Ala Nemerenco – Moldavia

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

Ala Nemerenco is the director of the Clinic for Primary Health Care of the State Medical and Pharmaceutical University of Moldova. In only two short years since its opening, the center has become a model for the entire country and has set a new standard for offering health services at the highest international levels, for instructing medical students and residents, and for supporting family medicine practices throughout the country.Since the clinic’s inception, she has been responsible for overseeing its day-to-day activities, including planning and building the infrastructure, hiring and training the personnel, operations, administration, and implementation of new pilot project initiatives … (1000peacewomen).

She says: “Life is short, but it is long enough to at least try to do what is right”.


Ala Nemerenco – Moldavia

She works for the University Clinic for Primary Health Care.

The University Clinic of Primary Health Care was established as part of the Partnership of the American International Health Alliance between Eastern Virginia Medical School, USA and the State Medicine and Pharmaceutical University “Nicolae Testemitanu” of Moldova. Today, two years after opening its doors, the clinic has become a model center for providing medical services at the highest international levels with modern equipment and well-trained professionals.

The clinic is a center for the implementation of new forms of organization in the medical field, as well as the creation of development strategies and management practices for medical institutions. The clinic lies at the center of joint community projects geared towards promotion of healthy lifestyles among the general population, protection of children, and prevention of domestic violence. It also is a leading instruction center for medical students and residents and family physicians, who travel from different parts of the country in order to receive some of the best training available. The clinic’s Skills Teaching and Assessment Center promotes some of the newest medical practices among the graduating medical students.

Concurrent with her responsibilities at the University Clinic of Primary Health Care, Nemerenco acts as a consultant to the World Bank project, “Public awareness Campaign Healthy people, Healthy Future,” in support of the health reforms in the Republic of Moldova. Within the scope of the project, numerous information campaigns have been launched throughout the country. The campaigns aim to explain and support the medical reforms currently occurring, including the implementation of a medical insurance system and the introduction of family medicine practices. On behalf of the project, Ala has organized and edited numerous information campaigns involving TV, radio, and the general print media as well as specialized medical publications. The campaigns also attempt to raise the overall awareness level on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and other maladies.

Before joining the University Clinic of Primary Health Care in 2000, Ala served as the Vice Director of the Medical Association of Policlinics Center in Chisinau, Moldova, with a combined staff of 1,200 serving a population of 130,000. Her responsibilities included organizing the primary and specialized medical assistance for the population of the district, and directing the general practice and specialized medical sections. In this position, Nemerenco was responsible for implementing new forms of medical assistance in family medicine throughout the district. She closely worked with public administration officials on various projects, including children’s rights and protection of children, and domestic violence prevention.

Ala began her career as a general practicing doctor at the Municipal District Policlinic Nr. 8. She spent 12 years in the district, pursuing the lifelong passion of practicing medicine, turning down job offers from more prestigious hospitals. Ala Nemerenco was promoted at a later date to head a department of medical professionals; however, she would always miss the bonds she has formed with her district patients over the years.

Her patients called her “our mother.” For several of them she was their only hope of receiving medical assistance. Sometimes she works 12 to 14 hours a day, but she always smiles and says: “I like my job, because I see the results and I have the possibility to help the people.”

Ala is a graduate of the State Medicine and Pharmaceutical University of Moldova, General Medicine Faculty. She speaks fluent Romanian and Russian and maintains a conversational level in English and French. Over the course of her career, she has attended numerous training programs hosted by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and other medical institutions, such as the Eastern Virginia Medical School, Swedish Healthcare AB at Lund University, the University of New York, and Slovakia’s Health Management School, among others.

Ala Nemerenco is the author of a number of articles. Among them: “The family physician and his patients,” Newsletter of the Ministry of Health IMPACT, nr. 2/2002; “Family physician–the advocate of his patients,” materials for the international conference Training of Specialists for Primary Health Assistance, April 2003, Chisinau, Moldova; “Choose health,” Newsletter of the Ministry of Health IMPACT, nr. 6/2003; “A challenge for a healthy future,” interview with A. Nemerenco, in the Timpul newspaper, nr. 24, 27 June 2003; “Hope’s ribbon,” an article about HIV/AIDS, Newsletter of the Ministry of Health IMPACT, nr. 9/2003. (1000peacewomen).

… Le médecin-chef de la Clinique Universitaire d’Assistance Médicale Primaire, Ala Nemerenco, spécialiste principale dans le domaine de la médecine de famille du Ministère de la Santé, pense que, malgré la priorité accordée les dernières années à l’assistance médicale, la situation reste encore très compliquée … (full text).


Track: Inequalities and Vulnerable Populations;

Mission Moldave au Quotidien;

URGENTE HIPERTENSIVE, Protocol clinic national, Februarie 2008, 28 pages;

Poverty and Health Technical Consultation, 6 pages.

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