We are giving again the start in life!


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Short description of the project

logo_babyFor most of the parents, the birth of a child is a joy. For the parents of the preterm infants the joy of this beginning is shadowed by worries, fears and hope. The road of life is even harder for the preterm infants, for these children born too soon. The warmth, serenity, and peace of the mother’s body, of the uterus, so much needed for the development of these little bodies disappears. And the doctors and nurses must ensure them the best environment for their continuous development. And for that they need modern equipments and machines. Among them monitors are needed, machines that are meant to follow, every moment, the needs of the organism in order to identify and treat any change or abnormality in the preterm infant evolution. The monitor for cerebral oxygenation allows adaptation of the intensive care to brain needs of preterm infants and newborns. And since our goal is survival in the best conditions, monitoring of the cerebral activity is mandatory for preventing the multiple unwanted harmful influences of the prematurity and of other neonatal conditions on the developing brain.

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Baby Care Association Sibiu, Mâini Unite Association, and E.M.M.A Organization Sibiu

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The main objective of Baby Care Association Sibiu is to support the best care for the newborns admitted in the neonatal intensive care unit of the Maternity of the Clinical County Emergency Hospital Sibiu. Baby Care Association – non-governmental, non-profit, and without any political or religious affiliation whose activity – was founded in 2006. The main programs we developed:

„A dream, a hope, a life” – during Sibiu Semimarathon, 2013
„Preterm infant today, a champion tomorrow” – during Sibiu Rally, 2013
„Internationla Day of Prematurity” – November 17 2013
„Life starts with us” – educational and fundraising campaign, 2014
„We give start in life” – during Sibiu Semimarathon, 2014, in partnership with Maini Unite and E.M.M.A Sibiu.

Results: acquisition of a modern ultrasound machine, a modern incubator, a neonatal pulseoximeter, respiratory circuits, kits for blood tests, and different supplies necessary for the care and treatment of the preterm infants and neonates in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Web: https://www.facebook.com/BabyCareSibiu

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The Association Mâini Unite din Sibiu has, a main objective, the provision of a harmonious physical and mental development of the children by various actions – from education, legal assistance to humanitarian and charity events organization. The Association Maini Unite – non-governmental, non-profit, and without any political or religious affiliation whose activity – was founded in 2012 and the main projects initiated by the Association were:

„Hands united for the Pediatric Hospital”
„Warm meal”
„Maini Unite Academy”
„Hands united for Subarini Park”

and over 25 humanitarian and charity projects for helping children in difficult situations.

Web: https://www.facebook.com/MainiUnitehttp://mainiunite.blogspot.ro/

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E.M.M.A. Organization – Eternal Miracle Maternal Alleviation is a non-governmental, non-profit, and without any political or religious affiliation whose activity is based on volunteering for the support of the families facing the drama of loosing a child and, mostly, for the families that loose a child before birth since their pain is less understood.

Web: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Organizatia-EMMA/288526023346http://ww.organizatiaemma.ro

The need/problem to which the project is addressing

For most of the parents, the birth of a child is a joy. For the parents of the preterm infants the joy of this beginning is shadowed by worries, fears and hope. The road of life is even harder for the preterm infants, for these children born too soon. The warmth, serenity, and peace of the mother’s body, of the uterus, so much needed for the development of these little bodies disappears. And the doctors and nurses must ensure them the best environment for their continuous development. And for that they need modern equipments and machines. Among them monitors are needed, machines that are meant to follow, every moment, the needs of the organism in order to identify and treat any change or abnormality in the preterm infant evolution. The monitor for cerebral oxygenation allows adaptation of the intensive care to brain needs of preterm infants and newborns. And since our goal is survival in the best conditions, monitoring of the cerebral activity is mandatory for preventing the multiple unwanted harmful influences of the prematurity and of other neonatal conditions on the developing brain.

Beneficiaries/the targeted group?

Every year, approximately 400-500 preterm infants from Sibiu, Alba, and Valcea counties are cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and in the Preterm Infant Department of the Clinical County Emergency Hospital Sibiu, these units being their first „homes”. Improvement of the preterm infant and neonatal survival is the target of every neonatal intensive care unit but survival in the best conditions, discharge of the children with the best prognosis for their future development is the dream of every neonatal intensive care unit team. After days, weeks, and sometimes months of hospitalization, this is also the dream of every mother, of every family whose child crosses the threshold of life through a neonatal intensive care unit.

The objectives of the project

For the neonatal intensive care unit, this year, with your support, we would like to acquire a special monitor for cerebral functions, a monitor that allows a careful tracking of the possible problems in the brain and their prompt correction in order to avoid the occurrence of neurological sequelae, the most severe problems associated to prematurity on long term. For this project, this year, again, three associations joined their hands and hearts, associations that are fighting, day by day, for a better and more beautiful life of our children: Baby Care Sibiu, Maini Unite, and E.M.M.A.

Changes due to the project in the community

Monitoring of the cerebral oxygenation allows an earlier tracking of the changes in blood circulation at the cerebral level, changes that may cause the brain lesions associated to prematurity and other perinatal conditions. Prompt interventions in these situations may prevent and treat in time the blood circulation abnormalities and, in this way, may prevent the cerebral lesions and their sequelae. This way we will have not only a better survival in neonates and preterm infants but more neonates and preterm infants with better chances for a normal future life.

The objective for fundraising during the SemiMarathon

70.000-75.000 lei

Bugetul total al proiectului

The amount mentioned above is needed entirely for the acquisition of the cerebral oxygenation monitor and of the supplies necessary for its functioning.

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