Friday, September 25, 2009

Request for Kosovar Donations

Please help me spread the word that Americans who donate to the Foundation for Healthy Mothers and Babies in Kosovo will obtain a tax deduction by sending contributions to the nonprofit Hitchcock Foundation in Lebanon, NH. .

The name of the fund at the Hitchcock Foundation is the Kosovo Fund. This website will accept contributions by credit card through PayPal. Donations may also be mailed to the Hitchcock Foundation, The Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon,NH. 03756

The Trustees of the Foundation have just authorized a 75,000 euro fundraising campaign to install a state-of-the-art oxygen delivery system in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the obstetrical hospital in the University Clinical Center in Prishtina, Kosovo. This hospital averages 10,500 deliveries per year and 1800 of these deliveries are premature so that the NICU in this hospital is very busy treating high-risk, newborn infants. Many of these high risk newborns have serious breathing difficulties that require oxygen.Once installed, this new oxygen delivery system will immediately begin to save lives and decrease complications such as blindness.

The Foundation will contract with Draeger Medical, a highly recommended German company, to install this system. Four bids were received and representatives from each company were interviewed by Foundation's Executive Director, Emma Gjemnica,and two members of the Foundation's Medical Advisory Committee. This due diligence process selected Draeger.

Please contact me if you have questions or would like additional information.

James C. Strickler, MD James.C.Strickler@Dartmouth.EDU
Professor of Medicine and Community Medicine
Emeritus Dean, the Dartmouth Medical School
Trustee, Foundation for Healthy Mothers and Babies (Kosovo)

Source: massalbanians


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