A Patient’s Story from Moldova

We are supporting a national network of small hospice organizations in Moldova. This is the story of a patient cared for by the Aripile Sperantei (Wings of Hope) Hospice in Orhei.

Anisia is a 70 year lady living with diabetes who has suffered five strokes. She has gangrene in her foot which was caused by the diabetes and she is confined to bed. She was dedicated to her job as a nanny at a children’s orphanage but since becoming ill her quality of life is very poor. Her bed is described by the team as “an improvised construction made from sponge not a proper mattress and supported by chairs”.

Anisia is comparatively lucky by Moldovan standards as her daughter is still in the country and can help with her care. But the daughter’s income cannot cover the costs of the drugs needed and the state does not pay for pain relief when the pain is caused by diabetes. Anisia’s husband is not coping with the situation and, despite the team’s best efforts, does not really
understand what is happening to his wife.
The hospice team visit Anisia and provide medicines, nursing care particularly with the dressings for her foot – and psychological support.

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About the Charity
Hospices of Hope developed from very small beginnings into a leading palliative and hospice care organization in South East Europe. Since 1992, we have facilitated care for more than 40,000 patients in Romania, Moldova and Serbia and have trained more than 20,000 health care professionals from all over Central and Eastern Europe. However, much work is still to be done as there are still many vulnerable countries and groups of beneficiaries that desperately need care and do not receive it.

Hospices of Hope in the USA
The support we have received from the US has been humbling, we were incredibly inspired by people who donated money, time and skills to an organization offering services thousands of miles away from where they live and we have responded by opening a small office in Nyack, New York, thanks to the amazing support of Dr Ronna McHammond.  Ronna still runs our US branch of Hospices of Hope.

One of the most important components of our activity in the US has been, from the beginning, the transfer of know how to the country where we operate, good practice, empowering nurses etc. It all started with a project with the Rhode Island and Boston University.

At the moment we are using the skills, experience and knowledge of organizations like Cedars Sinai in LA, Stanford University or Mott Hospital in Michigan which arepioneering and piloting the usage of technology in therapy.

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