30 JUNE 2008 / A Stavros Niarchos Foundation's event to communicate its contribution in Social Welfare and Health/Medicine

During its 12 years of grantmaking, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation has been actively involved in the Social Welfare and Health & Medicine sectors, implementing various grants, in organizations in Greece and abroad. These two sectors today, are the focus of almost half of the Foundation’s total grantmaking.

On Monday, June 30 at 11.30, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation hosted an event at its new premises in Athens, to increase awareness of its support for Social Welfare and Health & Medicine initiatives, particularly in Greece.  

 

Minister Dimitris Avrampoulos honored the event, as well as Andreas Dracopoulos, Member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and the Metropolitan Bishops of Sparta and Samos-Ikaria, also attended. Moreover, various grantees from health/medicine and social welfare institutions, in Greece, participated. Specifically, the Director of the University of Ioannina-Medical School, The Executive Officer of the SOS Children Villages of Greece, the Director for the Lighthouse for the Blind of Greece and the Aglaia Kyriakou Children’s Hospital Director. 

 

Holy Metropolitan Church of Monemvassia and Sparta 

 

In cooperation with the Holy Metropolitan Church of Monemvassia and Sparta, 12 grants have been implemented in the area, to facilitate and benefit sensitive social groups as: homeless, people with special needs and the elderly). To illustrate some of them, in 1998, a summer camp for disabled people from Laconia with mental and physical disabilities was constructed in Neapoli, to allow participants to enjoy the outdoors and summer activities. 

 

The Agios Panteleimon asylum, shelters people with chronic illnesses and/or cardiac problems as well as tetraplegic people. The Foundation undertook its renovating as well as its operational expenses, in 1999. Finally, at the Voion area, between Sparta and Neapoli, a home for the elderly was constructed and fully equipped, in the Spring of 2007 (in memory of Mary A. Dracopoulos)  

 
 

Fire Department 

 

Our Foundation has implemented important grants to the Hellenic fire Dept., to benefit the majority of Greeks. To illustrate:It has purchased in 1998, 15 vehicles equipped to combat forest fires.In 2001, it has created a training center for the Catastrophe Management Unit (EMAK). Also, it bought a Super Puma helicopter equipped with fourth-generation electronic systems.  The helicopter can perform a multitude of roles, including searching for and extinguishing fires as well as performing rescue operations. It can transport 20 firefighters or the EMAK team and can be converted into an aerial ambulance. Finally, in 2008, it implemented a long-term training program on combating forest fires that will commence in the summer of 2008.  The grant’s goal is to include the subject of combating forest fires in the course curriculum of the Academy of the Hellenic Fire Brigade, as well as to establish an expert unit within the Hellenic Fire Brigade to handle issues pertaining to combating and managing forest fires.  The new unit will participate in special educational programs that will take place at the British Columbia Fire Brigade in Canada. This grant is in process. 

 
 

 Hellenic Organization for Prevention and Diagnosis of Vision Problems Mobile Eye Clinic 

 

The unit travels to various border regions and remote parts of Greece in cooperation with local authorities and offer its services free of charge to adults and children.  The Hellenic Organization for Prevention and Diagnosis of Vision Problems was founded in September 2007.  Its mission is to prevent and treat ophthalmologic problems in people who live in remote parts of the country and who are unable to obtain decent eye care due to shortages of doctors and complementary health facilities.   

 

 General University Hospital of Alexandroupolis Construction of a hostel The hostel, which will be easily accessible by the disabled, will be fully equipped with the latest technological equipment and furniture, including entertainment facilities and all necessary safety equipment. Special attention will be given to construction of the hostel’s surrounding area, which will follow “green” building guidelines.  

 

The General University Hospital of Alexandroupolis was established in 1939. In 2002 the hospital was relocated to its new premises, six kilometers from the city of Alexandroupolis and convenient to its center. The hospital can accommodate 670 patients. It consists of 72 departments and laboratories and 52 outpatient clinics. In 2005, 170,000 patients were treated on an outpatient basis and 32,650 patients were admitted. 

 

  The hostel in Alexandroupolis is the third one funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation after the hostel with thirty-seven double rooms in Ioannina and the hostel with twenty-nine double rooms in Iraklio, Crete Island for the relatives of poor patients who are admitted for treatment in the local university hospitals. 

 

In addition to the Social Welfare and Health & Medicine sectors, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation also targets Education and Arts & Culture initiatives, in Greece and worldwide.