Health Care in Romania
is one of the poorest regions of Romania. Many isolated rural
areas have no medical or social support. The few doctors have
no transport. The elderly poor have no income for medicine.
support Romanian doctors in several sprawling rural communities,
providing transport and medical care, plus food and clothing for
the very poor.
a typical quarterly field
project report on Mobile Healthcare in Romania
a summary evaluation by the EU
address underlying health problems with health promotion and
family planning training for women, nurses and teachers.
The project serves an average of 528 beneficiaries
a month at a cost of a mere £2 per person.
thank God for you - I cannot walk 20 Kms to see
Ten years ago, there were no
family doctors whatever in this area. For two years, we provided
a mobile health care service with volunteer British G.P.s.
Romanian doctors have now
slowly returned but they lack the very basics e.g. transport and medicines to
be able to provide a proper service for their patients.
we were forgotten but now it's different"|
Mobile Health programme provides:
AND DEATH SOCIAL SUPPORT We target the very poorest making sure they receive
what they need to help them help themselves. For example: a new home and some
animals for a TB sufferer living in a leaky shack; a bicycle for a man with 10
children so that he can find work. Where appropriate we provide money for food
PLANNING unless we provide free family planning advice and supplies to
these villages, abortion in the nearest town is the only family planning option
open to them.
FOR OUTLYING VISITS AND VACCINATION PROGRAMMES not only do we take doctors
miles into the country to do outlying home visits to the very ill, we create the
climate and precedent that this is what needs to happen.
DRUGS SUPPLY FOR EMERGENCIES AND THE VERY POOR how can doctors help their
patients when they have no drugs and their patients have no money? We provide
essential supplies and create a sustainable solution with the
UP OF SMALL RURAL PHARMACIES we lobby for the extension of these pharmacies
with the drug companies and transport the pharmacists.
MOBILE PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICE physio and rehabilition programmes at home
for stroke victimes, spina bifida children and many more.
EDUCATION in schools and dispensaries- prevention being better than cure.
and DOCTOR TRAINING - rural doctors and nurses are badly paid and very isolated.
We deliver training and exchange visits to the UK to encourage them to develop
their own services and working environment.
have run 10 nurse training programmes in the past couple of years and are also
in TB training for GPs.
An EU Phare-Tacis Lien Monitor reported on this project:
The project area is very poor
even by Romanian standards. The inhabitants live in small villages often
isolated from each other and the outside world.
Connections are often by dirt track or unmade road.
Running water is not universal, a village well being common.
Agriculture is largely subsistence and the population is an elderly
one as the younger people leave for employment in the towns.
It was good to see politicians from district to local level,
doctors, teachers, nurses
and the people themselves all working together
with the charity in a feeling of mutual
trust and shared objectives
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