“People who are busy bringing others back to health, thus demonstrating marvelous junction of mastery and humanity are far above all the great people of this world”
The future of the country depends largely on the health of people. Health is not only the highest value for everyone but also the chief priority of state policy. In the last four years the Development Bank has been actively investing in the country's healthcare system. The funds are directed to strengthening the material and technical base of healthcare institutions, which makes it possible for hundreds and thousands of patients to receive high-quality medical services.
Healthy Baby Program
The Development Bank being the largest specialized financial institution in the state pays great attention to the policy of social responsibility. Not only financial and investment projects but also sponsorship projects of the Development Bank are aimed at developing and improving the country's economy and improving the quality of life of its citizens.
Over the past 15 years the material and technical base of healthcare organizations has been significantly improved in the Republic of Belarus. Thanks to government’s support, effective management and organizational structure we had managed to achieve great results in the mother and child welfare services. However, modern developments and introduction of new medical technologies requires constant improvement.
For the transition to a qualitatively new level of use of modern medical technologies and constant updating of the material and technical base of healthcare institutions, in 2017 the Ministry of Health, together with the Development Bank, had developed and approved a new Healthy Baby Program.
The main objective of the program is to equip perinatal centers with modern high-tech equipment, which will create a basis for sustainable development of perinatal care, improve the quality of medical services, stabilize infant and child mortality rates and reduce child disability in general and severe loss of children's health.
The implementation of the program during 2018-2021 provides for the acquisition of special equipment of perinatal centers for the maintenance of vital activity of newborn children (artificial respiration devices, high-class incubators with accessories and consumables, patient monitoring systems with a central tracking station, etc.) at the expense of the Development Bank.
In 2018 2.5 million Belarusian rubles were allocated to the implementation of this program by the Development Bank.
The bank purchased specialized high-tech medical equipment and transferred it to equip a new neonatal building of the Gomel Regional Children's Clinical Hospital (GODKB), which in 2018 had completed reconstruction.
This hospital is an independent medical institution and was established to provide specialized diagnostic, advisory and medical assistance to the child population of the city of Gomel and the Gomel region. To provide specialized medical care in an outpatient setting, an outpatient polyclinic care unit (OPCU) was organized. The structure of the OPCU includes consulting rooms for a pediatric cardiologist, an otolaryngologist and a neurologist. Among other things, the Department of Pediatrics of the Gomel State Medical University is located on the in GODKB.
Assistance to the state institution Republican Scientific and Practical Center for Pediatric Oncology, Hematology and Immunology and the N.N. Alexandrov Republican Scientific and Practical Center for Oncology and Medical Radiology
In 2016, with the support of the Development Bank, special medical equipment was procured and the premises for the magnetic resonance imaging room were modernized for the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for Pediatric Oncology, Hematology and Immunology. The introduction of a modern MRI into the treatment process made it possible to carry out 800-1000 MRI examinations per year and to minimize the radiation exposure preventing the development of post-radiation injuries and secondary tumors, ensuring modern standard of the diagnostic process.
The Development Bank also provided sponsorship for the renovation of the state institution, N.N. Alexandrov Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Oncology and Medical Radiology. The Center is the leading oncology institution of the Republic of Belarus and provides a full range of services in the field of diagnosis and treatment of malignant tumors.
The renewal of the center's departments where high-tech operations are carried out has allowed providing high-quality living conditions for patients with severe oncological pathology, to increase the effectiveness of specialized oncological care and to increase the ability to export medical services.