AmeriCares has focused a great deal of effort on support for treatment of hemophilia.
Snapshot of Romania:
Romania is still recovering from the impact of the world financial crisis in 2008, which because of their entry into the European Union in 2007, forced the government to adopt a draconian austerity program. Although the Romanian people have made progress since the dark days of brutal dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, nearly one in ten Romanians still lives in poverty, a much higher rate than their other European neighbors. An infamous legacy of the Ceausescu rule is Romania's limited public health system and related AIDS crisis. Critical health issues:
- Hemophilia- treatment
- Communicable disease – treatment of HIV/AIDS
- Chronic disease – heart and blood diseases
Since 1988, AmeriCares has sent more than $217 million worth of lifesaving medicines, medical supplies and humanitarian relief to Romania.
AmeriCares was first allowed to help the people of Romania after the end of the country's authoritarian dictatorship. During the height of the international AIDS crisis in the 1980s, Ceausescu denied to existence of disease, leading to a public health policy without infection proper control measures. As a result, thousands of orphans were infected with AIDS by dirty needles and blood transfusions intended to treat anemia and malnutrition. The aftermath of the AIDS crisis continues today, worsened by the impact of the 2009 global recession and shortages of medicines needed by HIV/AIDS patients.
AmeriCares has led focused initiatives in Romania to increase the availability of treatment for pediatric HIV/AIDS patients. Among other things, AmeriCares has provided anti-viral therapy for infected children through partnerships with the Baylor Black Sea Foundation and Constanta Infectious Disease Hospital. Through these partnerships, children received comprehensive care, including treatment for conditions such as tuberculosis, anemia and respiratory infections. Read More »
AmeriCares work in Romania largely centered on the treatment of hemophilia, an inherited disease that prevents blood from properly clotting. AmeriCares sent shipments of hemophilia treatments to partner clinics in Romania's largest urban centers. For example, the Loius Turcanu Emergency Hospital for Children serves more than 2,000 hemophilia patients each year and is responsible for programs throughout the country. Read about changing kids lives at Camp Ray of Hope.
The Hospital Clinic Fundeni is another leading provider of services for hemophilia patients. AmeriCares expanded support to include the Hospital's kidney disease unit, cancer center and cardiovascular department. The Hospital was built to serve nearly 400,000 people in Romania's capital city of Bucharest, however, government funding only provides for 1/3 of the hospital's intended patients. AmeriCares' donations ensure that a greater portion of the hospital's patients receive high-quality care and lifesaving treatment.
Currently, the regulatory environment has prompted AmeriCares to put a hold on the partnership with Romania. We are trying various avenues to retain this important partnership to continue to support the country.
AmeriCares donated medical products to qualified U.S. health care professionals who are traveling to Romania to provide charitable medical care. Through this program, donated medicines and medical supplies reach impoverished and isolated communities where even basic medical care is inaccessible to the poor or often non-existent. AmeriCares donations cure infections, relieve pain, help patients manage chronic diseases and make life-changing surgeries possible. Since 1990, products valued at over $4 million have been donated to the Medical Outreach Program in Romania.
Recent News from Romania
Camp Ray of Hope in Romania provides children living with hemophilia a rare opportunity to be ordinary kids in summer– to play, connect and grow. AmeriCares long-term partnership with Baxter International provides a donation of blood factor coagulants that helps to make the program possible.
AmeriCares and Baxter International support Camp Ray of Hope in Romania with blood-clotting medicines that offer camp attendees with hemophilia the unique opportunity to engage in physical activity.
AmeriCares supports the Center of Excellence, a Baylor-Romania clinical center, with much need medicines and medical supplies to treat young patients with HIV/AIDS. Thanks to the support of AmeriCares, AbbVie and Abbott, the Center of Excellence continues to expand the resources made available to Romanian children and young adults living with HIV/AIDS, and their families.
Each summer, AmeriCares-supported Camp Ray of Hope in Romania transforms the lives of impoverished young children suffering from hemophilia.
Research Triangle Park, N.C. – Aug. 22, 2013 – Grifols, a global healthcare company and leading producer of plasma medicines with North Carolina offices and operations in RTP and Clayton, is working with a local charity and AmeriCares to give Romanian children with hemophilia a traditional camp experience this summer.
Relying on AmeriCares support, Camp Ray of Hope in Romania each summer transforms the lives of children suffering from hemophilia. A brave young boy named Cristian inspired everyone this year as he progressed from a wheelchair to walking on his own in the Camp’s final parade.
Young hemophilia patients in Romania receive medical treatments from AmeriCares. Support for Camp Ray of Hope gives kids a chance to enjoy traditional camp activities.
AmeriCares helps mothers with thrombophilia, a blood clotting serious condition which can cause serious complications that lead to miscarriages and stillbirths. Read more.
AmeriCares donates critically needed medicines to Camp Ray of Hope where each summer, 40 boys with hemophilia spend a week at the camp in central Romania. The can enjoy the summer playing sports and games – simple, childhood activities that would be far too dangerous for them at home. Find out how you can help.
When this baby boy was born, the doctor, knowing that the baby's maternal family had a history of hemophilia, tested him for the disease. The baby tested positive and just a day after he was born, suffered from a cranial bleed. Through a joint collaboration with pharmaceutical partner Baxter International, AmeriCares has been supplying Romanian hemophilia patients with treatments for their disease for more than ten years.