Chevron provided ten children’s medical hospitals and educational institutions in Astana with state-of-the-art equipment at a ceremony held at the city Children’s Hospital No. 2 on July 10. This support to national healthcare is part of Chevron’s Social Investment Programme implemented in Almaty and Astana in partnership with local departments of health and non-governmental organisations.
In 2015, in partnership with the Ayala charity foundation, Chevron conducted a needs assessment in Astana, and together with local authorities and social institutions developed a list of much-needed equipment.
For instance, the city psychoneurological medical and social institutions received medical equipment for physiotherapy and physical rehabilitation of people with special needs, including equipment for pottery workshops, a valuable and long-awaited gift for the Dos Centre of the Public Association of People with Special Needs.
“Members of our organisation will get multiple benefits and positive emotions from the pottery presented by Chevron. It will help people with special needs develop tactile sensations, fine motor skills and create opportunities to try themselves in crafts making,” said Dina Yerdildinova, Head of Dos Public Association of Handicapped. “We are thankful to Chevron for taking care about our needs and support to our members and their families.”
Chevron has also acquired a resuscitation padded platform, syringe dosage devices, phototherapy apparatus, oxygen concentrators, sensor rooms, infusion stations, as well as equipment and furniture for the city’s children’s hospitals No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3.
With Chevron’s assistance, kindergartens No. 23 and No. 22 for children with special needs assembled a sensor room and added medical equipment for children with impaired vision along with Delfa simulators for treatment of speech pathology. Asyl Bobek kindergarten No. 64 for children with locomotors system impairment received special equipment for a therapeutic exercise room. Special Correctional Boarding School for children with cognitive development disorders received a fully equipped IT room for mental treatment.
Along with providing technical support to local healthcare systems, Chevron is developing the capacity of medical personnel. Chevron’s Social Investment Supervisor Leila Aitmukhanova said, “Apart from purchasing vital medical and correction equipment, we also train local medical personnel and create conditions for sharing practices between specialists.”
In 2014, Chevron funded the training of 25 paediatricians on current developments in neonatology and resuscitation.