Romanian Angel Appeal Foundation (RAA) is a non-governmental organization working since 1991 for improving the quality of life and averting the risk of discrimination and social exclusion of children and young people in need, affected by chronic conditions, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). To achieve its mission, RAA acts in multiple directions – improving the quality of the medical and social services, influencing health, social and educational policies, conducting research and supporting the professional development of a variety of specialists through short term and Internet based training. Romanian Angel Appeal supported only in the last 5 years through its projects more than 2000 children and families facing Autism Spectrum Disorders, over 1200 young people and adults in need to be treated for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, more than 18,000 people from vulnerable groups with limited access to HIV/AIDS and TB prevention services and 3,000 doctors, nurses and psychosocial staff working with the mentioned groups. In 2007 also, RAA has received national and international acknowledgment of its capacity to manage national public health program and was appointed the Principal Recipient in Romania for the HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis grants of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Round 6 (www.theglobalfund.org).
In this context, during 2007 – 2012, RAA ensured the financial and technical management of two grants (over 16 million Euro) for HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis, materialized in approximately 90 projects implemented by more than 30 governmental and nongovernmental organizations countrywide. RAA is the first Romanian organization that has developed in early 2000s an e-learning platform for Continuous Medical Education courses (www.medability.ro). Since then, the organization has developed several products (courses, information tools) using e-learning technologies (such as: http://5pm.ro/, http://autism.raa.ro/cursuri/e-learning).