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Kyiv Municipal Hospital No.17 Received High-End Lung Ventilator from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation


The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation donated a modern lung ventilator to Kyiv Municipal Clinical Hospital No. 17. The aid to the public healthcare system is part of a large-scale project Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine.

‘When Ukraine faced the threat of the pandemic, Rinat Akhmetov was the first to come to help back in February. He pooled the resources of his Charitable Foundation, FC Shakhtar and other SCM assets and allocated UAH 300 million to help the country fight against COVID-19. This is the largest contribution from one philanthropist to the public healthcare system. For efficient operation, the Foundation created the project Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine, which became part of the Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives program. The project is unprecedented for the country.

Within its framework the Foundation donated over 1,000 units of modern medical equipment to public hospitals and laboratories. The key element of this assistance to the country was the purchase of over 200 modern ventilators. The Ukrainian healthcare system needed them most of all,’ said Volodymyr Kapustin, representative of the Foundation.   

In turn, Valentyna Borysova, head of the anesthesiology department at hospital No. 17, expressed gratitude for the support so much needed by and important for doctors.

‘Thank you so much! I hope that this expert-class ventilator will save lives of many Ukrainians. And it will also be very helpful for us,’ said Valentyna Borysova.

The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation’s help to healthcare professionals is not limited to equipment and consumables only. Thus, the Foundation held two online conferences for doctors who work with ventilators. These were three-hour webinars where leading experts from the Ministry of Health of Ukraine shared the world’s best practices in treatment of COVID-19 and some finer points of operating the latest models of lung ventilators. About 2,000 Ukrainian healthcare specialists took part in the online training from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation, among them three doctors from Kyiv Municipal Hospital No. 17, who received respective attendance certificates.

In addition, the Foundation provided healthcare professionals with sets of clothes made on a special order. To date, almost 1,300 such suits have been provided to doctors of public hospitals in Ukraine.

‘These days we are closing another healthcare system’s need gap – oxygen concentrators. In December, 140 such devices were purchased for 27 Ukrainian hospitals,’ noted Natalya Yemchenko, member of the Foundation’s Supervisory Board.

Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine is a large-scale project of the Foundation created to help save people's lives. It is implemented under the program Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives. Earlier, Rinat Akhmetov launched 200 Ambulances for Ukraine, which was was implemented as part of this program. Back then, all regional state medical institutions received 200 special vehicles with state-of-the-art military equipment that can get over off-road conditions within the record time of six months. Moreover, 22 vehicles equiped with ventilators`for newborns were also delivered. This is the largest contribution made by one philanthropist to the state medicine of Ukraine since our country became independent. These days, many of these ambulances are involved in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic.

Read more about the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation's assistance to the country in the fight against COVID-19 in the review materials:

1. Stop coronavirus in Ukraine: the chronicles of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation's assistance to the country

2. Combating coronavirus: the assistance by the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation to stop the epidemic in Ukraine. Part 2

3. Helping the country cope with global challenges. Part 3