Mobile Health Care in Romania

Moldavia 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.

We support Romanian doctors in several sprawling rural communities, providing transport and medical care, plus food and clothing for the very poor.

Read a typical quarterly field project report on Mobile Healthcare in Romania

Read a summary evaluation by the EU

List of Benefits

We 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.


"I thank God for you - I cannot walk 20 Kms to see the doctor"

 

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.


"Once we were forgotten but now it's different"





Our Mobile Health programme provides:

LIFE 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 and medicines

FAMILY 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.

TRANSPORT 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.

ESSENTIAL 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…

…SETTING UP OF SMALL RURAL PHARMACIES – we lobby for the extension of these pharmacies with the drug companies and transport the pharmacists.

A MOBILE PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICE – physio and rehabilition programmes at home for stroke victimes, spina bifida children and many more.

HEALTH EDUCATION – in schools and dispensaries- prevention being better than cure.

NURSE 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.

We have run 10 nurse training programmes in the past couple of years and are also heavily involved in TB training for GPs.

 

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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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