- Hans Weber
- December 6, 2023
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs ends Ukraine a First Aid Bus
Minister of Foreign Affairs Jan Lipavský symbolically undertook the first aid bus that Czechia is sending to help Ukraine on June 27, 2023. The transport bus, converted by Royax into a mobile medical facility, is also aimed at the regional association of emergency medical care and traumatology of the Vinicka region. It will be transferred there at the end of June this year.
„Last year in autumn, the Ukrainian association requested delivery of a first aid bus at our embassy in Kiev. I am convinced our duty is to help people that need our help. We stand in solidarity and will not stop helping Ukraine until it wins the war. I believe that the specially adapted bus will be in helping wherever it is needed as soon as possible,“ said Minister Lipavský. The bus was finananced through developmental and humanitarian cooperation by the MFA at 9.5 million Czech crowns.
He mentioned the link between Czech firms that—like Czech civil society—form an important part of Czech aid to Ukraine. „This project is a simultaneously a Czech firm’s order and a display of goods that a Czech firm is able to supply not only to Ukraine. We implemented over 50 similar assistance projects last year, with the humanitarian and developmental cooperation of Czech firms,“ shared the head of Czech diplomacy.
Czechia has dedicated aid in the field of healthcare to Ukraine since 2014. Specifically, we help, for example, in building mobile teams of medical units, introducing new technologies in the teaching programs of medical universities, and in the development of the fields of physiotherapy and rehabilitation of children. In addition, cooperation between the Czech and Ukrainian medical faculties will begin this year.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, the MFA has provided aid in the humanitarian sphere with medical supplies and medical equipment and supported medical care for refugees, not only on Ukrainian but also on Moldovan territory.