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COMMITMENT | 17.09.2020

Fundación MAPFRE donates funds to build a modern hospital in Guatemala

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The hospital—initially built to treat COVID-19 patients—is being made permanent and, in the words of the country’s president, is one of the key hospitals in Central America.

Help from Fundación MAPFRE in Guatemala enabled construction of the treatment plant, infrastructure network, entrances, telephone network and monitoring center at the temporary COVID-19 hospital in Santa Lucía Cotzumalguapa, Escuintla. It was one of five hospitals built specifically to care for patients suffering from the virus and will continue to serve the local population as a permanent general hospital. It opened a few days ago.

Rafael Briz, Chairman of MAPFRE in the country, and Julio del Cid, Fundación MAPFRE country representative for Guatemala, attended the opening.

Fundación MAPFRE has allocated 475,000 euros to help the country purchase medical and sanitary equipment to fight the pandemic and President Alejandro Giammattei personally thanked the company recently for providing a semi-automatic machine capable of producing up to 3 million protective masks, among other initiatives.

This aid also helped Guatemala to cover the costs of installing electrical wiring and a sludge and sewage treatment system for the hospital.

Click here for more information on the Fundación MAPFRE global aid program.