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Brian Douglas is a British born citizen and voluntary director of St RCHF in Eastern Europe, plus founder member of St RCHF. Brian has a vast experience of humanitarian charity NGO workings in Eastern Europe. He has lived for the last 20 years mainly in Romania.


Brian Douglas first travelled to Romania in early 1994, delivering much needed aid, including medical supplies. He was so distressed by the conditions in which so many lived that he decided to make his life’s work doing what he can to improve the situation and moved to live in Iasi in October 1994. For 20 years Brian has dedicated his life to the welfare of those Romanians in greatest need.

Brian worked hands on as a volunteer at an old orphanage for children with difficulties. In 1997 he was invited to help at a pediatric Tuberculosis hospital in Bucium near Iasi. In the 5 years Brian worked there, with support from UK donors, he created a playroom for the children and he modernised the deplorable bathroom area and the ancient and inefficient laundry.

The hospital was closed in 2002 and the children were moved to a new modern TB unit in Iasi. This gave Brian the opportunity to devote more time to TB awareness and prevention. Romania has the highest incidence rate of TB throughout Europe and there is a lot of ignorance surrounding this largely preventable disease so Brian started to design posters and leaflets and took them out to schools and those living in rural areas of Iasi county to help educate the children and general public about TB. Word about Brian’s work quickly spread and for the past 12 years he has worked closely with the Public Health Office and the University Clinic Hospital of Pneumology in Iasi in regard to tuberculosis prevention.

Brian has worked on numerous other projects. Such as was the case with Dorohoi in the Botosani county where, one night in 2010, the town was hit with a wall of muddy water. Brian was there within 4 hours helping people to safety. He contacted friends in Hungary and within days two huge articulated lorries arrived carrying bottled water, food, beds, mattresses, and other vital items for the worst affected families. The Romanian Children’s Humanitarian Foundation (RCHF) purchased 12 tents to “house” families through the winter of 2010 and through 2011 until new dwellings were constructed. Since then Brian has retained strong links with the people of Dorohoi, and in 2013 he created a playroom at the Municipal Hospital for children on the pediatric ward.

Brian has a good working relationship with the Romanian Inspectorate of Police in Suceava county in projects that attempt to address adolescent problems including the dangers of narcotics, taking the view that “prevention is better than a cure”.

Brian’s latest initiative is a life saver! Brian became aware of the loss of human and animal life caused by vehicles rear ending the horse and carts used by so many, in the dark and in bad weather. Brian came up with the idea of putting reflectors on the back of the horse-carts. SPANA (The Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) in the UK provided initial funding and Brian managed to have produced 4,250 reflectors at the cost of 1 GBP each from a firm in Suceava. Those are being fitted by Police officers at a fast rate and Brian himself is stopping and fitting reflectors to any cart he sees while out on his travels! At least another £8,000 is needed to complete every horse and cart in Suceava County.




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