In early 2018 SAMA got in touch with Dr Jelena Krdžić, a pediatrist at the Children’s Hospital in Laplje Selo, Gračanica. This Health Center is facing numerous problems, operating out of inadequate facilities (old KFOR military barracks), chronic lack of medicines, and lack of very basic medical instruments and equipment. At the same time, there was increased demand for Health Center services, not only among Serbian but also among local Albanian population.
SAMA collected donations to help this Health Center during our annual walk event in Washington DC in May 2018. Subsequently we delivered number of new instruments to the Health Center as can be seen below in August 2018, and Dr. Ivan Aksentijevich and Zoran Mladenović visited the Health Center in October 2018. After the visit SAMA decided to donate 20 new mattresses to the Health Center significantly improving patient comfort.
Total value of SAMA donation to the HC in Gracanica was almost $15,000.