“…Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in; Naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me…”
The Ormylia Foundation, Center for Social Advancement, Disease Prevention and Medical Research, “Panagia Philanthropini” was founded in 1982, eight years after the foundation of the Orthodox Christian Convent of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Ormylia, Chalkidike, northern Greece. The Founder of the Center is the Reverend Father Aimilianos the spiritual father of the Convent and the Monastery of Simonos Petras on Mount Athos. Medical services began in 1991. In 2006 the Ormylia Foundation was established as a non for profit private foundation by a special law passed by the Hellenic Parliament.
The mission of the Center is to comfort and alleviate the suffering of human beings without preference to race, religion, gender, or creed. Serving others through the use of medical science has been a special mission of Orthodox Monasticism since early Christian times. These services contribute to the development of human beings made in God’s image supporting those in need through practical works of love. It is in this spirit that the Center provides high quality standardized cancer tests for the underserved. Together with the medical services, spiritual and social support, humanitarian aid, public health education and other works of love for the people of northern Greece and beyond are offered.
Health Screening and Public Health Education: Annually more than 7,000 underserved women receive cancer early detection examinations (breast and cervical cancer screening). Since 1991 when cancer screening began more than 150,000 screenings have taken place, with more than 25,000 women being screened thus far. Many thousands more are reached and sensitized through health awareness programs, utilizing culturally sensitive educational materials developed by the Center and distributed throughout northern Greece. All services are rendered completely free of charge.
Health Professional Training. The Center provides practical training for health practitioners, community leaders, and advocates in the developing world who seek to establish standardized medical projects for the benefit of their own people. To that end the Center periodically organizes intensive training workshops. Faculty for these workshops are from premier medical centers and organizations from the USA and EU. This activity is sponsored by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and the “Hellenic Aid Program” of the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in collaboration with the American College of Radiology.
International Collaborations of Panagia Philanthropini:
1. Is a member of the European Cancer Screening Network;
2. Is a member of the International Cancer Screening Network of the US National Cancer Institute;
3. Is a member of the Breast Health Global Initiative in collaboration with the US National Cancer Institute and MD Andersen Cancer Center;
4. Collaborates with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation;
5. Collaborates with the Lance Armstrong Livestrong Foundation;
6. The Center is a contributing author of the European Mammography Screening Quality Control Guidelines (4th edition) published by the European Commission;
7. The Center is a contributing author of the European Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening (2nd edition) published by the European Commission;
8. The Center actively collaborates with European Commission; the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), and the Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs “Hellenic Aid Program.”
Help save a life by supporting Panagia Philanthropini’s breast and cervical cancer screening program.
Even the smallest amount will make a difference in providing high quality care for underserved women who are native Greeks, immigrants, Muslim minorities and Roma. This service is provided free of charge.
Your contribution will help care for an underserved woman making a meaningful impact in her life. One life saved will impact whole communities and generations to come!
Any amount will help, but here is a short list that gives you an idea of what your contribution will mean:
1 Euro will send the result home to the women from her cancer screening, translated into her spoken language and in Greek.
2 Euro will provide the medical supplies needed by the physician when examining a woman.
3 Euro will provide the X Ray film and chemicals needed for one mammogram
11 Euro will provide free bus transport for a Muslim minority woman or for an Immigrant woman to the Center for cancer testing.
35 Euro will provide a complete breast and cervical cancer screening for one woman. This includes a pap smear, a pelvic examination, a clinical breast exam and mammogram.
350 Euro will provide the above to 10 women!!
(The Ormylia Foundation, Center for Disease Prevention, “Panagia Philanthropini,” is a non for profit private foundation. The Ormylia Foundation was established by a special law passed in the Hellenic Parliament in 2006).
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