The Hellenic Initiative (THI) Australia, in association with Paediatric Trauma Care (Pedtrauma) has moved to fund two regional paediatric facilities in Greece, providing them with necessary medical equipment for their Paediatric and Neonatal wards.

The first clinic to receive part of the $48,000 grant was the General Hospital of Kastoria, that opened on Friday 7 September, in the presence of the Board Member of THI and CEO of Cancer Australia, Dr Helen Zorbas.

“We are delighted that The Hellenic Initiative Australia is supporting our organisation and has assisted with these two regional hospitals in critical need,” Dr Zorbas said.

“Our role is to support the hospitals and give them what they need to save our children’s lives because that’s what they’re doing…
“Our goal is to upgrade all the hospitals in Greece and on the islands so that all children are within that one-hour radius to get to a hospital with the right facilities.”

Pedtrauma is a non-profit organisation operating since 1995, aiming to raise awareness of treatment for children and provide as many hospitals in Athens and Greece as possible with the right medical equipment in order to be able to deal with incidents involving children quickly and in the right manner, having already invested over €1.5 million towards this goal. The second clinic in Ioannina is expected to be upgraded sometime in October.