According to various data, about half a million people in Ukraine need palliative care, about 80000 of them are children. Parents of children with incurable diseases often find themselves alone with problems for which they are not prepared either morally or physically.
In 2019 Caritas-Spes Ukraine thanks to fruitful cooperation with St. Luka Voyno-Yasenetsky Charitable Foundation opened the first children's palliative hospital in Kyiv for 5-6 places. This department operates at the Institute of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology named after Academician O. Lukyanova of the National Academy of Medical Sciences.
Children's palliative hospital «Small Hearts / Kleine Herzen» has been renovated and equipped thanks to the cooperation of the Caritas-Spes Mission of Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine and the St. Luka Voyno-Yasenetsky Charitable Foundation with Austria founders - Merck Family Foundation. Kleine Herzen Foundation and H. Stepic CEE Charity.