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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Age and migration» 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.

Older migrants are often unfamiliar with the Swiss retirement system and with local facilities and care systems. The "HEKS/EPER AltuM" project is designed to improve living conditions, from a health and social standpoint, of immigrants 55 years and over living in the Cantons of Zürich and Aargau, as well as in Eastern Switzerland and Vaud. Through health education programmes and participation in specific activities and events, men and women learn to take better care of their health. Older migrants get to know about the relevant schemes and institutions and are encouraged to spread the word in their social network.