The European Commission has set up a new system to channel in-kind donations from the private sector to Ukraine, Moldova and neighbouring EU member states. The tool was created within the ‘Stand Up For Ukraine’ campaign to help address the needs of internally displaced people and refugees.
The EU will coordinate the delivery of large-scale in-kind donations of vital items such as medicines, vaccines, medical equipment, tents, beds and emergency blankets. Companies can also choose to donate other items to improve the living conditions of internally displaced and refugees, such as laptops for example.
The deliveries will be carried out in cooperation with the Belgian civil protection authorities and via the rescEU strategic reserve of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
These donations can help address the risk of epidemic and protect the most vulnerable, in particular children. The EU Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) will support the EU Civil Protection Mechanism by securing childhood vaccines and other essential medical supplies through support from the pharma industry and ministries of health.
The Sanofi Foundation is contributing to this effort with a donation of 200,000 diphtheria and tetanus vaccines for Ukraine. Another 70,000 have been offered to Czechia, Slovakia and Moldova via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.
Private entities that wish to donate are invited to contact the European Union via email: ECHOfirstname.lastname@example.org
The Commission maintains direct contact with Ukrainian and neighbouring civil protection agencies and receives ongoing information on items urgently needed on the ground. After receiving proposals, the Commission evaluates them, prioritises the most urgently needed items and arranges for their delivery to the RescEU temporary warehouse. From there, the Commission arranges and finances the delivery of the items to its logistics centres in Poland, Romania or Slovakia.
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