UNICEF, in cooperation with Schneider Electric and its Global Development Centre , delivered a total of 164 oxygen flowmeters to healthcare institutions in Serbia
Belgrade, 9 November 2020 - UNICEF delivered a total of 164 oxygen flowmeters to healthcare institutions across Serbia in the previous period, thanks to a donation by Schneider Electric and its Global Development Centre from Novi Sad worth US$ 52,600. The oxygen flowmeters were delivered to the Clinical Centre of Vojvodina, the Institute for Child and Youth Health Care of Vojvodina, the Clinical Centre of Serbia, the Belgrade Institute of Neonatology, the Nis Clinical Centre, the District Hospitals in Kraljevo, Novi Pazar, Vranje and Cacak and to the Dragisa Misovic Clinical and Hospital Centre. In addition to the amount of US$ 17,530 provided by its employees with personal donations, the company donated US$ 35,070.
“During this challenging time, we believe that everyone needs to take responsibility and show solidarity with the community in which we live and work. I am very proud that the Schneider Electric company has supported UNICEF’s initiative for the second time, in order to provide necessary medical equipment for coronavirus patients. I would like to express my gratitude to all the teams from our company who have contributed through their personal donations. Together, we have raised funds to help the most vulnerable people in our community, while at the same time provided assistance to support healthcare professionals, whom we all respect and admire most sincerely,” said Luis D'Acosta, Director of the Global Development Centre at Schneider Electric in Novi Sad.
While the most vulnerable patients are supported by ventilators, the oxygen flowmeter provides the basic oxygen support intended for almost 70 percent of coronavirus patients who need additional oxygen.
“Owing to the partnership with the private sector and its true solidarity, UNICEF responded quickly and appropriately, providing necessary support to health care institutions, doctors and medical staff during the most serious health crisis that humanity has faced in the past 100 years. The Schneider Electric company and its Global Development Centre in Novi Sad are a reliable partner whose goal is to achieve business success while contributing to the community. This is demonstrated through the solidarity fostered by its employees and company leaders. Our strength and resilience lie in the common and joint response to the challenge we are still confronting,” stated Vesna Savic Djukic, UNICEF Serbia Fundraising Specialist.
The Schneider Electric company and its Global Development Centre in Novi Sad is one of the first to respond to UNICEF Serbia’s appeal to the private sector in March, immediately following the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis. Together with US$ 107,300 which Schneider Electric donated last spring when ventilators were procured, the total donation, including personal donations from company employees, is US$ 159,900.
The Director of the Clinical Centre of Vojvodina, Prof. Dr. Edita Stokic, expressed her gratitude to UNICEF for the donation of the highest quality oxygen therapy devices: “The Clinical Centre of Vojvodina expresses great gratitude to UNICEF for the donation of 15 oxygen flowmeters in support of the health system in the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina and the Republic of Serbia. Since its first registered patient in the Republic of Serbia, the Clinical Centre of Vojvodina has actively participated in caring for and treating COVID patients. As the epidemic is still ongoing, these oxygen flowmeters will be important for the continued fight against the coronavirus. On behalf of the institution I represent and on my own behalf – thank you very much!“
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/serbia