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In 1989, the Romanian people tore their country free from 40 years of communist dictatorship. The scenes of deprivation and neglect, which met with a blaze of media coverage, bore testament to the deprivations that a brutal regime had inflicted on a beautiful country and a proud nation. Recovery from this is a slow process and 44% of Romania’s 22 million people still live in poverty – a statistic we are more used to seeing in the third world than for one of our European neighbours.
Although now largely forgotten by the world’s media, the people will not give up their struggle to improve the quality of everyday life for themselves and future generations.
People suffering life-threatening or terminal illnesses such as advanced cancer or AIDS are particularly vulnerable to poorly funded services and anyone diagnosed with a terminal illness, is likely to be sent home from hospital to die without any support or adequate pain relief. Romania’s neighbours such as Serbia and Macedonia fare no better. So, in 1992, Hospices of Hope introduced hospice and palliative care services into the region for the first time. Through setting up partner organisations in Romania, Serbia and Moldova, we have improved the quality of life for over 12,000 such patients, but we need your help to continue this work.
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