Mastercard announced on Wednesday that it would donate EUR 1 million for the construction of the first pediatric oncology and radiotherapy hospital in Romania, being built by the Daruieste Viata Association without any support from the Romanian state and using only donations from civil society and the private sector.
The company’s move follows last month’s announcement by OMV Petrom, who made a record donation of EUR 10 million to the hospital.
Mastercard also said that it would add EUR 2 to each donation made using a card issued by Mastercard.
“We are glad that, starting today, Mastercard becomes the innovation partner of the first pediatric oncology and radiotherapy hospital in Romania. We hope that solidarity for causes that matter for the community becomes a normal gesture that allows us to build a better future together. That is why our commitment is to be involved in supporting the community through long-term partnerships. This way, together with all our partners and clients, today we’re starting something priceless,” said Cosmin Vladimirescu, Country Manager at Mastercard Romania.
The construction cost is estimated at EUR 16 million, and equipment will cost another 10 million.
“In our vision, building a pediatric oncology hospital means more than erecting a building and adding state-of-the-art technical equipment. What we want is to set a new standard in Romanian healthcare and show that what’s being done in western countries can be done here as well. For this, we also need to rethink the way our resources are managed and have the latest technology to meet this objective. Two of the objectives we will meet with the funds we obtained from Mastercard are: implementing a building management system, which will ensure lower energy consumption, an efficient use and good management of all equipment; introducing a high-performance logistics system to ensure the trasability of materials and medical drugs,” said Oana Gheorghiu, founding member of the Daruieste Viata Association.
Asociatia Daruieste Viata started the hospital project in 2017 based on private funds. Construction started in 2018. The hospital will be six-storeys high and have a total surface of 12,000 square meters, a new operating bloc, seven operating rooms, and departments will include surgery, neuro-surgery, oncology, haemato-oncology and intensive care. The association plans to open the hospital in 2020. It will operate as a public hospital as part of Marie Curie Hospital.