Georgia is currently under siege-- with high infection rates, very low vaccination rates, and available beds in hospitals rapidly disappearing. “Proportionally speaking, what we have today is five times worse than what was happening in India,” said Paata Imnadze, deputy head of the National Center for Disease Control.
In this dire situation, Georgian children, some as young as 5 or 6 years old, are arriving at the Hematology/Oncology Clinic in the Iashvili Children's Central Hospital in Tbilisi diagnosed with both leukemia and Covid.
"This is Giorgi (name changed for his protection) and his mother. He was diagnosed with Covid 8 months ago and was later admitted to the hospital with a severe form of leukemia. He will need another round of chemotherapy but we are hopeful the most difficult days are behind. Giorgi is an example to others of how to fight and overcome this terrible disease."
AFG’s partner, Tamar Javakhadze MD, PhD, Head of Outpatient Division, Hematology/Oncology Department, Iashvili Children’s Central Hospital
For years now, American Friends of Georgia has been providing important resources to improve the care of children suffering from leukemia at the Hematology/Oncology Clinic. This is the only clinic in Georgia where children suffering from leukemia and lymphoma are treated.
AFG has been providing nutritious food for the 40 children now being treated in the clinic. These nutritious meals are incredibly important for the children and their families to withstand their long-term treatments. Our help has become so much more important during the Covid-19 pandemic. Funding also goes toward Covid testing for the children and their families to ensure that the virus is not easily able to spread at the clinic.
We cannot overstate how vital this work is for these children and their families. Your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500. Every little bit helps.
Thank you for your support.