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9 October – The World Sight Day

The World Sight Day Challenge is the largest annual global fundraising campaign to address avoidable blindness caused by uncorrected refractive error – the simple need for an eye exam and glasses. Optometry Giving Sight is urging all members of the optical community and all those who value good vision to take part in this years’ World Sight Day Challenge!


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Pioneers in optometry

At the end of June, 14 students in Moldova were awarded a diploma for having successfully completed the course “Basic Refraction for Opthalmologists”. These students are the first ones in Eastern Europe, having this knowledge.


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-Working hard, but with pleasure

-Concerning our Low Vision Centre, we are working hard, but with pleasure during the summer. Tuesday this week, again we have been to Tiraspol and checked eight children. There is a lot of work to be done there as well as for our patients at home, says Dr Tatiana Ghidirimshi, director of Help Moldova’s Low Vision Centre.
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5-year anniversary

In April 2009, Help Moldova opened the “Centre for Visually Impaired” in the capital Chisinau. This center gives service to the visual impaired in all Moldova and is unique in its kind. In May 2014 we celebrated that it has been five years since the opening.


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Specialists visiting Bergen

Last week was busy with a nice visit from Moldova. Four doctors, all between the leading Ophthalmologists in their home country, visited Norway from 15th to 20th June. The program is part of Help Moldova’s capacity building project and financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Picture: At Bryggen in Bergen.


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On 11th March 2014, the first of four 11-week university course in optometry started in Moldova. The course is the first in this field in Moldova.
-This course is a big step forward for our country in improving the methods of checking and corrections of refractive errors! says Tatiana Ghidirimshi, Doctor of ophthalmology, Director Low Vision Centre and participant in the first course ever of optometry in Moldova.


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We are two students from each of the Norwegian schools Langhaugen vg, Os vg and Os gymnas, who together with teachers from each school will be part of a 5-day study trip to Moldova. Our schools have chosen the organization Help Moldova as solidarity project in 2013. Now we’ll see how the money we collect can be used.


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20th year’s anniversary

“Help Moldova” received much praise and good words for their 20 years’ efforts in Europe’s poorest country. The anniversary party was like an endless thanksgiving. Thousands of Moldavians have got a new life thanks to the work of this small aid organization that was honored with the diploma of first degree.


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On 22 May 2013, Help Moldova had a meeting with Eremei Prieseajnicuc, counselor to Prime Minister Iurie Leanca. Prieseajnicuc seemed genuinely interested in our work, and promised to help obtain better locations for the Low Vision Centre we operate in Chisinau.


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Cooperation with Voinicel

Voinicel is a center for early intervention in Chisinau, with mayor goal to prevent institutionalisation of children with special needs. These children (aged 1-4) are probably whe weakest among the weakest.

The Voinicel center is established with the help of the Norwegian organization AHEAD  which work to better the quality of life for disabled children.


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MFA supports a 3-year project

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has pledged financial support for a three-year project that ensures the continuation and further development of Help Moldova’s project “Low Vision”. The goal is to implement training and capacity building in Moldova’s 32 regions and supply necessary equipment for diagnosis and treatment of visual impaired. Work will be done in close cooperation with the professors at the university hospitals and the Medical University in Chisinau.


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