AREAS OF SUPPORT
Anyone can join us in the fight against leukemia with a voluntary work as a volunteer or through a donation. A donation of 40 Euros can finance the tissue typing of a new bone marrow donor volunteer. The Foundation aims to tissue type 5-10,000 volunteer donors annually.
Any business or social group can support us, depending on the group’s interests or the culture and corporate identity of their organization, through specific activities carried out in collaboration with the Karaiskakio Foundation.
There is always a continuous need for new equipment. The purchase of a high value specialized analyzer or a piece of laboratory equipment of lesser value can be financed.
With the constant development and expansion of the Foundation’s activities, there is a continuous need for laboratory and other skilled personnel. You as an organization can finance new scientific personnel.
The continued growth and expansion of the scientific activities of the Foundation is based on applied research projects. Funding the research activities of the Foundation, can contribute towards the introduction of new technology and know-how at the service of the patients.
One of the key priorities of the Foundation is the continuous development of human resources. You can contribute towards this field, by funding various educational activities of the Foundation such as participation in international conferences, exchange of personnel with international partners, organizing educational seminars/training.
The Karaiskakio Foundation has received funding under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism in the Programming Period 2009-2014, for upgrading part of its infrastructure, advancement of expertise on the subject, promotion of public awareness and enhancement the bone marrow donor registry in Cyprus. Aiming to improve public health and reduce health inequalities, through the proposed project, the Karaiskakio Foundation has enhanced its local health infrastructure with the establishment of a state-of-the art, specialised Childhood Cancer Diagnostic Laboratory which provides diagnostic support to the paediatric and other cancer patients.
The establishment of the Childhood Cancer Diagnostic Laboratory contributes towards:
• Technological progress in the diagnostic field and better understanding of cancer pathology, improvement of patient health and reduction of health inequalities
• Integrated and comprehensive analysis at the early stage of disease identification and classification, management, and treatment
• Structured, systematic and comprehensive laboratory support to patients, hence minimizing the time needed for diagnosis
• Opportunities to young scientists to excel in the field of cancer, invest in people through education
• Increase Social Awareness on cancer.
A parallel objective of the project is the enhancement of the Bone Marrow Donor Registry with new volunteer donors. The challenge is to find the means to attract and to cultivate the feeling of altruism in young adults, through modern means of communication (e.g., apps, social media, self-service stations, short videos etc).
The project further enhances the collaboration of the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot Communities in Cyprus.
The Karaiskakio Foundation is already engaged in bi-communal collaboration through the Cyprus Bone Marrow Donor Registry, the greatest in significance and size bi-communal project since 1974. The Kemal Saracoglu Association (a Turkish Cypriot NGO) actively supports the Karaiskakio Foundation in contacting donors and serves as a contact point to help Turkish Cypriot patients and physicians to access the services of the Foundation. Furthermore, the Karaiskakio Foundation is providing both diagnostic and donor search services free of charge to all leukaemia and cancer patients from both the Greek and the Turkish Cypriot community.