BUCHAREST (Mar. 9)
Only about 5,500 Jews reside in the famine-stricken Moldsvian area, the Joint Distribution Committee today informed the Red Cross. The latter organization had contacted the JDC to inquire concerning Jewish needs in Moldavia before it began distribution of the first 4,500 tons of food ordered sent here by President Truman. Most Jews were ousted from the rural areas of Moldavia, where most of the relief will go, by the pro-Nazi Antonescu regime.
The J.D.C. announced today that it will extend assistance to the OSE, Jewish health society, to enable the latter group to care for more young people and to extend its tuberculosis treatment program in Rumania.
Under the new plan, the OSE will care for boys up to the age of 14 and girls up to the age of 20. Previously care ended at 12 and 15 years, respectively. New dispensaries will be established for Jewish children, 60 percent of whom are afflicted with tuberculosis, and for adults and present centers will be enlarged. A special program has been worked out for the Transylvanian and Moldavian areas, where the famine has led to an increased incidence of disease.
The OSE has disclosed that during the past year it operated 27 branches which maintained a total of 63 centers, including ten children’s homes, 24 medical centers, 17 food canteens, nine day homes and three communal baths.