Press Release

UNOPS and Government of Canada delivered emergency support to the healthcare system of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

10 May 2020

  • In response to the critical needs of the healthcare facilities of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine caused by the COVID-19 outbreak in Ukraine, UNOPS with funding from the Government of Canada procured and delivered 7 Artificial Lung Ventilation Systems for the Main military clinical hospital in Kyiv.

- The seven Artificial Lung Ventilation Systems, procured by UNOPS can be used for emergency transportation or be installed in Intensive Care Units

- The procurement was done under the UNOPS Emergency Procurement Procedure related to COVID-19 Response

Following an urgent request from the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, UNOPS and the Government of Canada swiftly reallocated over 100,000 USD to procure and deliver modern Artificial Lung Ventilation Systems to be installed in the Main military clinical hospital in Kyiv.

Thanks to the efficiency of UNOPS Emergency Procurement Procedure the Artificial Lung Ventilation Systems were delivered within a month. Already next week the newly installed equipment will be used to provide emergency healthcare services to the patients from Kyiv and other parts of Ukraine.

“The outbreak of COVID-19 is a serious challenge to the health systems around the world and in Ukraine. We work closely with our national counterparts and partners worldwide to support mitigation and response efforts. With this and many other projects UNOPS Ukraine continues to ensure that our expertise in emergency procurement, infrastructure, and project management, is readily available to our national and international partners to respond swiftly for the benefit of the people of Ukraine, - said Irina Sahakyan Vetter, Country Director UNOPS Ukraine,

“This is just one of many examples of how Canada is helping its partners in Ukraine deal with the COVID-19 crisis. I am also pleased that this life-saving equipment was procured quickly, for a trusted partner, through a trusted partner. Canada looks forward to maintaining this strong partnership.” Ambassador Larisa Galadza, Embassy of Canada to Ukraine.

“Swift spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has not only become a challenge but also a powerful uniting factor. In this difficult time for the entire world the countries are trying to help each other, since we can overcome these challenges only through joint efforts. Today we once again feel the reliable support of our international partners and friends. I would like to thank you for your support, which will undoubtedly save many human lives, - Minister of Defence of Ukraine, Andrii Taran.

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