50 thousand for the WOŚP Foundation

PLN 50 thousand for respiratory support in newborns

Since 2003, the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation has been implementing a medical programme aimed at introducing to the general public the most modern and safest methods of treating respiratory failure in newborns. On Friday, 19 June 2020, the programme received support of PLN 50 thousand from the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in Warsaw and the Polish-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (PLIG).

June 23 is Luxembourg’s national holiday. According to tradition, this day is celebrated not only in Luxembourg but also in its diplomatic missions in other countries. The Embassy in Warsaw organises every year a reception with concerts of the best Luxembourg artists.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was not held, but another unique way was found to celebrate this important day. Ambassador Conrad Bruch decided to donate the entire amount that was to be used for the ceremony to charity. The entire Embassy staff unanimously chose the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation as the NGO of choice. The Polish-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (PLIG) also joined the initiative. The institutions donated a total of 50 thousand zlotys to the Foundation, which will be allocated for activities within the Non-Invasive Breathing Support in Newborns Program.

For obvious reasons it was not possible to organize the traditional Luxembourg National Day party this year (…) The Embassy and PLIG have decided to donate the money allocated for the Luxembourg National Day party to the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation in support of its Non-Invasive Respiratory Support Programme for Newborns. I am very happy and proud to be able, together with Mr Krzysztof Bramorski (Honorary Consul of Luxembourg in Wroclaw and President of the Polish-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce), to hand over the cheque for 50.000 zlotys to the President of the Foundation, Mr Jerzy Owsiak,” said Conrad Bruch, Ambassador of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

We have been implementing the Non-Invasive Respiratory Support in Newborns program since 2003. We have set ourselves the goal of introducing to general use the most modern and safest methods of treating respiratory failure in newborns with the best possible equipment. At the same time, we have implemented registers of equipment use to monitor the impact of new therapy methods on the clinical results of neonatal treatment. The fundamental change that has occurred in Polish neonatal intensive care units is the reduction of the invasiveness of therapy. The previous intubation and mechanical ventilation in most cases have been replaced by non-invasive support, which is much gentler and safer for the newborn. The effectiveness of non-invasive ventilation and avoidance of endotracheal intubation enables Polish neonatology centers to achieve increasingly better treatment results both in terms of saving lives and avoiding a number of very serious complications of prematurity.

Source: WOŚP https://www.wosp.org.pl/aktualnosci/50-tysiecy-zlotych-na-wspomaganie-oddechu-u-noworodkow