Speeches and Interviews
Amb. Tefft's Remarks at Launch of Telemedicine Program Children of Chornobyl Relief and Development Fund
November 21, 2011
Thank you. It’s an honor for me to be with you today to recognize Children of Chornobyl's great work helping children in Ukraine for more than 20 years.
Today we're here to mark the launch of Children of Chornobyl's final program - a comprehensive telemedicine program to help bring Ukraine’s healthcare into the 21st century.
I know that Children of Chornobyl chose this program because it's the best investment the Fund can make for the future of Ukraine – providing access to a global network of doctors and encouraging Ukraine to improve its health standards.
The program will connect 13 hospitals across Ukraine with cutting-edge technology for real-time consultations with doctors in the global network. The cost of the project is over $620,000.
This is a worthy final gesture for an organization that has done so much to help so many people. The Fund will conclude its humanitarian mission and medical programs in February 2012, after 22 years of charitable work in Ukraine. This is the right time to honor the Fund for its many good works during that time.
The Fund’s achievements are unmatched in Ukraine. It has given more than 63 million dollars in medical aid to 31 hospitals and 3 orphanages. This support has helped thousands of children survive serious diseases and live healthier lives.
The Fund's work has inspired other organizations, philanthropists, businesses, and Ukraine’s government to take an active approach to improving the healthcare system in Ukraine. This is one of the most important legacies CCRDF leaves behind.
I want to say a special thank you to Alexa Milantych and the staff of Children of Chornobyl – and to founders Dr. Zenon Matkiwsky and Nadia Matkiwsky. You have worked closely with all U.S. Ambassadors to Ukraine over the past 20 years in your remarkable work.
To save even one child from a deadly disease is a priceless accomplishment. Most people would feel that their life was well spent if they managed to do that just once.
In your work, you have done that over and over again.
Good luck to all of you.