Dr. Zenon Matkiwsky, CCRDF President and Chairman

"CCRDF allocates limited resources in such a way that we can help and save as many children as possible.  Our commitment is to provide doctors in Ukraine and hospitals with the tools they need to combat the cancers and birth defects that we are seeing on a daily basis, to improve survival rates, to reduce infant mortality and to correct as many birth defects as possible so that as many Chornobyl children as possible can lead a normal life, without long-term disability.

We also want to minimize Chornobyl’s impact and its death toll and we strive to do this through physician training and through an infusion of aid that we hope will establish a higher standard of care.  We want to stimulate an overhaul of the medical system that Ukraine so desperately needs."

 Excerpt from the speech delivered by Dr. Zenon Matkiwsky in Kyiv, Ukraine at the 20th Anniversary International Conference dedicated to the aftermath of the Chornobyl catastrophe, as a rebuttal to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Chornobyl Forum resolution of September 2005. April 24, 2006