Message from Chief Executive Officer, Alex Padureanu

Alex

Dear Supporters

I had a very successful trip to the USA earlier this year. I am constantly amazed by the generosity of individuals, medics, academics and other specialists in the States. I met so many professionals who were willing to share their learning and experience to help our hospice patients. This pooling of knowledge has already translated into patients in Romania receiving therapy through virtual reality.

It has been another very busy year for Hospices of Hope. We are making real progress with our work in Moldova and Serbia and are launching our first ever project in Albania.

I am delighted to report that our children’s respite and therapy center at Copaceni will be officially opened on 21st September. The Florescu family’s decision to donate their country estate will improve the lives of so many children living with rare or life-limiting illness.

The Manor House at Copaceni

But we are facing significant challenges too. A recent example is the Romanian government’s decision to double the salaries of doctors, nurses and other medical staff such as physiotherapists.

Whilst this affects state employees, Hospice Casa Sperantei has had to respond to this change to be fair to its staff. No warning was given to allow the charity to plan for this eventuality and the budget had to be reviewed and cuts made.

Sadly one casualty of the state’s decision is the reduction of the Bucharest home care team from eight to just one doctor and two nurses. This gives us three members of staff to cover the entire capital city. Nurses make up to four home visits a day so this cut is a reduction of some 100 home visits a week. The state will not take these visits over and our patients are either too ill or too poor to travel to clinics. We were also planning to start a pediatric home care service in Bucharest but this has had to be deferred.

Violeta

With all this going on it is sometimes easy to forget that people suffering from terminal or life-limiting illness are at the heart of our work and I so admire the courage and spirit shown by those we care for. Having struggled to train for the LA marathon my heart goes out to the group of hospice patients who, despite cancer, ran the Bucharest Half Marathon for Hospice Casa Sperantei. One runner, Violeta, says “friends don’t let friends fight cancer alone” which seems to me to summarize Hospices of Hope. My thanks to you as your support means our patients have a professional team caring for them in in that fight.

Sincerely

Alex Padureanu CEO

 

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