(PORTLAND, OR July 27, 2009) The National Cancer Coalition and German nonprofit, HFK Krebsallianz recently donated $130,000 in cancer-fighting drugs to Medical Teams International. These medications arrived in Moldova earlier this month and are already helping patients who cannot afford cancer treatments.
This donation will benefit an estimated 150 children and adults seeking care at Moldova’s largest cancer hospital.
According to the United Nations, Moldova is the poorest country in Eastern Europe with most families earning less than $2200 per year. Although Moldova recently established a centralized health system, the program is in its infancy and faces serious shortages of medical supplies and equipment.
Medical Teams International has an office located in the capital city of Chisinau and employs eight full-time national staff. The primary activity of this office is to train local paramedics in pre-hospital emergency response. Medical Teams International’s Moldova Country Manager, Rodica Cerbov, has led the development and relief efforts in Moldova since 1997.
Rodica Cerbov and staff have gained the Ministry of Health approval for allowing the cancer drugs to enter the country.
To contribute to Medical Teams International, please visit our secure donation page; call 1-8...; or mail funds to Medical Teams International, PO Box 10, Portland, OR 97207-0010.