30 years later

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy. There are many myths about the accident, the official figures are not always accurate. Nevertheless, it has become the most serious accident in the history of nuclear power.

April 26, 1986 there was an explosion on the fourth unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant that completely destroyed the reactor. The so-called active accident phase lasted 10 days. All this time, very intense emissions of radioactive elements released in the atmosphere, including the isotopes of Uranium, Plutonium, Iodine-131, Cesium-134, Cesium-137, Strontium-90.

According to the official sources more than 200 000 sq. km. were radioactively contaminated. Approximately 70% of the territory of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine was espoused to radiation fallout. The accident affected not only modern Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, which is located near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, but also Eastern Thrace, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Slovenia, Poland, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Ireland, France (including Corsica), Great Britain and the isle of Man.

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International SOCMED program pursues implementing activities in the 3rd and 4th Chernobyl zones in Ukraine

Green Cross pursues to work actively in the regions of Ukraine, in particular in the city of Slavutych and the surrounding villages, where it helps to solve a number of social and health problems with families, who live in the 3rd and 4th Chernobyl zones. Many families are members of the "Mother and Child" club and have the opportunity to participate in the project "Social Cooperatives", as well as receive support under the Family Program within the International Program SOCMED.

Recently another family who has the status of victims of the Chernobyl accident received the long-awaited aid. Green Cross began working with the family of Alla Lutchenko in a hard time for the family, when they learned that Alla lost her job. Also, the mother was in despair after both sons found hyperplasia of the thyroid gland and gastritis. There was no time or opportunity to undergo additional medical examinations and to take measures to strengthen the health of her children. Green Cross took care of everything. Since then, the family is an active member at the meetings of the "Mother and Child" club. In 2015, the family received the opportunity to develop mini rabbit farm within the project "Social Cooperatives."

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Cooperation with Zhytomyr Regional State Administration and Department on Family and Youth Affairs

March 3, the meeting of the board of the Department on Family, Youth and Sports Affairs of the Zhytomyr Regional State Administration took place in Zhytomyr, where the results of work in the field of family, youth and gender policies, as well as other issues related to the rehabilitation of children and families were discussed and summed up. Yuriy Sapiga, Chairman of the Board of Green Cross Ukraine, Coordinator of the International SOCMED program was invited and participated in the meeting.

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