300 vials of Survanta medication arrive in Kosovo

Prishtina, 12 January 2016-

The “Action for Mothers and Children” foundation and its partner in USA, AmeriCares, deliver 300 vials of Survanta medication to Neonatology Unit in the University Clinical Center in Kosovo. This donation covers the national need for 2016.

Infants who experience respiratory distress lack sufficient amounts of surfactant – the liquid coats inside the lungs. Babies usually don’t start producing surfactant until a few weeks after they are born. Without enough surfactant the lungs collapse and premature babies cannot breathe. Thus, Survanta is vital for prevention and treatment of RDS (Respiratory Distress Syndrome) and reduces the infant mortality rate. This medication saves 250-300 babies every year.

“We are pleased that we donated this year’s vials of Survanta medication honored by the presence of representatives from AmeriCares, our esteemed partner from USA. Our foundation and AmeriCares cooperate since 2009 and we are glad that such partnership is developing fruitfully,” states Mrika Aliu, the Executive Director of Action for Mothers and Children.

Dr. Mynevere Hoxha, the Director of Neonatology Intensive Care Unit in Kosovo expresses her immense gratitude to the foundation and AmeriCares for this annual donation of Surfactant in Kosovo. “This medication saves hundreds of babies every year,” – states Hoxha.

This expensive medication is donated to AmeriCares by Abbvie in the USA. It’s arrival in Kosovo is made possible by 2015 fundraising events, such as Runner for Hearts and Let’s Dance for Mothers and Children!