Physicians with Heart Completes Aid Project to Moldova

Author: Matthew Neff
Date: March 15, 2002

After a four-month delay, the 14-member delegation of Physicians with Heart arrived in Moldova on Feb. 18 to begin the second stage of the humanitarian aid project that began in October 2001 with the delivery of $7.7 million (U.S. wholesale) of pharmaceutical products and medical supplies. The delegates' postponed their original travel dates because of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, but the delay enabled the project to gather an additional $7.4 million in products that were delivered to Moldova in February. The team of physicians (including eight family physicians), medical professionals, business leaders and AAFP staff documented the use of the products and supplies, provided Moldovan health professionals with information regarding the clinical use of these products and supplies, and promoted the development of family practice in this former Soviet republic northeast of Romania. Moldova, one of the poorest countries in eastern Europe, copes with a poor health system and common health problems, including diabetes, tuberculosis, hypertension, hepatitis B and C, and cancer. Physicians with Heart is a joint venture of the AAFP, the AAFP Foundation, and Heart to Heart International, a humanitarian aid organization based in Olathe, Kan. For more information on the delegation's efforts, visit

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