The Government of Hungary donates 100 ventilators to Ukrainian hospitals with the help of Hungarian Interchurch Aid. The medical institutions of Dnipro, Donetsk, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ternopil, Kherson, Kyiv, Odesa, Mikolayiv, Zaporizhzhia and Kharkiv oblasts are about to receive VG70 and Boaray 5000D ventilators from HIA, with the assistance of the Public Health Office of the Ukrainian Ministry of Healthcare. The cooperation agreement was signed on 24 October in Kyiv between the President-Director of HIA, László Lehel, and the Ukrainian Minister of Healthcare, Viktor Liashko. The event was also attended by Deputy Minister for European Integration Maryna Slobodnichenko and MP Yulia Grishina.
Laszlo Lehel said that many of the hospitals supported are also for IDPs and are largely located in settlements close to the front line. Minister Viktor Liashko thanked the Hungarian Government for its assistance so far and praised the work of Hungarian Interchurch Aid.
In the autumn 2020 HIA has already distributed 50 ventilators and a large amount of protective equipment (medical and FFP masks, protective gloves, face shields, antiseptic fluid, protective clothing, shoe covers, protective hats, goggles and non-contact thermometers) to 34 health care institutions in Ukraine to help fight the coronavirus. In February 2022, HIA was among the first to start providing assistance to refugees fleeing the war and people in need in both Ukraine and Hungary. With a 25-year presence in the war-torn country, the organisation has since helped more than 480,000 people in 20 regions of Ukraine and Hungary. So far, it has delivered more than 2,200 tonnes of relief supplies and supported more than 250 refugee shelters. With the support of Hungary, the organisation’s long-term reconstruction and development activities include the handover of a container kindergarten in Zahalci and the renovation of the village’s secondary school, while in Sinjak, staff are working on the construction of a health centre with postal and municipal functions.