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EuroCham Launches “Breathe Again” Campaign to Procure Essential Medical Equipment for Vietnam

Hanoi, 18/08/2021 - 09:28, UNIQUE ID: 210818_2
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The European Chamber of Commerce (EuroCham) has today (Tuesday 17 August) launched a new, ambitious fundraising campaign to support Vietnam during the fourth wave outbreak of COVID-19.

With cases continuing to rise and healthcare professionals working around the clock to treat patients, EuroCham is encouraging its members to donate to a new fund which will be used to procure much-needed medical equipment for Vietnam’s hard-pressed hospitals.

The initiative is the brainchild of Gricha Safarian, Founder of Puratos Grand-Place Vietnam. EuroCham has agreed to lead and manage the campaign, aiming to utilize its large and diverse membership – counting over one thousand enterprises and investors in all sectors and industries – to ensure the largest possible fundraising effort.

Companies or individuals wishing to donate to the fund can contact EuroCham on: breathe.again.fund@eurochamvn.org

All funds donated to the “Breathe Again” campaign will be used to purchase European medical devices and equipment for hospitals in Vietnam’s hardest-hit areas. EuroCham will work with the health authorities to make sure that the equipment goes to where it is needed and will have the greatest impact. The chamber will also be flexible, working with donors to ensure that wherever possible their donation goes to a particular province or community.

EuroCham will work with suppliers to procure the equipment and ensure their quick and transparent delivery to hospitals in these areas within a few days of sufficient donations being received

Commenting on the campaign launch Alain Cany, Chairman of EuroCham, said: “European business stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Vietnam during these difficult times. The current outbreak is putting unprecedented pressure on healthcare facilities and hardworking medical staff, and this new fundraising campaign is something practical that our members can do to support. I am confident that the government will repeat its success of previous waves and contain this new, more infectious strain. In the meantime, I hope this initiative will help to support the professionals working on the frontline and the patients most in need of care.”

H.E. Giorgio Aliberti, EU Ambassador to Vietnam, added:“I am proud that European business is stepping up to support Vietnam during this fourth wave outbreak. Europe has a large and longstanding presence in Vietnam, so when our companies and citizens join together in this effort we have the size and scale to make a real difference. Therefore, I encourage European enterprises to contribute whatever they can to this important initiative.”

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