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Doctors in Kyiv Received a Modern Lung Ventilator From the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation


The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation donated a high-quality lung ventilator to the hospital of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kyiv. The aid was provided within the framework of the project Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine.

‘When Ukraine faced the threat of the pandemic two years ago, Rinat Akhmetov was the first to come to the country’s aid. To address the most urgent medical needs of the public healthcare sector, the Founder of the Foundation pooled together the resources of his Charitable Foundation, FC Shakhtar and other SCM Group’s businesses. Within a short time, the Foundation created the project Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine, which became part of the program Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives. The project is unique for the country. This is the largest, most systemic and widest scale private initiative aimed at helping public healthcare facilities in the fight against the coronavirus,’ said Iryna Blazhan, Project and Program Chief Director of the Foundation.

She noted that on the personal initiative of Rinat Akhmetov, about UAH 500 million were allocated to fight COVID-19 in Ukraine. Thanks to this, the Foundation helped 1.41 million people survive. This is the largest contribution of one philanthropist to the public healthcare sector of Ukraine in the time of our country’s independence. 

In turn, the head of the hospital Natalya Okhrimenko stressed the importance of the Foundation’s assistance. According to her, the need for modern medical equipment to fight the epidemic remains high. The new French lung ventilator is the second one the hospital received from the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation.

‘Thank you for your support,’ Natalya Okhrimenko expressed her gratitude.

The donated ventilator is the 217th out of more than 1,000 pieces of modern equipment that more than 500 healthcare institutions throughout the country received from the Foundation. Within that scope, hospitals received more than 160 oxygen concentrators and 200,000 units of personal protective equipment. In addition, doctors received 337,000 rapid COVID-19 tests from the Foundation. The project Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine is the largest private initiative aimed at helping public healthcare facilities in the fight against the new disease. The scale of this support is unprecedented, and thanks to the project, it was possible to raise the quality of healthcare services provided in the country.