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UniCredit Bank supported charitable initiative to help children with Epidermolysis bullosa

13.06.2014

In June 2014 UniCredit Bank joined the charity project of the "Dermatologist for Children" International NGO and "Debra Ukraine" Centre.

The purpose of the project is the procurement of essential medicines for children affected by the Epidermolysis bullosa (EB). Purchased medicine for care for wounds and special bandaging materials were formed in the medical boxes and sent to children with severe disease. Through the combined efforts of the bank and charitable organization 48 children from different parts of Ukraine will receive the necessary products for daily care. Overall, the bank financed the purchase of 80% of all drugs.

Epidermolysis bullosa is a rare (orfanne), incurable genetic disorder of the skin and mucous membranes that affects the child since birth. Patients with the EB have a very thin skin and mucous membranes that even the light touch and a slight friction create wounds (blebs) that do not heal for a long time. The disease is considered as infantile, because patients who have severe (dystrophic) form of the EB rare cross the 30-year milestone because of high risk of skin cancer.

"Daily bandaging and treatment of wounds on the body of these children, which through the fragile skin called butterfly children, are essential during whole life. They are unable to live without special medical products. Therefore, our goal was not only to provide butterfly children with the necessary medicines, which will last for very limited time, but also to raise awareness of this painful problem. It is clear that despite parental love for the child, not every family can afford a continuous monthly purchase of expensive medicines: they definitely need help. Our help. I hope that participation of the bank in this project will encourage business community and other organizations to support initiatives connected with "little butterflies", - said Irina Kobylchenko, Director of Identity and Communications at UniCredit Bank.

Currently, there are around 140 patients with the EB, among them more than a half children under 14 years who live in Ukraine. Every year the number of registered butterfly children grows for 4-5 patients.

"Since 2014 we have lost three kids at the age of 2 years, 16 years and a little boy. He lived only six weeks in the hospital, abandoned by his parents. It is very sad statistics for us, because we know these kids personally - says Tatiana Zamorska, Vice-President of "Dermatologist for children" NGO and a Head of "Debra Ukraine". – There are much more patients living with the EB in European countries. But this is not because of bigger quantity of kids born with the illness, but because of provision of effective care and comprehensive assistance from the state, which greatly improves the quality of life of these patients. Accordingly, a greater number of them live a better life than, unfortunately, in our country. We are grateful to management and to all volunteers of UniCredit Bank for financial assistance and direct active participation in charitable activities aimed at supporting butterfly children. Charity is the good that multiplies the good."

The detailed information on “Debra-Ukraine” Centre and butterfly-children can be found at the link www.debra-ukraine.org

 

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Ukrsotsbank is one of the largest universal banks of Ukraine, operating in the local market since 1990. The bank offers full range of services to individuals and corporate clients.

The renovated Ukrsotsbank emerged on 31 October 2016 as a result of strategic deal whereby 99.9% of Ukrsotsbank shares have been transferred from UniCredit Group to ABH Holdings S.A. (АВНН) in exchange for a minority 9.9% stake in ABHH. Thus, the bank has combined 26-year-old traditions of Ukrsotsbank’s client-centric attitude, European quality of service inherent to UniCredit, as well as international banking expertise of ABHH in a number of European countries including CIS. Thanks to the successful synthesis and synergy of the two assets of ABHH in Ukraine, Ukrsotsbank and Alfa-Bank, the banking market of Ukraine will see the rise of a new stronger financial institution. This, in turn, will spur up technological advance, increase efficiency, improve quality of service for the clients, reduce cost of banking services whereas their range will inevitably expand.

The extensive retail network of Ukrsotsbank consists of 237 branches, its headcount reaching nearly 5 thousand employees.


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