Pirelli Renews Slatina Hospital Aid Programme
Three years ago, Pirelli launched a programme to assist staff at the Hospital of Slatina, a facility located near the company’s Romanian car and light truck tyre plant. Since this time the Italian tyre maker has contributed towards the professional training of more than 120 doctors and nurses, who have benefitted from assistance provided by Milan’s Niguarda Hospital Ca’ Granda. Pirelli’s support of the Slatina hospital has now been renewed with the signing of an agreement to expand and extend the programme to 2013.
The new ‘International Health Sector Cooperation’ project agreement was signed on December 10 at Pirelli’s Milan headquarters by Mara Carfagna, Italy’s minister for Equal Opportunity, Roberto Formigoni, president of the Regional Authority of Lombardy and Pirelli chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera, with the participation of the consul general of Romania in Milan, Tiberiu Dinustrong, and Pasquale Cannatelli, director general of the Niguarda Ca’ Granda Hospital. As part of this new professional training programme, over the next three years the Romanian hospital’s medical and nursing staff will receive theoretical and practical courses in the areas of radiology and burns therapy, as well as in-depth study in subject areas related to emergency treatment and emergency medicine. Particular attention will also be given to training in gynaecology, in response to the community’s pressing need for preventative treatment for female illnesses. As was the case with the previous training programme, a number of senior medical staff from Niguarda hospital in Italy will visit Slatina to oversee the launch of the new technologies and procedures, and doctors from the Romanian hospital will attend the theoretical and practical courses at the hospital in Milan.
Pirelli will contribute around 400,000 euros a year over the three-year period; a figure the Italian firm says will bring the total commitment to approximately one million euros from the launch of the project. The agreement is part of a range of social initiatives Pirelli carries out in support of local communities wherever it has production facilities. The tyre maker’s presence in Slatina dates from 2005 and today Pirelli operates a high-performance tyre factory and a facility for the production of steel cord.