Ukraine Relief Project: EKFS allocates funds for siblings of children with cancer

Buildup of therapeutic offers for sibling children

32 children from Ukraine are currently being treated for cancer at the University Hospital of Essen. Supplementary to medical treatment, the sick children are being integrated into therapeutic offers at the clinic, for example art therapy and kinesitherapy. The children suffering from cancer are accompanied by their mothers and siblings who have fled here. Up till now no therapeutic measures have existed for the healthy siblings to enable them to come to terms with the disease afflicting the member of their family and the wartime events they have experienced. The project at the University Hospital of Essen and Stiftung Universitätsmedizin Essen, the foundation affiliated with the hospital, is being supported by Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung (EKFS) with a funding sum of 150,000 euros and addresses the needs of the siblings affected.

A therapeutically supported offer toward coming to terms with anxieties, worries, traumas or helplessness is intended to be integrated into the care & support system at the hospital. In addition, the establishment of a sustainable and integratively designed module system in the form of offers such as art projects, sports and exercise or jointly experienced encounters with nature is planned for those affected. Since April of this year EKFS has been supporting Stiftung Universitätsmedizin Essen and the University Hospital of Essen with the further treatment of Ukrainian children with cancer and with medical aid transports to Ukraine.


In light of the major hardships and problems facing people in the wartime zones in Ukraine, yet also those facing the men and women from Ukraine who have fled to Germany, the foundation Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung (EKFS) has allocated a funding budget amounting to one million euros for the time being for projects taking place in Ukraine or Germany. In compliance with the Purpose of the Foundation, this money shall be utilized exclusively for medical projects. EKFS envisages awarding these resources upon application, whereby a simplified application procedure will be applied. The resources envisaged for medical aid are available to all charitable, non-profit organizations which have contacts and structures of their own in Ukraine or in refugee relief in Germany. In doing so we want to particularly motivate our project partners until now to apply for these funding resources. You can find the documents for application submission among the Downloads.



Information for Project Outlines
Template on the Preparation of the Budget
Portrait Dr. Judith von Heusinger
Dr. Judith von Heusinger
Medical Development Cooperation