23 November 2006 15:25
Kateryna Yushchenko Presents the Project to Create and Construct the Children’s Hospital of the Future in Kharkiv
November 23, 2006, Head of the Supervisory Board of the Ukraine 3000 International Charitable Fund Kateryna Yushchenko presented the project to create and construct the Children’s Hospital of the Future at the Kharkiv State Medical University. Head of the Board of Directors of the Ukraine 3000 Fund Oleksandr Maksymchuk, Honorary President of the Transbank JSCB Volodymyr Kosterin, ISTV Channel host Olena Froliak, M1 Channel host Vasylysa Frolova, President of the Friends of the Children Charitable Fund and Member of the Supervisory Board of the Ukraine 3000 Fund Maryna Krysa, and Head of the Pediatricians Association of Ukraine Yuri Antipkin also took part in the presentational press conference.
Addressing the audience, Mrs. Yushchenko said, “I am honored to make a speech at this widely reputed and renowned institution, alma mater for generations of Ukrainian medical professionals, teaching students from many countries.” Mrs. Yushchenko said that during the last two years the Ukraine 3000 Fund had been receiving letters from many people, a large part of them been help requests from parents who couldn’t obtain proper treatment for their children. “It is hard to read these letters because each of them tells a personal story, a story of a family who had sold virtually everything they had, borrowed money everywhere they could to save their child. Such children in Ukraine are numbered in the hundreds and thousands rather than dozens. Having analyzed the situation in Ukraine’s children’s health care, we came to a conclusion that creating the Children’s Hospital of the Future is the best option. This hospital will be able to treat children with diseases currently believed curable throughout the world but, unfortunately, not in Ukraine. It must offer best treatment and best conditions, so that a child was comfortable from first to the last minute of his or her stay at the hospital. What’s most important is that both children and their parents had hope and were aware that everything would be done for the child’s recovery.”
Mr. Maksymchuk described the structure of the future hospital, underlining that it will employ not only best professionals but also high-tech diagnosing equipment. “This hospital will treat children from throughout Ukraine free of charge. Currently we are giving a work-out to cooperation with oblasts’ children’s hospitals to establish a mechanism for interaction between oblasts’ medical centers and the Children’s Hospital of the Future,” he said.
Mr. Antipkin laid emphasis on the urgent need for such medical institution in our country. He informed the audience that the Third All-Ukrainian Pediatricians Congress had approved the creation of the Children’s Hospital of the Future, documenting this in a special resolution. Mr. Antipkin confirmed the fact that today Ukraine doesn’t have a medical institution allowing treatment of the now incurable diseases. He said that the foundation of the new hospital would bring Ukraine closer to European standards in children’s health care.
Volodymyr Kosterin said that the Transbank had been taking part in the project from the very beginning, urging everyone to join it, since this cause requires support from every Ukraine’s citizen.
Ms. Frolova said that the M1 Channel, whose audience are mostly young people, believes it important to present them the idea to create the Children’s Hospital of the Future and call them upon taking part in the project.
Ms. Froliak told the journalists that the ICTV Channel was among the first to support the project. For almost two months the channel has being broadcasting features dedicated to the situation in children’s health care and medical institutions. ICTV also airs social advertisement and videos on equipment and treatment methods so far inaccessible for Ukrainians. In part, the channel’s crew is shooting videos on using Gamma Knives in Poland and Czech Republic, as well as the work of modern medical institutions in the developed countries, in part, Great Britain. “Implementing such a wide-scale project is impossible without media support, thus I call upon my colleagues to support the project to create and construct the Children’s Hospital of the Future,” Ms. Froliak said.
Ms. Krysa believes it absolutely necessary to create such a hospital in Ukraine, because hundreds of children die in our country every year. “We are happy that this hospital will finally be built and urge everyone to join this project,” she said.
These events were part of the promotional tour of Ukraine’s oblast centers to present and raise funds for the project on creating and constructing the Children's Hospital of the Future. The project was launched on September 29, 2006, in Lviv and earlier was presented in Sumy, Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk, Poltava, Donetsk, Cherkasy, Kirovohrad, Chernihiv, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Vinnytsia, Khmelnytsky, Odesa, Mykolayiv, Kherson, and Chernivtsi.
The construction of the All-Ukrainian Health Protection Center for Mothers and Children (the Children’s Hospital of the Future) is envisaged by the Cabinet Decision No. 722 of May 25, 2006, and Clause 17 of the Universal of National Unity.