Kyiv healthcare professionals received a state-of-the-art lung ventilator from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation

The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation donated a high-quality ventilator to MIA hospital in Kyiv. The assistance was provided as part of the Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine project.

“When Ukraine faced the threat of pandemic two years ago, Rinat Akhmetov was the first to come to help the country. To address the most important medical needs of public healthcare facilities, the founder combined the resources of the philanthropic Foundation, Shakhtar Football Club and other SCM assets. Within a short time, the Foundation developed the Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine project that became part of the Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives programme. This project has no parallel in the country. It is the largest-scale comprehensive private initiative aiming to help public healthcare facilities fight against the coronavirus,” – told Irina Blazhan, Chief Programme Director of the Foundation.

She pointed out that around 500 million hryvnias were allocated to combat COVID-19 in Ukraine on Rinat Akhmetov’s personal initiative. Thanks to this, the Foundation helped 1.41 million people to survive. It is the largest contribution one donor has ever made to public healthcare of Ukraine since independence.

In her turn, the Hospital Director Natalia Okhrimenko emphasised the importance of the Foundation’s help, too. She says the need for modern medical equipment to fight the epidemic is still high. The new ventilator, manufactured in France, is the second machine that the hospital received from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation.

“Thank you for your support,” thanked Natalia Okhrimenko.

The ventilator is the 217th unit of over 1,000 modern equipment items donated by the Foundation to more than 500 healthcare facilities countrywide. Among them, over 160 oxygen concentrators and 200,000 items of personal protective equipment were distributed to hospitals. Furthermore, the healthcare professionals received 337,000 express test kits from the Foundation. The Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine project is the largest private initiative aimed to help public healthcare facilities fight the new disease. The scale of support is unprecedented; the quality level of medical services in the country has been improved as a result of the project.