Foundations step in with mobile care isolation units to address universal IC shortage

Apr 16, 2020
  • A coalition consisting of Philips Foundation, AFAS Foundation and Noaber Foundation has procured and made available five temporary 20-bed hospitals in countries most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The extra capacity can be used to relieve the pressure on hospitals contending with the influx of patients, both with COVID-19 and other conditions.
  • The first two out of five mobile care isolation units will go to the Lombardy region and Sardinia in Italy.

The Philips Foundation has the ambition to provide quality healthcare for disadvantaged communities by deploying Philips expertise, innovative products and solutions. Today, they announced, together with the AFAS Foundation and Noaber Foundation, they would exempt three million euros for the procurement of five mobile isolation care units for areas most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The mobile isolation care units are intended to expand hospital care, as the increasing number of local coronavirus cases affects capacity constraints. The additional capacity consists of 20-bed inflatable moduled tents, built to support the screening and hospitalization of patients and to provide first aid and quality healthcare to people suspected or confirmed to be infected with COVID-19. Depending on the need, the isolation care units can also be used for hospitalization of non-COVID-19 cases to alleviate the pressure of the influx of patients into hospitals.

Foundations join forces

For the first time, the Philips Foundation, AFAS Foundation and Naober Foundation formed a coalition in the fight against COVID-19. The Philips Foundation leads the operation in terms of coordination and delivery of essential medical equipment where possible. Both the AFAS Foundation and Noaber Foundation committed to supporting the operation financially.

“We see ourselves as a partner who contributes and participates through impactful investments that improve people’s health, including the prevention of people falling ill,” said Matthijs Blokhuis, Director of Noaber Foundation. “This initiative provides not only first aid to people infected by the coronavirus, but also prevents other emergency room patients not related to COVID-19 to be exposed.”

“Especially now, it’s important that companies and foundations pull together and make an impact,” adds Gerben Eversdijk, director of the AFAS Foundation. “This is such an example, which we hope will be an example for other companies and foundations. These units, one of which can also be installed in the Netherlands if necessary, are vital to stop this outbreak. The focus of the AFAS Foundation is now on alleviating the need created by this virus.”

The goal of the Foundations is to deploy the insulating tents where the need is greatest. The mobile care units will be operationalized in close cooperation and consultation with governments and hospital administrators. The allocation of the first two of the five mobile care isolation units – with assistance from the Italian Red Cross, which is also responsible for construction and coordination – goes to the Lombardy region and Sardinia in Italy.

“It’s in these times we must join forces wherever possible to accelerate access to critical care for the people who need it most,” said Margot Cooijmans, Director of the Philips Foundation.

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