MOBILE DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY MACHINE WORTH 700,000
EUROS DELIVERED BY PRINCESS KATHERINE’S FOUNDATION TO MINISTRY OF
HEALTH OF SERBIA
Belgrade, 25 June 2009 – Their Royal Highnesses
Crown Prince Alexander II and Crown Princess Katherine organized a
press conference at the White Palace for the delivery of a 700,000
Euro mobile digital mammography machine to the Serbian Ministry of
Speakers at the press conference were: HRH Crown
Princess Katherine, Prof. Dr. Tomica Milosavljevic, Minister of
Health, Prof. Dr. Slavica Djukic-Dejanovic, Speaker of the House and
Prof. Dr. Srbobran Trenkic, Director of the Clinical Centre in Nis.
Also present beside the speakers where: Dr.
Nevena Karanovic and Dr. Tomislav Stantic, State Secretaries for
Health, Dr. Petar Bosnjakov, Head of Radiology at the Clinical
Centre Nis as well as the members of the Woman’s Health Initiative.
Princess Katherine emphasized: “This is the first
mobile digital mammography unit in South Eastern Europe, and its
significance is tremendous. This device will help reduce breast
cancer mortality in Serbia, and will extend the lives of many women.
I am determined we should all unite and combat this terrible
disease, breast cancer, and save women’s lives.
I would like to very warmly thank the Stavros S.
Niarchos Foundation from New York for their very generous donation
and all parties that contributed in making this project such a
success. It is extremely important we work together. The women of
our country need us! They cannot do this work alone - none of us is
so powerful that we can eliminate cancer by ourselves. We need each
other; because only by working together we can reach the women of
Serbia - the women of every country – so that breast cancer can be
Prof. Dr. Tomica Milosavljevic, Minister of
Health of Serbia thanked Their Royal Highnesses pointing out that
“Princess Katherine’s Foundation very successfully makes dreams
become reality”. This joint endeavour is the best proof of that. He
also stressed “healthy citizens of Serbia is the joint mission we
Prof Dr. Slavica Djukic-Dejanovic, Speaker of the
House said in her speech that the members of the Parliament and
Women of Serbi pointing out that “the work of Princess Katherine’s
Foundation is an example of how to love Serbia, because people who
care about the women of Serbia, care about the country”.
Prof. Dr. Srbobran Trenkic, Director of the
Clinical Centre of Nis expressed his greatest gratitude for this
donation and pointed out “this donation will definitely improve
statistics in that region and make Clinical Centre services more
available for women from rural parts of that region”.
This mobile digital mammography machine is
provided thanks to the donation that Princess Katherine’s Foundation
obtained in collaboration with Lifeline Humanitarian Organization
New York and donation from the Stavros
S. Niarchos Foundation This is a state of the art mobile digital
mammography and its market value is 700,000 Euro.
Crown Princess Katherine’s Foundation delivered
this machine to the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia and
they in turn will hand it over to the Clinical Centre in Nis
according to the National Strategy Against Breast Cancer and the
unit it is assigned to South of Serbia.
The mobile digital mammography machine consists
of vehicle, cabin and trailer where the mobile digital unit is
situated. Beside the digital mammography apparatus there is also a
waiting room and doctor’s room. The digital mammography is
manufactured by General Electric and the trailer is made by Bence of
the United Kingdom.
The idea of acquiring a mobile digital
mammography machine came from Dr Hedvig Hricak, Head of Radiology at
the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York. Dr. Hricak worked
on a similar project in Croatia where she helped the Croatian
Ministry of Health to implement a National Screening Program. We are
very grateful to Dr Hedvig Hricak for all her very hard work and
expert advice in making this project possible.
This mobile digital unit will help reduce the
mortality rate from breast cancer and extend the life of many