From 28 September to 15 October 2010, VTB held another series of events under World Without Tears corporate charity program (providing financial support to child’s healthcare centers) in Perm, Samara and Kazan. The Bank purchased and donated advanced medical equipment to the largest hospitals of the regions. In this context, Perm Regional Children’s Clinical Hospital received infant incubators for rehabilitation of prematurely born and weak babies in neonatal intensive care units. This equipment will increase the effectiveness of intensive care and other medical treatment and will help reduce infant mortality. The Children’s Cardiac Centre of Samara Regional Clinical Cardiologic Dispensary was donated with ten sets of high-precision syringe and infusion pumps to stabilize children’s cardiovascular system activity. The Haemato-Oncology Unit at the Republican Children’s Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Health in Tatarstan also received a set of equipment for infusion therapy. For the Ophthalmological Unit of the hospital VTB purchased a wide-field digital camera designed for eye-ground diagnostics and laser treatment. This equipment will make easier ophthalmological examination of prematurely born children and will help detect the possible problems and start their treatment at early stages.
As usual, World Without Tears events were accompanied by with children’s fetes, with the participation of patients of the hospitals and the characters of “Goodnight, kids!” TV program.
VTB plans to hold two more World Without Tears events up to 2010 year-end. And in 2011 it will implement such events in 10 Russian cities. The annual program budget accounts for over RUB 15 mln. The funds are used to purchase medical equipment and medical products 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 has already provided support to children's hospitals in Moscow, St.Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Kazan, Astrakhan, Stavropol, Krasnodar, Vladikavkaz, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Perm, Samara, Nizhniy Novgorod and Novosibirsk.