35 Ukrainian Hospitals to Receive Oxygen Concentrators from UNICEF and PrivatBank CF

29 October 2020

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has procured and delivered 150 oxygen concentrators to Ukraine for the treatment of critically ill patients with coronavirus disease. 125 devices from the newly arrived batch were procured with the support of the PrivatBank Charitable Foundation “Helping is Easy!”

The oxygen concentrators are now available in the hospitals of Kyiv and 11 regions of Ukraine – Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, Odesa, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Lviv, Ternopil, Kherson, Mykolaiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Chernihiv.


Regions and hospitals to receive the oxygen equipment were selected through a comprehensive analysis considering the number of persons with COVID-19 hospitalized, as well as the mortality rate in these regions. According to UNICEF estimates, the equipment will be given to thirty-five COVID-19 hub hospitals that treat 22% of all in-patients in the country.

“This is the second batch of oxygen concentrators delivered by UNICEF to Ukraine. Unfortunately, with the rapid increase in the number of cases, the need for oxygen also remains high. Almost one in five in-patients has a severe course of the disease and needs oxygen therapy,” said Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine.

Ms. Sylwander noted that UNICEF is a global leader in the procurement of humanitarian medical supplies and has expertise and access to global markets. “We are grateful to our partners – the PrivatBank Charitable Foundation – that provided financial resources. The pandemic has once again proved that by working together, we can reach out to more people and help hundreds of thousands,” added UNICEF Representative in Ukraine.


“As partners, we can do charity even more effectively,” said Anna Pavlova, Director of “Helping is Easy!” Foundation, “Oxygen concentrators that the healthcare facilities badly need will help overcome the complications of coronavirus now, and will be used in hospitals after the pandemic. We are grateful to UNICEF for the opportunity to join the initiative. It’s really easy to help together!”

UNICEF continues to work with local and global companies and suppliers to support the Government of Ukraine in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Assistance to hub hospitals that treat coronavirus patients is rendered in cooperation and coordination with the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and other partners.


In April, UNICEF in Ukraine procured 50 oxygen concentrators, medical equipment, 4,500 personal protective equipment and hygiene supplies for hospitals in eastern Ukraine. Close partnership with the private sector in Ukraine has led to the provision of nearly UAH 16 million worth of assistance.

How to support UNICEF activities in Ukraine:

At UNICEF website: https://www.unicef.org/ukraine/en/donate-now

If you are a business representative and would like to help, please, message mmelkova@unicef.org


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UNICEF in Ukraine


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