A message from Marilyn Boggust, Joint Chair of Hospices of Hope’s Trustees.
“This last year has been an exciting year of change and developments for Hospices of Hope. In September 2018 we celebrated, with our partner Hospice Casa Sperantei, the official opening of Copaceni. This unique facility, in the countryside outside Bucharest, provides a calm and beautiful environment for children with life-limiting conditions who require therapy or respite care.
“In the following month, we rejoiced at the opening of the new hospice centre in Belgrade, Serbia. The first phase of this exciting project allows our country partner, BELhospice, to provide two new palliative care services through the new daycare centre and outpatient unit.
“In 2017 we launched a new project in Moldova to develop a national network of palliative care teams and this project made significant progress during 2018. We currently have five small hospice organisations in the network and are already seeing the positive impact they are making to the lives of people in Moldova with terminal or life-limiting illness.
“During 2018 we began working with a new country partner in Albania. We are supporting the work of Ryder Albania to develop palliative care services in Tirana and Durres. The team in Albania faces many challenges and I hope that our new partnership will enable them to develop palliative care services across the country.
“On behalf of the Trustees I would like to thank all our volunteers, supporters, staff and sponsors for the hard work and support they continue to provide to Hospices of Hope and our country partners. We are now looking forward to another exciting year ahead when we will continue to work with those partners in south eastern Europe to help enhance the lives of children and adults living with life-limiting and terminal illnesses.”
Joint Chair of Hospices of Hope’s Trustees
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.