Metalloinvest Healthy Child programme winners receive awards in Stary Oskol
15 September 2017
The official awards ceremony for the winners of the Stary Oskol Healthy Child programme competition has taken place. The competition was launched as part of Healthy Child, a Metalloinvest corporate social programme that aims to improve children's rehabilitation systems and boost the qualification levels of professionals working with children.
Irina Druzhinina, Social Programmes Director of OEMK, commented: "Healthy Child is the most popular, best loved and most in-demand of all of the external social programmes that we implement in Stary Oskol. I would like to point out that this year, 12 out of 14 projects presented at the competition received awards, and Metalloinvest has increased the programme's budget to support all 12 projects. I would like to congratulate the winners on their well-deserved prizes and wish everyone good health."
With the funds that they have received, grant holders will acquire the equipment, special programmes, learning tools and sports kit that are necessary for screening, treating and developing children.
Tatiana Menshikova, Director of 'Friendly Kids' kindergarten #32, added: "We currently have 123 students in our kindergarten for children with visual impairments. In 2016, the kindergarten also won a grant for 90,000 roubles in the Moving Borders category of the Healthy Child programme, which allowed us to purchase ophthalmological equipment. This time, we have received an even larger grant, for 280,000 roubles. We plan to lay a special surface on our outdoor sports pitch, which will allow us to improve both our children's coordination and their ability to be physically active. This will provide a significant benefit to the health of children with visual impairments."
As part of the Healthy Child programme, Metalloinvest awarded an additional grant of 300,000 roubles to the Social Development department of the Stary Oskol administration, to allow MRI scans to be given to young Stary Oskol residents.
The Healthy Child programme is implemented as part of Metalloinvest's three-party socio-economic partnership agreements with the towns and regions in which it operates.
The main aim of the programme is to work with local administrations to create an efficient comprehensive system to improve preschool children's health and to boost the usage of new competencies and social technologies in work with children and their families. Support for healthcare programmes is provided through grants. The grants are allocated based on the children’s performance against nation-wide sporting capability standards and improvements in the children’s health.