A consignment of equipment protecting against COVID-19, procured by the EU Delegation to Ukraine, was shipped to medics in 936 amalgamated communities, Foreign Ministry Press Service reports.“A shipment of medical protective equipment, including protective gloves, masks, goggles, contactless thermometers, respirators and disinfectants, was purchased under U-LEAD with Europe program for support of decentralization reform by the European Union and five EU member states (Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Poland and Estonia) with participation of Caritas Ukraine. The aid package purchased by the EU Delegation to Ukraine will be disbursed among medical workers in 936 amalgamated communities,” the press release says.
The preparation of medical protective equipment for shipment to regions was overseen by Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and by Matti Maasikas, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine; Anka Feldhusen, German Ambassador to Ukraine; Kaimo Kuusk, Estonian Ambassador to Ukraine; Bartosz Cichocki, Polish Ambassador to Ukraine; and Louise Morsing, First Secretary of the Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine.
The Foreign Minister thanked the EU and the representatives of EU member states, and said that their support will not only enhance the capability of communities to combat the virus but also further strengthen the Ukraine-EU relations.
“Healthy communities are the foundation of a strong Ukraine. I am proud that the EU and U-LEAD are capable of supporting Ukrainian village and small town communities in their fight against coronavirus,” Matti Maasikas, EU Ambassador to Ukraine, said.
As reported earlier, on 8 April the EU approved almost EUR 190 million in further aid to Ukraine. The aid will be disbursed in two “packages”, the first of which, worth EUR 80 million, was announced on 30 March. The “first aid package” will be allocated for support of healthcare, in particular, to purchase medical devices and equipment and strengthen the healthcare system (up to EUR 12 million); small and medium-sized enterprises (EUR 20 million, including EUR 10 million in micro-financing); farmers (EUR 25 million); and vulnerable categories of population (EUR 2 million) in cooperation with partner civil society organizations.
U-LEAD with Europe: Ukraine Local Empowerment, Accountability and Development Program is financed jointly by the European Union and the EU member states Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Poland and Sweden.