Whilst we remain an apolitical charity, focused on improving the lives of children and young adults living with cystic fibrosis (CF), regardless of where they live, it is with deep regret that Child Health International has had to suspend collaboration with our colleagues in the Russian Federation. This is for the safety of all concerned.
Whilst the invasion of Ukraine continues, we stand in full solidarity with the Ukrainian people, and join voices from across the world in condemning the ongoing violence.
Continuous symptom management is vital to the long-term health of those living with cystic fibrosis, making them particularly vulnerable to the humanitarian crisis. At Child Health International, we have worked with medical teams across many Eastern European countries, and have continued to support overseas colleagues remotely where possible throughout the pandemic. We are therefore acutely aware of the strain that increased demand will place on existing services within neighbouring countries. Our current priority is to help support medical professionals both within Ukraine where possible, and within neighbouring countries, to ensure those impacted or displaced by the ongoing violence are able to receive the best possible CF care and advice in this difficult situation.
Right now, we are reaching out to our existing contacts within Ukraine and neighbouring countries in order to determine their requirements and target our response to their individual needs and requests. We are also in close communication with other CF organisations to ensure a coordinated response that will maximise the impact we can have during this difficult time.
Whilst we welcome all donations to Child Health International and will continue to use all funds to support children and young adults living with cystic fibrosis, we cannot guarantee at this time that they will go directly towards supporting communities impacted by the invasion of Ukraine. To support Ukrainians with cystic fibrosis, we currently recommend donating through CF Europe, or to one of the country-specific funding initiatives listed on their website.
If you do not already, please consider following Child Health International on social media to stay up to date on developing initiatives and to stay alert to future appeals to support the Ukrainian people.