San Donato Milanese, Milan, 10 April 2020 – Eni’s people have raised over 600,000 euros in three weeks to support the Italian Red Cross in its aid to the population during the present emergency.
From 18 March to 9 April, Eni’s employees have chosen to donate the value of one or more hours of their work through an initiative proposed by employees and implemented by the company, which will collect the hours donated and give them to the Italian Red Cross to help it handle the emergency.
The Italian Red Cross is working on the front line all over the country with volunteers providing a wide range of services. They focus a great deal of their energy on helping the most vulnerable, who are in greatest need of all.
“I am particularly proud of this initiative because it was spontaneous on the part of our people and shows how, even at such a difficult time, they maintain community spirit and think about those in greatest need,” said Claudio Descalzi, Eni’s Chief Executive Officer.
These donations bolster the efforts made by Eni as a company to support those on the front line handling the health emergency in Italy. The company has committed a total of around 35 million euros.
The Italian Red Cross is on the front line since the beginning of the Covid-19 emergency, all over the national territory, with thousands of volunteers and personnel who are working strenuously to support the population. The Red Cross is working to guarantee emergency interventions, logistic and medical support, while dealing, in all safety, with the transport of suspicious cases using high bio-containment vehicles. On top of its emergency response, it is also seeking to transform this difficult moment in “The time for kindness:” it is increasing, all over the country, its services to the most vulnerable and those with greater social and medical weaknesses, by delivering groceries at home, offering transportation, delivering medications and basic essentials.
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Eni's initiatives to support Covid-19 emergency
- Eni sent ventilators for sub-intensive care to Giovanni XXIII Hospital and a local health facility in Bergamo;
- in Basilicata, Eni continues to supply ventilators, intensive and resuscitation care beds, and mobile units equipped with spirometers, oximeters and ultrasounds, and CPAP (Continuous positive airway pressure) machines;
- Eni has helped local health units in Ravenna and Ancona, emergency services in Ravenna, and the Italian Red Cross in Pesaro, Ancona and Ortona. Eni is supplying medical equipment including respirators, lung ventilators and defibrillator monitors. All supplies are ongoing;
- In Sicily, Eni has created an engineering plan to set up intensive care wards at the hospital “Vittorio Emanuele” in Gela, which would also help the Azienda Sanitaria Provinciale’s overall planned activity which involves the entire community of the Province. It is also supplying sterilisers to the hospital in Gela. For local health authorities in Messina and Milazzo, the Milazzo Refinery (Eni 50%) is supporting a project to create intensive care wards at Milazzo hospital.
- In Puglia, Eni has helped local health facilities in Taranto and Brindisi by providing intensive care equipment at specific hospitals chosen by the regional government. The company will soon be sending lung ventilators, ventilators and respirators, and patient monitors. Other equipment is also on its way to regular and intensive care wards in Brindisi;
- Eni will deliver a large number of masks to local health facilities in Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, the Marches, Basilicata, Puglia, Sicily and Sardinia;
- Eni is the Agostino Gemelli IRCCS University Hospital’s sole partner on a project to build a hospital in Rome in the former private Columbus Hospital), which will exclusively treat patients with the coronavirus. The facility has 130 bed spaces, 50 of them in intensive care, and has advanced technologies for diagnosing the disease, including RCX, CAT and transthoracic ultrasound. The same project also set up an emergency department for coronavirus patients at Gemelli Hospital;
- At Luigi Sacco IRCCS Hospital in Milan, the company is also setting up an emergency department for the treatment of infectious diseases;
- In Pavia, at San Matteo IRCCS Hospital, Eni is helping set up a high-level isolation unit in the infectious diseases department;
- Eni has supplied medical equipment, including resuscitation and personal protection equipment, to the San Donato IRCCS Hospital;
- Eni is also funding public information campaigns alongside the Federazione Italiana dei Medici di Medicina Generale (the Italian GPs' association). These include one on the role of family doctors in helping people fight the coronavirus, and another targeting older people, to inform them about services available to them to help with daily tasks now they are not allowed to leave home;
- Eni has given the Lombardy regional government and Civil Protection a series of charter flights to transport medical equipment, such as ventilators and masks (in collaboration with the China-Italy Philanthropy Forum);
- Eni's HPC5 supercomputer contributes to Coronavirus research. Eni has freely made its supercomputing infrastructure and its molecular modelling skills available for Coronavirus research, offering its contribution with its tools and resources of excellence in the fight against this global emergency;
- Eni will continue to monitor for developments and for the changes in local health facilities’ needs.