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Belarus

Contact

Mr Martin Silič
Project Manager
T: +386 1 4796 586
E: martin.silic@itf.si

Problem Statement

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.