15 December 2006 15:26
Kateryna Yushchenko Presents Children's Hospital of the Future Project in Luhansk
December 15, 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 Luhansk Oblast Children’s Clinical Hospital. Among other participants of the presentation held in the form of a press conference were Head of the Board of Directors of the Ukraine 3000 Fund Oleksandr Maksymchuk, Member of the Supervisory Board Vitaly Klychko, Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Healthcare Tetiana Bakhteyeva, Head of the Pediatricians Association of Ukraine Yuri Antipkin, and Honorary President of the Transbank Joint Stock Company and member of the Supervisory Board of the Children’s Hospital of the Future Fund Volodymyr Kosterin.
Addressing those present, Mrs. Yushchenko said that the visit to Luhansk was the final stage of the promotional tour to support creating and constructing the Children's Hospital of the Future. “Today we would like to present to you a project that will allow to create a modern facility to treat seriously ill children in Ukraine, “ she said. ‘At present, Ukraine has no such institution, meaning that parents of thousands of Ukrainian children have to seek opportunities to treat their children abroad.” Mrs. Yushchenko said she was convinced that “together, with the help of our partners, we’ll build this hospital in Ukraine…. We were happy to get so much support during the 75 days of the promotional tour. At the December 17 telethon we’ll summarize the results of this action and make public the names of the philanthropists who have already joined the project.
Mrs. Yushchenko also informed the audience that the Luhansk Oblast Children’s Clinical Hospital, being a member of the Ukraine 3000 Fund’s Hospital to Hospital Program, had received that day a certificate for ICU equipment. Mrs. Kateryna said that, having visited the hospital and learned about its needs in May 2006, representatives of the Fund turned to philanthropists with a request for support. Thus, the hospital has received newborn ICU equipment totaling UAH 1.5 million ($300,000). “We are glad that the equipment is already in use, and that the Luhansk doctors now have a chance to save newborn children,” she said.
Besides, on behalf of the Ukraine 3000 Fund and B. Braun firm (Germany), Mrs. Yushchenko presented to the Luhansk Oblast Children’s Clinical Hospital a hemodialysis machine and chair totaling UAH 120,000 ($24,000).
Ms. Bakhteyeva reminded those present that the year 2006 was announced Child’s Year in Ukraine. “Today, summarizing this year, we have to say the results are far from comforting. The number of diseases in children is growing; death rate surpasses birth rate; 6 million children have undergone hospital treatment this year, with around 2,000 children requiring treatment abroad,” she said. Ms. Bakhteyeva said that the 2007 budget envisaged 6 million hryvnias ($1.2 million) to send the 26 children on official Ministry’s waiting list abroad for treatment. “I am very happy that for the first time in Ukraine a project is being implemented which will enable us to treat Ukrainian children at home instead of sending them abroad,” she said.
Tetiana Bakhteyeva also said that the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Healthcare together with WHO decided upon supporting this project, adding that the next year’s budget envisages funds for purchasing a Gamma-knife to be used, in part, for treating children with cancer. Besides, in Ms. Bakhteyeva’s words, the Verkhovna Rada prepared a draft decision by which representatives of all five factions agreed to transfer their daily salary to support the project to create and construct the Children's Hospital of the Future. “I call upon everyone to support creating this hospital, because children are our most precious attainment, and we have to do everything to save them,” she said.
“Today we visited the Luhansk Oblast Children’s Clinical Hospital and saw the equipment that is already working and giving a chance to save newborns,” Ms. Bakhteyeva said, adding that the Party of the Regions have sent medicines and equipment for the hospital: a device producing disinfection means, respirators, and antibiotics.
Mr. Maksymchuk informed the audience on the specification of the project and the details of the hospital’s financing and further maintenance.
Mr. Klychko said that in the ten years of the existence of the Klychko Brothers Fund hundreds of parents of seriously ill children turned to it with request to finance their children’s treatment abroad. He emphasized that, having learnt about the project to create and construct the Children's Hospital of the Future, the Klychko Brothers Fund immediately decided to take part in its implementation. “This hospital will make it possible to treat our children in Ukraine,” Mr. Klychko said.
Mr. Antipkin laid the stress on the urgent need for such an institution in our state. He said that creating the Children’s Hospital of the Future was unanimously supported by the participants of the Third All-Ukrainian Pediatricians Congress, with 800 pediatricians from throughout Ukraine signing a resolution to this effect. Mr. Antipkin corroborated the fact that today there is no medical institution in Ukraine able to treat children’s diseases that cannot be cured in Ukraine at present. He stressed that creating the new hospital would give a chance to bring Ukraine closer to the European standards in children’s medicine.
Mr. Kosterin spoke about the Transbank’s cooperation with Ukraine 3000 Fund on implementing the project to create and construct the hospital. “This project can unite people of various interests in the noble cause of helping the children,” he said. He emphasized that the Transbank views the Ukraine 3000 International Charitable Fund as a reliable partner.
The participants of the press conference also met with Luhansk oblast doctors and business leaders.
With these events the Ukraine 3000 International Charitable Fund is finishing its 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. During the 75 days of the tour, presentations have been held in Sumy, Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk, Poltava, Donetsk, Cherkasy, Kirovohrad, Chernihiv, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Vinnytsia, Khmelnytsky, Odesa, Mykolayiv, Kherson, Chernivtsi, Kharkiv, Uzhhorod, Simferopol, Zhytomyr, Rivne, and Lutsk.
December 17, 2006, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Kyiv time, the National Television Company of Ukraine along with the ICTV, Tonis, 24, K1, Fifth Channel, and NTN television channels (with Ukrayina Television and Radio Company, New Channel, TET, and 1+1 channels joining im for a part of this time) will hold a unique Children’s Hospital of the Future All-Ukrainian Telethon. The goal of the all-Ukrainian telethon is presenting to the Ukrainian public the project to create and construct the Children’s Hospital of the Future, its partners, and to summarize the promotional tour of Ukraine’s oblast centers and results of the fundraising campaign through the 353 mobile phone number. Head of the Supervisory Board of the Ukraine 3000 International Charitable Fund Mrs. Kateryna Yushchenko, members of the Fund’s Board of Directors and Supervisory Board, directors of television channels, politicians, media and businesspeople, and Ukrainian pop stars are going to take part in the telethon.
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.