Mr Martin Silič
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With the explosion of a nuclear reactor in Chernobyl, Ukraine, in 1986 a large amount of radioactive particles spread into the atmosphere. The radioactive cloud affected the border areas of today’s Russia, Ukraine and Belarus the most. The radioactive contamination continues to have negative consequences on the health of generations of children or descendants of inhabitants who have populated the contaminated areas in Belarus during time of explosion. This generation of children is subjected to various diseases; there is a high presence of thyroid cancer, respiratory diseases, musculoskeletal and coetaneous diseases.
What we do
ITF, on the basis of an agreement between the governments of Belarus and Slovenia and in cooperation with the Slovenian Red Cross, has been implementing a medical rehabilitation project for up to 30 Belarusian children aged from 7 to 14 years that have suffered consequences of radiation as a legacy of the 1986 nuclear accident in Chernobyl.
The scope of the project is to enable the children an adequate medical rehabilitation programme carried out at the Slovenian Red Cross Health and Youth Resort in Debeli Rtič at the Slovenian seaside. The comprehensive rehabilitation programme covers various therapies and other recreational activities – hydrotherapy, respiratory physiotherapy, exercises for persistence, and a rich educational and social gathering program.
The first part of the two-year project has been carried out from 13 to 22 August 2015. The second part is expected to be implemented in August 2016.