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01.12.2021

Victor Pinchuk Foundation funds medical equipment maintenance and supplies for Cradles of Hope centre in Vinnytsia

As part of its technical support for Cradles of Hope partnership centres, the Victor Pinchuk Foundation has paid the cost of repairing a neonatal incubator and an electroencephalograph, and purchased supplies to ensure the smooth operation of medical equipment in the neonatal intensive care unit of the Vinnytsia Regional Pirogov Perinatal Centre. The total cost of repairs and materials amounted to UAH 5,0116.

Since 2013 the pregnancy pathology unit of the Vinnytsia Regional Pirogov Clinical Hospital has operated as a regional perinatal centre – a medical facility of the third level of medical care. Since January 1, 2016 it includes a neonatal intensive care unit. Women from all over the region who are in a high perinatal risk group due to complex obstetric, hereditary and extragenital pathologies give birth in the centre. It handles a total of 1,500 births per year. The number of premature births increases every year, and so does the number of premature babies with extremely low birth weight (500-999 grams) who get admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. Every year around 250 babies are treated in the unit.

The Victor Pinchuk Foundation's collaboration with the Vinnytsia Regional Pirogov Clinical Hospital as part of the Cradles of Hope charity project started in June 2017 with the opening of an eponymous partnership centre at the neonatal intensive care unit and donation of modern medical and computer equipment worth UAH 4.8 million.

Tetyana Nalizhyta, head of the neonatal intensive care unit, said: "Thanks to the repairs and supplies for ventilators, the department can work at full capacity and provide all types of respiratory support to babies. Also, sensors for monitoring equipment were replaced and the electroencephalograph was put back in operation, which will enable uninterrupted monitoring of babies' condition, timely response and selection of the best treatment parameters. We are sincerely grateful to the Foundation for the new professional opportunities we have been provided with thanks to the opening of the Cradles of Hope partner centre on our premises, the many years of help and support, and the constant training of our specialists."

A total of 6,551 babies were born in the perinatal centre of the Vinnytsia Regional Pirogov Clinical Hospital during the years of its cooperation with the Victor Pinchuk Foundation within the Cradles of Hope project (2017-3Q 2021). Of these, 1,202 newborns received medical care in the intensive care unit. According to the centre's specialists, 1,002 babies (including 66 with birth weight below 1 kg) were rescued thanks to the medical equipment provided by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.

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