On December 14, Doctor Dmytro Kvit (Lviv Municipal Children’s Hospital), Doctor Anton Kierner (Barmherziger Brüder) and Vira Pavlyuk (Ukraine 3000) signed a tripartite cooperation memorandum in the Austrian city of Eisenstadt, the President's press office reported.

Kateryna Yushchenko, Head of the Supervisory Council of the Ukraine 3000 Foundation, attended this ceremony. She said “one more Ukrainian children’s hospital has found a partner for long-term cooperation in the framework of the Hospital to Hospital program.”

“I believe this partnership will help pediatricians at the Lviv hospital to work more efficiently, and I also know that Ukrainian and Austrian doctors will jointly create new opportunities to normally treat little patients from the Lviv region,” she added.

Dmytro Kvit and Anton Kierner discussed possible cooperation projectsbetween the hospitals. The memorandum outlines general directions of cooperation and is only the first step towards the conclusion of agreements on specific projects. For example, the Austrians are going to conduct a contest to inviteyoung Ukrainian colleagues to practice at their clinics or to exchange protocols and consult each other to treat child diseases. They might also operate ona Ukrainian child suffering from brain cancer.

In the middle of January 2006 a working group of doctors from Barmherziger Brüder will come to the Lviv Municipal Hospital to meet with the doctors and to enhance their cooperation.

The memorandum is the second cooperation agreement signed between Ukrainian children’s hospitals and European clinics. In November, the Ukraine 3000 Foundation helped the Kharkiv Institute for Child Protection sign a memorandum with the Robert Debré Hospital in Paris.

The Hospital to Hospital program is intent to improve health care for children by finding foreign partners such as hospitals, universities, medical foundations and pharmaceutical companies for 23 children’s hospitals throughout Ukraine.


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