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16 September 2017 2pm

Children in Distress was set up in the early 1990's in response to the crisis in paediatric care services exposed following the Popular Revolution that swept Romania's communist regime from power. The Charity pioneered the treatment and care provision for those infants and children who had been infected with the HIV virus and associated opportunistic life threatening infections. The Charity set up the first paediatric hospice offering respite, palliative and end of life care for children living with full blown AIDS.

Children in Distress and its sister Foundation, Copii in Dificultate, now provides hospice care for children with life threatening conditions as a result of accident, infection, genetic disorders and birth defects. They pioneer life changing multiple therapies for those with disabilities and pioneer education and welfare for those living with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Educational opportunities are offered to children from disadvantaged backgrounds and training is made available to educational, medical, nursing and therapy professionals to develop and improve the quality of opportunity and care available throughout Romania. In addition, a range of medical and social welfare programmes provide advocacy, disability care, food, clothing, educational material and opportunities to those suffering discrimination and disadvantage.