Following the 1986 Chornobyl nuclear disaster, members of the Ukrainian-Canadian community participated in fact-finding trips to Ukraine, where health matters were observed, discussed and analyzed. The state of health care and uncoordinated aid efforts led to the formation of the Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund (CCCF).
- CCCF funded the purchase of a neurosurgical endoscope (value of $82,466) for use by neurosurgeons at the Lviv City Hospital, who are involved with the Ukraine Paediatric Fellowship Program.
- Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) members met on three occasions this year to pack shipments destined for small regional hospitals in Eastern Ukraine. The first shipment, consisting of over 30 boxes of medical aid reached Dr. Ulana Suprun, Director of UWC Humanitarian Initiatives, in July. A subsequent shipment was received in September. A third shipment, consisting of 180 boxes of medical aid with an estimated value of $120,000, was sent in September.
- In late November, CCCF supported the E+ “Inistiatyva Plus” a Kyiv-based humanitarian aid group by donating $2,000. This money provided much needed medicine (vitamins, acetaminophen) to approximately 200 children whose fathers were wounded or killed in the war.
- The Thunder Bay Chapter purchased and shipped laboratory equipment (value of $13,855) for the hospital in Ratno, Volyn Oblast.
- Thanks to a very generous bequest from the estate of Mr. Frederick Tkachuk of Melfort, Saskatchewan, CCCF entered into a partnership with the Hospital for Sick Children to establish an Endowment Fund, titled the Ukraine Child Health Fellowship Program (UCHP). The purpose of the Program is to improve the health outcomes of children in Ukraine by providing training opportunities for Ukrainian medical professionals in specialized areas of paediatric medicine. In its first few years, the Ukraine Child Health Fellowship will focus on building capacity among Ukrainian surgeons in the area of Neurosurgery.
- Thanks to a very generous bequest from the estate of Mr. Frederick Tkachuk of Melfort, Saskatchewan, CCCF entered into a partnership with the Hospital for Sick Children to establish an Endowment Fund titled the Ukraine Child Health Fellowship Program (UCHP). The goal of the Program is to improve the health outcomes of children in Ukraine by providing training opportunities for Ukrainian medical professionals in specialized areas of paediatric medicine. In its first few years, the Ukraine Child Health Fellowship will focus on building capacity among Ukrainian surgeons in the area of Neurosurgery.
- CCCF funded the purchase of neonatal ultrasound equipment for the neonatal centre at the Lviv Regional Clinical Hospital (value of $35,681).
- Two teenagers from Oshawa, Matthew Prychitko and Alexis Fabricius, raised over $11,000.00 from their community to fund much needed medical equipment for the hospital in Baranivka, Zhytomir Oblast. The Prychitko and Fabricius families travelled to Baranivka on August 3rd to present a plaque to the hospital for the already purchased equipment.
- The Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) elected to support four cardiology projects that were submitted via our project granting process. Medical equipment for the cardiology projects was purchased for Zbarazh, Halych, Ternopil and Ivankiv hospitals for a total value of $111,605.
- CCCF purchased medical/surgical equipment for Lviv Okhmatdyt Hospital with a total value of $40,000.
- Also purchased was an operating table and surgical equipment for Ruzhyn Hospital, in Zhytomyr region, for a total value of $10,075.
- Due to a bequest from the Maksym family, three ambulances have been purchased and donated to the Ratne, Zbarazh and Ternopil Children’s hospitals (value of $37,261). The ambulances are painted with the CCCF logo and bear the name “Maksym” in honour of the family. The ambulances were formally presented by the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) members on the Medical Route in May 2010.
- A Medical Route took place in the spring of 2010. 15 hospitals were visited and a detailed report was produced. The use of medical equipment and supplies provided to these facilities, by CCCF, were reviewed and further needs were assessed.
- Shipped humanitarian aid to the hospitals in Lviv, Zalischyky, Chortkiw, Korosten and Pidvolochysk with a value of $152,540.
- Cooperated with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress and Ukrainian Embassy in organizing shipments of emergency supplies for the H1N1 epidemic in Ukraine.
- CCCF also packed 18 boxes of supplies for 6 hospitals in the affected region, value of $18,333.
- Purchased new ambulances for the hospitals in Ratne and Zbarazh, total value of $78,683.
- Purchased a BiliBlanket and high output phototherapy system for the NeonatalCentre at the Lviv Regional Hospital, at a cost of $5,400.
- Shipped 6 incubators, 1 transport incubator, 11 neonatal ventilators, and 3 skids of medical supplies to the Lviv Regional Hospital, with a value of $103,571.
- Purchased a Draeger Globe Trotter IC transport incubator for the Neonatal Centre at the Lviv Regional Hospital at a cost of $115,853.
- Shipped 5 skids of medical supplies, 2 examining tables, a critical care bed and a medication cart to the Ternopil Urgent Care and Trauma Hospital with a value of $20,793.
- Shipped 2 skids of medical supplies and 1 incubator to the Halych District Hospital with a value of $33,410.
- Sent $5,000 to help repair damages caused by flooding of the Halych District Hospital.
- Shipped 4 skids of medical supplies and 1 incubator to Ratno District Hospital with a value of $43,751.
- Purchased an Infant Warming System IWS 3300, in Ukraine, for the Ternopil Children’s Hospital at a cost of $12,200 and a Biliblanket Plus High Output Phototherapy System for neonates at a cost of $5,400 for Zbarazh Central Hospital.
- Shipped medical equipment and supplies including 6 C100 neonatal incubators, donated by Maquet-Dynamed Inc. in Toronto, as well as pulse oximeter and digital baby weigh scale, to the Ternopil Children’s Hospital for a total value of $47,000.
- Delivered diagnostic equipment, incubators and basic medical supplies to Terebovlia Central Hospital with a value of $27,570.
- Delivered 5 skids of donated medical equipment and supplies to Zbarazh Central Hospital, including 2 Neonatal Incubators, for a total value of $39,800.
- Arranged for the purchase of medication for HUHTC Route in the amount of $10,000.
- Sponsored the attendance of 17 physicians, from 8 hospitals to attend the International Conference of Perinatology “Health Issues in Perinatology of Mother and Child in Ukraine”, (organized by the Children of Chornobyl Relief and Development Fund – USA) at a cost of $1,900.
- Delivered diagnostic equipment, incubators and basic medical supplies to hospitals in Khorosten, Ivankiw, Chortkiw, Halych, Zbarazh, Ternopil and Lviv for a total value of over $400,000.00.
- Contributed $30,000 to assist in completing construction of the second phase of the Dzherelo Children’s Rehabilitation Centre.
- Delivered $25,000 worth of basic clothing to an orphanage for mentally handicapped boys in Rozdil, Ukraine.
- Purchased computers, with internet connection for the following hospitals: Slavutych, Ivankiw, Ratne, Halych and Chortkiw, for the purpose of communication and online e-education, cost of $6,000.
- Shipped 8 skids of donated medical equipment and supplies to the Ternopil City Urgent Care Hospital at a value of $71,400.
- Delivered medical equipment and supplies to the Ivankiw region and Korosten Medical Centre.
- Delivered an “Olympus BX 51” microscope for the State Academy of Medical Science, Kyiv for the diagnosis of radiation-related bone disorders.
- Donated incubators to the Lviv Regional Neonatal Center and Maternity Hospital.
- Organized and presented Diabetes Education workshops at Ivankiw and Korosten hospitals.
- Shipped 12 skids of medical supplies, including 2-X ray machines, a thyroid scanner to Ternopil oblast hospitals.
- Arranged for the purchase of chemical reagents and laboratory supplies for the hematology analyzer purchased in 2004 for the Ternopil Infectious Disease Hospital.
- Purchased “state of the art” clinical laboratory apparatus and markers to permit the diagnosis of infectious diseases, for the Infectious Disease Hospital at the Ternopil State Medical Academy.
- Delivered medical equipment and supplies to a Ternopil Oblast Hospital in Chortkiw.
- Delivered 50 dental unit/chairs (donated by faculty of dentistry, University of Toronto) to various orphanages in Ukraine.
Provided an ultrasound machine, medical equipment and supplies to Khorosten Medical Centre in Zhytomir district. An ultrasound machine for diagnostic purposes was also provided to a hospital in Zalischyky (an area of resettlement of Chornobyl survivors). HUHTC Anti-Trafficking Initiative was initiated to address the exploitation that many orphans encounter when they leave their orphanages.
Provided medicines, medical, dental supplies and educational materials to medical clinics and schools in the Ivankiw region. The newly constructed, completely accessible building of the Dzherelo Children’s Rehabilitation Centre in Lviv began operation, to which CCCF contributed in excess of $1,500,000.
Commenced an educational program for orphans at the Kyivo-Mohylianska Academy in Ukraine.
Due to an initiative commenced by our Thunder Bay chapter, CCCF purchased three ambulances and a doctor’s vehicle to permit house calls in the Zbarazh region by the central hospital. Through a concerted effort by CCCF and with the magnanimous co-operation of clergy and prelates of Christian churches around the world, we were able to co-ordinate a solemn commemoration for the victims of Chornobyl on the 14th anniversary of the tragedy, in union with Ukraine.
Purchased and donated ophthalmologic equipment “Haag-Streit Slit Lamp BM 900” for Uzhhorod Hospital in Ukraine to enable corrective eye surgery be done for an inordinate number of children in the region having serious vision problems at a cost of approximately $50,000.
Shipment of medical, dental supplies and medical equipment to Lviv Regional Children’s Hospital, Dzherelo Children’s Rehabilitation Centre, city hospital and other medical institutions.
Delivered medical supplies to Ivanivka (old age home), Zhytomyr region.
First Summer Camp organized for 125 orphans in the Carpathian mountains. Prosthetic devices, dental supplies and services included in support provided to Ukraine.
Purchased and delivered medical, dental equipment and supplies to Yahotyn Regional Hospital, Kyiv region.
Help Us Help The Children (HUHTC) was formalized under the umbrella of the Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund (CCCF). Large distribution routes were organized, delivering humanitarian aid to approximately 60 orphanages throughout Ukraine.
The Dzherelo Children’s Rehabilitation Centre for children with cerebral palsy was founded in Lviv, a project supported by CCCF.
CCCF organized Children’s Summer Rehabilitation Camp in Ukraine-project “Yasen” (for chronically ill children whose parents took part in the clean-up work after the Chornobyl explosion. Ottawa Chapter provided medical supplies for the Zhytomyr Regional Children’s Hospital.
CCCF provided and set up a 10-bed Intensive Care Unit monitoring system with accompanying central monitors in the Kyiv Cardiovascular Surgical Institute. CCCF also provided medical literature for the Information Centre at the Medical School in Ivano-Frankivsk.
On September 28th, Children of Chornobyl Canadian Fund (CCCF) was officially incorporated under part II of the Canada Corporations Act as a non-profit corporation. A major aim of CCCF was and still is, to have a beneficial impact on the health and general well-being of individuals, especially the children afflicted by the Chornobyl disaster. Chapters in Toronto, Vancouver, Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Hamilton and Windsor.