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More than five thousand children received help for treatment under “Targeted Assistance” programme of Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center


Children's health is a priority of Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center’s “Targeted assistance” programme. More than 5,000 children have already received help for their treatment. Little Marharyta from Sloviansk is among them.

The baby was born with a bilateral dysplasia of the right and left hips. This disease occurs in girls much more often than in boys. A child with such a disease starts to walk late and has a limp. This leads to a curvature of the spine - scoliosis and other similar serious consequences.

When Marharyta was four months old, she had Pavlik harness put on. Over the years, the right leg was cured, and the left leg had to be operated on. The girl is five years old now, but she does not attend a kindergarten, since the doctor recommended a minimal physical load on the leg. The girl’s mom, Natalia Smirnova, brings up her daughter alone, and almost all her salary goes to medical treatment, but these funds are still not enough. The grandmother looks after her granddaughter while the mother is at work.

The family does not live well, there is no money for the operation. After a long search Natalia decided to apply to the hotline of the Humanitarian Center of Rinat Akhmetov Foundation. Here the request of a desperate mother was responded to.

“You gave my daughter the opportunity to live a full life and develop healthily. A huge thanks to the Center for their assistance. We turned to many charitable foundations, but it was you who did not remain indifferent,” Marharyta's mother said.

Within the framework of the “Targeted Assistance” programme, The Humanitarian Center helped the Smirnov family to purchase a plate with screws and all the necessary medications. On January 17, 2018, the child was successfully operated on. Now the girl undergoes a course of rehabilitation under the supervision of a doctor.

The “Targeted Assistance” programme helps people who are in a critical life situation. Urgent help providing is the main criterion of the programme. More than 10 thousand people have already received targeted assistance for treatment,” said Marionella Korolova, a programme specialist.

How to get help?

The targeted assistance is provided for the inhabitants of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

The targeted medical care is provided to seriously ill children and families who find themselves in difficult life circumstances (families with more than one seriously ill member). The targeted medical care is also provided to adult civilians (single mother/father or grandparent-guardian, child and mother/father affected by hostilities, accidents, fires, etc., young man/woman aged 18 to 25 years who need help for the treatment/surgery of a curable disease).

How to get medications?

  1. Contact the Humanitarian Centre’s hotline (0-800-509-001) and leave an application.
  2. Answer the call of the Humanitarian Centre’s employee and find out what documents should be submitted.
  3. Prepare the necessary documents.
  4. To be able  to come to the examination/operation.

Please note: assistance is provided only if there is a medical certificate.