Karolinska University Hospital and our partners in ECHO are ready to support our sister hospital in Kyiv

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Astrid Lindgren's Children's Hospital at Karolinska University Hospital is a member of the European Children's Hospitals Organisation (ECHO), which is the collaborative organization of European children's hospitals. We are now making a strong statement in response to the Russian attack on Ukraine's largest children's hospital, Okhmadyt in Kyiv.

"We condemn all acts of war directed against hospitals, innocent children, and healthcare personnel who, according to international law, should be protected even in war," says Svante Norgren, head of Astrid Lindgren's Children's Hospital at Karolinska University Hospital.

"Together with our partners in the European Children's Hospitals Organisation, we are ready to assist our colleagues at Okhmadyt so that Ukrainian children in need of highly specialized care can continue to receive it," continues Svante Norgren.

Astrid Lindgren's Children's Hospital and Region Stockholm already have a direct collaboration with Okhmadyt, primarily involving knowledge exchange. During the spring, three doctors and a nurse from Okhmadyt completed a fellowship at ALB, and four more employees will come during the autumn.

ECHO, together with the EU and national authorities, will coordinate assistance to rebuild the children's hospital. ALB, together with Region Stockholm, Swedish authorities, and Beredskapslyftet, will contribute. We are in close contact with our colleagues at Okhmadyt and have indicated that we are prepared to receive patients at short notice.

Attached is a statement from the European Children's Hospitals Organisation, ECHO. 

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