First children’s hospice opens in city of Kazan

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The official web-portal of the office of the mayor of Kazan reports that Tatarstan’s first children’s hospice was opened at a ceremony on Monday 2 June. The opening ceremony was attended by President of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov and Mayor of Kazan, Ilsur Metshin.

The children’s hospice was an initiative of the Angela Vavilova Charity Foundation which was founded in 2003 by Valdimir Vavilov in memory of his daughter who died of leukemia.  Each year an average of between 20 – 30 die children from leukemia in the Republic of Tatarstan. 

The foundation has been fundraising since April 2011 to raise sufficient funds to begin building the first Paediatric Hospice in the Republic of Tatarstan. The project has also received a great deal of support from the students of Kazan Medical University who have volunteered their help in establishing the hospice. 

According to the SCOPH Projects website, the Medical Students conducted numerous fundraising activities in various commercial and entertainment centers of the city of Kazan. These events were known as “From Heart to Heart” during which the students told people about leukemia in children, about the charitable foundation and the plans to establish the hospice for the children. Donors were thanked for their generosity with a balloon bearing an inscription.

An amount of 71 million rubles (Approx. $2.5 million USD) was donated by the foundation at the first stage of construction of the hospice, at which time the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov, allocated an additional 50 million rubles. 

In the second phase of this project, there is a plan to open a space for young adults with life limiting conditions aged between 19-25 years. The new wing will hold 18 beds and will require an additional 60 million rubles.

The RT president expressed the hope that the opening of the first phase of the hospice is only the beginning: “I hope that in the future, business people, sponsors and benefactors will continue to support the hospice,” said Mr. Minnikhanov.

According to Vladimir Vavilov, the building at present can house up to 20 people with 12 in-patient places and 8 day patient facilities. It has all the necessary equipment for a children’s hospice, including a jacuzzi, baby care room, playroom, medical help office, hydrotherapeutic room, and a dining room.

Vavilov stated that children will spend an average of 21 days at the hospital, but may spend up to nine months, depending on their particular health condition.

“The most important thing is, we did it for the children. I would like to thank all the Kazan citizens who just trusted the fund and helped us. This organization will be working for decades and will be an example for the whole Russia,” he stated. 

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View pictures of the opening ceremony

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