Medical equipment for patients affected by COVID-19, donated by UNICEF

The 20 sets of equipment will be used to treat patients with COVID-19

A man with UNICEF T-shirt unloads medical equipment from a truck
24 July 2020

On 22 July 2020, UNICEF delivered 20 oxygen concentrators to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases “Prof. Dr. Matei Balş”, which is in the frontline of fight against COVID-19.

The 20 sets of equipment will be used to treat patients diagnosed with COVID-19. The devices delivered by UNICEF concentrate the oxygen in the environment and provide concentrated oxygen in a controlled manner to the patient in need of oxygen therapy.

The oxygen concentrators add to the other protective equipment deliveries already made by UNICEF since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to frontline professionals in Romania, including to community nurses, health mediators, social assistants and social workers who are doing field visits to support vulnerable children.

600,000 protective masks, 241,000 disposable gloves, 15,000 bottles of disinfectant, as well as SARS-CoV-2 tests, thermometers, goggles and gowns have been distributed across Romania since early April.

"UNICEF in Romania continues to support the work of professionals who are at the forefront of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and whose efforts are essential for children and their families,” said Gabriel Vockel, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Romania. “At the same time, we are keen to support especially vulnerable children, such as those living in residential care”.

Globally, with support from donations from UNICEF Friends, the organization has distributed significant stocks of personal protective equipment (PPE) to more than 100 countries in support of their pandemic response, including 7.5 million surgical masks, 8 million N95 respirators, almost 10 million gloves, over 830,000  protective gowns and approximately 600,000 visors. UNICEF also provided more than 550,000 diagnostic tests, and 912,000 more are scheduled to be delivered by August.

In Romania, UNICEF has and continues to develop and distribute a series of communication materials dedicated to children and parents, as well as professionals working for and with children, to help them better protect themselves and their loved ones, to prevent the spread of the virus, and also recommendations for parents about how to talk to children about the current situation.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF collaborates with the World Health Organization, national authorities (including the Ministry of Health and the National Authority for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Children and Adoptions - ANDPDCA), regional (Directorates-General for Social Assistance and Child Protection, Public Health Directorates) and with local authorities to closely monitor the situation and to offer support.