Pediatric Clinic Kragujevac – Hematology/Oncology Ward
Summer – Fall 2018
SAMA did this project in collaboration with NURDOR (In Serbian: Nacionalno Udruženje Roditelja Dece Obolele of Raka). Nurdor is organization of parents and friends of children treated with cancer and their families with the mission of improving the quality of treatment and the lives of diseased children and their families. Nurdor was founded in 2003 in Belgrade.
Early in 2018, people from Nurdor articulated the need for reconstructing the hematology/oncology ward at the Pediatric Hospital, which was up to then operating under very inadequate conditions. They engaged with national humanitarian project and the TV series “With Tamara in Action (link), which typically help restore and refurbish family homes in Serbia, to help with the renovation of this ward. The renovation was finished in May 2018.
By that time, Nurdor arranged for donations of medical furniture (hospital beds, other furniture) and they needed to help with providing necessary medical equipment. SAMA expressed desire to help providing laminar hood, platelet agitator, 8 infusion pumps and syringe pump, 2 pulse oxymeters, patient monitor, blood pressure monitor and wheelchair. Exact value of SAMA donation was $32,776.39, and big part of it was procured without paying PDV (saving us 20%).
Fundraiser event for collecting funds for this project was organized in Chicago, in early June, and was sponsored by Mr. Antonije Keljević who is from Kragujevac area, and has been engaged in numerous humanitarian projects. SAMA collected over $36,000 for single evening, more than enough to fund the complete project in Kragujevac.
Subsequently, SAMA engaged with multiple vendors to provide all the required equipment. We visited the hospital in June, and again in October with Mr. Keljević to celebrate the success of the complete project and opening of the ward.