At Hospices of Hope, we believe that believe that access to end-of-life care is a basic human right.In many areas of South-Eastern Europe, access to this vital type of medical care is severely limited. A recent report found that only 5.9% of people with terminal or life-limiting conditions in Romania had access to the care that they needed. It also found that 26 Romanian counties out of 41 had no palliative care service at all.
This situation, unfortunately, is common across many areas of Eastern Europe, but Hospices of Hope are determined to change that. For 27 years now, we have been developing purpose-built hospices, home care services and palliative care training centres, to transform access to care for some of the most vulnerable communities.
We are working hard to help all patients suffering from life-limiting illnesses receive free, specialist palliative care so that they can live every moment with dignity, alongside their loved ones.
Here are a just a few of the projects that we’ve set up, developed and worked with.
A unique centre for children affected by life-limiting or terminal illness, the Copaceni facility is a long-term project, aimed at revolutionising access to palliative care for children in Romania.
With lands and buildings donated by the Florescu family, we are working to create a cutting edge bed respite care facility and temporary accommodation for families with sick children. As well as state-of-the-art medical facilities, the Copaceni will also include a home care unit, a day centre, a counselling centre and a training facility for medical professionals.
There is currently no purpose-built, in-patient hospice in Serbia, which means that many patients with a terminal illness fade away in pain, without support and without dignity. Hospices of Hope are working hard to change that.
Over the last few years, we have worked with our Serbian partner, BELhospice, to build a high quality, in-patient hospice that will provide 12 beds for those most in need. We have bought the building and have started the first phase of building works. We hope to finish it by the end of 2018.
The completed BELhospice facility will also provide a day care centre, out-patient service and teaching facilities too, making it’s Serbia’s first hospice where medical professionals can learn more about palliative care provision.
In Moldova, we’ve supported the Hospice Angelus since 2008, providing 12% of its annual income to help support its vital work.
The numbers show how we are helping to make a difference to palliative care in the country. In one alone year, we have cared for 2,382 patients, provided 8,835 home care visits, 4257 outpatient consultations, treated 196 AIDS patients, helped 37 families with benefits and supplied 224 breast prostheses to cancer patients. We’ve also helped the hospice to distribute 116,022 stoma bags in the course of a year.
Due to the success of Hospice Angelus, we’re now looking at extending our palliative care coverage across the entire country.
The state-of-the-art technology and practices that we’re developing here don’t just benefit Romania, Serbia or Moldova— they benefit countries across the entire world, improving the standard of palliative care right here in the USA. Support the vital work we’re doing here.
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.
Find out more about our work.