Liberty Seguros supports the NGO Doctors Without Borders in their work against COVID-19 in Europe, especially in support of the elderly, migrants and homeless people
► The company has made a donation to Doctors Without Borders to support its professionals who are responding in Europe to the medical needs generated by the pandemic and its consequences.
► Doctors Without Borders provides pandemic management solutions in different
crisis committees, such as designing external hospitalisation units to help
reduce the hospitals’ congestions.
► Doctors Without Borders has focused its efforts on those places where
the epidemic is hitting harder and on the most vulnerable social groups:
elderly, homeless, and immigrants.
Liberty is a company that is committed to society and aware of the importance
of the support from private companies to the organisations that are leading the
management of the COVID-19 health emergency and its consequences. For that
reason, the insurer has made various donations to entities operating in Spain,
Portugal, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, where it carries out its
business operations in Europe.
Thus, it has donated 250,000 euros to the NGO Doctors Without Borders,
with the aim of supporting professionals who are responding in Europe to
medical needs. generated by this pandemic, which has mainly hit Italy and Spain
and affected 100 other countries throughout the world.
“At Liberty, we want people feel safe. Therefore, as a socially
responsible company, we believe that it is our obligation to make an effort to
support the professionals who are working day by day to protect people and
helping to stop this crisis. We also want to thank them for everything they are
doing for our employees, clients, mediators and partners, for our families and
for our society at large”, explains Tom McIlduff, CEO of Liberty in Europe.
In other European countries, Doctors Without Borders has focused its
efforts on those places where the epidemic is hitting hard, with the most
virulence, and among the most vulnerable social groups: the elderly, homeless
and immigrants. In this way, its work strategy includes three areas: technical
and strategic support and advice to hospitals and health centres; advisory work,
training and support in nursing homes and support for vulnerable groups such as
the homeless and migrants.
In Spain, their response has focused on advice and support when
preparing intervention and decongestion plans of health care structures, thanks
to a highly experienced group of professionals.
To this day, Doctors Without Borders in Spain has participated in the
evaluation of the response in around 12 hospitals, collaborated in the creation
of 22 hospital extensions, which are allowing to decongest emergencies and intensive
care rooms, and also facilitating the delivery of medical materials and
In addition, with the aim of maximizing their response capacity and
reaching the maximum number of health professionals, socio-health workers,
cleaning personnel, structure managers and other professionals, Doctors Without
Borders in Spain has developed some tools such as guides, protocols and
audiovisual content, which are accessible on a specific website for
This disease seriously affects the elderly. Thus, a large part of the
efforts of Doctors Without Borders have focused on this vulnerable group and on
supporting nursing homes. So far, more than 100 nursing homes in Spain have
already been advised, and they continue to work to reach many more. In
Portugal, Doctor Without Borders teams have started to visit nursing homes and
supporting authorities and management teams to train staff and establish basic
hygiene and prevention of transmission measures. In Italy, they support a
network of nursing homes in various cities, to prevent the spread of affected
In France and Belgium, Doctors Without Borders is focused on helping
migrants and homeless people. Thus, its teams have been pulled out in some of
the emergency shelters established to accommodate people living on the streets
during the confinement and in other collective accommodation facilities, providing
medical support, assessing health status and identify possible COVID 19 cases.
They also attend general enquiries close to food distribution points, five days
Other Liberty initiatives to support entities that
protect people from COVID 19 in Europe
In Spain, Liberty has made a donation of 50,000 euros to the Red Cross to help with sending medical supplies to medical
professionals and hospital centres in the most affected regions, as well as delivering
food and other basic necessities to those in need. It has also contributed by making
a donation to the NGO Messengers of Peace, to help with the distribution of
food to soup kitchens for the elderly, and to the Foundation for the Promotion
of Development and Integration (FDI). This aid will go towards
carrying out psychomotricity courses to help young people with disabilities – a
group that is particularly vulnerable at this moment in time.
In Ireland, donations
have also been made to Pieta House and Alone. These charities reach protected
characteristic groups that are at specific risk of social exclusion, such as
the elderly and people with mental health disorders.
Liberty Seguros has
also ensured its help has reached Portugal with a donation to CASA (Centro de Apoio
aos Sem Abrigo). CASA is delivering food to people in need in quarantined
areas. Also, in our neighbouring country and thanks to another donation made by
the insurance company to APAMETAL, 500 protection masks have been produced and
delivered to health personnel at the Sao José Hospital in Lisbon.