The VERA Hospice Charity Fund is currently Russia’s only charity fund that supports hospices.
Established in November 2006, the Fund was named after Vera Millionshchikova, founder of Moscow Hospice No.1 and its Senior Physician. The Fund Director is Nyuta Federmesser, Vera Millionshchikova’s daughter.
The Fund was initially aimed at lending all-round support to Moscow Hospice No.1 (State Public Healthcare Institution Hospice No. 1 of the Moscow Municipal Healthcare Department), a pilot hospice in this country. Since then, the Fund’s activities have expanded significantly.
The Fund now runs 4 key programmes:
- The Regional Hospice Support Programme provides financial support to hospices in the Russian regions, including Lipetsk, Tula, Yaroslavl, Izhevsk, Nizhny Novgorod, St Petersburg, Perm, Pskov, Taganrog, Tyumen, Chelyabinsk, Kaliningrad, Rostov, Kemerovo, Novokuznetsk, etc.;
- The Children’s Support Programme provides social and financial support to terminally ill children diagnosed with oncological and other serious diseases;
- The Moscow Hospice No.1 Support – Comfort and Dignity Programme aims at purchasing medical equipment and patient-care products for providing appropriate services; maintaining the Hospice buildings, structures, and premises; implementing social safety and support projects for Hospice personnel and volunteers; etc.;
- The Hospice Movement Programme supports public activities aimed at promoting the ideas of palliative aid and public concern for problems experienced by terminally ill people, establishing interaction among domestic hospices and organising educational programmes and conferences for hospice employees.
The VERA Fund is currently the fulcrum of the domestic hospice movement. The Fund’s mission is formulated in one of the principles of Moscow Hospice No.1: if you cannot cure a person, this does not mean that you cannot help them.
The website was translated by Elena Tarasova, Oksana Dementienko, Artem Orel.
Edited by Sarah McDowell (Charitable Community of Translators).