In May, Nua Healthcare was delighted to host a delegation from the Moldovan Government. Since 2015, we have been privileged to support the Republic of Moldova in their deinstitutionalisation plans for children with disabilities in state care. Currently, there are approximately 2,000 children in state-run institutions, in the Republic of Moldova who would hugely benefit from moving to a community-based model of care.
As part of our charity work, Nua initially supported Outreach Moldova in funding nannies for an orphanage in Hincesti housing 283 girls with disabilities, we later extended our support to bring a group of 13 children and their carers to Ireland to stay with us for two weeks, last December. This demonstrated the ability of these girls to live and thrive in a community care environment.
The delegation with us in May 2017 included, Dr. Stela Grigoras, Minister of Labour, Social Protection and Family; Valentina Stratan, Member of medical Commission of the Parliament; Vasile Croitoru, Head of National Agency of Social Assistance; Vasile Cusca, Head of Department of Social Protection Policies for people with disabilities from Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family; Dr. Suzanne O’Connell, CEO Outreach Moldova and Irish Consulate to Moldova and Dr. Rita Rotaru, Head of Medical Team, Outreach Moldova, Hincesti Orphanage for girls with disabilities.
The dignitaries came to examine Nua’s community model of care in action, with a view to implementing this model in Moldova. They were very impressed with the staff, houses and day services, and spent lots of their visit reveiwing records and structures in detail while enjoying the fantastic hospitality of the residents and their staff.
The visit culminated in Dr. Stela Grigoras, the Minister of Labour, Social Protection and Family, and Dr. Stela Grigoras granting permission for Nua and our charity partners, to provide a house and staff for 6 of the children who visited in December. This will be a pilot programme for the purposes of evaluating how this model of care might work in Moldova. The girls have secured supported employment and are currently undergoing training for their new jobs. To say they are excited is an understatement! We hope to announce more good news about this project over the coming months. Well done to all involved in this fantastic charitable endeavour.