The daily reality of health professionals and volunteers in the first line in our organization is sometimes difficult to imagine. Not only do they confront illness in the last stages but they also face the desperate lack of infrastructure in countries like Romania, Moldova, Serbia or Albania, which makes their work even more challenging on a daily basis.
There are a number of local challenges we recognize, one of them being the deep need of more palliative care and support.
Many times, patients who come into hospice care are in very weak conditions and only have months or even weeks to live. A sobering example comes from a small hospice in the Western part of Romania. They have shared the situation of their patients – when they came into their care and when they passed away for the month of September 2018.
It is a simple statement of facts that shows a stark reality. Patients end up in hospice only in the very last stages of illness and our staff’s aim is to spend effort and time next to patients’ beds offering some form of relief from suffering.
In 2015 just under 8% of terminally ill patients in Romania received some sort of specialist hospice care, a quarter of those patients had been cared for by our local organization Hospice Casa Sperantei.
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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