At present, the VERA Hospice Charity Fund is Russia's only charity fund that supports hospices.
Established in November 2006, the Fund was named after Vera Vasilyevna Millionshchikova, the founder of The First Moscow Hospice and its Senior Physician. The Fund Director is Nyuta Federmesser, daughter of Vera Millionshchikova.
Initially, the Fund was aimed at lending all-round support to The First Moscow Hospice (State Public Healthcare Institution Hospice No. 1 of the Moscow Municipal Healthcare Department), a pilot hospice in this country. The Fund’s activities have significantly expanded. At present, the Fund runs 4 key programs:
- The Regional Hospice Support Program provides financial support to hospices in the Russian regions, including Lipetsk, Tula, Yaroslavl, Izhevsk, Nizhni Novgorod, Saint Petersburg, Perm, Pskov, Taganrog, Tyumen, Chelyabinsk, Kaliningrad, Rostov, Kemerovo, Novokuznetsk, etc.;
- The Children’s Support Program serves to provide social and financial support to incurable children diagnosed with oncological and other serious diseases;
- The First Moscow Hospice Support – Comfort and Dignity Program is aimed at purchasing medical equipment and patient-care products to provide adequate services; maintaining the Hospice buildings, structures, and premises; implementing social safety and support projects for the Hospice personnel and volunteers; etc.;
- The Hospice Movement Program supports public activities aimed at promoting palliative aid ideas and public concern for problems experienced by incurable people, establishing interaction among domestic hospices, and organizing educational programs and conferences for hospice employees.
At present, the VERA Fund is the center of the domestic hospice movement. The Fund’s mission is formulated in one of the principles of The First Moscow Hospice: If you cannot cure a person, this does not mean that you cannot help that person.