Over 60,000 people die of cancer and other life-threatening illnesses in Romania each year. The medical care that is required to treat these illnesses is inaccessible to a vast majority of Romanians.
Several months ago, construction work began on a new hospice in the center of Bucharest, which is to provide in-patient care as well as day-care facilities. Furthermore, the hospice will serve as a base station and training center for the nursing staff that visits patients at home. The hospice project is supported by the organization Hospice Casa Sperantei, which already operates several hospices throughout Romania. The organization is fully funded by donations.
Geberit was funding the building and installation of all sanitary equipment for the hospice and providing its own materials free of charge. In August 2013, a Geberit team with eight apprentices was in charge of installing the sanitary technology. Once the sanitary equipment has been installed, the team undertook valuable voluntary work, with the young people spending a week visiting the sick at home and in various hospices.