May 28, 2019

The daily reality of health professionals and volunteers in the first line in our organization is sometimes difficult to imagine.

Not only do they confront illness in the last stages but they also face the desperate lack of infrastructure in countries like Romania, Moldova, Serbia or Albania, which makes their work even more challenging on a daily basis.

There are a number of local challenges we recognize, one of them being the deep need of more palliative care and support.  

Many times, patients who come into hospice care are in very weak conditions and only have months or even weeks to live. A sobering example comes from a small hospice in the Western part of Romania. They have shared the situation of their patients – when they came into their care and when they passed away for the month of September 2018.

It is a simple statement of facts that shows a stark reality. Patients end up in hospice only in the very last stages of illness and our staff’s aim is to spend effort and time next to patients’ beds offering some form of relief from suffering.

In 2015 just under 8% of terminally ill patients in Romania received some sort of specialist hospice care, a quarter of those patients had been cared for by our local organization Hospice Casa Sperantei.

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