There are approximately 3,000 children in Belarus in need of palliative care. The Belarusian Children’s Hospice can care for up to 250 of these per year and its branches in Gomel and other cities care for 30-40 more. There is still so much more to be done!
In 2011 the President of Belarus allocated a plot of land to BCH in the Minsk suburb of Baravlyany to build a bigger hospice.
BCH, under the pro-bono guidance of one of Belarus’ leading architectural and construction companies A-100, is now raising £4mn to build a new children’s palliative care centre designed by a Belarusian firm of architects to western standards. The new centre will enable many more children to be cared for both at home and as in-patients at the new hospice. It will have ten beds for children and their parents will be able to live at the hospice in guest flats. There will be a day centre, physiotherapy facilities, psychological support services, medical and other treatment rooms and a well-appointed training and resource centre. The Centre will co-ordinate the development of the children’s palliative care strategy for the Republic of Belarus.