Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia
Childhood Cancer Project

The Childhood Cancer Project
This project is supporting the activity of the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology service at the Children's Central Hospital in Tbilisi. The goal is to strengthen the diagnostic procedures and initiate a service for a bone marrow transplant center adapting international standards.

The Problem Being Addressed
The Pediatric Hematology-Oncology service of Children's Central Hospital in Tbilisi have the knowledge to treat children with leukemia and other forms of pediatric cancer, locally. However, they is a gap between the available resources and those needed to treat and to cure. Additionally, parents of children being treated at the hospital often travel from far away and do not have housing available in Tbilisi and may not be able to afford months at a hotel.

Project History
In March 2011 this center was equipped with a state-of-the-art flowcytometer, a piece of equipment essential for diagnosis and management of childhood cancers as well as for the initiation of a bone marrow transplantation program for leukemia.

Cure2Children provided the monthly salary for the local technician with the know-how to use the flowcytometer effectively. Cure2Children also contributes economically to the maintenance and upkeep of a local support program for parents. The program includes a house where family members can stay, close to their children, during the treatment process of up to six months. In mid 2013, a social-business project aimed at self-sustainability financing this operation has begun with initial start-up funding provided by C2C and the American Friends of Georgia.

In 2013 the parents support program finally launched a cafe run out of the parents' house called "Cafe Doctors House," they sold their first pizza in August.

Major Achievements:

  • An active Parents Support Program is now running self-sustainably. The program is caring for a house originally bought by Cure2Children. Parents of children receiving treatment at the hospital next door who have no where to stay for the months during which their child is receiving treatment can stay at the house free-of-charge for up to six months.
  • The Parents Support Program launched a successful cafe, run out of the Parent's House. Profits are used to pay for utility bills and maintenance.
  • Improved diagnosis and management of acute leukemia in children at the hospital

Project Partners

  • Lashvili Children's Central Hospital, Tbilisi, Georgia