Haemorrhage or heavy and uncontrolled bleeding is one of the serious complications that can be life threatening for pregnant women. It is therefore vital to have access to safe blood transfusion. However, many hospitals globally lack adequate clinical equipment for collecting, fractionating and storing donated blood, resulting in maternal deaths which otherwise could have been averted. Meanwhile, in countries like Denmark, still functioning equipment is often being replaced with new models.
Such used yet functional equipment was given by the Danish surgical and medical company, Vingmed Danmark A/S to the Danish NGO Global Medical Aid (GMA). GMA after checking and repairing the equipment, donated it to UNFPA Ukraine for final donation to the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.
In Ukraine, the maternal mortality rate is high by European standards; in 2015 the maternal mortality ratio in Ukraine was 24 deaths per 100,000 live births, the same figure in Denmark was 6 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births.
The Handover of the Machines
Last week, the President of Global Medical Aid Hans Frederik Dydensborg, the Executive Director and owner of Vingmed Danmark A/S, Niels Frandsen and the SRH Programme Officer of UNFPA Ukraine, Bohdan Pidverbetskyy took part in the handover of the 8 refurbished blood fractionation machines and 65 refurbished blood collection mixers to the Public Health Department of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.
The equipment had been in use for three years, it is however expected to last for up to 10 years or more. The original value was DKK 3.5 million (USD 530,000).
Natalia Piven, Head of Public Health Department at the Ministry of Health of Ukraine said that “Taking into account the obsolete and run out equipment in the regional blood centres in Ukraine, this aid is much needed. This equipment will provide the opportunity to get blood that is of high quality and safe.”
Global Medical Aid collects discarded yet functional medicine and equipment from Danish hospitals and pharmaceutical companies for the benefit of low income countries. Since 2010, GMA has donated equipment for a value of more than USD 20 million to a number of countries primarily in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
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