ChildAid to Eastern Europe

Changing Lives in Moldova - One Step at a Time

The project will enable children with physical disabilities to access vital professional therapies that will improve the quality of their lives and that of their families. It will also contribute towards changing systemic attitudes towards children with disabilities within the wider community.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (281099)

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Campaign target

£4,000

Amount raised

£8,240

Donations

50

    Category

    Helping

Location

  • Moldova remains one of the poorest countries in Europe. It's economy relies heavily on its agriculture sector, featuring fruits, vegetables, wine, wheat, and tobacco. Moldova's economy remains vulnerable to corruption, political uncertainty, and Russian political and economic pressure

    — CIAWorld Fact Book

  • There have been efforts over the last decade to improve healthcare services for children in Moldova. However, the reality for children with disabilities is that they are still at risk of being removed from their family or abandoned and locked away in an institution

    — Martin Wilcox Director, ChildAid

  • Shortage of health care providers is one of the biggest challenges for Moldova; we have seen an exodus of medical specialists. Our Centre is affected by these trends, we need to educate and retain our own young specialists. We treat over 600 children each year, many seen two to four times a year

    — Dr Diana Covalciuc Founder & Director, Tony Hawks Centre

  • There have been efforts over the last decade to improve healthcare services for children in Moldova. However, the reality for children with disabilities is that they are still at risk of being removed from their family or abandoned and locked away in an institution

    — Martin Wilcox Director, ChildAid

  • Moldova remains one of the poorest countries in Europe. It's economy relies heavily on its agriculture sector, featuring fruits, vegetables, wine, wheat, and tobacco. Moldova's economy remains vulnerable to corruption, political uncertainty, and Russian political and economic pressure

    — CIAWorld Fact Book

  • Shortage of health care providers is one of the biggest challenges for Moldova; we have seen an exodus of medical specialists. Our Centre is affected by these trends, we need to educate and retain our own young specialists. We treat over 600 children each year, many seen two to four times a year

    — Dr Diana Covalciuc Founder & Director, Tony Hawks Centre

Situation

ÔÇß Basic free health care provision is limited to emergency assistance only. All other care (including medication) has to be paid for, including under-the-counter payments. ÔÇß The quality of facilities for children in care remains very poor and is not considered a high priority for government spending. ÔÇß Children with disabilities and additional needs continue to be on the receiving end of negative stereotyping and stigma within the government and wider community.

Solution

What is so successful about the Tony Hawks Centre’s approach is that it combines rehabilitation and parental education, which promotes a child’s integration into society. The aim is to optimise the child’s potential for future development of their bodies through a range of non-invasive therapies including physio, speech, hydro and sensory development. Additional services of family aid and education, psychological counselling, and orthopaedic equipment provision supplements this activity.