UNICEF delivers power generators to 55 medical emergency stations
KYIV, 23 February 2023 – To ensure children and their families can receive emergency healthcare services regardless of power cuts, UNICEF is delivering 55 power generators in February. With these generators, Emergency Aid and Disaster Medicine Centres in Dnipropetrovska, Zaporizka, Kirovohradska, Lvivska, Odeska, Cherkaska and Chernihivska oblast will be able to continue operations. On average, these Centres process 90,000 calls per month.
“Children’s access to critical services should always be guaranteed. During the attacks, ambulances receive even more emergency calls. We cannot afford children not to receive timely aid because of power cuts. Generators save time and lives by allowing the fast dispatch of a medical team to an emergency call. We are committed to delivering the supplies to ensure access to healthcare for children,” said UNICEF Ukraine Deputy Representative Douglas Hageman.
Emergency Aid and Disaster Medicine Centres depend on the power source to support dispatch services. Timely communication and coordination between the centres and the ambulance teams are essential for emergency healthcare.
"Almost from the very beginning of the war, we and our international partners have been putting our efforts to ensure autonomous power sources to our facilities. For emergency сenters, each generator is an opportunity to continue providing emergency medical care to everyone who needs it under any conditions," said Maria Karchevych, Deputy Minister of Health of Ukraine.
The generators were provided thanks to generous contributions and continued support to the people of Ukraine from the European Union, the Republic of Korea and USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). This year, UNICEF will deliver over 300 generators to healthcare facilities thanks to support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, the EU, the Republic of Korea, Spain, the UK and USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA).
Note to editors
- From February to December 2022, UNICEF delivered 78 generators under the winter preparedness plan to healthcare facilities across Ukraine.
- From February to December 2022, UNICEF supported 1,005 healthcare facilities, including 312 maternity houses (perinatal centres), in 24 regions of Ukraine. The total amount of procured humanitarian aid exceeded US$35.8 million. This included almost 30,000 medical kits (emergency, obstetric, midwifery, acute watery diarrhoea and first aid kits), and more than 2,200 items of medical equipment (ventilators, anesthesia machines, sterilizers, defibrillators, ultrasound scanners, incubators, patient monitors, oxygen concentrators and ECG recorders), as well as 420 warmer systems for newborns.
- To increase access to health care, UNICEF provided 15 ambulances to eight oblasts in Ukraine in 2022.
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