By Euro Weekly News Media • 24 April 2020 • 15:43
► The company has made a donation to Doctors Without Borders to support its professionals who are responding in Europe to the medical needs generated by the pandemic and its consequences.
► Doctors Without Borders provides pandemic management solutions in different crisis committees, such as designing external hospitalisation units to help reduce the hospitals’ congestions.
► Doctors Without Borders has focused its efforts on those places where the epidemic is hitting harder and on the most vulnerable social groups: elderly, homeless, and immigrants.
Liberty is a company that is committed to society and aware of the importance of the support from private companies to the organisations that are leading the management of the COVID-19 health emergency and its consequences.
For that reason, the insurer has made various donations to entities operating in Spain, Portugal, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, where it carries out its business operations in Europe.
Thus, it has donated 250,000 euros to the NGO Doctors Without Borders, with the aim of supporting professionals who are responding in Europe to medical needs. generated by this pandemic, which has mainly hit Italy and Spain and affected 100 other countries throughout the world.
“At Liberty, we want people feel safe. Therefore, as a socially responsible company, we believe that it is our obligation to make an effort to support the professionals who are working day by day to protect people and helping to stop this crisis.
We also want to thank them for everything they are doing for our employees, clients, mediators and partners, for our families and for our society at large”, explains Tom McIlduff, CEO of Liberty in Europe.
In other European countries, Doctors Without Borders has focused its efforts on those places where the epidemic is hitting hard, with the most virulence, and among the most vulnerable social groups: the elderly, homeless and immigrants.
In this way, its work strategy includes three areas: technical and strategic support and advice to hospitals and health centres; advisory work, training and support in nursing homes and support for vulnerable groups such as the homeless and migrants.
In Spain, their response has focused on advice and support when preparing intervention and decongestion plans of health care structures, thanks to a highly experienced group of professionals.
To this day, Doctors Without Borders in Spain has participated in the evaluation of the response in around 12 hospitals, collaborated in the creation of 22 hospital extensions, which are allowing to decongest emergencies and intensive care rooms, and also facilitating the delivery of medical materials and logistical resources.
In addition, with the aim of maximizing their response capacity and reaching the maximum number of health professionals, socio-health workers, cleaning personnel, structure managers and other professionals, Doctors Without Borders in Spain has developed some tools such as guides, protocols and audiovisual content, which are accessible on a specific website for professionals.
This disease seriously affects the elderly. Thus, a large part of the efforts of Doctors Without Borders have focused on this vulnerable group and on supporting nursing homes. So far, more than 100 nursing homes in Spain have already been advised, and they continue to work to reach many more. In Portugal, Doctor Without Borders teams have started to visit nursing homes and supporting authorities and management teams to train staff and establish basic hygiene and prevention of transmission measures. In Italy, they support a network of nursing homes in various cities, to prevent the spread of affected cases.
In France and Belgium, Doctors Without Borders is focused on helping migrants and homeless people. Thus, its teams have been pulled out in some of the emergency shelters established to accommodate people living on the streets during the confinement and in other collective accommodation facilities, providing medical support, assessing health status and identify possible COVID 19 cases. They also attend general enquiries close to food distribution points, five days a week.
Other Liberty initiatives to support entities that protect people from COVID 19 in Europe
In Spain, Liberty has made a donation of 50,000 euros to the Red Cross to help with sending medical supplies to medical professionals and hospital centres in the most affected regions, as well as delivering food and other basic necessities to those in need.
It has also contributed by making a donation to the NGO Messengers of Peace, to help with the distribution of food to soup kitchens for the elderly, and to the Foundation for the Promotion of Development and Integration (FDI). This aid will go towards carrying out psychomotricity courses to help young people with disabilities – a group that is particularly vulnerable at this moment in time.
In Ireland, donations have also been made to Pieta House and Alone. These charities reach protected characteristic groups that are at specific risk of social exclusion, such as the elderly and people with mental health disorders.
Liberty Seguros has also ensured its help has reached Portugal with a donation to CASA (Centro de Apoio aos Sem Abrigo).
CASA is delivering food to people in need in quarantined areas. Also, in our neighbouring country and thanks to another donation made by the insurance company to APAMETAL, 500 protection masks have been produced and delivered to health personnel at the Sao José Hospital in Lisbon.
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