Action for Mothers and Children Delivers Lifesaving Medication to the University Clinical Center of Kosovo’s Neonatology Clinic

7 December, 2016 – More than 200 vials of Survanta medication were delivered today to the University Clinical Center of Kosovo’s Neonatology Clinic, in the amount of more than $130,000.00. This donation is granted through the successful and continuous cooperation among ‘Action for Mothers for Children’ and the international relief and development organization Americares as continuation of the long-standing cooperation with the Neonatology Clinic. This donation covers the national need for year 2017.

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. Thus, Survanta is vital for prevention and treatment of RDS (Respiratory Distress Syndrome) and reduces the infant mortality rate. Over the past 10 years, the Survanta donations have saved the lives of 1,000 premature, low-weight babies in Kosovo. Americares, the world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies, distributes the medication through its Access to Medicine program.

“We are pleased to provide another year’s supply of Survanta to help premature newborns,” states Albiona Beha from Action for Mothers and Children at the delivery site.

This lifesaving medication is donated by Americares and AbbVie in the USA in partnership with Action for Mothers and Children. Its arrival in Kosovo is made possible by 2016 fundraising events, such as Let’s Dance 2 in Prishtina, Kosovo, and Meet Us Halfway in New York, USA.