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The COVID Emergency

The COVID Emergency

United against COVID-19. During a difficult time for Italy and for the world, Menarini is pursuing a series of solidarity initiatives in support of patients and healthcare workers. In the countries where it is present, Menarini continues to contribute to the fight against COVID-19 through a number of drives for donations.

Ever since the first outbreaks were identified in Asia, Menarini has taken prompt action to protect the health of its employees. Even before the spread of the virus in Europe and the resulting lockdowns, the Group had adopted a series of preventive safety measures aimed at safeguarding the health of its employees and their families by preventing contagion.

As the number of COVID cases in Italy increased, Menarini immediately intervened with numerous projects to support those fighting on the front lines against the virus.



At the beginning of March, Menarini converted part of its Florence plant to produce disinfectant gels to donate to the Italian Civil Protection service and has in a few weeks increased the gel production, so that 300 tons of disinfectant have already been donated.

To ensure the safety of healthcare workers, Menarini has donated more than 1 million masks (between N95/FFP2 models and surgical masks) to all General Medicine Federations and General Medicine Scientific Societies to allow their fair and widespread distribution throughout Italy. This is in addition to over 13.500 suits and 330.000 gloves; 14.000 safety googles; moreover, lung ventilators, a medical ultrasound machine and a bio containment stretcher.

Menarini Relife has donated 10,500 packages of DermoRelizema, with 150,000 tubes of cream to treat the itching, burning and redness associated with the prolonged use of personal protective equipment. This will help Healthcare Workers to maintain and/or restore their skin’s physiological barrier.

Meanwhile, Menarini Diagnostics has been working in recent months to make new technologies available for the manufacture of serological and molecular diagnostic tests. The latter are carried out with the use of a sophisticated instrument, the size of a dictionary, which allows COVID-19 to be diagnosed in 20 minutes. Thanks to its compact size, ease of use and the speed of the results, this technology allows on-the-spot diagnosis in contexts such as first aid, triage tents, airports, ports and railway stations, for example.

Outside of Italy, Menarini has implemented a series of solidarity projects in many of the countries struck by the virus.

In Germany, Berlin-Chemie Menarini has donated disinfectant gel to facilities on the front lines against the virus. In Europe, significant financial donations have been made to the hospitals fighting COVID in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, Romania and Greece. Moreover, Menarini Spain has donated 17,000 serological test kits, while Menarini Hellas has purchased monitors, pulse oximeters, ultrasound scanners and devices to support local healthcare facilities.

The branches in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden, Hungary and Uzbekistan have donated masks and personal protective equipment for healthcare workers. In addition to devices, the branch in the Czech Republic has donated 17,500 packages of Sustenium Bioritmo to provide an energy boost for healthcare workers, while Uzbek employees organised a private fundraising to make a contribution to the facilities engaged in the fight against the virus. Czech representatives have also sewn hundreds of masks in their free time, with the support of the company. In Serbia, meanwhile, Menarini has donated 30 pulse oximeters in addition to a financial contribution to support front-line facilities.

In Asia, our branch in Indonesia made a financial contribution in support of local healthcare facilities. In Thailand and Malaysia, Menarini’s branches have donated more than 10,000 masks. In the Philippines, the branch has distributed 160,000 masks, 4,000 visors, 2,450 coveralls, 5,000 shoe-covers, 300,000 gloves and 13,000 pairs of eyeglasses, free of charge. In South Korea and Uzbekistan, meanwhile, employees spontaneously organised a fundraising to provide support during this difficult time.

Menarini Central America and Caribbean has donated medications and 180,000 devices to local healthcare facilities, particularly in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and the Dominican Republic.

Workers in the field often pull very long, exhausting shifts. For this reason, Menarini Ireland chose to donate lounge chairs to hospitals to make their breaks more relaxing. Menarini Finland, on the other hand, decided to thank local healthcare workers by sending regular emails containing Menarini Pills of Art (short videos which show and explain anecdotes about the most famous works of art from the Italian Renaissance), in the hope of bringing them a moment of relief and escape during these difficult days.

Finally, the Fondazione Internazionale Menarini has continued its mission to disseminate scientific information by making a virtual library on COVID-19 available to doctors and healthcare professionals, featuring selected texts by Nobel Prize winner Louis Ignarro.