MSD Romania continues to actively engage in actions combating COVID‑19 pandemic and supports the medical system and its heroes behind the masks with a donation of RON 500,000 to the Romanian Red Cross, considering that the fight against this virus is not over yet.
By Romanita Oprea
The donation will be used for the purchase of medical equipment for first line hospitals, protective equipment for healthcare professionals from these units and from oncology institutes around the country, family doctors, as well as for the Red Cross volunteers. Part of the funds will be allocated for the purchase of SARS-CoV-2 sequencing kits and equipment, IgM/IgG Rapid Test Kit for Covid-19 hospitals and for hospital units treating cancer patients. The ICU mobile unit purchased by the Red Cross will also be equipped with medical equipment.
MSD Romania’s first line of action of in response to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on patients’ access to medical services and treatment was the support of communication platforms developed by the Federation of Cancer Associations (FABC) and the National Union of the Organizations of People Affected by HIV/AIDS (UNOPA) – project in development. These initiatives provide patients with essential information designed to help them protect themselves and navigate the changes in the healthcare system during this difficult time.
„Protecting healthcare professionals and patients, as well as supporting the health system are a priority in these times when we are all being put to a test. Through this donation we join the actions of the authorities, civil society and the business environment – an entire national network of solidarity and involvement, because only together we will be able to fight this pandemic and its consequences. The danger posed by the Covid-19 pandemic will be active in our communities for a longer period, which is why help is still needed in this fight. It is not the first time that through unity we combat and solve complex public health problems. In 25 years of local presence, MSD Romania has been part of successful interventional models, along with those who then and now are at the forefront: health care professionals. We are extremely grateful to them and to all the unsung heroes who save lives and who enable the health care system to function in the fight against the pandemic “, said Nicolas Renard, Managing Director MSD Romania.
“Since the very beginning of the Covid-19 epidemic in Romania, the Red Cross and its volunteers have been at the forefront of humanitarian assistance. We have responded to the urgent needs of the health system and healthcare professionals, with the help of companies and citizens who have shown solidarity and especially confidence in the power of action of our organization, we thank them and hope to continue to be along us. I would also thank the thousands of Red Cross volunteers who made it possible for medical equipment to get where it is needed. They are also part of the unsung heroes behind the masks”, said Ioan Silviu-Lefter, Director of the Romanian National Red Cross Society.
The donations are part of MSD’s regional and global measures to support efforts to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to ensuring that our supply of medicines and vaccines reach our patients, MSD is focused on contributing its scientific expertise to the development of antiviral approaches and supporting healthcare providers and its communities.
„Throughout this public health crisis, health care professionals in the Balkans region have mobilized tremendously, acting with great courage in unprecedented conditions. With their determination to prevent the loss of human lives, and with the support of national authorities, the health care systems in the region have proven their ability to respond quickly to the high challenges of the pandemic. At a regional level, MSD joins these efforts and contributes to strengthening the medical system by providing consistent financial donations, medicines donations, personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare professionals and critically important programs that support chronic patients”, said Branimir Brankov, Managing Director MSD Balkans.
Recognizing the need for additional professional health resources, including physicians, nurses, and medical laboratory technicians to assist in areas where SARS-CoV-2 is spreading, MSD Balkans has also implemented the program to enable medically trained employees to volunteer their time to aid their communities while maintaining their base pay.
At global level, MSD has contributed or committed more than USD 30 million in support of global, national and local COVID-19 relief efforts. Through MSD for Mothers, the company’s global initiative to help end preventable maternal deaths, MSD committed USD 3 million to help health systems tackling COVID-19 better meet the needs of pregnant women before, during and following delivery.