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Solvay Solidarity Fund donates €100K to renovate hospital satellite in Devnya, Bulgaria for Covid-19 patients

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Launched in less than a month, already 50 patients recovered

Supporting the Devnya hospital renovation for Solvay community in Bulgaria

The Solvay Solidarity Fund has donated €100,000 to renovate a hospital satellite in a Solvay community in Devnya, Bulgaria, a region that was hit hard by the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The donation paid for the fast renovation of a dedicated medical section, as well as staffing and supplies. 

The project was launched in less than a month, allowing the first patients to arrive in the beginning of December. Sixty people have been admitted in this section and fifty have recovered and been discharged. 

Specifically the donation provided funding for: 

  • Remuneration of 18 medical staff for a minimum period of 3 months
  • Investment in specialized medical equipment – an X-ray machine, oxygen supply devices, etc.
  • Repair and refurbishing hospital rooms and other premises.

*Note: the number of patients has been updated since this video was filmed

The Region of Varna, in Bulgaria was in urgent need of additional Covid sections to treat patients. Devnya hospital was an option but it needed to be totally renovated. That’s where the Solvay Solidarity Fund came into play.

“Our soda ash plant has been an important part of the Devnya community since 1997 and we wanted to do whatever we could to help,” said Spiros Nomikos, Solvay’s Bulgaria Country Manager. “When the Mayor of Devnya came to me with the request to renovate a section of the hospital for Covid patients, I directly forwarded it to the Solvay Solidarity Fund and it was approved immediately.”

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the contributors of the Solvay Solidarity Fund and the local authorities who helped a lot in restoring and in making it happen

Dr. Yordan Ivanov, Head of the Covid Section

About the Solvay Solidarity Fund 

The Solvay Solidarity Fund was launched on April 9, 2020 to provide support, both financial and non-financial (i.e. days off) to any Solvay employee and dependents who experience adversity in the Covid-19 crisis. It also supports communities close to Solvay that are severely impacted by the crisis. It is funded by voluntary contributions by shareholders, the Group’s directors, CEO and Executive Committee members, management members and employees.