Sharing resources of mobile palliative care came as a solution to the statistics shown by latest research. In Moldova each year over 25.000 people are in need of palliative care and most services dedicated for those in need are focused (with very few exceptions) in and around the capital city named Chisinau, leaving the areas outside with little or no coverage.
Being the first international charity to tackle palliative care in this area, Hospices of Hope have managed over the years and through partnerships with local organizations to help over 10.000 patients and their families. In order to extend the support we offer locally, the Representation Office of Hospices of Hope in the Republic of Moldova launched a support network of palliative care services in the center-north of the country with the involvement of three counties, Orhei, Soroca and Ocnita with a total population of little over 280.000 citizens.
The purpose of the three-year project is to increase the access to palliative care services in the areas mentioned above by creating and integrating three mobile and multidisciplinary teams into the existing partner organizations. These NGOs have been providing palliative care services in the last few years on a more basic level and with hardly any financial support. Besides financing the multidisciplinary teams which will collaborate intensively and act as one, the project also provides extensive training for the palliative care specialists involved, considerable support with medication and medical auxiliary products, transportation for the mobile teams, as well as the development of a fundraising department.
The fundraising and administrative department is based in Chisinau and it aims: to manage all aspects of the pilot project; to raise awareness regarding palliative care at a national level; to secure local and international funds in order to support the sustainability of the project; and to liaise with ministries as well as local and national authorities in order to develop policies and secure governmental funds. If successful the pilot project could be easily applied in the future to the south or other areas of the country.
Hospices of Hope has been a constant supporter of the development of palliative care in Moldova since 2008.
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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