Kateryna Yushchenko, Head of the Supervisory Council of the Ukraine 3000 Foundation, took part in a ceremony to open an ophthalmology department in OKHMATDYT (Kyiv Children’s Hospital), the president press office reported. This twenty-bed facility costs UAH 1.5 mln. It was built by the Ukraine's Health Ministry to help blind children living in rural areas.

When meeting with reporters, Kateryna Yushchenko said the clinic would help solve one of Ukraine’s most pressing problems and added that she hoped such centers would be opened in all regions ofthe country.

“We also need special educational programs to train the blind for their future professions,” she said.

Then the President’s wife presented an icon, an embroidered towel from her family’s private collection, books and toys to the hospital.

The clinic takes part in the Hospital to Hospital program, which is intent to find foreign partners for children’s hospitals throughout Ukraine and create children’s hospitals providing integrated medical services.

Children’s blindness is the fourth most widespread disability in Ukraine. The number of such children has increased in the past ten years.


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