Gemeinsam aktiv! Lokales Engagement schützt ältere Menschen vor Armut und Einsamkeit

Contract partner: Diakonie ACT Austria gemeinnützige GmbH Country: Moldau Funding amount: € 300.000,00 Project start: 01.10.2023 End: 30.09.2026

Short Description:

Overall goal

Older people in target areas, especially women, have access to medical care and social assistance.

Expected results

1. Older people, especially women, benefit from mobile medical services (general health and psychological counselling).

2. Older people, especially women, regularly benefit from social assistance, basic needs packages and case management.

3. Mobile teams of youth and adult volunteers and local social assistants and nurses are trained and equipped to provide social assistance to older people.

4. Local actors (public authorities, community members, mobile teams) are sensitised and capacitated to provide support to older people, especially women.

Target group / Beneficiaries

300-400 Direct beneficiaries, in 5 villages in the Donduseni region in the North of Moldova:

100 older people (about 80 women and 20 men, 20 persons per village);

100-200 older people benefit from receiving medical services;

50 young people (25 girls / 25 boys) and 25 adults (10 male/15 female) will be selected and trained as volunteers;

15 female social workers and 5 female nurses; 5 mayors of the villages (4 male and 1 female).


1.1. Organise medical consultations for older people through mobile clinics and home visits;

1.2. Provide psychological counselling sessions to older people upon need;

2.1. Mobile teams (volun-teers and social workers, nurses) provide social assistance to 100 older people, especially women, at least twice a week;

2.2. Provide basic needs packages to 100 older people, especially women, every three months;

2.3. Organise case management for older people in crisis situations;

3.1. + 3.2. Training for youth and adult volunteers on providing social assistance to older people;

3.3. Training on case management to nurses and social workers;

3.4. Provide equipment to mobile teams (laptop, camera, printer, vests, bags, bikes);

3.5. Support mobile team coordinators to conduct regular coordination meetings;

3.6. Organise annual Volunteer Forum for mobile teams;

3.7. Training for MCA team in safeguarding and gender mainstreaming;

4.1. Train local public authorities on fundraising for the social service development;

4.2. Organise annual community events sensitizing on older people's rights;

4.3. Organise study visits for mobile teams, local public authorities and MCA to get exposure to best practices in social assistance to older people.


In Moldova one in three people of retirement age are living in absolute poverty, most of them being women, having a 8 years longer life expectancy than men. Older people in rural areas are especially affected not only by emigration, leaving them alone in deserted villages, but also by an increased inflation up to 30% directly impacting the households. The minimum pensions of around 100 EUR are not enough to cover subsistence needs and many older people also do not have access to them as they worked in the informal sector and lack knowledge on how to acquire the documentation needed. Furthermore, most of them have no access to health services due to lack of money and transport. This project directly contributes to Moldova’s current National Development Strategy “European Moldova 2030”, especially by reducing poverty and strengthening access to healthcare.

ADA Co-financing rate: 66,67 %

project number 8108-02/2023
source of funding OEZA
sector Andere soziale Infrastruktur und Leistungen
modality Project-type interventions
marker Gender: 1, Poverty: 1, Inclusion: 1
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
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