North Carolina - Moldova Partnership



Medical supplies and treatment:

In 1998, Dr. Mort Meltzer in North Carolina collected donations of medicines to send to Moldova. These were sent to Col. Frank Swett by mail for distribution to a variety of institutions in Moldova. These included the Central Military Hospital, the Emanuel Christian Medical Center, The Ceadir-Lunga Hospital, and the Republican Children’s Hospital.

Several Moldovans have been sent to North Carolina for medical treatment not available in Moldova. They include three children needing surgery, and a Moldovan Transnistrian Conflict hero, Colonel Igor Snitko – who received new artificial legs at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh, NC.

In August 1999 a North Carolina National Guard C-130 aircraft delivered a load of donated humanitarian equipment and medicines to Moldova. This included X-Ray equipment, infant incubators, electro cardiograph equipment (ekg), sonograph test equipment, critical care monitors, surgical instruments, surgical tables, stretchers, blood transfusion equipment, glucometers, dental chairs, and other equipment. The equipment was distributed to the Central Military Hospital, the Jewish Hesed, the Emanuel Christian Medical Center, The Ceadir-Lunga Hospital, the City Mother and Children’s Hospital, the Republican Children’s Hospital, and the Republican Hospital.

In March of 2000, it was learned that Moldova had a shortage of funding for medical insulin for the diabetic children of Moldova. There are 318 children from the entire republic treated for diabetes at the Republican Children’s Hospital in Chisinau. Due to the funding shortfall, that treatment would have been stopped. A message was sent to North Carolina asking for assistance. Dr. Mort Meltzer contacted E. I. Lilly Pharmaceuticals, who agreed to donate $77,000.00US in human insulin for these kids. This was a ten months supply for the entire country. It was delivered on the same day that the Minister of Health had scheduled a press conference to inform the families of the treated kids that treatment would stop! Thanks to the efforts of North Carolinians, the entire tone of the Press Conference changed! A shipment of glucometers was also given to the Republican Children’s Hospital so that the kids could be monitored from home without having to come in to the hospital regularly for blood sugar monitoring.

In July 2000, a load of donated Humanitarian equipment was delivered on a USAF C-17 aircraft as a part of a deployment of North Carolina Army National Guard Engineers to Moldova. The engineers built a clinic at the orphanage at Straseni, Moldova. The equipment included a laser for optical surgery, dental equipment, dialysis equipment, heart monitors, and X-Ray equipment. The equipment was distributed to hospitals and clinics in Chisinau, and to the clinic at Straseni. 

Dr. Eric Fee, a family practice physician from High Point, NC donated two months of his time to work in Moldova in the summer of 2000. He worked in Chisinau, orphanages in the Chisinau vicinity, and spent the second month in Gagauzia helping to develop family practice clinics.

On approximately July 15, 2001, a North Carolina Air National Guard C-130 departed from Charlotte, North Carolina bound for Chisinau.  Aboard the plane there was several volunteer medical personnel who distributed hepatitis vaccinations to Moldovan citizens. The hepatitis vaccinations are being paid for the by the US Army European Command and the flight is funded by the the NCANG.

The Moldova Hospice Project. The goal of the project is to create a hospice facility, the Prosperarea-Zubresti, in the village of Zubresti, Moldova. It will have a service area of 26,000 people in 13 villages. The project is a cooperative effort of The Carolinas Center for Hospice and End of Life Care, The Rotary Club of Greensboro, and other Rotary Clubs in NC, and the NC National Guard.

At the end of April 2001, 12 nurses and 3 doctors accompanied Pat Ashworth, a hospice nurse from Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, for two weeks of training in Brasov, Romania, where they learned basic concepts in hospice and palliative care. They brought their new skills back to Zubresti in mid-May, where they began working to establish a hospice team and provide hospice services to patients in their own homes. 

In addition to a $25,000US grant request submitted to Rotary International, Rotary clubs in central North Carolina have now pledged more than $30,000US as local matching funds for the grant. Grant funds will be used to completely renovate and furnish the former hospital in Zubresti, to become the hospice facility. Members hope for a positive response from Rotary International to this grant by mid summer.

Project participants are embarking on a fundraising campaign to raise the necessary money to provide for the operation of the hospice, not only this year, but in the years to come. We expect that the ongoing needs for the operation of the hospice will be about $80,000US per year. To date the fund has received contributions from hospices, corporations and individuals from NC, SC, GA, and FL.

Several pages of additional information about the Moldova Hospice Project, including photos, may be found on The Carolinas Center

If you have any questions or comments regarding this project, please contact Ms. Judi Lund Person

There is a draft in early stages for logistical guidelines and procedures for shipping Humanitarian Aid, especially containers, to Moldova.

Wrap-up report for completion of Sewer and Water Project at Little Samaritan Mission Children's Home in Chisinau.

If you have any questions or comments regarding these projects, please contact Mr. James D. West.

House of Marioara (battered women's shelter) is currently working with major Bob Sturge, chaplain for the Air National Guard in Charlotte, to obtain funding to assist with this project. 

If you have any questions or comments regarding this project, please contact Ms. Sandy Carmany.

The Kanuga Organization has sponsored a myriad of projects in Moldova. In Drochia, in the northern part of Moldova, Kanuga completed the construction of a large foster home/small orphanage by adding a heating system, indoor plumbing furniture, appliances, and an emergency diesel generator.

The Kanuga organization also provides technical college or university schooling for the orphans/foster children of the home, as well as , treating all family members to summer camp experiences and visits to the United States.

In Ceadir-Lunga, at the children’s hospital, Kanuga conducted the total reconstruction of the 120 bed main building, which was funded principally by the US Army European Command’s Humanitarian Assistance program. Kanuga still provides minor assistance with operating expenses to the children’s hospital.

At the high school in Lapusna, Kanuga rebuilt the heating system and also the interior lighting system. The US Army European Command Humanitarian Assistance Program (USEUCOM HA) also funded this. Kanuga helps to provide coal to fuel the school’s new heating system and provides travel to the US and continuing education opportunities for a few of the school’s students.

In a middle school in Unesti, with money from the USEUCOM HA Program, Kanuga rebuilt another heating system and also provides coal to fuel it.

Kanuga and USEUCOM renovated dormitories, bath and toilet facilities, kitchen, laundry classrooms and the heating system in a boarding school in Ungheni for about 460 abandoned and semi-abandoned children. Kanuga continues to provide coal to fuel the heating system.

If you have any questions about Kanuga or their projects, please contact Mr. Ray West

The Moldova Sponsorship program was one year old on January 1, 2002. Carolina Adoption Services' friends
and families now sponsor 43 Moldovan youth. The young people are oprhans who have aged out of the orphanage
system. The program allows them the opportunity to further their education or receive job training.
Orphanage directors recommend the candidates for the program based on their academic achievement, maturity,
and ability to succeed. Final approval comes from the Minister of Education. Students agree to maintain at
least semiannual contact with their sponsors. Sponsors in return send a monthly subsidy of $50 that covers
the cost of food, clothing, shelter, school supplies and transportation. For more information or to
sponsor a child contact Felice Gavin

Carolina Adoption Services also provides aid to purchase food for the orphanages in Straseni and 500
blankets- one for each bed at the boarding school in Buicani. Additionally, 30 space heaters, 1000 bowls,
1000 spoons and 1000 forks were distributed among 5 orphanages.

For more information, please visit the Carolina Adoption Services website:

If you would like to ship humanitarian goods to Moldova, click here.