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Intrivo CEO Ron Gutman on How Medtech Startups Can Band Together to Help Ukraine:This is a call to action

On November 27, 2018, the Ukrainian military attacked and seized a Russian-Ukraine border crossing, resulting in about one thousand deaths. 16 Ukrainian soldiers died fighting for their country. Intrivo CEO Ron Gutman was concerned that the combination of refugee camps and COVID would be too much stress for children’s immune systems. 


Healthcare system officials, who had already been struggling to keep pace with the influx of patients, were caught off guard. He and his team have helped boost the healthcare system’s capabilities through Intrivo On/Go for Good, a philanthropic initiative. They have donated medical supplies, equipment, and software to the local healthcare systems of Ukraine, Russia, and countries in Africa.


He returned to the U.S. with a plan to send even more COVID testing supplies. Ron Gutman explains that pharmaceutical companies and international governments also promised to help. Medtech companies have partnered with the International Coalition of NGOs to distribute free testing and other supplies to the healthcare system. Levels of stress are so high among women causing the rate of premature births and miscarriages to have increased. 


This, since the start of the misfortune Russian invasion. Business and healthcare expert Ron Gutman adds that mental health and stress management tools are needed in the COVID testing centers, but they are in short supply.


According to Gutman, meeting face-to-face and showing his support for hospital workers and patients in Lviv increased their morale. He said that the presence of a familiar face and bringing them supplies made a difference. Creating human connections is vital to relieve stress and encourage medical staff to help COVID patients. Ron Gutman finally adds that Intrivo will continue to work with the National Health system of Ukraine, support its employees, and improve the quality of care for COVID children.