Our primary mandate is to provide medical aid to regions affected by the 1986 Chornobyl nuclear disaster through the continuation of financial, technical and educational support for those affected by the blast and for areas into which victims of the disaster have been resettled.
After 25 years, our projects have expanded to include other areas in need, such as central Ukraine, Kyiv and the western regions of Lviv and Ternopil.
Together with the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, we’re helping children in Ukraine live healthy and happy lives by providing specialized medical training to physicians in Ukraine. more »
We help provide children living with disabilities in Ukraine the opportunity to realize their fullest potential, both physically and intellectually, in an environment that accepts and respects their rights and unique gifts. more »
We’re helping to improve health care and the general well-being of disadvantaged and ill children in Ukraine by sponsoring and providing administrative support for projects that dsitribute medication, medical and technical equipment, supplies and food to clinics, treatment centres, hospitals and orphanages. more »
Although 30 years have passed since the Chornobyl tragedy, the people of Ukraine feel the consequences of the catastrophe to this day. Chornobyl has directly affected the lives of over 3 million people, one third of them children.
- 40,000 individuals who were involved in the clean-up of the reactor, most of them men in their 30’s and 40’s, have since died
- The incidence of leukemia and other blood disorders has increased, especially in children
- Cardiac problems, chronic skin conditions and respiratory illness have increased
- Thyroid cancer is occurring in rates that are 80 times higher than normal
- 50% of men between the ages of 13 and 29 have problems with fertility — this is the highest infertility rate in the world
- Chromosomal damage is 7 times higher in children born to men who were involved in liquidating the reactor, including Down’s syndrome, cleft palate and other deformities
- There is a high rate of miscarriages and birth defects have nearly doubled
- Infant mortality is twice that of the European average
Many families continue to live in lands contaminated by low levels of radiation and radioactivity is gradually seeping into the water table. So the consequences of Chornobyl are not yet over. Many cancers develop years after exposure to radiation, so the full medical impact of Chornobyl is still to be felt. Psychological consequences and the need for psychosocial rehabilitation are just starting to be recognized and addressed, including the high incidence of posttraumatic stress disorder, alcoholism and drug abuse in this population.