Pristina, Kosovo

Pristina, Kosovo
Family Support Project

The Family Support Project
Many children that suffer from leukemia and other forms of childhood cancer come from families with low-incomes. Families are often not able to provide the needed treatment their children need to survive due to financial constraints. Cure2Children supports families so that they don't have to choose between purchasing medicines for their sick child or feeding their healthy sibling.

The Problem Being Addressed:
The Republic of Kosovo is a country with a population of 2 million people of whom over 50% is below the age of 20. Yet, up until August 2008, only palliative (end-of-life) care was available for childhood malignancies.

Project History:
For this reason Cure2Children chose to participate in the renovation of a Pediatric Hematology-Oncology ward in Pristina. Cure2Children, together with the Policlinico Universitaio Agostino Gemelli, provided professional consultancy and diagnostic support to reactivate and improve the ward and making care available to children.

As of June 2012 almost 200 patients have registered at the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology ward of Pristina University, which represents approximately 35% of expected hematology-oncology cases based on the total pediatric population. Of those registered, 50% have received therapy locally and an additional 70 patients completed treatment locally that they had initiated abroad.

The Pristina Pediatric Hematology-Oncology project also includes family support. More than 40 needy families have entered the support program, and since then no patients have abandoned treatment mid-course to date. In addition to its professional consultancy and diagnostic support, Cure2Children has provided financial support to this program of more than 100,000 Euro for home visits, telemedicine, family support, and medicines.

Kosovo now has an active medical unit and staff able to offer treatment for children and families suffering from pediatric malignancies. However, diagnostic and therapeutic improvements are needed, as well as, local participation in international medical conferences for continued implementation of global standards. Next-phase planning with the Kosovo Ministry of Health is underway.

Major Achievements:

  • Successful renovation of a Pediatric Hematology-Oncology ward at Pristina University Hospital in Kosovo
  • Support extended to 40 families in need, none of whom have abandoned treatment for their child mid-course

Project Partners

  • Prisitina University Hospital, Kosovo