Repaired Blood Transfusion Station in Mariupol to serve over half a million people

Sep 26, 2017

Photo credit: © Galyna Balabanova / UNDP in Ukraine

26 September 2017, Mariupol – More than half a million people – local residents and IDPs – stand to benefit from the services of a newly repaired Blood Transfusion Station in Mariupol.

The station, which was repaired by the UN Development Programme in Ukraine (UNDP) with financial support from the government of Japan, is a key medical facility covering the entire southern part of Donetsk Oblast.

The station is located in a densely populated residential area of Mariupol, on the territory of City Hospital No. 2. The station collects and processes about 5.5 tons of donated blood annually. It was built in 1995 and due to its long exploitation time required repairs and improvements to its energy efficiency.

So in March 2017, the UNDP, with financial support from the government of Japan, started renovation works. Modern heat insulation was installed in the building, including insulation of 2,678 square meters of its facade. New windows were installed (307 square meters), and a new insulated roof (1,622 square meters) was put in place. The facility was also equipped with a modern automated heating station, which will provide the station with a reliable and efficient heat supply.

“Supporting the rehabilitation of social and especially medical care infrastructure in the conflict-affected areas in the Donbas is among top priorities for UNDP and its development partners, including the Government of Japan,” Victor Munteanu, Manager of UNDP’s Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, said at the opening ceremony of the reconstructed medical facility.

“The repaired Blood Transfusion Station, along with its dedicated staff, is now able to provide critical healthcare services to over half a million IDPs and residents of Mariupol and neighbouring areas. The station was repaired thanks to cooperation between UNDP, the government of Japan, the Donetsk regional authorities and Mariupol’s city administration.”

Background:

UNDP’s Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, with support from the government of Japan, has reconstructed 31 socio-economic infrastructure facilities in Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts since 2015. They include bridges, pumping stations, healthcare facilities, rehabilitation centres, and schools. Another 11 infrastructure facilities are under reconstruction.

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Yevgeniy Zelenko, UNDP Ukraine Media Officer | +38 044 254 0035 | yevgeniy.zelenko@undp.org

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