Viktor Liashko, Deputy Minister of Health, stressed the importance of help by businesses: "From the first days of the fight against COVID-19, it was necessary to protect doctors as soon as possible. FUIB has lend a solid shoulder. The bank called me in the spring and said that they had already bought suits, masks, antiseptics for medical workers. First aid was transferred to regional hospitals and to emergency medical stations. I am grateful to the entire FUIB team on behalf of the doctors. You have made a significant contribution to supporting doctors in the most difficult times."
FUIB has developed a full-fledged anti-crisis program to help hospitals combat COVID-19. From the very beginning, the security, marketing, bank support, personnel and business departments took an active part in it. FUIB's team worked smoothly and efficiently. Skillful coordination and fast interaction between the bank's divisions and medical institutions was extremely important, which the FUIB security team led by Deputy Chairman of the Board Leonid Skalozub perfectly coped with.
Artur Zahorodnikov, FUIB's Deputy Chairman of the Board for Business Development, told about the first steps of the bank's team: "As soon as we understood the scale of the threat, quickly analyzed the current needs of hospitals and the most vulnerable regions, we turned to the Ministry of Health. Viktor Liashko and his team quickly filled us in, provided direct contacts of hospitals for effective interaction. At that time, the Western region needed urgent help the most. We were one of the first to respond to the request to provide doctors with personal protective equipment."
In spring, FUIB joined the global initiative of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation to help Ukrainian hospitals combat COVID-19 epidemic. Rinat Akhmetov was the first to come to help the country as early as in February. He combined the resources of the Foundation, Shakhtar football club, FUIB, DTEK and Metinvest, as well as other SCM assets to help Ukraine and allocated UAH 300 million to combat coronavirus within the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation's Fighting COVID-19 in Ukraine project. The Bank, in partnership with the Foundation, purchased medical equipment and personal protective gear for 156 hospitals in Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Ternopil, Donetsk and Luhansk regions. In total, the bank purchased and delivered to medical institutions 2 lung ventilators, 2 invasive patient monitors, more than 47,000 protective suits, more than 4,400 personal protective equipment kits, 1,200 sanitizers and 650 pulse oximeters.
In addition, the bank's team held Support Medical Workers - Save Lives charity event among employees. FUIB volunteers raised more than UAH 560,000 in just one week, which they used to purchase more than 800 respirators, 1,200 protective overalls and 100 protective glasses. All this was sent to 11 reference hospitals in different cities.
Serhiy Chernenko, FUIB's Chairman of the Board, stressed the important components of the social project: "FUIB has not only purchased equipment for hospitals and protective equipment for doctors. Together with the ASKA-Life insurance company, our experts developed the Stop Coronavirus insurance program to protect medical workers who - due to the risks of the profession - are not covered by the usual health insurance. Initially, FUIB insured 1,500 doctors in 9 reference hospitals at its own expense, and then began selling policies, offering doctors to reimburse 40% of its cost. Given the high probability of new waves of coronavirus, FUIB supported the initiative of the Young Donors Association of Ukraine to develop the DonorUA AID online platform. This platform will bring together hospitals, charities, responsible businesses, volunteers and suppliers of equipment and protective gear. We are interested in the sustainable development of Ukraine, we value the health and lives of our citizens, so we are ready for further fruitful cooperation with the team of the Ministry of Health."