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Novo Nordisk Foundation Awards Grant for Refugee Relief

The Novo Nordisk Foundation is giving DKK 2 million to the Danish Red Cross towards its current humanitarian work on behalf of newly arrived refugees in Denmark. The purpose of the donation is to contribute to improving the health of refugees who have crossed the Danish border after fleeing conflict areas.

The donation is earmarked for several specific initiatives, including health care and other assistance in and around the reception centres, medicine and medical equipment, psychological services and the purchase and preparation of food for the refugees.

“As part of the relief efforts in Denmark and to support effective integration for the people who seek asylum in Denmark, the Red Cross is carrying out several tasks including providing essential items and psychological services to the people who have been traumatized. We are extremely grateful to the Novo Nordisk Foundation for its contribution towards all these activities. This is money that will really benefit persecuted people and Danish society in both the short and long term,” says Anders Ladekarl, Secretary-General of the Danish Red Cross.

Birgitte Nauntofte, CEO of the Novo Nordisk Foundation, says:

“For 90 years, the Novo Nordisk Foundation has supported scientific, humanitarian and social causes with the aim of improving the health and welfare of people. In the current situation, it is both natural and timely to make a contribution that can help newly arrived refugees in Denmark to meet their basic needs, including health care, food and beverages and advice. The Danish Red Cross is part of the relief efforts in Denmark, and its experience and competence will enable it to quickly initiate assistance in the best possible way.”


Communication Officer, Klaus Nørskov, Danish Red Cross, [email protected], mobile: +45 2724 5890

Press Officer Christian Mostrup Scheel, Novo Nordisk Foundation, [email protected], mobile: +45 3067 4805.