Vodafone Romania Foundation announced the seven winning projects of 2017 Connecting for Good financing round, which will receive total funds of EUR 600,000.
The projects that secured financing are “Connecting for Children with Autism” – Help Autism Association, “Hearing is a Gift. Do not ignore it!”- Smiling Faces Romania Association, “Click SAVE for life!”- Foundation of Community Support, “The First Telemedicine Centre for Pediatric Diabetes in Romania”- Support for Diabetes Association, “Together for Health”- Profilaxis Medical Help Foundation, “HOSPICE – Connection for Caring and Compassion”- HOSPICE Casa Sperantei Foundation and “Senior citizen phone” – Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation.
The announcement was made by Ravinder Takkar, President and CEO of Vodafone Romania, representative of the founder member of the foundation.
“More than half of the annual budget of the Vodafone Romania Foundation is directed towards projects in the healthcare field, which is one of the foundation’s four strategic areas of investment, together with education, social services and volunteering. Through Connecting for Good, Vodafone Romania Foundation successfully uses technology to improve people’s lives”, said Takkar.
Connecting for Good is a strategic program of the Vodafone Romania Foundation, which annually grants financing to projects run by NGOs that use mobile technology to solve social problems identified in one of the foundation’s four strategic areas of investment. Through this program, launched in 2012, the foundation granted total funding of EUR 3.5 million for 48 projects with more than 30,000 final beneficiaries.
Within this program, the foundation will finance the rebuilding and modernizing of Constanta County Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit and its endowment with a telemedicine solution, a project implemented together with Inima Copiilor and Daruieste Aripi associations. The total budget needed for this project is estimated at EUR 1.3 million.
„We aim it to be the replica project of Marie Curie hospital from Bucharest. We are working on it for more than a year and we aim to open it om March 1 2018. The section of Constanta hospital hasn’t been reconditioned for 49 years,” said Florina Tanase, legal director and external affairs at Vodafone Romania.
In order to raise the funds, Inima Copiilor and Daruieste Aripi associations run a national donations campaign and the total amount obtained will be matched by the Vodafone Romania Foundation.
“The First Telemedicine Centre for Pediatric Diabetes in Romania” is a project that focused both on social and medical levels. “Technology has advanced in the recent years and we used modern devices in our project to help the children with diabetes and their parents for a better monitorization,” said Mihaela Vlaiculescu, director of Support for Diabet Association.
The first telemedicine project run by the Vodafone Romania Foundation marked a premiere for our country and consisted of the implementation of such a solution on SMURD ambulances in 2005.