Medical experts of French Association “La Chaine de l’espoir” visit Tashkent

03 Jul 2015

One of the priority areas of the You are Not Alone Foundation’s work is to provide comprehensive assistance in the medical treatment of children left without parental care and children from low-income families.

For over ten years now, a special commission of medical experts and the charitable foundation’s staff collaborates with a number of medical institutions both in Uzbekistan as well as abroad to consider cases of complex health conditions requiring surgery. The charitable organization promotes cooperation between Uzbek medical experts as well as their foreign counterparts.

At the invitation of the You are Not Alone Foundation, French medical experts who are members of the Association “La Chaine de l’espoir”  – cardiac surgeon Olivier Baron, visceral surgeon Pierre Helardot and anaesthesiologist Catherine Amrein – visited the National Specialized Surgery Centre in Tashkent this week to examine and consult on children with congenital heart diseases as well as to perform surgical operations.

“La Chaine de l’espoir” was founded 27 years ago and comprises 400 volunteer medical experts who work across the world, and jointly with local doctors provide urgent medical care for children in need of help, as well as sharing their experience in this field. The association performs over 5,000 surgical procedures in 30 countries per year.

In 2013 the You are Not Alone Foundation renovated and refurbished four operating theatres of the National Specialized Surgery Centre. Thanks to the new, state-of-the-art medical equipment, it is now possible to perform the most complex cardiac surgeries there.

During their visit, the French doctors examined and provided consultations to about 40 children from Mercy Homes and low-income families, as well as children with disabilities who receive treatment at the National Centre for the Social Adaptation of Children.

Having examined the children, the French experts decided to operate on Mubina Ismailova, a two-year-old girl from Ferghana suffering from a serious congenital heart condition in need of urgent heart surgery.

The French experts also gave presentations and master classes for their Uzbek counterparts, sharing their experience in paediatric surgery and intensive care as well as in new methods of diagnosis and treatment.

A briefing devoted to the French experts’ visit was attended by the director of the National Specialized Surgery Centre, Feruz Nazyrov; the chair of the Board of Trustees of the You are Not Alone Foundation and the National Centre for the Social Adaptation of Children, Uzbekistan’s ambassador to UNESCO Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva; surgeons of the National Specialized Surgery Centre and other local medical experts.

“I hope that the beginning of this cooperation will contribute to the development of paediatric cardiac surgery in Uzbekistan,” Karimova-Tillyaeva said, addressing the briefing.

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The You are Not Alone Foundation was founded by Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva in 2002 to provide comprehensive support and assistance to children left without parental care. One of the priority areas of the Foundation’s work is to create conditions close to the home environment in the country’s orphanages. Since it was founded the charitable organization has financially backed renovation and refurbishment work in a number of Uzbekistan’s orphanages as well as institutions for people with special needs. In particular, over the past three years the Foundation carried out renovation and refurbishment work in the Tashkent orphanage for children under the age of three, Chirchik Mercy Home No 14 and Samarkand Mercy Home No 10. As a result, these  orphanages are now kitted with top notch facilities meaning the children can develop and receive a solid education in comfortable, friendly surroundings.

Over the past two years the Foundation also oversaw  major relocation projects for Tashkent Mercy Home No 23 and Samarkand Mercy Home No 6, thanks to which these two Mercy Homes were relocated to entirely new premises built and furnished by the You are Not Alone Foundation.

In 2012 the charitable organization funded a major overhaul of the National Centre for the Social Adaptation of Children (a charitable organization which provides children with disabilities with assistance in the areas of diagnosis, orthopaedic and neurological treatment, speech therapy and education),  providing it with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for the functional recovery of children suffering from musculoskeletal disorders.

In 2011 the Foundation provided the newly-opened units of perinatal and neonatal surgery of the National Perinatal Centre in Tashkent with advanced, state-of-the-art medical equipment. In 2013 the Foundation renovated and refurbished four operating theatres of the National Specialized Surgery Centre, providing them with advanced medical equipment.