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What have we been doing?

In this newsletter we provide an update on the work being done by Care for Kosovo Kids. Among other things we made sure that in total around 90 children being treated for cancer got the medicines they needed. The most common diagnosis among this group of kids was leukaemia. 17 have since completed their treatment.   
 

Dutch and Austrian oncology experts spend time with Kosovar doctors  

In March 2016, Care for Kosovo Kids was able to organize lectures, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and the Kosova Association of Oncology, for oncology doctors in Kosovo. Experts from the Netherlands (Professor Kaspers and Dr Oey) and Austria (Professors Schwinger and Haxhija) donated several days of their own time to teaching and advising the doctors in Kosovo. In lectures on treating oncology patients and ward rounds they discussed patient cases and advised on the best treatment. By travelling to Kosovo the experts were able to give specific advice and discuss oncology treatment protocols used in the Netherlands and Austria. The exchange of knowledge helps save the lives of children in danger.

New liasion officer- Edona

We are delighted to welcome Edona Toplica, who has joined Care for Kosovo Kids as a Liaison Officer. Edona comes from Kosovo and spent 4 years in Greece while studying. Now back in Kosovo, she’s excited to be part of the team and is passionately committed to helping us support children with cancer.

Visit to Kosovo

Two of our Dutch Advisory board members, Anita Wydoodt and Liesbeth Portzgen, visited Kosovo to observe the work being done by Care for Kosovo Kids. Anita is an experienced healthcare leader in the Netherlands and Belgium. In Kosovo she met with key people, including Hospital Director Dr Curr Gjocaj and the staff of the Pediatric Oncology department. Liesbeth is a tax advisor at Van Oers Accountancy & Advies and contributes her valuable expertise to our organisation.  She met with PwC staff, including Egzon Bejtullahu. Loreta Peci, a director at PwC Albania and Kosovo, is a member of our Advisory Board in Kosovo. Her organisation sponsored CfKK from the start.
It is important for our Dutch board members to visit Pristina and the Oncology department so they can witness the work being done by Care for Kosovo Kids first-hand. This helps them stay connected to the goal of supporting children with cancer. Hearing about the children and meeting the people involved in the work inspires them to develop visions and plans for the future.
 

New Advisory Board member- Margriet

Dutch Margriet van Dijk has joined our organisation as a member of the Advisory Board in Kosovo. She and her husband and their two sons have been living in Kosovo for four years. As a physiotherapist who specialises in manual therapy,  Margriet wants to help improve medical care in Kosovo. Seeing a child in her family fight cancer made her aware of the importance of the work being done by Care for Kosovo Kids.

Cooperation with Ilir Gorani (NFK)

Ilir Gorani is Executive Director of NFK, a parent organisation that established and supports the State Pediatric Oncology Service in Kosovo. Ilir has been helping the Pediatric Oncology department for many years. We are glad that we can work together to achieve our shared purpose of helping children with cancer.
 

Ministry of Health

Care for Kosovo Kids enjoys the support of the Ministry of Health of Kosovo, which helps provide medical assistance for children with cancer.
In his capacity as Director of the Department of Pharmacy at the Ministry of Health, Mr Bekim Fusha has helped us with many administrative issues. The cake in the picture was created to celebrate a Memorandum of Understanding with the State Secretary of the Ministry of Health, which formalises a donation to Care for Kosovo Kids.

 

Floriana climbs Kilimanjaro

Kosovar Floriana decided to climb Kilimanjaro to raise money for Care for Kosovo Kids. She is an ambitious climber and plans to keep her Care for Kosovo Kids flag in her rucksack, so she can fly it at the summit of each mountain she climbs as she continues to raise money for children with cancer.

 
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