Soros Foundation Moldova (FSM)

Good Governance

The goal of the Good Governance department is to enhance transparency, accountability, and efficiency of public authorities.

Our priorities:

Justice and Human Rights

The Justice and Human Rights Department’s vision of rule of law is built on the solid grounds of a fair, accessible and predictable justice delivery system, which effectively safeguards fundamental human rights.

The Department develops and implements activities in several areas, crucial for the fulfilment of its vision, including Human Rights, Judiciary, Access to Justice, and Criminal Justice.



Public Health

The department's mission is to promote good governance in the health sector, to contribute to increasing the equitable access of the population to responsive health and social services, and to promote responsible actions for the protection of environment.

Media Program

Media Department's mission is to contribute to the development of an open, participatory, pluralistic and value-based society in the Republic of Moldova by organizing, supporting and financing activities aimed at encouraging the development of an independent media sector and improving access to information.



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Education Support Project

DEADLINE EXTENSION! Grant competition for NGOs active in Law, Human Rights and Patient Care fields

The deadline for competition was extended to 17:00 on November 26th, 2012.


Soros Foundation-Moldova (SFM), Open Society Foundations Law and Health Initiative (LAHI) and Human Rights and Governance Grants Program (HRGGP) are pleased to announce a competition for a one-year grant for an NGO active in Law, Human Rights and Patient Care fields.

A Practitioner Guide about Human Rights in Patients Care is about to be finalized.

About the Practitioner Guide “Human Rights in Patients Care”

Designed as a practical, “how to” manual for lawyers, it aims to provide an understanding of how to use legal tools to protect basic rights in the delivery of health services. The guide systematically reviews the diverse constitutional provisions, statutes, regulations, by-laws, and orders applicable to patients and health care providers and categorizes them by right or responsibility. It additionally highlights examples and actual cases argued by lawyers.

The aim of the guide is to strengthen awareness of existing legal tools that can be used to remedy abuses in patient care. If adequately implemented, current laws have the potential to address pervasive violations of rights to informed consent, confidentiality, privacy, and non-discrimination. As this effect can be accomplished through both formal and informal mechanisms, this guide covers litigation and alternative forums for resolving claims, such as enlisting ombudspersons and ethics review committees. It is hoped that lawyers and other professionals will find this book a useful reference in a post-Soviet legal landscape, which is often rapidly in flux.

This guide addresses the concept of “human rights in patient care,” which brings together the rights of both patients and health care providers. The concept of human rights in patient care refers to the application of general human rights principles to all stakeholders in the delivery of health care. These general human rights principles can be found in international and regional treaties, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; and the European Convention on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms; and the European Social Charter. These rights are universal and can be applied in the context of health care delivery just as they can be in any other context.

Overview of the Guide

Chapters 2 and 3 of the guide respectively cover the international and regional laws governing human rights in patient care. They examine relevant “hard” and “soft” laws and provide examples of cases and interpretations of treaty provisions. These two chapters are identically organized around the established human rights applicable to both patients and providers. These are the rights to liberty and security of the person; privacy; information; bodily integrity; life; highest attainable standard of health; freedom from torture, cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment; participation in public policy; non-discrimination and equality for patients; decent work conditions; freedom of association; and due process for providers. Chapter 4 provides information on the international and regional procedures for protecting these rights.

Chapters 5, 6, 7, and 8 are country-specific. Chapter 5 clarifies the legal status of international and regional treaties ratified, signed, or adopted by a given country; explains the country’s use of precedent; and includes a brief description of the legal and health and systems. Chapter 6 deals with patient rights and responsibilities. The patient rights section is organized according to the rights in the European Charter of Patients’ Rights, with the addition of any country-specific rights not specifically covered by the Charter. Drawn up in 2002 by the Active Citizenship Network - a European network of civic consumer, and patient organizations - the European Charter of Patients’ Rights is not legally binding, but it is generally regarded as the clearest and most comprehensive statement of patient rights. The Charter attempts to translate regional documents on health and human rights into 14 concrete provisions for patients: rights to preventive measures, access, information, informed consent, free choice, privacy and confidentiality, respect of patients’ time, observance of quality standards, safety, innovation, avoidance of unnecessary suffering and pain, personalized treatment, the filing of complaints, and compensation. These rights have been used as a reference point to monitor and evaluate health care systems across Europe and as a model for national laws. Chapter 6 uses the rights enumerated in the European Charter of Patients’ Rights as an organizing principle, but along with each right, the applicable binding provisions under the national laws are presented and analyzed. These rights are then cross-referenced with the more general formulation of rights in the international and regional chapters. Chapter 7 focuses on provider rights and responsibilities, including the right to work in decent conditions, the right to freedom of association, the right to due process, and other relevant country-specific rights.

Chapter 8 covers the national mechanisms for enforcement of both patient and provider rights and responsibilities. These mechanisms include administrative, civil, and criminal procedures and alternative mechanisms, such as the Office of the Public Prosecutor, ombudspersons, ministries of internal affairs, ethics review committees, and inspectorates of health facilities. The chapter additionally contains an annex of sample forms and documents for lawyers to file.

The final section is a glossary of terms that are relevant to the field of human rights in patient care. Some versions of the guides also include a section of the glossary with country-specific terminology. The glossary will enable greater accessibility of law, health, and human rights material.

Uses of the Guide

The guide has been designed as a resource for both litigation and training. It may be particularly useful in clinical legal education programs. Although designed for lawyers, the guide may additionally be of interest to medical professionals, public health managers, Ministries of Health and Justice personnel, patient advocacy groups, and patients who desire a firmer understanding of the legal basis for patient and provider rights and responsibilities and the available mechanisms for enforcement.

The Practitioner Guide is a practical manual which can be used for training of lawyers, health specialists and NGOs working in health and human rights areas. The Guide uses the concept of “human rights in patient care”, which brings together the rights of both patients and health care providers and refers to the application of general human rights principles to all stakeholders in the delivery of health care. The Practitioner Guide is a valuable resource for analyzing the national health legislation to compare with international norms, since it contains national, regional and International legal frameworks, litigation mechanisms and practical tools and tips for lawyers and advocates.

The call for proposals

A one-year grant to be offered by the Soros Foundations – Moldova aims to contribute to the development of a new generation of lawyers with expertise in human rights and patient care, increase the capacity of local NGOs, and build this field through trainings and the development of materials and networks.
The applicants should take into consideration the following responsibilities when developing the project proposal:

  • Disseminate the Practitioner Guide about Human Rights in Patients Care (“Human Rights in Patient Care: A Practitioner Guide”)
  • Coordinate and help to provide training for lawyers and judges based upon the Practitioner Guide Human Rights in Patients Care;
  • Coordinate and provide training for other organizations and persons actively involved in human rights promotion and protection, including medical professionals, health managers and others;
  • Help prepare patient-friendly information with a focus on marginalized populations;
  • Prepare and coordinate updates to the Practitioner Guide;
  • Stay current on Law, Human Rights and Patient Care legislation, court cases and policy developments;
  • Collect comments and feedback on the Practitioner Guide about Human Rights in Patients Care;
  • Collect practical examples and make recommendations to enhance the Practitioner Guide;
  • Submit quarterly reports on their activities and expenditures.

The selected NGO will work under the supervision of the Soros Foundation-Moldova Public Health Program Director and in close cooperation with LAHI, HRGGP, as well as national and international experts in this area. The project will last 12 months.

Grant application must include (all documents should be in English)
  • Project proposal (Paragraph II from the Guide of solicitant for funding – can be downloaded from the link below)
  • Abstract (not longer than ½ page)
  • Budget (should include a breakdown of the costs to operate the service, including staff and the percentage of their time spent (25%, 50%, etc) working in the service, funded from this project.
  • Proofs of co-funding contributions from other organizations (should include the funding support from institutions for in-kind support, and partial salary support)
  • Other relevant documents (Paragraph I from the Guide of solicitant for funding)

A guide for project proposals application can be downloaded here.

The budget form can be downloaded here. (

Project period
The project implementation period - 12 months

Proposal Review and Evaluation
Each proposal will be reviewed and evaluated independently. The final decision will be issued by the Public Health Program sub-Board/Soros Foundation Moldova Board, based on partners’ recommendations.

Project proposals and supporting documents must be received no later than 17:00 on November 26th, 2012.

The Soros-Moldova Foundation invites you to submit the project proposal along with all relevant documents not later than 17:00 on November 26th, 2012 by e-mail at or in hard copy to the following address: 32, Bulgara Street, Chisinau (Soros – Moldova Foundation).

In subject area, please mention “PG implementation”.