MILAN, Mar. 27 (Class Editori) - The Italian and Chinese philanthropy are together against the coronavirus emergency. An air connection is being activated thanks the Turin-Beijing cooperation body, within the China-Italy Philanthropy Forum and centered on the TOChina Hub, for the transport and delivery of urgent medical and healthcare materials that are difficult to find not only in Italy, but also on the international market.
The Civil Protection and the Red Cross have been distributing in the Piedmont and Lombardy regions the 50% of the first cargo of over 2 tons of protective suits, masks and gloves donated by Chinese foundations. Further donations, including ventilators, essential for patients, as well as individual protective devices for health operators, will arrive in the coming days with flights capable of carrying up to 40 tons of goods.
The Fondazione CRT - member of the China-Italy Philanthropy Forum - whose secretary general Massimo Lapucci chairs the EFC-European Foundation Centre, the main international network of institutional philanthropy, is at the forefront to encourage the Italian-Chinese “corridor”.
“In a scenario of uncertainty and, often, of speculation in the supply chains, having been able to activate a large supranational ‘army of good’ together with TOChina is allowing the flow of donations to our country with dedicated air connections, accelerating transfers of the most urgent goods to the first hospital and care lines throughout the territory”, explains Lapucci.
The Fondazione CRT will contribute to supporting the operating costs of one or more flights from China, after having already activated a first package of measures of € 3 million for the purchase of fifty new ambulances and means for civil protection, in addition to equipment intended for hospitals in the Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta regions.
“Next to the legitimate needs of the hospital system in extreme suffering, the next arrivals from China of medical and health equipment will hopefully also take into account the serious difficulties that the Third Sector is currently experiencing”, underlines the chairman of Fondazione CRT, Giovanni Quaglia. “For example, the health residences for the elderly, care facilities for people with disabilities, canteens for the poorest, convents and all those non-profit organizations engaged in the care of women, men and children which are particularly fragile and disadvantaged must be helped”.
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