Within the “Health and Safety” area, the KGHM Polska Miedź Foundation provides financial support to healthcare institutions and private individuals. Most of the funds are used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment and specialist medical apparatuses for hospitals, rehabilitation centres and other healthcare facilities. This resulted in significant improvement of quality and effectiveness of pro-health prophylaxis. As regards health protection, the Foundation’s activities are not reduced merely to provision of equipment to healthcare facilities but it also finances preventive examinations for residents as well as initiates and supports projects promoting blood donation and hemotherapy, and co-funds scientific conferences in the field of medicine. Individuals receive financial aid from the KGHM Polska Miedź Foundation for health care, including in particular: purchase of hearing aids and wheelchairs, medicines, surgical treatment, including treatment abroad, and inpatient rehabilitation.
With the wellbeing and safety in view, the KGHM Polska Miedź Foundation is involved also in numerous projects and actions related to public safety. Modern rescue and fire-fighting equipment and special vehicles for local emergency rescue facilities, e.g. fire and police stations. State-of-the-art equipment contributes to increased safety and enables efficient operation of institutions that protect our life, health and property. As part of its social activity, the KGHM Polska Miedź Foundation tries to counteract social exclusion of people and families that found themselves in a difficult life situation. Cash donations are made for projects related to organisation of Christmas actions for those in need, e.g. Christmas Eve for the homeless or gifts for children.
In 2020, due to the epidemic situation related to the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus, “Health and Safety” became the priority area of the KGHM Polska Miedź Foundation’s operations. The majority of donations was granted in this area. 74 individuals received funds in the total amount of PLN 703,610.59 and co-financing was provided to 69 projects in the total amount of PLN 8,314,769.20.
Moreover, concerned about the safety and health of the society, the Foundation’s Management Board initiated the “COVID-19 Countermeasures” Campaign in 2020, assuming the purchase and in-kind donation of means necessary for preventing, counteracting and fighting the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19. In-kind donations with the total value of PLN 2,419,517.91 were provided to 134 institutions, including:
- 16 voivodeship offices, which forwarded the received in-kind donations to 1,038 institutions operating in individual voivodeships,
- – 22 voivodeship or poviat hospitals and healthcare facilities,
- complexes of schools located in the Copper Basin,
- 44 city and municipal social assistance centres and local authority units, Caritas branches, social assistance homes, hospices, foundations and other entities caring for the elderly and disabled and acting for the benefit of local communities.
The following were given as part of in-kind donations:
- 107,810 litres of Nitrosept disinfectant,
- 440,880 sachets of Nitrosept disinfectant,
- 43,800 protective masks,
- 1,485 protective suits,
- 250 medical visors,
- 20 protective goggles,
- 3 ventilators.
For the purpose of preventing, counteracting and fighting the COVID-19 contagious disease, the financial donations given to institutions were related to financial support for the purchase of specialist equipment, i.e. ventilators, patient monitors, oxygen cylinders, the provision of equipment for the diagnostic line for laboratory tests, thermal imaging cameras, equipment of performance of tests to increase the diagnostic capacities, and for the purpose of personal protective equipment, provision of additional meals to healthcare practitioners, support for seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic in the form of packages with food products, consumer chemicals and medical products.