At 12:00 (EET) on 21 March a ceremony will be held for the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Greek State and the EFC member the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) for the implementation of SNF’s grant initiative “Supporting Greece’s Health Sector”.  This marks the beginning of the implementation of  SNF’s grant initiative to enhance the health sector in Greece, with an initial budget expected to exceed $238 million. The event will be streamed live through SNF’s website at 

In September 2017, following discussions with the Ministry of Health which indicated to SNF the most pressing and prioritised needs of the Greek Health sector, SNF announced its intention to exclusively support four major interventions in infrastructure projects throughout the country, the procurement of new medical equipment, as well as education-related projects. 

This new grant initiative follows on the heels of a previous SNF grant to the National Center for Emergency Care (EKAV), totaling $15 million, which has just been completed, and which covered the procurement of 143 state-of-the-art ambulances and their full maintenance for a period of 8 years, as well as the digital upgrade of EKAV’s operations centre.

Since 1996, when SNF began its grantmaking activity, it has already provided grants of more than $130 million for the support of health programmes in Greece. Past grants in the health sector include a grant, totaling $23 million, to support the replacement of ten linear accelerators in seven public hospitals around the country, a grant for the renovation of all Pediatric Intensive Care Units (ICUs), as well as a grant for the construction and complete outfitting of hostels to house the relatives of patients in hospitals around the country. In addition, SNF’s initiative for the establishment of the Mobile Medical Units, in collaboration with the NGO “Regeneration and Progress”, has wielded significant results in providing healthcare programmes to residents of islands and remote areas in Greece.

Later in the day at 17:00 (EET) the SNF hosts the fifth event of its monthly series DIALOGUES, on “STEREOTYPES.” 

The event will be streamed live through the SNF’s website at and will also be available on demand in both video and podcast format on the SNF’s website.

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