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Medical Equipment Grant from Vienna

January 22, 2013, 23:00 3553 Author: Iryna Gavrysheva, translated by Daria Sukach www.deti.zp.ua We want to express our sincere gratitude to the United Nations Women’s Guild of Vienna for their generous grant that has enabled us to purchase ten pulse oximeters for the local children’s hospitals in the Zaporizhzhia region

A new pulse oximeter at the Berdyansk regional hospital

Our charity foundation is forever indebted to our kind donors. Our donors are very different people and belong to various organizations. They come from all over the world. Regardless of their financial situation, they choose to help others. They are with us because they trust us. We deeply appreciate this trust. In 2012, we were honoured to receive a grant from the United Nations Women’s Guild of Vienna for purchasing some medical equipment for the local hospitals in the Zaporizhzhia region. This grant of 69,985,35 hryvnyas (that is approximately 8,576 US dollars) plus the “additional percentage” of 9, 540,68 hryvnyas (approximately 1,169 US dollars) obtained during the documents’ circulation, is the best evidence of international trust from such a reputable organization. In addition, it’s a great opportunity to improve and ease the work of eight local hospital staffs as well as increase the treatment efficiency of its little patients.

A new pulse oximeter at the Chernigovskiy regional hospital

The grant from Vienna was invested in the purchasing of pulse oximeters – a device that monitors and measures blood oxygen levels. One cannot underestimate the importance of this device. Accurately measured oxygen data is often a decisive factor in a patient’s life. The treatment of seriously ill patients is unimaginable without constant saturation monitoring. However, we were shocked to find out that most of our local hospitals had few or absolutely no pulse oximeters. Some hospitals claimed to have had only two pulse oximeters, used simultaneously for the intensive care unit and operative room. Most of the hospitals we got in touch with needed pulse oximeters badly. Available funds only allowed us to buy ten devices. The choice we had to make was not easy…

A new pulse oximeter at the Berdyansk regional hospital

Finally, two pulse oximeters and several pulse oximeter sensors were delivered to the main intensive care unit of the Children’s Hospital of Zaporizhzhia #5, another two devices to the Berdyansk children’s hospital, and some single pulse oximeters to the Melitopol, Orikhiv, Chernigov, Pology, and Vasilyevka regional hospitals. We have chosen the worst-equipped hospitals; those which have the smallest number of intensive care beds and operative rooms available in the Zaporizhzhia region. The doctors of these hospitals sometimes literally have to save children’s lives “blindly”.

A new pulse oximeter at the Pology regional hospital

After we purchased and delivered the pulse oximeters and had just around 2,000 hryvnyas left (that is approximately 245 US dollars), we got an SOS message from the pulmonological department of Regional Children’s Hospital in Zaporizhzhia. It is in this department that children diagnosed with lung’s conditions, like cystic fibrosis, are treated. The problem was that the hospital’s only pulse oximeter was suddenly out of order. “Help us, please!!!”, the doctors begged us. So, we had nothing to do, but spend the rest of the grant money for this urgent appeal for help. All in all, we have spent around 74,409 hryvnyas (approximately 9,118 US dollars) for purchasing pulse oximeters and sensors.

A new pulse oximeter at the pulmonological department of the Regional Children’s Hospital in Zaporizhzhia

Pulse oximeters are special devices that are mostly needed in emergency situations. Nothing and no one can substitute their function. The report pictures we received from the hospitals do not always reflect happy children’s faces. One can’t help noticing the true joy of all the doctors who now can sigh with relief and feel themselves more confident, calm and in control of a situation. Believe us, it means a lot!

We want to express our sincere gratitude to the United Nations Women’s Guild of Vienna for their generous grant! We’re grateful to you for giving us a chance to improve the treatment efficiency and safety of little patients in eight local hospitals in the Zaporizhzhia region! The Happy Child charity foundation and the hospital staff of the local hospitals are grateful to you!

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