A twinning agreement between the ‘Marianna V. Vardinoyannis-ELPIDA’ Children’s Oncology Hospital and the Beijing Children’s Hospital was signed in Athens on Monday.
Ni Xin, Director of Beijing Children’s Hospital and Tu Zhitao, General Director of Beijing Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine were both welcomed by Marianna Vardinoyannis.
A twinning agreement is a collaborative partnership between medical professionals to tackle medical issues in unison.
“I am rather deeply moved by the twinning of our hospital with the Beijing Children’s Hospital, one of the largest paediatric hospitals in the world, which plays a leading role internationally in the development of paediatric science, combining medical care, research and education,” said Vardinoyannis.
Referring to ELPIDA hospital, she said that “three in four children see a full recovery.”
“China and Greece are separated by a great distance they are united by the common goal of what we do for our children. The ELPIDA Association has done great things and our hospital has a long history of 77 years,” said Ni Xin.
“This agreement ensures we will have a common base for the exchange of knowledge and data. I’m sure we will do a great job against childhood cancer worldwide.”
The ELPIDA Children’s Oncology Unit twinning program was launched in 2013 and has since seen its twinning with large paediatric and general hospitals across the world, including in Albania, Cyprus, Israel, Serbia and the US.