15th Anniversary of Rinat Akhmetov Foundation: Medical Projects

Medicine is one of the main activities of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation. Especially large-scale and truly national health projects have become in the past few years.

In 2020, the Foundation provides the country with unprecedented system support in the fight against coronavirus infection. For these purposes, according to the personal order of Rinat Akhmetov, UAH 300 million were allocated. The funds were used to purchase the most essential equipment and supplies, which were identified in close coordination with the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, for doctors. To save the lives of patients with severe complications from COVID-19, the Foundation purchased 200 high-quality lung ventilators for public hospitals. The doctors also received 320 thousand test kits for determining the coronavirus, more than 60 000 sets of protective clothing, over 120 000 personal protective equipment. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rinat Akhmetov Foundation has provided assistance to doctors and medical institutions in 17 regions of Ukraine.

Assistance to public hospitals that are involved in the fight against COVID-19 is provided under the project “Fight against COVID-19 in Ukraine”. It became part of the Foundation program “Rinat Akhmetov – Saving Lives”.

A year earlier, the project “200 ambulances for Ukraine” was implemented under this program. Doctors in all regions of the country received 64 off-road vehicles, 22 neonatal vehicles and 114 “reanimation on wheels”. For the first time in 28 years of the country’s independence, one supporter donated such a number of ultra-modern ambulances to doctors. Today, many of them are also involved in the fight against the coronavirus epidemic.

The Foundation’s large-scale projects have changed the situation in Ukrainian medicine and set a trend towards the best healthcare systems in Europe. Technics and equipment donated to doctors will help provide high-tech assistance to Ukrainians for many years.

“Small” projects are no less important for the Foundation, because thousands of lives were also saved thanks to them.

So, in 2013, under the partnership cooperation between Rinat Akhmetov Foundation and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and “Crab” Foundation for Children with Cancer, the “Tree of Life” project was implemented. It dealt with the problem of endoprosthetics for patients of the children’s department of NCI.

At that time, the National Cancer Institute received a “miracle suitcase” – a unique set of surgical instruments for carrying out complex operations for children suffering from oncological diseases of the bones and joints. Operations using these instruments are an alternative to limb amputation.

In 2010-2012, together with the Ukrainian Foundation for Aid to Children of the Publishing House of “Kommersant” newspaper (UFOND), Rinat Akhmetov Foundation supported seriously ill children in performing operations and treatment in Ukraine and abroad. Thanks to this help, 26 children underwent high-tech surgeries.

Since the beginning of the armed conflict in Donbas, a number of special medical projects were launched. Under the project “Medical kits”, 1000 first-aid kits were given to pregnant women from Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The elderly received 10 000 first aid kits. In addition, 20 bomb shelters were equipped with large special first aid kits. Within the framework of the “Kits for Women in Childbirth” project, the Foundation provided medicines to 2 412 expectant mothers from Donetsk and Makeyevka, whose due date was predicted until March 31, 2015.

Since 2013, Rinat Akhmetov Foundation has been helping children diagnosed with heart disease. For the systemic fight against the disease, the “Healthy Heart” project started in 2017. Children undergo corrective surgery to close the defect with a special implant – an occluder in the country’s leading cardioclinics.

Thanks to the help of Rinat Akhmetov, since 2006, 122 operations to close a heart defect have been performed for children.

Rinat Akhmetov Foundation also helps babies with hearing problems – with the installation of highly sensitive hearing aids. Thanks to these devices, children can for the first time hear the sounds of the world around them, the voices of their parents, learn and develop in the same way as well-hearing peers.

Rinat Akhmetov Foundation has been helping children with hearing problems since 2007. During this time, 177 highly sensitive hearing aids were installed for babies with deafness or hearing loss.