Responding to the health emergency
Since the launch of its initial emergency plan in March, BNP Paribas has predominantly been supporting the medical sector. One month later, additional funds were paid to hospitals in order to provide protective equipment for caregivers, finance other hospital equipment and support research programmes. A donation was thus made to the All United Against Coronavirus alliance, launched by the HP-PA, Fondation de France and Institut Pasteur.
SUPPORTING MEDICAL RESEARCH
In France, Institut Pasteur has been granted 1 mil- lion to further develop the work carried out by the teams at its Na- tional Centre for Respiratory Viruses, and its Laboratory for Urgent Response to Biological Threats. Thanks to their concerted efforts, a response service has been made available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, to meet the needs of the health authorities for diagnostic and virus identification tests, in collaboration with the Institut Pas- teur International Network (RIIP). 21 new scientific research projects involving over 300 people are now underway, mainly focusing on candidate vaccines.
In Quebec, Canada, as part of the COVID-19 Biobank project, BNP Paribas has been supporting a study launched by the research centre of the University of Montreal Health Centre (CHUM), with the aim of analysing the determinants of the infection, as well as its morbidity and mortality rates.
SUPPORTING HEALTHCARE WORKERS
BNP Paribas various international organisations have also helped to meet the equipment needs of hospital staff, starting with the essentials: masks, gloves, gowns and tests. Globally, Mé- decins Sans Frontières received a donation of 200,000 to purchase protection kits for its workers. In Morocco, BMCI contributed 8 mil- lion to the National Solidarity Fund, supplying staff at the IBN ROCHD University Hospital in Casablanca with a consignment of masks and gloves. In Poland, 500,000 were allocated to procure screening tests for hospital workers, while in Spain, public hospitals in the Commu-
nity of Madrid received a donation to finance the purchase of pro- tective equipment, including masks. In India, BNP Paribas Chennai also supplied masks and gloves to 1,400 medical employees who were particularly exposed to the virus. In China, through the Shang- hai United Foundation, BNP Paribas made a donation to healthcare workers in Hubei, the province hardest hit by the coronavirus. In ad- dition, in Montreal, 7,000 masks were distributed to hospitals in the sector, due to a serious shortage of personal protective equipment.
The donations were also used to cover the living costs of healthcare professionals: for its part, BNP Paribas Switzerland con- tributed to meals; in France through the Act for Impact campaign, the bank financed the provision of rest area tables for caregivers in the Grand Ouest region; in Canada, the Toronto General and Western General Hospital received funds to support its health and well-being programme for healthcare professionals.
Hospitals around the world have had to cope with var- ying requirements due to the increased need for beds in ICU, a lack of equipment and increased operating costs. As a result, BNP Paribas has focused its support on the regions most badly affected by the pandemic, such as in the Province of Bergamo in Italy, where it pro- vided the equipment for a field hospital, or in the Grand Est region in France, namely in Strasbourg, Colmar, Mulhouse and Metz, as well as in the Ile-de-France region, one of the hardest-hit departments, where a total budget of 1 million was allocated to public hospitals in Seine-Saint-Denis; or in Madrid, where a donation was made to a temporary hospital set up in the exhibition centre and managed by the city s community hospital service.
Support has also been given to institutions whose fo- cus is treating the disease: in the United Kingdom, three hospitals with reserved departments; in Luxembourg, the Schumann hospi- tal has become an anti-Covid-19 hub; and in the United States, via BNP Paribas US and Bank of the West, four institutions on the West Coast and NYC Health + Hospitals in New York, which distributed funds to the most affected local hospitals, including the field hos- pital set up in the Billie Jean King Tennis Center. Donations have