Responding to the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign affairs of the Republic of Poland and the Solidarity Fund PL decided to allocate part of the funds of the support for Democracy Program to combat the consequences of the pandemic in Ukraine. The Solidarity Fund PL in Ukraine, whose priority is development cooperation projects aimed at supporting the reform of social policy and education in Ukraine, has launched a programme to support hospitals in several regions of Ukraine.
The Solidarity Fund PL supports Ukrainian partners in the fight against COVID-19 based on three main principles:
The choice of medical institutions was made on the basis of a number of factors, such as support for the regions where we implement or have implemented development projects aimed at supporting the united territorial communities (Chernihiv, Lviv Oblasts), cooperation with the Consulate of the Republic of Poland, which helps in determining the needs of hospitals. Also, the criterion for providing assistance to hospitals is the definition by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine as a reference point in the fight against the pandemic. In addition, it is planned to provide assistance to veterans’ and military hospitals, since they have a lower level of provision with the necessary funds and equipment, often go unnoticed by other donors, but in conditions when the war continues in the East of Ukraine, such institutions also need support.
The Fund coordinated its actions with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Ukraine and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Lviv. The total cost of support was PLN 500,000 (about UAH 3,000,000).
The project was co-financed by the Polish Development Cooperation Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.