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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Social inclusion» in the Republic of Moldova

Moldova is Europe's poorest country. The modest economic growth of recent years has largely bypassed rural areas. Poverty and lack of prospects are driving the young and educated in particular to migrate to the capital or abroad. Those remaining behind are older people living in somewhat precarious circumstances. Because the State is unable to provide them with medical care, HEKS/EPER is supporting the expansion of the home care service run by its partner organization CASMED. And in an attempt to stem the rural-urban drift, HEKS/EPER is helping farmers to improve the quality and marketing of their products. Rural communities are also being encouraged to take local development into their own hands.

HEKS/EPER in the Republic of Moldova

Facts

The «CASMED» home care service provided medical attention for 3150 elderly and sick people in 2019. With the help of HEKS/EPER, 600 producers of grapes, berries and milk were able to improve their market access.

Ever more people are being excluded because of their social background, ethnicity, age, gender or religion. Integrating people with a migration background can be compounded, for example, by the lack of the requisite language proficiency, ignorance of Switzerland's cultural specificities or by disadvantages on the job market. HEKS/EPER works actively to ensure that the affected people have access to education, work, government programmes and services. But integration is incumbent on society as a whole, which calls for openness as well as regulatory structures that ensure the right of social participation for all. This implies that everyone has the same rights and opportunities and that features such as gender, age, social background, nationality or religion do not give rise to discrimination.