Joasia is just 8 years old. She was home alone when the fire broke out. She dialled 112 and thanks to her quick thinking no-one was hurt.
To save lives of children in paediatric wards and to provide dignified medical care for patients in geriatric wards.
We have been playing for 25 years! It's such a milestone for everyone involved, and we have seen Poland go through so much in that time. We have managed to help almost all hospitals in Poland. We can do the work we do only thanks to the generosity of the people, who want to donate - and let me tell you that every penny thrown into the collection box helps public medicine in Poland! I won't hesitate to say that all we do is for the common good of all people living in Poland - says the Chairman of the Foundation, Jurek Owsiak.
We will focus our fundraiser on purchasing equipment for wards providing general paediatric treatment and making sure that the oldest patients have access to dignified medical care in geriatric wards.
Experts say that paediatric wards and clinics are dire need of equipment. Despite the support Polish public hospitals receive from the GOCC, the needs are overwhelming - equipment is often outdated, or simply there is not enough of it. When we speak about general paediatrics, what we need to remember is that these wards treat children up till the age of 18 - so, there is the need for beds of different lengths, for instance. These wards need some complex hi-tech devices and some of the basic pieces of equipment such as manometers, for example.
The GOCC remembers about the overwhelming equipment shortages in geriatric and long-term-care units and wards. The medical director of the foundation, Lidia Niedźwiedzka-Owsiak says: This year we will be supporting geriatrics in Poland for the fourth time. We see improvements, but there is still a lot of work to be done.