The SNF’s grant totaling €14 million to the National Center for Emergency Care enters the final phase of implementation
19 October 2017

As part of its Initiative against the Greek crisis, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) announced in April, 2017, a grant to the National Center for Emergency Care (EKAV), totaling €14 million, which entails the procurement of 143 state-of-the-art and fully equipped ambulances, as well as their full service and maintenance for a period of 8 years and the digital upgrade of its operations center.

The SNF’s representatives attended the delivery of the first sample vehicle, which was held in the premises of EKAV. The complete fleet of ambulances is expected to be delivered to EKAV, in successive phases, within the coming months, starting from November, 2017, until January, 2018.

The new vehicles will be made available in various regions across Greece, with the objective of meeting the basic need for open access in matters of secondary and tertiary care for all the residents of the country. Specifically, the vehicles will be allocated to the regions of Attica, Central and Western Macedonia, Thessaly, Epirus, Central Greece, Ionian Islands, Western Greece, the Peloponnese, Northern and Southern Aegean and Crete.

The new vehicles will modernize 22% of EKAV’s total ambulance fleet (650 vehicles), replacing older technology vehicles. Furthermore, through this grant, the Foundation will also support the digital upgrade of its Operations Center in Attica which receives more than 1,700,000 calls annually (EKAV 2016 data).

To find out more about the grant. click here.