Medical Book Campaign Successful: Presentation of the First Publication in Ukraine of "Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies"

April 23, 2009

Thanks to the monies raised and earmarked by the Children of Chornobyl Relief and Development Fund, the first publication in Ukraine of Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies has been printed and is now being distributed to practicing medical professionals. 

CCRDF held a press conference on April 23, 2009 at the National Chornobyl Museum in Kyiv to inform the public of the successful book campaign.  Panel speakers included: CCRDF Country Director Alexa Milanytch, Head of the High Risk Pregnancy Department at the Institute of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology Dr. Iuliia Davydova, Assistant Neonatalogy Professor of the National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Studies in the name of P.L. Shypika and the medical text’s translator Dr. Tetiyana Konchakovska, and Senior Scientific Fellow at the National Institute of Military Medicine Dr. Olha Horishna.

During the press conference, Drs. Davydova and Konchakovska agreed that, with the printing of the 4th edition of Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies which has been in standard use in America since 1982, the time has come to change Ukraine’s outdated national protocols when dealing with high-risk pregnancies.  Representing their medical institutions, Drs. Davydova and Konchavovska are willing to work to modernize Ukraine’s standards of protocol as initiated by CCRDF’s publication of the medical text for the benefit of the young couples and their newborns. 

Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies informs its reader of over 100 problematic pathologies which could be encountered during pregnancy and how to treat and prevent birth defects for the benefit of the mother’s and child’s health.  According to the research of the Institute of Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and Gynecology, (POG) radioactive elements dispersed into the air by the Chornobyl accident have caused a negative effect on the reproductive organs of the women who, at the time of the catastrophe, were children.  Research shows that the amount of pathologies in pregnancy has increased by 30% even in the moderately contaminated regions.   During the press conference, this statement was affirmed by Dr. Horishna and her research results. 

CCRDF choose to initiate the Medical Book Campaign and print Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies to combat the increase of infant mortality and the increase of children born with birth defects – outcomes which could have been corrected during the pregnancy. 

The medical text, Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies, will be distributed free-of-charge among medical libraries, medical institutions, obstetricians and gynecologists, and in remote villages throughout Ukraine.