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One year on, Philips Foundation and Philips continue to support Ukrainians with access to healthcare

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Feb 23, 2023

By the Philips Foundation team

From point-of-care ultrasound to advanced X-ray and MR solutions, Philips Foundation and Philips continue to supply Ukraine with healthcare technology needed to care for the country’s wounded and displaced populations.

Patient Dona Maria Neide living in rural village Santa Amaro in Brazil

One year on, Philips Foundation and Philips continue to provide local humanitarian organizations in Ukraine and refugee organizations in neighboring countries with vital medical equipment and training to deal with the urgent need for medical diagnosis and treatment.


“The ongoing conflict in Ukraine is having a devastating impact on the Ukrainian people, creating inevitable pressure on healthcare systems and access to care. That’s why the Philips Foundation, together with local partners, is working tirelessly to provide emergency assistance in Ukraine and neighboring countries,” said Margot Cooijmans, Director of the Philips Foundation.


Delivering point-of-care diagnostics


It is vitally important that front-line health workers are equipped with effective point-of-care diagnostic solutions, such as ultrasound, to triage patients before evacuating them to other healthcare facilities. 


To support Ukraine’s health workers, Philips Foundation has helped fund and organize the delivery of ultrasound diagnostic equipment and training to hospitals in the Lviv region, front-line hospitals in Kharkiv, and elsewhere in Ukraine. Hospitals in the Lviv area are currently under extreme pressure due to the number of war casualties and displaced older people it has accepted into its population, while Kyiv’s hospitals are treating an increasing number of high-risk pregnancies due to health issues, such as stress and poor nutrition.   


Providing access to advanced X-ray and MR imaging


To deal with complex cases where advanced X-ray or MR imaging is required, Philips Foundation has helped to supply five mobile digital radiography systems for use in hospitals in the Lviv region and partnered with Ukrainian organization VinMedTech to provide free MRI examinations to people injured by the war. 


The mobile MRI scanner being deployed currently serves several Ukrainian hospitals where no public MRIs were previously available. Between April and October 2022, the scanner enabled more than a thousand examinations to be conducted to treat victims of the war.


Serving displaced Ukrainians inside and outside the country’s borders


In addition to supplying medical equipment and training to hospitals and helping station a 20-bed mobile hospital in Ukraine, Philips Foundation worked with local Philips organizations in Poland, Romania, and the Czech Republic, providing medical equipment and supplies to help serve Ukrainian refugee communities. This included handheld diagnostic ultrasound equipment and patient monitors for the Polish Red Cross, patient monitors for Polish government organizations, handheld ultrasound devices for use in medical tents at the Romanian and Polish borders, and maternal health products for Ukrainian women arriving in the Czech Republic’s capital city, Prague. 


Philips Foundation and Philips remain committed to supporting Ukrainian citizens’ access to healthcare.




For further information, please contact: 


Yannick Eshuijs
Philips Foundation
Tel.: +31 6 1852 6633

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