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Global organisations work together to solar container in Ukraine to provide both tech and medical support to refugees

A collaboration between several global organisations has seen portable connectivity centres built around Ukraine to provide refugees with connectivity and train medical staff

Charity Computer Aid International has teamed up with several organisations from across the world to deploy a portable connectivity container (PCC) on the ground in Ukraine.

The PCC is one of many of the solar-powered converted shipping containers that are being deployed by Computer Aid and Geeks without Frontiers as part of the N50 response to the refugee crisis in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.

However, this one is the first to also provide medical training, thanks to international crisis response organisation Community Organised Relief Effort (CORE), Volyn Medical Institute and the UK’s leading health solutions provider, Simplyhealth.

The centre has been built in Lutsk, Ukraine and opened on December 29.

Simplyhealth donated £30,000 to enable the centre to be built, while Volyn Medical Institute has provided medical students who will be trained on providing healthcare to refugees in need alongside their paramedic training to allow even more people to receive healthcare.

The PCC has been filled with technology such as computers and phones that will allow people who have been affected by the ongoing crisis to access resources and communicate with friends and family.

Vicky Bramley, chief of staff and head of strategy at Simplyhealth said: “Like so many, we watched in disbelief as the conflict in Ukraine unfolded in March 2022. As a purpose-led company, we wanted to respond and support those living through this conflict. We initially matched donations from our colleagues, corporates, dentists and customers, provided opportunities for our colleagues to volunteer and supported colleagues who were taking in refugees, but we didn’t want to stop there.

“We came across the vital work that Computer Aid deliver and saw immediately how we could support those directly on the ground in Ukraine. We donated £30,000 to fund a communications container. During so much uncertainty, helping those who are displaced within Ukraine to stay connected with loved ones is one way we can help someone’s overall wellbeing. While news headlines continue to focus on the latest developments in Ukraine, I am proud that Simplyhealth, with Computer Aid, will soon be able to provide some very practical equipment to those trying to stay connected with friends and families within Ukraine and around the globe.”

Keith Sonnet, CEO at Computer Aid said: “We are delighted that Simplyhealth is supporting the work we’re doing on the ground in Ukraine to support refugees. Their donation will ensure more people have access to professional advice and support regarding their health and wellbeing having been through such traumatic experiences, while also providing them with access to crucial communication and resources.

“It’s important for Simplyhealth and for us to place emphasis on the health issues – both physical and psychological – and do everything that we can to help.”

Tetiana Pastryk, from Volyn Medical Institute, which is providing medical students, said: “Communal higher educational institution Volyn Medical Institute is alma mater for more than 700 students that with a help of PPC will qualify as paramedics. It will provide them with the necessary space for their studies and high-tech equipment that they can use for building up their skills as future life savers. The importance of this qualification does not need any explanation, and at this very difficult time for Ukraine and the whole world time it is even more important that we provide opportunities for students to study and become agents of the healthcare system.”

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The PCC that has been deployed in Lutsk, Ukraine. Photo credit: Dmytro Baida

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About Simply Health Simplyhealth are a leading health solutions company, committed to providing affordable healthcare, to support everybody’s every day healthcare needs. Through its health and dental plans, including the market leading Denplan and number one provider of eye care packages, Ocuplan, Simplyhealth look after over two million customers. Simplyhealth aim to support and protect the NHS through the provision of outpatient support to help people live their best lives. Simplyhealth doesn’t have shareholders and since 1872 it has been led by its purpose of improving access to healthcare, for all in the UK. Simplyhealth are changing the game, investing £60 million in new businesses to accelerate the development of predictive and preventative healthcare services. It understands our health depends on the health of our communities and our planet. Each year Simplyhealth commit to giving up to £1million to a range of community causes, in March 2022 Simplyhealth achieved Carbon Neutral + status for the second year and in 2022 became the first Health Insurer to be awarded B Corp status. To find out more, visit About Computer Aid International Computer Aid International uses computers and other ICT equipment to improve lives by enhancing educational experiences. It receives donations of computers, tablets and mobile telephones from individuals, companies, schools, universities and government agencies. These are then data-wiped, professionally refurbished and used in its projects to help bridge the digital divide. It works with local partners in the country as the team believes they are best placed to understand the needs of their communities. Its training is key to realising the potential of ICT whether it is for teacher development, improved employability or better access to markets for farmers. It uses solar power to run our computers in areas where the electricity supply is either non-existent or unreliable – its Solar Learning Lab was designed specifically for this purpose. Its Connect device creates a local area network of digital educational resources for the many schools lacking Internet access and school libraries. Its projects are determined by the needs of local communities, and it works with partners to ensure sustainability once the project timeline ends. Its aim is always to create long-term, measurable results. About CORE Founded by Sean Penn and Ann Lee, CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) is a global crisis response organization that brings immediate aid and long-term recovery solutions to underserved communities. When a crisis strikes, CORE responds immediately to fill gaps, mobilize resources, and establish trust and collaboration from within communities. CORE has played a pivotal role in providing critical relief to marginalized and vulnerable populations since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine as it continues its mission of empowering communities in and beyond crisis around the world. More information: and follow CORE on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Media contact Hope Mckellar, Hope Mckellar PR – [email protected] 07800526921

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