Hospices of Hope started work in Romania in 1992. There was no hospice care whatsoever available in the country at that time. Morphine was illegal. Cancer patients had no pain relief and were simply left to die in pain. The health system was corrupt and people avoided seeking medical help as they could not afford to pay a bribe.

Other countries in the region had similar problems and so Hospices of Hope extended there work into Serbia in 2006, the Republic of Moldova in 2008 and Albania in 2018.

Noel Bradbury