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French Government donated twelve electric generators to hospitals in the Republic of Moldova

Twelve district, municipal and republican hospitals from the Republic of Moldova received electric generators, which will provide medical institutions with electricity in emergency situations. The donation, worth more than €245 thousand, accompanied by the support of Electricians sans Frontières technical team, is part of the assistance offered to Moldova by the French Government within the Team Europe – the European Union and the Member States – through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

The 12 electric generators were handed over on 21 December 2022, during a festive event attended by the General Secretary of State at the Minister of Health, Lilia Gantea, the Ambassador of the French Republic to the Republic of Moldova, Graham Paul and the Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova, Jānis Mažeiks.

The donation provided through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism by the French Government will help Moldova cope with the consequences of a potential energetic crisis. “Now, in the middle of winter, energy security is more than ever a major issue for the Republic of Moldova and its brave people. In this difficult context, France is proud to be able to contribute, through this donation of 12 generators, to strengthening the resilience of Moldova’s hospitals and health system,” said Graham Paul, Ambassador of the French Republic to the Republic of Moldova.

Humanitarian assistance will contribute to strengthening the capacities of the hospital healthcare system in Moldova and to their energy resilience. “The valuable support is provided through the Union Civil Protection Mechanism which allows the Moldovan Government to receive it faster, quicker and in a more efficient way. This is our way to express the solidarity with the people of Moldova in these difficult times. This donation is the testimony of EU continuous and generous support, offered in a team Europe spirit in the context of the war in Ukraine,” said Jānis Mažeiks, Ambassador of European Union in the Republic of Moldova. 

During the donation ceremony, the General Secretary of State at the Minister of Health, Lilia Gantea, expressed her gratitude to the French Republic and the European Union for the support offered over time and stated that such equipment is vital to hospital medical institutions. “Being in crisis situations, when we have a war so close on our borders, in Ukraine, as well as the risk of disconnection of electricity supply, these generators are vital for the activity of any hospital. The smallest energy blackout can endanger the lives of patients connected to medical devices. 12 medical institutions from entire country will benefit from these generators… We are grateful for the contribution of the French Government for this donation that will contribute to cope with the possible energy blackouts, will ensure the functionality of the hospital institutions, as well as ensure the safety of patients connected to critical life support equipment, who are in intensive care units or in operating rooms,” said Lilia Gantea.

Since March 2020, the French Republic and the European Union have provided the Republic of Moldova with substantial aid to prevent and fight Sars-Cov-2 infection. At the same time, in the context of the military aggression of the Russian Federation in Ukraine, in March 2022, the French Government offered Moldova 17 electric generators, which were distributed to hospitals in the country. The cost of the equipment was over €487 thousand. The donation from March came together with a lot of humanitarian aid for refugees from Ukraine – including tents, beds, sleeping bags and hygiene kits – worth €40 thousand.