- 428 patients with serious illnesses received support for treatments, medicines and fundraising
- 250 mothers and children, victims of the war in Ukraine, received accommodation, translation support services, access to hospitals and medicines
Bucharest, March 28th, 2022 – Between June 2021 and March 2022, www.impreunapentrusanatate.ro platform, managed by M.A.M.E. Association to support patients diagnosed with cancer or other serious illnesses, was accessed around 14,600 times, responding to and solving 428 requests for help from patients or their caregivers all across the country. Another 250 cases are added to these – mothers and children, victims of the war in Ukraine, who received free accommodation, support with translations of medical documents, connection with clinics and hospitals, medicines or other basic necessities.
The “Community of Solidarity”, a virtual space where people who need help are connected to those who can give help, plays an important role in solving the requests for help mediated through the platform. In the first 9 months since the launch, 102 people joined the community on https://impreunapentrusanatate.ro/ro/offer-help, out of which 34 were doctors, pharmacists, psychologists, sworn translators, essential in providing counselling for accessing appropriate medical services, for finding certain medicines, offering emotional support or helping with the translation of medical documents.
The top three most frequently requested services on the platform are those providing information and guidance on how to access medical services, consultancy for fundraising and support for finding certain medicines and treatments.
Under the “Clinics and Hospitals” section, patients or their caregivers have access to up-to-date information on the medical services available in over 400 public or private clinics and hospitals, from over 20 countries in Europe, America and Asia, as well as to contact details of oncology specialists, accommodation options in the vicinity of hospitals or transport options from the airport to the medical facility. Also, national and international NGOs were added, which can help patients with various support and counselling services.
Patients who need funds to pay for certain investigations, interventions or treatments which cannot be performed in Romania or which are not covered by the National Health Insurance Fund, can benefit from free consultancy for fundraising, by checking the type of service available under the heading “Ask for help”: https://impreunapentrusanatate.ro/ro/request-help.
The www.impreunapentrusanatate.ro digital platform was financed by the Vodafone Romania Foundation with RON 335,800 through the strategic program “Connecting for Good”, and was developed in partnership with Code for Romania, within the Civic Labs program.
M.A.M.E Association is a non-profit organization which supports Romanian children and young people diagnosed with cancer and other serious illnesses. During its almost 13 years of activity, it offered information and guidance services, as well as psychological, social and medical support for approximately 6,000 beneficiaries. Also, it donated high-performance medical equipment used annually by over 10,000 oncological patients. It has conducted information and awareness campaigns among over 8,000 pupils on leading a healthy lifestyle and fighting against bullying. For more details on the activity conducted by the association and its results so far, please visit: www.asociatiamame.ro or www.facebook.com/AsocMAME
The Vodafone Romania Foundation is a Romanian non-governmental charitable organization, established in 1998, which operates separately and independently from the company’s business. Over more than 20 years of activity, the Vodafone Romania Foundation has funded 1,168 programs run by 765 NGOs throughout the country, in the fields of healthcare, education and social services. The projects had over 3 million beneficiaries – children, young people, elderly, physically, socially or economically disadvantaged people. So far, the Vodafone Romania Foundation has invested 31 million euros in projects run by non-profit partner organisations. More details about the Foundation’s programs are available at www.fundatia-vodafone.ro, http://jurnaldebine.fundatia-vodafone.ro/ and www.facebook.com/fundatiavodafone.