Global Medical Aid

Agreement with UNFPA – Ukraine

“Global Medical Aid” and “Vingmed” company donate to Ukraine 27 sets of equipment for blood banking and processing – Ministry of Healthcare, donors

International charity fund “Global Medical Aid” and Dutch company “Vingmed” donated to Ukraine up-to-date equipment for blood banking and processing of a value of more than EUR 790 thousand. “Within this donation almost all Ukrainian regions will receive high-quality equipment in order to collect and process blood in compliance with quality standards. […] We would like to reach the European level of quality, to ensure blood collection planning, banking of high-quality blood and appropriate management in order to make international quality standards available to Ukrainians,” said Natalia Piven, acting head of Public Health Department of the Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine at a press-briefing at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.

Ukraine will receive 27 sets of equipment. They will be passed to medical facilities of regional level and to several cities.

“Ukraine is a European country, and just now it is in a very special and difficult situation, and, of course, you should help your neighbor in need. I hope that this donation would be an example not only for European charity organizations, but for all organizations and countries,” noted Hans Frederick Didensborh, president of the International Charity Fund “Global Medical Aid”.

Nils Frandsen, CEO and owner of company “Vingmed” and Bogdan Pidverbetskyy, program advisor of the UN Population Fund in Ukraine expressed hope that the donation will be a useful contribution to improve blood service in Ukraine.

This equipment is a very valuable gift as it will support implementation of blood service development framework, said the Ministry of Healthcare representatives. “We will have opportunity to collect standard doses, to extend the list of available blood components […], and to make high quality blood components more available to our patients,” noted Lyudmila Zanevska, chief doctor of Kyiv Blood Center.
Mr. Didensborh mentioned that since 2015 “Global Medical Aid” has donated to Ukrainian charity organizations, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Defense medical equipment of a total value of more than EUR 25 million.

Article from UNFPA- Nordic

Medical Equipment Donated from the Danish ngo Global Medical aid (gma) and Unfpa to Ukraine

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 a safe blood transfusion. But around the world, many hospitals lack adequate clinical equipment for collecting, fractionating and storing donated blood, resulting in maternal deaths which otherwise could have been averted. At the same time, in countries like Denmark, still functioning equipment is being replaced with even newer equipment.

The Danish surgical and medical company Vingmed Danmark A/S, the Danish NGO Global Medical Aid (GMA) and the UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund have collaborated to put such replaced equipment to new, good use.

In Ukraine, the maternal mortality rate is high by European standards; in 2015 the maternal mortality ratio in Ukraine were 24 deaths per 100,000 live births, the same figure in Denmark was 6 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births.

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, but is 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.

Medical Equipment Donated from the Danish ngo Global Medical aid (gma) and Unfpa to Ukraine

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 a safe blood transfusion. But around the world, many hospitals lack adequate clinical equipment for collecting, fractionating and storing donated blood, resulting in maternal deaths which otherwise could have been averted. At the same time, in countries like Denmark, still functioning equipment is being replaced with even newer equipment.

The Danish surgical and medical company Vingmed Danmark A/S, the Danish NGO Global Medical Aid (GMA) and the UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund have collaborated to put such replaced equipment to new, good use.

In Ukraine, the maternal mortality rate is high by European standards; in 2015 the maternal mortality ratio in Ukraine were 24 deaths per 100,000 live births, the same figure in Denmark was 6 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births.

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, but is 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.
For further information;
Read more about Vingmed Danmark A/S here.
Read more about the GMA here.

Read more about UNFPA Ukraine here.

From the left; Bohdan Pidverbetskyy, SRH Programme Officer, UNFPA Ukraine; Niels Frandsen, Executive Director, Vingmed A/S; Hans Frederik Dydensborg, President, GMA.

Blood transfusion machine donated at the Kyiv blood centre in Ukraine.

From left; Niels Frandsen, Executive Director, Vingmed A/S; Hans Frederik Dydensborg, President, GMA; Catherine Koleynik, Representative of GMA in Ukraine; Liudmyla Zanevska, Chief doctor at Kyiv blood center; Alex Sergiyenko, Technical Expert on blood safety and; Bohdan Pidverbetskyy, SRH Programme Officer, UNFPA Ukraine.

Bioanalytiker i Ukraine: ”Så nedslidt, at det er til at græde over”


Efter at jeg er kommet hjem fra Ukraine, har jeg fået en mission. Jeg vil gøre alt, hvad jeg kan, for at skaffe hospitalet uden for Kiev i Ukraine en centrifuge. Og allerhelst to. Jeg vil også gerne være med til at lave en systematisk indsamling af laboratorie- og hospitalsudstyr i det hele taget. De mangler virkelig så meget, og alt er trist og nedslidt.

Psykiatrien donerer brugte møbler til udsat område

Psykiatrien Region Sjælland donerer brugt møblement og patientsenge til hospitaler i Ukraine, hvor der er stort behov for hospitalsudstyr. I weekenden blev det brugte inventar sendt afsted fra Slagelse.

Da Psykiatrien Region Sjælland samlede flere afdelinger i det nybyggede psykiatrisygehus i Slagelse sidste år, nedlagde man i den forbindelse en række afdelinger. Store dele af inventaret fra de nedlagte afdelinger er blevet genanvendt i det nye psykiatrisygehus og andre steder i psykiatrien, noget bliver opbevaret på eget lager som reserve, og det mest værdifulde er blevet solgt på auktion. Men noget af inventaret er ikke i en stand, så det ville give mening at anvende det.

– Det er patientsenge og andre møbler, som er i dårligere stand end det vi allerede har. Det er dyrt at skrotte, og derfor valgte vi at give det væk, fortæller Lars Engelbrektsen, ledelseskonsulent hos Psykiatrien Region Sjælland.

De brugte møbler blev i weekenden lastet sammen med andet hospitalsudstyr og sendt til Ukraine. Det er foreningen Global Medical Aid der sørger for at formidle kontakten til Ukraine samt at fragte det brugte udstyr afsted. Behovet for hospitalsudstyr er stort i Ukraine, forklarer Hans Frederik Dydensborg der er stifter af foreningen Global Medical Aid.

– Krigen i Østukraine har forværret situationen. I forvejen har man i byerne mangel på læger og hospitalsudstyr. Når så de læger, der er, tager til Østukraine og hjælper, så tager de en del materiel med, og det betyder at hospitalerne kommer yderligere i bekneb, siger Hans Frederik Dydensborg, der er formand og stifter af Global Medical Aid.

Det er cirka 60 senge samt borde, reoler, rullekommoder og andet inventar, som Psykiatrien Region Sjælland sender til Ukraine. Det er i den forløbne weekend blevet tæt pakket med andet udstyr i lastbilerne som køres til Ukraine. De fire lastbiler er hver 13 meter lange og kan rumme 93 kubikmeter. De blev sendt afsted i weekenden fra Flyttefirmaet Larsen og Co. i Slagelse, hvor møblerne var været opmagasineret.

Forenede donerer hospitalsudstyr til Global Medical Aid

Forenede koncernen har doneret et stort parti hospitals- og rengøringsudstyr til brug i det borgerkrigshærgede Ukraine.

Hospitalssenge med tilhørende madrasser, dyner og puder, et par kostbare autoklaverer til at sterilisere kirurgiske instrumenter, en hel palle med spande, hundredevis af forbindinger, læssevis af gummistøvler og talrige reoler, borde og stole. Det er blot nogle af de ting, som netop nu er på vej i en lastbil til det borgerkrigsplagede Ukraine via foreningen Global Medical Aid, der samarbejder med organisationen Læger uden Grænser, som sammen med borgere i Ukraine er slutmodtagere af donationen fra Forenede.

Glæde over donationen
I forbindelse med oprydningen af et lager i Dragør, som Forenede råder over blev idéen om at donere de mange ting væk fostret, forklarer lagerassistent Michael Buchhardt, der sammen med sin kollega i Forenede Jan Balling har været ankermænd for projektet:

”Tingene fejler jo overhovedet ikke noget, og mange af dem fremstår helt nye og ubrugte. Så i stedet for at destruere tingene undersøgte vi, om der mon ikke var en velgørende forening eller organisation, som ville kunne aftage tingene,” siger han.

Og foreningen Global Medical Aid takkede med det samme ja til det store parti af ting, da Michael Buchhardt kontaktede foreningen, som blandt andet indsamler brugbart medicin og funktionsdygtigt udstyr til fordel for fattige og krigshærgede lande. Foreningen samarbejder med de pågældende landes sundsministerier og/eller internationale organisationer om at benytte udstyret dér, hvor det giver mest værdi. Og netop tingene fra Forenede vil blive brugt af organisationen Læger uden Grænsers til deres indsats i Ukranie. 

”Vi er meget glade for donationen, som vil have stor betydning for modtagerlandet,” vurderer formand for Global Medical Aid Hans Frederik Dydensborg.

Og på lageret hos Forenede er man også glade for, at tingene nu kan ”få et nyt liv”: 

”Vi er meget tilfreds med, at de ting nu bliver brugt et sted, hvor der virkelig er brug for dem. Det føles godt,” siger Michael Buchhardt.

Kilde: http://www.forenede-service.dk/news/hospitalsudstyr2016

Danish NGO ‘Global Medical Aid’ Donates a Brand New Defibrillator to Kobanê

On 20th of November a brand new and much needed defibrillator was delivered to Kobanê for use in the local hospital.

The donation came from the Danish NGO Global Medical Aid (GMA) which specialises in providing medical equipment and supplies to developing countries.  The delivery of the much needed brand new defibrillator was largely organised with the support and aid of Dr. Zeynep Binici Cetinkaya, a cardiologist at The Heart Centre, Department of Cardiology, Rigshospitalet.

Denmark has one of the best healthcare systems in the world and as a result Danish hospitals discard functional equipment worth millions of Danish kroners each year. GMA attempts to provide the functioning machines to developing countries instead. In this case the defibrillator was a brand new machine worth close to 30,000 Euros.

To date, GMA has donated to Afghanistan, Albania, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Nepal and Sri Lanka in collaboration with the concerned ministries of health or international organizations.

The recent health report published by the Kobanê Reconstruction Board noted an urgent list of necessary medical equipment and supplies. The reported noted the lack of international aid and support in relation to cardiology medicine and equipment.

The donation of the defibrillator will no doubt go a long way in ensuring that the health sector is able to provide more comprehensive health care to the community. Nevertheless, there are still serious needs within the health sector that require further aid, donations and support from NGOs.

Nødhjælpsorganisation fik defekt hospitalsudstyr: Vi bliver brugt som storskrald

Danske hospitaler donerer brugt udstyr som nødhjælp. Men det brugte udstyr kan være farligt at bruge, advarer nødhjælpsorganisation.

Nødhjælpsorganisationen Global Medical Aid, der arbejder med at sende medicin og hospitalsudstyr til fattige lande i Afrika, anklager nu Region Hovedstaden for at bruge dem som storskrald.

Organisationen har nemlig modtaget masser af brugt hospitalsudstyr fra regionens hospitaler, som slet ikke virker. Alt fra anæstesiapparater over infusionspumper til hjertestartere har vist sig at være defekte.

– Vi er helt klart blevet brugt som en storskraldsordning, hvor hospitalerne bare har kunnet kommet af med det udstyr, der i årevis har stået i kældrene, siger Hans Frederik Dydensborg, der er formand for Global Medical Aid.

Store uforudsete udgifter

Regionens politikere har besluttet, at brugt hospitalsudstyr skal doneres til udviklingslande på en etisk forsvarlig måde. Men ifølge nødhjælpsorganisationen er det direkte uetisk, når hospitalerne donerer udstyr, der ikke virker.

Global Medical Aid har nu brugt store summer på at sikre sig mod at sende farligt udstyr af sted – penge der ellers skulle være gået til at betale nødhjælpstransport.

– Vi har haft en masse unødvendige og uforudsete udgifter, og den videre konsekvens af det er, at vi ikke har kunnet sende de containere af sted, vi havde påregnet, siger Hans Frederik Dydensborg.

I Region Hovedstaden ærgrer det formanden for IT- og afbureaukratiseringsudvalget, der står i spidsen for arbejdet med at genbruge hospitalsudstyr, at donationerne i nogle tilfælde har vist sig at være ubrugelige.

– Selvfølgelig skal udstyret have en vis standard, og selvfølgelig skal det kunne bruges, siger Lise Müller (SF).

Hun mener dog, at Global Medical Aid burde have været klar over udstyrets mangler, da Region Hovedstaden i forbindelse med donationen af hospitalsudstyret sendte et dokument, hvor udstyrets tilstand er listet. Men ifølge nødhjælpsorganisationen kan den liste ikke bruges til meget, fordi listen ikke omfatter alt udstyr, og fordi en række udstyr er listet som funktionelt, selvom det ikke virker.

Donationslager skal sikre kvalitet

For at undgå flere dårlige donationer i fremtiden opretter regionen nu et lager, der skal indsamle brugt udstyr fra hospitalerne og gennemgå det for fejl og mangler, inden det bliver sendt videre til nødhjælpsorganisationerne.

I Region Midtjylland har man allerede gode erfaringer med en lignende ordning.

– Jeg er sikker på, at vi kan finde nogle mennesker, som har lyst til at aftage det her udstyr. Hvis de ikke vil det, er vi jo nødt til at smide det ud. Men selvfølgelig skal vi lære af det her og sikre, at det udstyr, vi donerer, kommer til at have den rette kvalitet, siger Lise Müller.

Det nye donationslager kommer til at koste knap to millioner kroner at drive om året, og pengene skal findes i regionens budget for 2016.

https://www.dr.dk/nyheder/penge/noedhjaelpsorganisation-fik-defekt-hospitalsudstyr-vi-bliver-brugt-som-storskrald

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