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Every child has the right to good quality health care

© UNICEF/UKRA/209/Starostenko
Unit of Toxicology and Extracorporal Methods of Detoxification in OKHMATDYT Ukrainian Children’s Specialized Hospital

According to the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Ukraine is committed to reduce child mortality, to combat poverty, malnutrition and child diseases, ensure good quality health care and inform the society about the health of children in Ukraine.

The contemporary system of medical and health care for children in Ukraine should be reoriented, first of all, to prevention of children diseases. Besides, according to the UNICEF’s data 80% of all newborns in Ukraine are running the risk of a life with reduced mental and physical capacity due to nutrition low in iodine. Alarming fact is that only 6% of mothers breastfeed their babies during the first 6 months of their lives because the first 6 months breastfeeding is not only the way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development but also the basic protection from various diseases.

UNICEF actively supports the development of the Child Friendly Hospital’s initiative. Currently in Ukraine every second Ukrainian comes into the world in the maternity hospital with a status of Child Friendly Hospital. In spite of insufficient funding and other problems of the health care system in Ukraine, there is development of contemporary clinics and hospitals where children have access to high quality health care.

© UNICEF/UKRA/209/Starostenko
Intensive Therapy Unit of the Neonatological Centre of OKHMATDYT National Children's Specialized Hospital
  1. Every year in Ukraine almost 40 children with diagnosis of acute renal insufficiency refer to the Unit of Toxicology and Extracorporal Methods of Detoxification in OKHMATDYT Ukrainian Children’s Specialized Hospital. Here the children are treated with the help of unique modern equipment – artificial kidney machine. Around 75% of such children later leave the hospital with fully renovated function of kidneys. But for the rest, the artificial kidney machine is the only possibility to survive. 
  2. The modern equipment of the block for intensive therapy of the Neonatological Centre allows saving lives of prematurate newborn babies of 500 g by weight and applying the best methods of healing breath abnormalities. In particular, apparatus of artificial pulmonary ventilation, incubator, resuscitation system, monitoring equipment are available in the resuscitation unit of the major medical institutions rendering medical aid to residents of Kyiv and all Ukraine on the basis of the Neonatological Centre of OKHMATDYT National Children's Specialized Hospital.  

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