The Dutch businesswomen Anke Gerrits and Maruschka Somsen were deeply moved when paediatrician Sevim Cinci showed them around the University Clinical Centre of Kosovo. In consultation with the paediatrician, Gerrits and Somsen decided on the spot that they would take targeted action and mobilise their own network. In the Netherlands they requested the help
of doctors, lawyers and communication specialists. Everyone agreed to cooperate and provide free advice and/or (financial) support.
Important issues in this first stage involved: how do you safeguard against corruption? How do you ensure that the resources offered actually end
up where they are supposed to?
A watertight methodology was developed with lawyers, doctors and translators to prevent any form of corruption. The Dutch doctors and pediatric Oncologists follow the children in cooporation with the doctors/professors in Graz and Amsterdam. Doctors and parents of each patient are obliged to sign a treatment and medication contract. The Dutch doctors and pediatric Oncologists follow the children in cooperation with the doctors/professors in Graz and Amsterdam.
In January 2013, Care for Kosovo Kids was registered as a non-governmental organisation. A short time later, the organisation sent its first batch of medicines and the first patients received their respective treatments.
Since April 2013, Care for Kosovo Kids has supplied all of the children in the University Clinical Centre of Kosovo in the department of haematology/oncology with the necessary cytotoxic, antibiotics; the organisation is now in consultation with the Minister of Public Health in order to reduce this dependency on Care for Kosovo Kids via a defined programme over the coming years.