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Profile: Moldavia to Portugal

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.0305152 (Published 01 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:0305152
  1. Tiago Villanueva, fifth year medical student1
  1. 1University of Lisbon

Dr Alexandru Godina left his native Moldavia and ended up working as a stonemason in Portugal. Tiago Villanueva finds out why

Four years ago, Alexandru Godina left his job as a doctor and his native country Moldavia in a quest for a better life in western Europe. He ended up in Portugal, working as a stonemason in civil construction to earn a living. His life is now about to change as he prepares to take an equivalence exam in a few months. This will enable him to practise medicine again.

In 1988 Alexandru started working as a full time internist and also as the head of a policlinic in a small town in south east of Moldavia, which was a Soviet state at that time. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989, Moldavia became independent, but losing the ties with Russia brought along serious economical difficulties to the country.

Until then the Soviet Union not only had supplied Moldavia with all the vital energy …

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