Fondation Botnar supports UNICEF in Romania in its efforts to ensure continued essential services for the most vulnerable children

US$400,000 grant for personal protection equipment necessary for community professionals to safely perform their critical work

22 April 2020
Pieter Bult, the UNICEF Reprezentative in Romania delivers masks to community nurse Cătălina Olteanu, in Secuieni, eastern Romania, on April 15, 2020. This is one of the 35 communities where UNICEF delivered protective equipment to community workers supporting  vulnerable children and their families.

Bucharest, April 23, 2020. Fondation Botnar, a long-term partner of UNICEF, has donated US$400,000 for the purchase of medical equipment and tests for hospitals and personal protection equipment that is being distributed to community professionals in Romania - social workers, community nurses and health mediators, professionals who go to the field to support disadvantaged children and their families.

We highly appreciate the support Fondation Botnar is giving to enable UNICEF in Romania to provide essential equipment to people who are at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. This will allow them to perform their work safely, protecting themselves and the children they assist. Fondation Botnar has been a reliable and long-term partner of UNICEF. During this pandemic is even more important continue to fight together for the rights of all children and especially children who, even before this pandemic, were in a dire situation,” said Pieter Bult, UNICEF Representative in Romania.

UNICEF estimates that, in Romania, over 70,000 frontline professionals need protective personal equipment to provide services to people in need in a safe manner. These include community nurses, Roma health mediators, primary health care staff, nurses, social workers, other community workers, staff in emergency placement centers and working in residential care, including cleaning staff. UNICEF will deliver 210,000 gloves, 280,000 surgical face masks, 20 oxygenators and over 4000 SARS COV 2 test kits.

In these extraordinary times, when humanity is faced with unprecedented challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, Fondation Botnar remains committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of children and young people. As a long-standing partner of UNICEF, we are proud to support their critical work to ensure Romanian children, especially vulnerable children have the necessary services in place, provided by the frontline community professionals,” said Susanna Hausmann-Muela, Chief Program Officer at Fondation Botnar.

First deliveries of protective equipment were already made by UNICEF in communities from Bacau county and will continue during the following weeks, as soon as additional materials will arrive.


About Fondation Botnar

Fondation Botnar is a Swiss-based foundation which champions the use of AI and digital technology to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in growing urban environments. To achieve this, the foundation supports research, catalyzes diverse partners, and invests in scalable solutions around the world. Read more:

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