Belarusian Children’s Hospice: 20 years of children's palliative care

The Belarusian Children's Hospice (BCH) is a non-profit charity that provides palliative care for children and young adults (from birth to 24 years), who have a life-threatening or life-limiting illness. It was founded 20 years ago and was the first children's hospice in the whole of the former Soviet Union. The hospice is based near Minsk, the capital of Belarus.

All the hospice's services, medicines and nursing supplies are provided free of charge.

How the Belarusian Children's Hospice works

Provision of palliative care at home to children with life-limiting conditions is the core service provided by BCH. Our teams of doctors, nurses and carers provide pain control, dignity and increased self-esteem for the children, and support and counselling for their families. BCH also has a small in-patient unit consisting of 3 bedrooms where children can receive 24 hour care and a parent can stay with them. End of life care is also available here.

Who are our patients

15 % of the hospice's young patients suffer from cancer and many others suffer from immune deficiency and life-limiting genetic, metabolic, neurological disorders. Every year we care for up to 250 children in Belarus. This represents 10% of the total need in the country.

We build a new children’s hospice

To increase quantity as well as quality of care we are constructing a new children’s hospice building. In 2011 we received the gift of a piece of land in Minsk region from the government. Construction is going ahead at an active pace, you can see the walls of the new building on the pictures. We have already raised almost 60% of the fundraising target and are still looking for the remaining 40%. 

How we operate

BCH does not receive any state funding and relies on grants and voluntary contributions. Almost 70% of our income comes from Belarusian business and individuals, the remainder is from international grants and Friends of the Belarusian Children's Hospice (UK ) which helps to fund the hospice's running costs.

Supporting the BCH you will not save someone’s life, but you can give dignity and care to more than 250 terminally ill children each year.

Please contact us:

Belarusian Children’s Hospice

Borovlyany, Minsk region, Beryezovaya Roscha St. 100A Hospice.belarus@gmail.com

Tel +375175052745 Fax. +375175484840


If you are not in Belarus please contact:

Friends of the Belarusian Children’s Hospice (UK)

Weller House, High Street, Amersham Bucks, HP7 0DP

Tel: +44 (0)1494 432399 Email: info@friends-bch.org.uk

• You can donate on-line at www.friends-bch.org.uk

• You can send a donation by cheque to our address (above)

• You can make a single or a regular Standing Order donation to the bank account: Friends of the Belarusian Children’s Hospice (UK)

• NatWest Bank Sort code 60-01-15 Account number 44529414


Tamara Batakova-Matveenko, “Zakopane”, 2014, ion on canvas, 60х40.
From private collection of Vera Savina.

Member of the Belarusian Union of Artists since 1994. More than 40 years of her career Tamara Batakova-Matveenko has been traveling. She usually changes the subjects of her works, experiments a lot. Portraits, landscapes and still life are her main genres in painting. Her works are at private collection in Russia, Georgia, Poland, France, USA.

Alexander Malei
“In Pink Mood”, 2001, Vitebsk, 81*75, oil, cardboard.

Member of the USSR Union of Artists since 1982. Member of the Belarusian Union of Artists since 1992. Member of the creative union “Kvadrat”. Conceptual art and the concept of three-dimensionality take the central place in his works. The artist’s paintings are exhibited in Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitebsk Art Museum, Vitebsk Centre for Contemporary Art, also museums in 11 countries all around the world. His artworks can be found in private collections in Canada, Germany, and USA. The artist lives in Vitebsk, home town of Marc Chagall.

Alexander Grishkevich, Diptych “River Dubisa”, “River Dubisa 2”, orgalit, oil, 30 х 40, 2013

Participant of art exhibitions since 1984. Member of the Belarusian Union of Artists since 1994. His artworks are at funds of the National Gallery of the Republic of Belarus, Museum of Contemporary Art, Ministry of Culture of Belarus, corporate and private collections. The author lives in Minsk.

Tatiana Trofimenko
Saffron milk caps, 2014
Wool, 70х51

Tatiana Trofimenko is a talented Belarusian artist who has never been a member of any union of artists. Before her 60ies she worked as an accountant and has never done anything like that, but once she tried to express herself in wool she fell in love with this incredible material. Her warm artworks are permeated with tenderness and thrill, it has never been commercially sold, and everything that Tatiana creates she gives for charity goals. The author lives in Minsk and dreams about her personal exhibition.

Andrei Ostashov. Sculpture “Brave Bunny”, art project “Our Children”, 2011, h 37 cm, bronze, granite.

Member of the Belarusian Artist’s Union since 1999. His sculptures have been highly evaluated at the exhibitions SOLO ART MIAMI 2011 and ART EXPO NEW YORK 2011. He cooperates with different galleries in Belarus, Russia, Spain, France and Holland. His works are at funds of the National Art Gallery of the Republic of Belarus, private collections in Belarus, Great Britain, Germany, Holland, Spain, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, USA, Switzerland, and in Art Museum in Malaga, Spain. The artist lives in Minsk.

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