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Ukraine Aid: Analytical device delivered to children’s hospital

From the remaining balance of our Ukraine fundraising campaign, we bought an urgently needed piece of equipment for the OHMATDYT Regional Children’s Hospital in Lviv. The handover on 27.10.2022 in Lviv had to be postponed by one day. The reason: power failure and air alarm.

The innovative device creates antibiograms that provide information about the effectiveness of an antibiotic. In this way, correct therapy can be initiated as quickly as possible in the case of bacterial infections. This shortens the patients’ length of stay in hospital and more children can be treated.

Half of the costs amounting to 35,000 euros were covered by the association HOPE – we help children e.V. in Baden-Württemberg. We were only able to raise our share thanks to a generous donation from the Alte Kachelofenfabrik cultural centre in Neustrelitz. 10,000 euros had been raised there in the summer through an art campaign.

Watch the commissioning of the unit in this short video | here |

The staff in Lviv are currently being trained in the operation of the device. Training as well as a two-year warranty and maintenance are included in the purchase price.

We thank Tetyana Balaschowa and all donors from the bottom of our hearts.

Our appeal for donations for Ukraine has brought in around 80,000 Euros. Most recently, we received 3,000 euros from a private summer party organised by Ulla and Frank Heuer in Hattingen and 422.54 euros from two collections by the Hanerau-Hademarschen parish. We would like to express our sincere thanks for this.

In June, we collected medical equipment from a doctor’s office liquidation at the Malteser Education Centre in Wetzlar and had it transported to Hospital No. 1 in Drogobych, 80 kilometres south of Lviv, at the beginning of August.

Finally, we received 40,000 Euros in donations from the RTL German TV telethon fundraising program “Spendenmarathon”. From this, we will deliver surgical materials to the children’s heart clinic in Lviv.

We had already sent more than six tonnes of medical supplies to Lviv with two transports in March and June 2022. At the beginning of June, the two board members Matthias Ketteler, Ulfert Engelkes and association member Peter Kerkemeier travelled to Lviv in western Ukraine themselves to get an idea of the situation on the ground.

We can confirm and have seen with our own eyes: the staff in the clinics there are doing a great job.


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