I am a graduate of the Minsk State Medical Institute (nowadays a University) Department of Paediatrics. I got my degree in 1990 and my first job was in a children’s clinic. In 1997, I gained a higher qualification in paediatrics and started working in a children’s polyclinic as deputy to the medical director. In 2004, I became the medical director at that same polyclinic. I also have a degree in management of medical organisations.
When Anna Garchakova, the director of the Belarusian Children’s Hospice, suggested that I should consider becoming director of the new Forest Glade In-patient Service and Day Centre I gave it much thought.
I had to be sure that I would be able to do a good job. It would mean that I would need to apply my expertise and skills in what would, for me, be a new way of caring for children. I could do nothing less than provide top quality care. Several meetings with Anna later, I decided that I should accept. For sure, it will be a steep learning curve but also a challenge that I will embrace.
Palliative care is a relatively new branch of medicine in Belarus and particularly children’s palliative care. The new centre is a much needed and important project for the whole country and, most importantly in my opinion, it will educate the Belarusian medical profession and create a new generation who understand that doctors’ attitudes have to change before we are able to provide proper palliative care to those in need. One of my most important tasks will be to create a close and united team that can carry on the excellent and ground-breaking work started by the Belarusian Children’s Hospice.