Kalangos Foundation, children of Ukraine

The last mission of the Kalangos Foundation is to operate on children currently living in Ukraine and suffering from heart diseases. Thanks to your added support a team of humanitarian surgeons and medical care staff will be able to operate on them. 


The Kalangos Foundation’s main mission is to operate on children who do not have access to adequate health care in low- and middle-income countries.
Founded in 1998 by Professor Kalangos, he is also the co-founder of the Global Heart Network Foundation and the current President of IASO Children’s Hospital in Athens.

Traveling around the world with his volunteer medical team, Professor Kalangos is still operating.

Since 1998, more than 17,000 children have been treated by the Kalangos Foundation teams either in their own countries or in several medical care units in Europe. Additionally, they provide medical and surgical training facilities to the medical and paramedical staff of different middle and low-income countries.

The Kalangos Foundation was and continues to be active in more than 20 middle and low-income countries such as Eritrea, Morocco, Lebanon, Mozambique, Syria, Mauritius, Libya, Ecuador, Comoros Islands, Poland, Serbia, Algeria, Turkey, South Africa, Egypt, India, and Vietnam.

Before the war in Ukraine, the foundation had a partnership with the Heart Institute of Kiev, providing charitable help and support to children with heart diseases. Unfortunately, this was interrupted by the war, and their cardiac care centers in Ukraine are no longer able to take over and operate on many of their pediatric patients.


His last mission is to operate on children currently living in Ukraine. 


Children in Ukraine project


A team of humanitarian surgeons and medical staff is currently on standby to operate on several children living in Ukraine under the direction of Professor Kalangos at the IASO Children’s Hospital in Athens. Your support will fund transportation, housing, and medical expenses to save the life of a child.

The Kalangos Foundation has estimated the incompressible costs for transporting and operating on children suffering from heart disease or deformities and currently living in Ukraine as follows:


  • Hospital cost (including surgery)
    The average cost is 15’000 euros per child including the surgery itself at the IASO children’s hospital in Athens.
  • Cost for transportation & accommodation
    The transport cost has been estimated between 800 to 1,500 euros depending on the date and availability for 2 return tickets from one of the neighbouring countries of Ukraine, to Athens. Each child must come with a parent or an accompanying person.
    The cost of accommodation was estimated to be between 2,000 and 2,500 euros for the parent or accompanying person during the whole hospitalization period of the child, depending on the date and availability, apart from the pre and postoperative hospital stay, for one month around the IASO children’s hospital in Athens.
  • Cost of medical devices and tools needed
    This cost varies between 4,000 to 9,000 euros per child and depends on the case (valvular prosthesis or homograft, etc.).

The total estimated cost per child is 25’000 euros.


Currently, 20 children, below the age of 12 years old, living in Ukraine are on the waiting list.

Your donation will bring us closer to our goal of 500,000 euros. You can be a part of that excitement by supporting our vision with a donation. The Kalangos Foundation is happy to acknowledge your donation on its website (unless you prefer otherwise) or on social media.