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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Intercultural interpreting and mediation» 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.

Intercultural interpreting and mediation are indispensable if people are to understand one another across language and cultural divides. Intercultural interpreting enables patients, for example, to understand their doctor. Intercultural mediators for their part conduct workshops on health promotion or parent education. HEKS/EPER provides intercultural interpreters and intermediaries in the regions of Basel Stadt/Baselland as well as Aargau/Solothurn, and runs parent education projects with intercultural intermediaries, as well as basic and advanced training courses in intercultural interpreting and mediation.