Trans-Atlantic Medical Relief Fund

Salutem Primum…

Shawn I.Yunayev MD, FACS, FACOG
The state of Ukrainian health is a precarious one. The population is declining as birth rates are falling behind, comparably to mortality rates. Additionally, life expectancy lags behind their European counterparts by a number of years. Many facets are attributable, particularly as it pertains to lifestyle related and preventable diseases. Rates of Maternal Mortality have declined however access to antenatal care is less as compared to other developed nations. Contraceptive prevalence is approximately 67% as rates of unintended pregnancy range between 51-60 per 1000 women with >75% of these pregnancies ending in abortion.
Cervical cancer is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths in women aged 15 to 44 years in Ukraine. Although there appears to be a prevention program in place, only 75% of women utilize this service. Smoking and Immunosuppression secondary to HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis raise concerns over the suspected rise in the incidence of HPV related cancers. There appears to be a paucity of government run programs geared towards HPV vaccination. Ukrainian Health care is government funded however there lies a disparity amongst the rich and poor citizens with many of the well-to-do vying for coverage in the private sectors.
Many of those that live in rural areas with little to no means of accessing up to date care are left to the hands of facilities that are understaffed, under medicated and lack basic necessities like hot water and electricity. Like many other areas of the world, Ukraine shares in healthcare inefficiencies. Some related to inadequate resources, others to equal access and others to misinformation. The Trans-Atlantic Medical Relief Foundation is a non-for-profit 501c3 organization that focuses on improvement in healthcare through education, prevention and improvement in diagnosis and treatment. Our vested objective is to reach out to the disenfranchised and improve in women’s health care through a concerted effort focused on resources and education.
Fund Objectives:
-Initiate and Maintain nationwide centers and program’s functionality.
-Promote Programs that function on advocating for preventive services (screening tests, immunizations, education programs)
Fund Principles:
-Openness and Transparency – Fund guarantees the appropriate use of funds to all involved stakeholders.
-Volunteering – Each person can provide charity aid and get involved into Fund’s activities and programs.
-Effectiveness and Responsibility – Fund strives to use the most effective methods and mechanisms, which helps us to achieve the best outcomes.
-Fund exists and functions according to the Ukrainian legislation, recognized norms and international law principles.
-All joint activities and services must be conducted under TAMRF determined standards and supervision.
1. WHO, Country Statistics and Global Health Estimates. January 2015
2. ICO Information Center, Human Papillomavirus and Related Disease Report. December 2015
3. Sedgh, G. Singh, S. Hussain, R. Intended and Unintended Pregnancies Worldwide in 2012. Studies in Family Planning, 45(3): 9/2014.
  • Michaelle Alexandre 
    • $100 
    • 35 mos
  • Margaret Merriman 
    • $100 
    • 48 mos
  • Stanley Yunayev 
    • $100 
    • 48 mos
  • Jessica Ramos 
    • $100 
    • 48 mos
  • Arthur Khotinskiy  
    • $200 
    • 48 mos
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Shawn Yunayev 
Brooklyn, NY