EuroCham launches fundraising campaign to procure medical equipment for Vietnam

HCMC - The European Chamber of Commerce (EuroCham) in Vietnam launched the “Breathe Again” fundraising campaign on August 17 to procure essential medical equipment for Vietnam during the fourth wave of Covid-19, which began in late April.

A health worker swabs a man at a Covid-19 testing site. EuroCham has launched a new fundraising campaign to support Vietnam during the fourth Covid-19 wave – PHOTO: MINISTRY OF HEALTH

With cases continuing to rise and healthcare workers working around the clock to treat patients, EuroCham is encouraging its members to donate to a new fund which will be used to provide much-needed medical equipment for Vietnam’s hard-pressed hospitals.

The initiative is the brainchild of Gricha Safarian, founder of Puratos Grand-Place Vietnam. EuroCham has agreed to lead and manage the campaign.

All funds donated to the “Breathe Again” campaign will be used to purchase European medical devices and equipment for hospitals in Vietnam’s hardest-hit areas.

EuroCham will work with the health authorities to make sure the equipment reaches those in need.

The chamber will also be flexible, working with donors to ensure that wherever possible, their donation goes to a particular province or community.

EuroCham will work with suppliers to procure the equipment and ensure its quick and transparent delivery to hospitals in these areas within a few days of receiving sufficient donations.

“European businesses stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Vietnam during these difficult times. The current outbreak is putting unprecedented pressure on healthcare facilities and hardworking medical staff, and this new fundraising campaign is something practical that our members can do to offer support,” said Alain Cany, chairman of EuroCham.

“I am confident that the Government will repeat its success from the previous waves and contain this new, more infectious strain. In the meantime, I hope this initiative will help support professionals working on the frontlines and the patients most in need of care.” 

Giorgio Aliberti, EU Ambassador to Vietnam said, “I am proud that European businesses are stepping up to support Vietnam during this fourth wave outbreak. Europe has a large and longstanding presence in Vietnam, so when our companies and citizens join together in this effort, we have the size and scale to make a real difference. Therefore, I encourage European enterprises to contribute whatever they can to this important initiative.”

Companies or individuals wishing to donate to the fund can contact EuroCham on [email protected] or visit the funding website at