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Why Romania

Romania suffered very badly from the years of the “Iron Curtain”. The legacy of the Ceausescu rule is a country ravaged by poverty and persecution. During a visit in 1990, Lachie was faced with the conditions in the hospitals at first hand:

“My first visit to a Romanian hospital had a great effect on me. Conditions were bad then and in many ways they’ve got worse. The doctors and nurses are among the most highly dedicated people I have ever met, but their efforts are hampered by chronic shortages of even basic equipment.  Whole wards  lit by a single light bulb with sanitary essentials like soap and disinfectant rationed if they were at all available. Medicines and dressings were in very short supply and the staff were desperate for any help they could get simply to provide basic level of care.”

The so called ‘Revolution’ which rocked Romania to the core in 1989 has now been overtaken and it has been a member of the European Union since January 2007. The situation for many has changed very little and in some ways is perhaps worse than before. The people live with seriously under-funded medical facilities, where these exist, and a primitive farming system. About 68% of the population (about 15,000,000) live in rural Romania and rely heavily on agriculture, such as it is.  Most of them find it impossible to meet the new hygiene standards for production of dairy products etc..set by the EU, which will affect their livelihood. Outside help is still very much needed while continued efforts are made to stabilise the country both socially and economically. Despite the politics of any country, oppressive or otherwise, our hearts must remain open to people who suffer. Your generosity and prayers are needed for this work.

Casa de Copii, in Bratca, a small mountain town in western Romania, about 130kms from the border with Hungary, has a state run home for children which SFR has been privileged  to support for the last 15years.  State funding is far from sufficient to provide good quality care and the principal supporters here are from Denmark. As can be seen from the picture the children are happy and well cared for.

Stella and Catalin at Casa de Copii Bratca

 

The Professionals

On 1st January 2007 Fundatia Crestina Diakonia from Cluj Napoca, the capital city of Transylvania, began their Hospice Care Service. Care is provided by the professional team shown here, who despite being on new territory are doing a very good job. All have received basic palliative care training but are keen to have an experienced professional from Scotland or elsewhere to join them as mentor.  All the care is being provided within the patients own home and in some instances that is very basic.  Palliative Care is a relatively new concept in Romania and much has to be done to raise public and professional awareness of this invaluable and much needed service. Are you willing to give a few weeks or months of your time and take up the challenge?

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