The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation is best-known for donating equipment to Polish hospitals nationwide. We gave almost 62 000 state-of-the-art medical devices, but our charity does much more than that!
The foundation initiated finances and helps run seven medical programmes. Our preventive initiatives aim to transform healthcare in Poland systematically. We want to introduce new solutions, revolutionary treatment methods and make systematic changes and improvements to the way children are treated in Poland. These medical initiatives address different needs of Polish public healthcare system - from medical prevention, diagnosis to treatment procedures and solutions.
Our projects and initatives
Nationwide Programme for New-born Hearing Screening
We launched this initiative in 2002. All children born in Poland have their hearing tested for free. The tests allow medical professionals to diagnose any hearing defects at a very early stage and take action as fast as it is possible. Since 2002 we have been able to finance the tests of over 6 470 000 new-born babies!
Nationwide Programme for Prevention and Treatment of Retinopathy of Prematurity
We launched this initiative in 2001. We opened and equipped 19 specialist laser therapy centres allowing the diagnosis and treatment of children whose retina has been damaged due to premature birth. By the end of 2017, the Foundation equipped all neonatal intensive care units and ophthalmology wards in Poland with 125 ophthalmoscopes (devices used to see inside the fundus of the eye) and 27 laser devices. By the end of 2019, doctors have examined and diagnosed 248 096 prematurely born babies. As a result, doctors saved the eyesight of 10 357 babies!
Nationwide Programme for Non-invasive Respiratory Support of New-borns
We launched this initiative in 2003. Our goal is to lower the number of cases in which mechanical ventilation of premature babies and new-borns is necessary. Mechanical ventilation often leads to severe pulmonary complications, whereas, a non-invasive method does not require for the infant to be intubated. It is also safe to use on even the smallest new-borns. We bought 798 devices to overhaul the system of breathing support in neonatal care in Poland!
Nationwide Programme for Early Cancer Diagnosis in Children
We launched this initiative in 2009. The aim of this medical programme is to create a nationwide system of an early cancer diagnosis for young patients. To achieve this we equipped 80 cancer diagnostics centres and oncology wards. We also equipped a sophisticated ONCOLAB with devices worth PLN 2 000 000. An early cancer diagnosis is detrimental in establishing a successful treatment plan.
Nationwide Programme for Treating Limb Defects in Children
We launched this initiative in 2017. We want to ensure that children born with limb defects have access to modern and effective treatment at Polish hospitals. We have equipped Specialist Orthopaedic Clinics in Poznań and Warsaw in 20 Taylor Spatial Frames, and 8 Modular Rail System sets.
Programme for Paediatric Rheumatic Diseases Diagnostics
We launched this initiative in 2019. This new initiative aims to equip Paediatric Rheumatology Centres with medical equipment, ensuring that all children have access to professional treatment and care. We have bought sophisticated ultrasound systems for 14 Rheumatology Centres. We have also donated low-field MRI scanners to the three leading treatment centres. We also aim to raise awareness and educate parents and doctors about children’s rheumatic diseases symptoms and treatment.
Nationwide Programme for Personal Insulin Pump Treatment of Pregnant Women with Diabetes
We launched this initiative in 2004. Since 2004 we have purchased 1573 modern personal insulin pumps which are available for rent. Insulin pumps make managing diabetes more comfortable and less stressful, which is more conducive for a healthy pregnancy. Insulin pumps are rented free of charge. Until the end of October 2020, 4 115 women rented personal insulin pumps, and 1 846 healthy babies were born!
Nationwide Programme for Personal Insulin Pump Treatment of Children with Diabetes (terminated)
Wet terminated this programme in 2008 when a state-run medical programme replaced our initiative. Our charity purchased insulin pumps which gave children a chance for a simpler and more active life despite diabetes.
We supported the following branches of medicine:
We work to transform Polish medicine
- Paediatric oncology & haematology
- Paediatric cardiac surgery
- Paediatric Nephrology
- Paediatric anaesthesiology & neonatal intensive care
- Neonatal surgery
- Paediatric Gastroenterology
- Paediatric traumatology & orthopaedic surgery
- Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology, audiology and Phoniatrics
- Paediatric Urology
- Paediatric diabetology
- Paediatric Ophthalmology
- Paediatric pulmonology
- Paediatric rheumatology
Children's Cardiac Surgery
There are nine specialised hospitals treating children with severe cardiac issues. Overall, on average, they perform 2 730 congenital heart diseases surgeries annually, out of which 1 860 operations are performed using extracorporeal circulation techniques.
Based on research and data, we can assume that there are nearly 2 800 congenital heart defects in Poland annually.
Developments in Polish children's cardiac surgery include surgeries on some of the most complex congenital heart defects such as HLHS, heart transplants and circulation support using artificial heart chamber transplants.
We have donated 570 devices worth almost PLN 20 150 00.
We launched a nationwide initiative to ensure that doctors and parents can diagnose cancer in children at the earliest possible stage.
- there are 80 children's cancer diagnosis centres nationwide equipped in ultra-modern equipment such as the most advanced ultrasonography machines;
- we provided oncology wards in leading paediatric hospitals in the country;
- in 2016 we provided ONCOLAB - a specialized genetics lab in Łódź. We donated equipment for almost PLN 2 500 000.
- in 2016 we bought two modern MRI scanners for children's hospitals in Warsaw and Lublin.
Each year around 1000 children are diagnosed with cancer in Poland. Early diagnosis allows doctors to take up action at the most initial possible stage.
We decided to support grossly neglected and underfunded wards for elderly patients. Our charity bought 13 642 pieces of equipment for over PLN 99 000 000 - beginning with some of the most basic pieces of furniture to complex medical devices.
We raised money in aid of neonatology seven times, each time focusing on different branches of neonatology such as, among others neonatal surgery and treatment, and saving lives of prematurely born babies.
We raised funds in aid of children with kidney defect two times - in 2000 and in 2011.
Children's and young people's mental health services
Alarmed by the conditions at these hospitals, we decided to use the money we raised in our 1% tax return charitable drive to provide immediate help for psychiatric wards. We raised PLN 8 729 830, 43 (over EUR 1 919 253). We managed to donate equipment for PLN 4 300 000 (over PLN 9 45355).
- We have bought equipment and furniture for hospital wards across the country.
- 34 wards for children and young adults received the following:
798 hospital beds (equipped in mattresses and two sets of bed linen)
510 comfy seats for therapy rooms
- 37 wards for children and young adults received the following:
403 specialised psychological tests used to diagnose the youngest patients
- We have bought equipment and furniture for hospital wards across the country.
Love Heals Initiative
One of the critical factors in a child's treatment and recovery is its emotional comfort, stability, and stress-free environment and that's why parents, guardians and loved ones need to be present by the little patient's bedsides.
The Foundation's board committed to change adverse conditions at paediatric wards and purchase recliners, chairs and fold-up beds to be used by parents staying by their children’s bedsides.
We aim to support children's hospices as well as children's hospitals. For parents of children with very serious health problems hospices are places of hope, a source of invaluable help and support. We want to improve the comfort of the patients, working conditions of staff and support parents and guardians of the youngest of patients.
We bought 69 cars and 1 889 medical devices for almost PLN 13 000 000.
Volunteer Firefighters & Search & Rescue Units
Volunteer Firefighters and people volunteering at Search & Rescue Units are there when the local communities need their support the most. They are there to help when disaster strikes, yet they often receive very little help from the state. We decided to step in!
2005 - we donated equipment worth PLN 543 656, 29 to 70 Volunteer Firefighting Units
- emergency kits (79)
- orthopaedic stretchers with head immobilizers (14)
- scoop stretchers (11)
2006 - we donated 26 pieces of equipment for PLN 1 038 261,98 to 5 National Firefighting Units
- sensor cameras (3)
- devices to locate people in rubble (4)
- TRX (2)
- systems used to stabilize buildings (1 lightweight set & 1 heavy set)
- emergency hydraulic set (1)
- hydraulic cylinders (1)
- heavy duty hydraulic cylinder set (1)
- electric saw to cut concrete
- electric power demolition hammer
- GPS sets (5)
- R1 paramedic set (5)
2010 - in a result of a flood relief fundraiser we donated equipment worth PLN 2 745 766,70 to 444 firefighting units across the country
- floating water pump sets (200)
- sludge pumps (230)
- single-phase electric power generators (130)
- triple-phase electric power generators (15)
2017 - we donated 264 pieces of equipment for PLN 1 500 000 to 178 Volunteer Firefighting Units
- paramedic sets (50)
- AED (56)
- orthopaedic stretchers (32)
- paediatric immobilizers (4)
- Kramer splints (21)
- CPR manikins (23)
- motor pumps (37)
- power generators (38)
- saws (23)
- 200 ICU beds
- 157 cardiac monitors
- 50 000 medical-grade masks N95/KN95
- 50 000 PPE sets
- 71 medical ventilators
- 75 000 face shields for paramedics
- 2 600 000 surgical masks
- 50 000 protective coveralls
- 7 000 litres of disinfectant liquid
- lab equipment for COVID-19 testing
- 43 000 COVID-19 tests
- 10 000 sports masks which can be used as multiuse protection masks
The equipment we received as a donation from manufacturers of medical equipment:
- 30 volume infusion pumps
- machine for chest compressions
- 2 manual pulse-oximeters
- 25 ultrasonography machines
- 2 500 sport face masks form DECATHLON, which can be used as medical protection shields
- 3 ECG sets with a module for remote result description panel
Ambulances for children's hospitals
Our charity donated 38 ambulances to hospitals across the country.
Emergency vehicles were donated to hospitals in:
- Dąbrowa Białostocka
- Drawsko Pomorskie
- Kostrzyn nad Odrą
- Ostrów Wielkopolski
- Ustrzyki Dolne