National Hospice Network

Two years ago, we decided to create a national network of hospices in this very poor country. We set up Hospices of Hope Moldova and, after detailed research, decided that we would start with three existing hospice organizations– Hospice Aripile Sperantei (Wings of Hope) in Orhei, Hospice Angelus in Soroca and Hospice Angelus in Ocnita. These all had seed funding but were struggling to survive.

Thanks to grants from Medicor and the Burdett Nursing Trust we have turned this around. We have publicly launched the national program for palliative care with the Ministry of Health and Social Protection. We are helping with staff salaries, medicines, transport and training. Hospices of Hope UK ships donated medical equipment to Moldova. The Moldovan government is very supportive of our work.

Project launch - Secretary of State for Health and Social Protection, Dr. Rodica Scutelnic

Impact

So far we have:-

  • Provided medical training to staff from these hospices
  • Moved Hospice Aripile Sperantei into more suitable accommodation
  • Arranged to move Hospice Angelus in Soroca into better office facilities
  • Provided vehicles and gas for the teams (previously staff were using their own vehicles and having to pay fuel costs themselves from very low salaries)
  • Fully staffed HOH Moldova

Members of the team with new transport

Next Steps

We are now adding two further hospices to the network at Cahul and Taraclia. The services provided in Taraclia had been forced to close so our intervention means these will be re-opening. Trustee, Jeremy Taglieri, has volunteered with this hospice.

Our next step will be to renovate the in-patient ward in Cahul.

Locations of hospices in the Network

 


Bike Ride to raise funds for Hospices of Hope, Moldova

Hospices of Hope Moldova’s annual cycle ride has just finished. It is their major fundraiser of the year.

 The ride was almost 500 miles long and the team of 21 cyclists left Chisinau in Moldova for Brasov in Romania. The route took them through the beautiful Carpathian Mountains. The trip had some interesting moments – see HOH Moldova’s Facebook page for the highlights – but everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

 If you would be interested in taking part in next year’s event, making friends, seeing our work and enjoying this beautiful part of Europe please contact [email protected].

 

 

The 2018 Cycle Tour team  


Patient story from Hospice Aripile Sperantei in Orhei

 Sylvia has lung cancer. She is suffering side effects from chemotherapy, is starting to show signs of dementia and has mobility issues. She lives with her husband who has diabetes, which has led to his foot being amputated. He is bedridden. As is very common in Moldova the couple’s children live

abroad so they have no family close by to care for them.

Members of the team from Hospice Aripile visit Sylvia regularly to monitor her health and provide her with free medication. They also provide the couple with basic cleaning and hygiene products which they could not otherwise afford. Sylvia has telephone consultations with the medical team, receives advice about her social security claims and physiotherapy to help with her mobility.

Hospice staff are very worried about the mental health of the family. They say that both Sylvia and her husband are “Praying for death to come sooner”. So the hospice also gives them psychological support and encourages Sylvia to attend their monthly patient support groups.


For information about our work or to donate see our website www.hospicesofhope.com
Hospices of Hope is a working name of Hospice of Hope Romania inc, a registered 501(c)3 charity
with registered address: 29 Dickinson Avenue, Nyack, New York, 10960.

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