On December 15, Kateryna Yushchenko was in Lugansk to present a project to build a Children’s Hospital of the Future in Kyiv, according to the President`s press-office.

      Oleksandr Maksymchuk, Head of the Ukraine 3000 Board, Vitaly Klitschko, member of the Ukraine 3000 Supervisory Board, Tetyana Bakhteyeva, Head of the Verkhovna Rada Health Committee, Yuriy Antypkin, Head of the Association of Ukrainian Pediatricians, and Volodymyr Kosterin, Transbank Honorary President and member of the Supervisory Board of the Children’s Hospital of the Future Foundation, attended the event.

      In her speech, the First Lady said Lugansk was the last city in their tour to promote the creation of such a hospital.

      “Today, we would like to present a project enabling us to build the most modern medical facility for severely ill children in Ukraine,” she said. “Ukraine now has no such hospital and so parents of thousands of Ukrainian children have to seek opportunities to treat their children abroad.”

      Mrs. Yushchenko expressed hopes we would "build this hospital together with our partners in Ukraine.”

      “We are really glad this project has been so well supported over the past seventy-five days of the promotional tour. On December 17, we will hold a live TV marathon to sum up results of the tour and announce the names of givers that have already joined our project,” she said.

      The President’s wife also said the Lugansk Oblast Children’s Hospital, which takes part in the Hospital to Hospital program, implemented by Ukraine 3000, had been given a certificate to get emergency care unit equipment for newborn babies.

      “We are really happy this equipment now works and that doctors in the Lugansk region can now save newborn babies,” he said.

      Mrs. Yushchenko also presented hemodialysis equipment to the hospital. It was bought by Ukraine 3000 and Germany’s B. Braun.

      Following the press conference, its participants met with Lugansk oblast’s doctors and business leaders.