Philips helps Ukrainians with ‘medical equipment and financial support’

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Philips and the company’s non-profit organization, The Philips Foundation, are providing support to do something about the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine and its borders.

This includes aid to hospitals, financial support and items for Ukrainian refugees who have had to leave their homes. Additionally, the Eindhoven-based company has informed that it will continue to deliver supplies to Russian hospitals for humanitarian reasons.

“We strongly condemn the war in Ukraine and are deeply concerned and saddened by its devastating impact on the people of the country,” said Frans van Houten, CEO of Royal Philips.

“Deep respect for human rights
“We are working hard to help those affected by this crisis, including our own colleagues and their families in the country, and supporting local hospitals and other healthcare providers as best we can. As a health technology company, we will maintain our goal of improving people’s health and well-being through innovation, with deep respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and grassroots democracy,” Van Houten said.

emergency help
To help Ukrainians, the Philips Foundation delivered, among other things, a 24-bed mobile hospital. They plan to set up the hospital near Lviv, a city in the west of the country. In addition, Philips teams work in Poland and Romania, where they support humanitarian organizations such as the Red Cross, with mobile care units to provide emergency aid.

Delivery to Russia
Philips says it will continue to supply medical equipment to Russian hospitals. “In Russia, we have about 600 employees. “They are mainly engaged in supplying medical equipment to hospitals,” a company spokesperson said.

Humanitarian reasons
“Russia itself has no industry to manufacture medical equipment. The devices we supply are used, among other things, for cardiovascular care and cancer diagnosis. We will therefore continue, for humanitarian reasons, to provide this equipment,” a Philips spokesperson said.

They will stop other activities, but they represent a smaller part of Philips’ activities in the country. “We will stop supplying products from our consumer portfolio. Additionally, our marketing activities will be halted,” the spokesperson said.

Translation: Chaitali Sengupta who also gives online BURGER Classes.

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