St.Petersburg-based non-governmental organization 'Doctors to Children'

DTC's mission is to protect the rights of at-risk children and families, and provide them with access to quality social, psychological and medical services. DTC's goals include: (1) Forming policies and public opinion around the issues of at-risk children and families, (2) Decreasing the number of neglected and abandoned children and at-risk children and families through prevention and multidisciplinary interventions, and (3) Providing access to high-quality medical, social and psychological care to at-risk children and families. To achieve these goals, DTC employs the following strategies: (1) Advocating for the rights of at-risk children and families; (2) Providing direct comprehensive ass...
Apr 15, 2015

We are happy to share our latest new

Dear Friends,

We are happy to share our latest news with you: Doctors to Children has got a new home.
DTC moved to a new office located at the following address: 89A Fontanka embankment, Unit 20-N.
For years, we have been dreaming of establishing a child care center which would allow provision of services to survivors of child abuse, HIV-positive women and children, as well as clients of the Foster Family project.
In 2014, the St. Petersburg City Administration provided DTC with a facility for establishing the children’s center. In March 2015, the long-awaited move happened.
This move would be impossible without persistence and patience of DTC staff, support and participation of partners and fellow-thinkers. DTC staff members are extending their gratitude to all who cares for the lives of children.
DTC’s doors are always open for those who need support!
DTC’s new address is 89A Fontanka embankment, Unit 20-N, St. Petersburg, 190031, Russia.

Apr 15, 2015

We are happy to share our latest news with you

Dear Friends,

We are happy to share our latest news with you: Doctors to Children has got a new home.
DTC moved to a new office located at the following address: 89A Fontanka embankment, Unit 20-N.
For years, we have been dreaming of establishing a child care center which would allow provision of services to survivors of child abuse, HIV-positive women and children, as well as clients of the Foster Family project.
In 2014, the St. Petersburg City Administration provided DTC with a facility for establishing the children’s center. In March 2015, the long-awaited move happened.
This move would be impossible without persistence and patience of DTC staff, support and participation of partners and fellow-thinkers. DTC staff members are extending their gratitude to all who cares for the lives of children.
DTC’s doors are always open for those who need support!
DTC’s new address is 89A Fontanka embankment, Unit 20-N, St. Petersburg, 190031, Russia.

Club for Foster Families Meeting at Radisson


On February 25, 2015, Radisson Royal Hotel (hotel administration provided an opportunity to hold the meeting in one of its halls) hosted a Club for Foster Families meeting devoted to the Fatherland Defender’s Day. Foster Family Project staff prepared games, contests and quizzes for children and their parents. The children were competing in origami, making paper planes, which they launched in the air. During the holiday, the children and their parents were singing war songs, dancing, and trying uniform. At the end of the meeting the guests had aromatic samovar tea with sweets, and participated in a photo session.


On March 20, another session of the Club for Foster Families took part in DTC’s new office. This time the children came with a prepared concert: they were playing the violin, the chromatic accordion, showing an acrobatic performance. The parents and project staff were viewers of this wonderful concert. Such informal meetings are important both for families who have fostering experience and those who had recently fostered children. They provide the project staff with an opportunity to observe child-parent interactions, which helps in further work with the families. At the end of the event the parents and children were given DTC presents.
During the period from January through March, Foster Family staff provided consultations to 65 candidates for foster parents.

A total of 44 children and 30 foster parents were provided with psychosocial and medical assistance by the project staff.

Apr 1, 2015

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New Year Holiday at the MAMA+ Center

As a matter of tradition, on December 30, 2014, DTC with the support of staff of the Novartis-Neva LLC organized a New Year holiday for children at the MAMA+ Center. The company staff prepared individual presents for children, responding to letters written by the children’s mothers in advance. Additionally, the company staff prepared a performance for MAMA+ young clients, with participation of Father Frost and the Snow Maiden. The holiday culminated in tea and sweets.

Older Children were engaged by Father Frost in creative assignments, reading rhymes, guessing riddles, and singing songs. Both younger and older kids participated in the activities organized by the long-awaited guest. Everybody was given a present and sweets. Before leaving the party, Father Frost wished all the children good health in the New Year.

 

Klava (29 years old) and Serafima (two months old)

Klava was referred to the MAMA+ Project by doctors of the Botkin Hospital. In January 2015, the woman gave birth to a girl. While she was pregnant, she was using drugs and alcohol, which resulted in premature delivery. After giving birth, Klava stopped using drugs.

The doctors provided Klava with medical examination, which revealed severe sexually transmitted infection. Therefore, the newborn girl showed symptoms of prenatal infection. After birth, the girl in critical condition was transferred from the maternity hospital to an intensive care unit of a city children’s hospital. During pregnancy Klava was not taking ARV therapy, which augmented her risk of transmitting the virus to her child.

Assessing the woman’s life situation, MAMA+ staff found that she was a social orphan and had no housing.

Given that her daughter was born prematurely, Klava had no chances to obtain the maternity certificate (a medical insurance policy for pregnant women) to ensure her child’s right to free medical care.

Presently the girl is placed in a premature baby unit of the hospital. Her mother was referred to an STD clinic for a course of treatment. As the treatment is going to take an extended period of time, Serafima will be placed in a babies’ home for a while.

As the woman has no housing on her own, she will have nowhere to take her daughter after the discharge. In this difficult life situation, she contacted MAMA+ for assistance.

All MAMA+ efforts are currently aimed to support the child in the hospital: the project staff members are visiting the girl regularly, providing her with baby formula and hygienic products. Additionally, the project staff members are providing support to Klava, supervising her progress of treatment. As soon as she gets better and her daughter is discharged from the hospital, MAMA+ staff members are planning to place the family in the MAMA+ Halfway House for a program of temporary residence and crisis support.

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