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International Birth Defects Information Systems Chornobyl - Polissia - International Partnerships (Outline)
Mission: Amelioration, Prevention and Genetic Counseling concerning Birth Defects, Genetic Disorders, Congenital Malformations, Anomalies and Developmental Disorders
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Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine
OMNI-Net Ukraine

We invite individuals and organizations to engage in science, medicine, health care and humanitarian partnerships in Ukraine. Our government considers incrementing maternal child health and development programs as a national priority.

The Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine (1) in partnership with OMNI/Net, a not for profit international consortium of five regional birth defects surveillance, care and prevention teams in five regions of Ukraine (2) jointly propose:

Polissia (Polissya) Region:
We single out this unique region of Ukraine stretching from east to west from Russia, Belarus, Poland and the northern zones of several Ukrainian oblasts. Polissia sustained the most severe levels of radiation following the Chornobyl disaster. Also, Polissia is ecologically unique because it represents mostly wetlands and is inhabited by descendants of ancient Baltic - Slavic populations. Most of the Polissia population lives in small villages located on islands of higher ground. Because of the impact from Chornobyl many villages and population as a whole in this region has reverted back to subsistence level activities and can be regarded as being a natural experimental model for health and other research studies. (3)

Of potential interest to International Partners may be:

References upon request. Contact: W. Wertelecki, M.D. at

American Medical Association