‘Hospice Angelus Moldova’ is a charitable organization based in the capital city of the Republic of Moldova, Chişinau. All cancer patients in the country are treated at the huge 1010 bed cancer hospital in Chişinau. There are no home-care services, so when patients are discharged home, the family has to cope without any support.
In 2002, a local surgeon, Dr. Valerian Isac, recognized the need for this kind of care and established Hospice Angelus as the first provider of palliative care in Moldova.
The primary goal of the organization is to provide medical, social, spiritual and
psychological care to patients with incurable and terminal illnesses.
The concept of hospice care began in the UK in the 1960’s and is now commonplace throughout the Western world, however because of the lack of sufficient education and economic resources, the provision of palliative care is not considered a priority in countries like Moldova. Each year, 8000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Moldova and only a fraction of these people are able get the necessary care.
Dorin Goian was born in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova – a former USSR republic. He got a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Studies and worked in marketing till 2006.
In 2005 he began photographing people of Moldova living in difficult rural conditions while traveling all around the country. He immigrated to Canada in 2006 and graduated from photojournalism program in Ontario in 2009, same year he attended Magnum Workshop Toronto at Contact Photo Festival. In 2011 he was a selected participant at Noor-Nikon Masterclass in Documentary Photography in Bucarest.
He is a citizen of Moldova and Canada and leaves between Chisinau and Montreal.
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