An Independent Humanitarian Organization

“Help Moldova” is religiously and politically independent. Our work is volunteer based, and the service and aid is for free for the Visual impaired. In Moldova, our aim is to rehabilitate and integrate all visually impaired. One of the missions is to share knowledge about low vision patients and train the doctors about modern technology and methods treating the visual impaired.

The organization has achieved very good results with the visual impaired in Moldova. In 2009, we established a National Center in the capital, Chisinau, and we also work desentralized throughout the country.

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The Norwegian optometrist Hans Bjørn Bakketeig is responsible for the work together with eye specialist, dr. med. Tatiana Ghidirimschi. Tatiana is employed by the organization and is the director of the Low Vision Center (Centrul de Reabilitare Medico-Sociala pentru Persoane cu Vedere Slaba – Low Vision”).

Both the Organization and the Low Vision Center are in close collaboration with the professors in opthalmology and the Medical university to develope the knowledge treating visual impaired, and also to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Social Protection. WHO’s Vision 2020 programme has been an important tool in our work to prevent and have the focus on unnecessary blindness.

Mrs. Ghidirimschi and Mr. Bakketeig have regularly seminars teaching and developing networks of doctors/health/educational personnel all over the country. “Help Moldova” has equipped policlinics and hospitals with eqiupment and instruments. We have diagnosed and given vision to nearly 7000 individuals. Ophthalmologist Jan Askvik has introduced modern eye surgery for cataract.

The organization is also involved in other humanitarian projects in Moldova, i.e. rebuildings at hospitals and kindergardens, tubercolosis, supporting poor families. (see webpage “Our projects”).

For his work in Moldova, optometrist Hans Bjørn Bakketeig was awarded as the International Optometrist of the Year 2012. In 2017, he was knighted by the Norwegian King to be “Ridder av 1. klasse”.

A documentary “The Moldovan Miracle” was published automn 2017 showing our work and activity in Moldova (the Moldovan Miracle.com).  The film has been screened in Bergen, Amsterdam, Oslo, Prague, Zagreb, Volda, Beograd, Berlin, Istanbul and Ankara.