On 20 April, acting under its World Without Tears charity program, VTB Bank donated a set of medical equipment to Nizhny Novgorod Regional Children’s Clinical Hospital designated for the intensive care unit.
The hospital is the largest children’s medical center of the region. It accommodates 17 clinical units and 2 intensive care units with 800 beds. The largest children’s Consultative & Diagnostic Center in Russia operates in the clinic. Up to 18,000 children of different ages are annually treated as inpatients and up to 400,000 as outpatients.
VTB Bank financed the purchase of HF-oscillator ALPHA for closed surgeries on newborns. The device stops bleeding with electricity during surgical operations. Blood loss may be critical for minors, especially for newborns and infants.
VTB also paid for equipment used to select and administer medicine to children treated in the intensive care unit.
The clinic also hosted a traditional children’s World Without Tears holiday featuring characters from Good Night, Kids! TV show and Vladimir Shchukin, children’s composer, who have been friends of World Without Tears program for a long time.
The Bank has planned three more World Without Tears holidays in Moscow in 2010, as well as events in Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Yekaterinburg, Krasnodar, Vladikavkaz, Kazan, Samara, and Perm. The program’s annual budget amounts to at least RUB 15 million. All the funds are allocated to purchase high technology medical equipment and pharmaceuticals for children’s hospitals.
World Without Tears is a long-term targeted charity program, which has been held by VTB Bank since 2003. It is aimed at supporting healthcare institutions for children. Under the program, VTB provides direct financing to purchase expensive equipment, medications and expendables for children's hospitals.
Acting within the Program, VTB has already provided support to children's hospitals in Moscow, St.Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Kazan, Astrakhan, Stavropol and Krasnodar