The donations were aimed to Ministry of Health
and Fiotec, an organization of FioCruz based in Rio de Janeiro, in addition to
philanthropic hospitals located in the North and Southeast regions of Brazil
that will benefit nearly 1.5 million people.
Installation, training and warranty services for
30 CT scanners were donated to the Ministry of Health, along with power panels
for diagnostic imaging equipment.
“With the pandemic, challenges and weaknesses of
the health system were even more exposed and showed the whole society the need
for better management of resources and investment in this sector. Our
contribution through donations is in line with our purpose to build a smarter
and more inclusive health system”, says Armando Lopes, Managing Director of
Siemens Healthineers in Brazil.
Another contribution from the companies is
dedicated to donation of products from their own portfolio, such as low voltage
and automation equipment for Fiotec's facilities, including its Testing Center.
“This is an important moment for companies to
carry out actions on behalf of society, whether through donations, placing
assets for production of people's protection items, or developing solutions to
fight COVID-19. With a joint and articulated performance involving different
companies from Siemens ecosystem, the benefits for the population are much
greater”, says Pablo Fava, Siemens AG´s Brazil CEO.
Through Siemens Foundation in Brazil, the companies
also contributed to “Salvando Vidas” project, created by BNDES (National Bank
for Economic and Social Development) in partnership with SITAWI, an NGO
specialized in the management of philanthropic funds. The amount collected was
used to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and supplies such as
aprons, gloves, alcohol gel, masks and caps for 19 hospitals located in cities
in the northern region of Brazil, in Campos de Goytacazes and São João da
Barra, both in Rio de Janeiro, and in Jundiaí, in countryside of São Paulo.
A part of the total amount received by the BNDES
was donated by the companies employees, through the collective financing
campaign “Juntos Contra Coronavirus”, carried out with the goal of giving these
people a chance to be part of this collaborative action. The initiative, which
had an initial contribution from Siemens Foundation, used the concept of
matchmaking, in which for every R$ 1 donated, the organization donated an
additional R$ 1.
“The very definition of Siemens Energy's
positioning compels us to go further and help. It is very gratifying to see
that the ability of our teams to organize around actions that dialogue with
society goes beyond the scope of business, generating an effective social
impact when the country needs it most ”, says André Clark, president of the
Board of Trustees on Siemens Foundation and General Manager of Siemens Energy