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The Institute of Child Hematology and Transplantology named after Raisa M. Gorbachyov that opened in St Petersburg
The Institute of Child Hematology and Transplantology named after Raisa M. Gorbachyov that opened here on Thursday is to perform some 300 bone marrow transplant operations a year, the institute’s director Boris Afanasyev told a news conference on Thursday. The ceremony of the institute’s opening on Thursday was attended by Mikhail Gorbachyov, ex-President of the Soviet Union, together with his family, St Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko, and Sergei Mironov, Speaker of the Federation Council upper house of Russian parliament. “Only 50 operations a year were performed in St Petersburg until the institute’s opening. The institute will begin operating to full capacity from January 2008, and the number of operations will increase six-fold,” Mironov said. The clinic’s services will be available to children from St Petersburg and the whole North Western region. Treatment or leukaemia was so far given to patients at the Medical Institute named after Academician Pavlov, of which the hematology institute is part. The sum of at least 1,100 million roubles is required to equip the new institute completely. The institute’s director said 20,000-30,000 operations a year are needed, while only 234 operations were performed in 2006. Afanasyev said 2,000 children and 20,000 teenagers and adults are in need of bone marrow transplant operations a year. “The world community has 132 million non-congenerous donors, and we will be able to draw on that fund,” he said. Alexander Rumyantsev, chief hematologist of the Russian Federation, said, “Today’s event has crowned the work Raisa Maximovna Gorbachyov began 17 years ago. Survival rate of leukemia sufferers was then only seven percent, while in 1997 we have reached Western indexes for survival, 70 percent for children.” Rumyantsev said “the first department of child hematology and transplantology in Russia was opened due to Raisa Gorbachyov’s efforts in 1994. There are 84 such departments now.” Rumyantsev also heads the Moscow Institute of Child Hematology, which will operate to full capacity from 2009 and will be Europe’s largest.
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