Our Accomplishments

January 2006

CCRDF launches the 20/20 Campaign inviting contributors to donate a dollar for each year since the Chornobyl catastrophe and, in return, distributing wristbands to raise awareness and to educate the public about the Chornobyl disaster amongst the global public.

April 2006

April 5: CCRDF organizes a press conference to launch the 20th Anniversary Commemorative Airlift at the Embassy of Ukraine in Washington, DC. Under Secretary of State Dr. Paula Dobriansky, Ukraine’s Ambassador to the U.S. Dr. Oleh Shamshur, Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Chornobyl survivors, and representatives of the US Department of State attend the event.

April 2006

April 20: With multinational media coverage, CCRDF welcomes the 20th Anniversary Commemorative Airlift at Borispol Airport. Present are Ambassador John Herbst, First Lady of Ukraine Kateryna Yuschenko, and representatives of the U.S. State Department. This 32nd airlift, valued at $2,800,000, is distributed to CCRDF partner hospitals located throughout Ukraine.

April 2006

April 24: CCRDF’s President Dr. Zenon Matkiwsky speaks at the plenary session of the combined Scientific and Humanitarian International Forums held to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster in the Taras Shevchenko National Opera Theater.

April 2006

April 25: CCRDF organizes the official 20th Anniversary of the Chornobyl disaster event, “Rebirth, Renewal, and Human Development”, endorsed by First Lady Kateryna Yushchenko, at the National Philharmonic Hall to examine the long-term health consequences of the disaster.

June 2006

June 1: The official opening of the first “Cradles of Hope” center in Chernihiv, the first of eight beneficiary hospitals. The program, funded by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, is a multiyear program aimed to reduce infant mortality rates and improve the quality of medical assistance.

October 2006

October 27-28: CCRDF organizes the second National Neonatal Forum, “Treatment of Cardiac Birth Defects,” at the Pediatric Cardio-Vascular Center of Excellence for Cardiac Surgery. Over 300 cardiac surgeons and physicians from throughout Ukraine attend lectures given by Dr. Steven Lipshultz of University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and Dr. Illya Yemets of the Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Centre in Kyiv.

November 2006

November 3: CCRDF presents the Pediatric Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology with a vital piece of medical equipment, a respirator, purchased with funds provided by the Kyiv Lion’s Club. This is the second time that the KLC supports CCRDF’s medical mission.

June 2007

June 18-19: CCRDF organizes the first of five practical training programs for the “Cradles of Hope” partner hospitals. In Chernihiv, as part of the training, Renell Leichty, RN, of Fort Wayne, IN, instructs the nurses on resuscitation protocols of the internationally accredited S.T.A.B.L.E. program.

September 2007

CCRDF launches the “Healthy & Happy Building Renovation Campaign,” to establish a family medical center in Volodymyrets, Rivne region, which serves to educate expectant parents, diagnose fetal complications, and reduce infant mortality. The center opens in June 2008 and in the first year, 120 expectant couples benefit from the school.

October 2007

CCRDF arranges for surgeons of the Chernivtsi City Children’s Clinical Hospital to train with laparoscopy experts in Germany and delivers a laparoscopic surgical unit to the hospital.

May 2008

May 17: CCRDF hosts the 3rd International Gala Fundraiser supported by Ambassadors to Ukraine, chaired by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William B. Taylor; $72,000 is raised for the purchase of an ultrasonic dissector for the National Cancer Institute in Kyiv.

July 2008

July: The Victor Pinchuk Foundation awards CCRDF the final “Cradles of Hope” grant. Since 2005, CCRDF implements a total of $2,850,000 worth of medical programs for the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in 18 hospitals throughout Ukraine.

December 2008

Winter: Edited by CCRDF Country Director Alexa Milanytch, CCRDF publishes its 40th Chornobyl Chronicle.

April 2009

April 23: CCRDF holds a press conference in the Chornobyl Museum to launch “Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies.” This is the eighth book CCRDF translated, printed, and distributed throughout Ukraine.

June 2009

June 6: CCRDF hosts the 4th International Gala Fundraiser supported by 25 Ambassadors to Ukraine and raises $67,000 to purchase life-saving medical equipment for the Chernivtsi City Children’s Clinical Hospital.

August 2009

Since the initiation of the orphanage program in 2001, missionaries of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, lead by Bishop Daniel Zelinsky, arrive to Ukraine annually to work and interact with the children.

October 2009

Beyond its Hematology Program, Philip Morris expands grant funding to support an Infant Survival Program aimed at decreasing infant mortality in Kharkiv Oblast. To date, Philip Morris contributed $500,000 to saving lives in Ukraine through CCRDF.

January 2010

CCRDF prepares its 19th sea shipment of medical equipment and supplies valued at $800,000.

April 2010

April 24: CCRDF celebrates its 20 years of humanitarian service to the children of Ukraine at the InterContinental Kyiv. $171,000 raised support the Kyiv City Children’s Clinical Hospital #2.

April 2010

The Chornobyl Museum in Kyiv updates CCRDF exhibit to reflect the 20 years of the organization’s activities.

July 2010

CCRDF translates into Ukrainian and published the 6th edition of the “Neonatal Manual” This is the third Ukrainian edition of the “Neonatal Manual”, translated, published and distributed free of charge by CCRDF.