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The Biogen Foundation has committed $10M to help address the immediate needs of communities and hospital systems across the world that have been impacted by COVID-19. Non-profit organizations are using the funds to expand the delivery of food and other vital supplies, increase testing, establish telehealth services, and purchase equipment and protective gear for health care workers on the front lines of fighting this virus.
While everyone is impacted by this virus, we know there are many people who are experiencing extreme economic stress and that healthcare workers and facilities are being inundated. We are so grateful to all our partners here in Massachusetts, North Carolina, and around the country and the world for their intense dedication to helping so many people individuals and families in need.
To date, the Biogen Foundation has made donations to the following organizations:
The Biogen Foundation is supporting 28 organizations across the United States in their COVID-19 relief efforts, with a focus on cities in the Greater Boston area in Massachusetts and the Research Triangle in North Carolina. Nationally, support for the CDC Foundation is expanding access to testing and treatment. Support for Feeding America is increasing the delivery of food and critical supplies to cities across the country. Non-profit organizations in Massachusetts and North Carolina are using the funds to expand the delivery of food and other vital supplies, increase testing, establish telehealth services, and purchase equipment and protective gear for health care workers on the front lines.
Red Cross chapters across Europe, including in Spain, Italy, France, Poland, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom are using the Biogen Foundation fund to support hospitals, medical and social services and public emergency services as they work to find potential ways to treat and contain the virus. In Poland, Wielka Orkiestra Swiatecznej Pomocy, the country’s largest non-profit organization, is purchasing equipment and PPE for hospitals treating COVID-19 patients. In Germany, the Biogen Foundation’s support for Tafel Deutschland will ensure that food banks across Germany are stocked and support for Tafel Munchen will ensure that residents living in Munich will have access to food.
The Biogen Foundation is actively supporting organizations in Latin America, Asia-Pacific, Canada and Mexico. The International Medical Corps, a non-profit organization partnering with the World Health Organization, received one it its first and largest grants from the Biogen Foundation allowing them to mobilize training and testing across the world and purchase PPE for countries bracing for a surge in COVID-19 cases. In Latin America, Instituto de Medicina Integral Professor Fernando Figueira is providing care for low income patients. Conciencia in Argentina is providing food and hygienic products for those in need. FunSalud in Mexico is expanding its feeding programs. HelpAge Canada will be providing support for Canada’s senior population. In Japan, Family House is using the donation to support families with children who have traveled to Tokyo for treatment and can’t return home because of restrictions. In Australia, Mission Australia and BackPack Bed will directly support the country’s homeless population and other populations impacted by the virus.
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