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The Joy of Childhood – Free Movements Program



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At present, Ukraine’s healthcare system is burdened with numerous unresolved problems. Unfortunately, rehabilitation of children suffering from organic diseases of the central nervous system presents one of the most acute problems. At present, there are around 24,000 children suffering from cerebral palsy alone in Ukraine.

The Ukraine 3000 International Charitable Foundation receives many letters from parents, whose children suffer from organic diseases of the central nervous system, asking for help in treatment.

While analyzing the problems discussed in these letters and drafting the Program, the following key factors were revealed:

  • on the individual level – inability of the destitute families to receive high-quality rehabilitation for their children suffering from organic diseases of the central nervous system;
  • on the state level – lack of a complex approach to rehabilitation services.

Thus, in late 2005 the Ukraine 3000 International Charitable Foundation together with the TNK-BP Ukraine Company initiated the Joy of Childhood – Free Movements Program aimed at improving treatment quality and providing rehabilitation for children suffering from organic diseases of the central nervous system.

At present, the Ukrainian Medical Rehabilitation Center for Children with Organic Diseases of the Nervous System at the Health Ministry of Ukraine (Kyiv) and the International Rehabilitation Clinics (Truskavets) joined the program as partners.

Within the framework of the Joy of Childhood – Free Movements Program it is planned to establish cooperation with both budgetary and off-budgetary-financed institutions providing rehabilitation services to children suffering from organic diseases of the central nervous system, boarding schools for children with locomotor system disorders, along with charitable and civil organizations.

Since at present Ukraine lacks a consistent rehabilitation system, the Program envisages working out an Oblast’s Rehabilitation Passport containing information on institutions providing rehabilitation services to children suffering from organic diseases of the central nervous system, irrespective of what department they are affiliated with or of their owner. These institutions are to work in a common rehabilitation space.

The Program also envisages an open contest for institutions, providing rehabilitation services to children suffering from organic diseases of the central nervous system, and awarding grants assigned for improving the quality of their work.

The Joy of Childhood – Free Movements Program is scheduled for four years. Its implementation will give a chance:

  • to Ukrainian families with children suffering from organic diseases of the central nervous system – for high-grade rehabilitation;
  • to Ukrainian rehabilitation centers of all categories – to upgrade their equipment and gradually meet world standards in diagnostics along with medical, social, and pedagogical rehabilitation.

Pilot Stage of the Program

In April 2006 the Joy of Childhood – Free Movements Program’s pilot stage started in Luhansk oblast, to be gradually extended to the whole Ukraine’s territory.

From May 3 to 15 eight children from Luhansk oblast underwent a treatment course, and from May 17 to 29 – another thirteen, two of them being orphans from the Iziaslav Boarding School suffering from cerebral palsy. It is planned that over fifty more children of Luhansk oblast will receive treatment at the International Rehabilitation Clinics by the end of the year, including orphans from Luhansk oblast boarding schools.

Reference. One of the Joy of Childhood – Free Movements Program’s partners is professor Koziavkin’s International Rehabilitation Clinics (Truskavets).

Prof. Koziavkin's method (a system of intensive neurophysiological rehabilitation, or SINR)  is a highly effective treatment technique for patients suffering from cerebral palsy, spinal osteochondrosis, results of injuries, and other organic disorders of the nervous system.

The International Rehabilitation Clinics was put into operation in summer 2003. It is situated in an ecologically safe area in Prykarpattia, at the Truskavets resort, occupying total area of roughly three acres.

The rehabilitation system is based upon polymodal approach involving variegated methods of impact upon patient. Its major component is biomechanical correction of the spinal cord and large joints combined with  reflexive therapy, mobilizing gymnastics, a special massage system, aerobics, mechanical therapy, and apitherapy (a.k.a. bee therapy).



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