Eastern Europe: Romania


Romania is located in eastern central Europe and is bordered by the Black Sea, Ukraine, Moldova, and Hungary. Beautiful and pastoral, Romania is traversed by the Carpathian mountains and offers a rich tapestry of attractions: medieval towns in Transylvania, the world-famous painted monasteries in Bucovina, the magnificent architecture of Bucharest, the romantic Danube Delta, fairy-tale castles, and the Black Sea spas.
Romania has a population of over 22 million. It declared independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1878. Romanians are 87% Orthodox, and the Romanian language is a direct descendant of ancient Roman.
Following World War II, Soviet occupation created a Communist regime in 1947 and led to the abdication of the king. The decades-long rule of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who took power in 1965, and his Securitate police state became increasingly oppressive and draconian through the 1980s. Ceausescu was overthrown and executed in late 1989. Today, Romania is slowly progressing, struggling to help its poor, and continuing to address rampant corruption. In recognition of its progress, Romania was allowed to join the European Union in January 2007.

Hemophilia in Romania
The Romanian Hemophilia Society has diligently identified and registered 1,414 Romanians with hemophilia or a related bleeding disorder. Yet only 60% of those identified receive treatment in one of Romania's seven hemophilia treatment centers.
Healthcare in Romania is provided by the government, which usually supplies plasma or cryoprecipitate, or purchases plasma-derived concentrate to treat hemophilia. Because many patients live far from the hemophilia treatment centers, the only places to obtain factor concentrates, they often have no products or treatment. Romania has excellent and dedicated hematologists who work hard to meet the needs of their patients.