for All – Moldova Program developed by Keystone Moldova jointly with the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and Family, Open Society Foundations / Mental Health Initiative and Soros Moldova Foundation.