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Novo Nordisk Foundation gives DKK 50 million to strengthen emergency relief efforts in response to the invasion of Ukraine

As the conflict in Ukraine escalates, more than 500,000 people have fled the country – and the number is expected to grow significantly over the coming weeks and months. The grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation will be distributed among international relief organisations in Ukraine and neighbouring countries. Photo: Poland. Reception center in Dorohusk © UNHCR/Chris Melzer.

The funds will target efforts to help people who have fled the country, internally displaced people, and other vulnerable groups still living in Ukraine. The grant of DKK 50 million is therefore not geographically limited to Ukraine, but may also be used for emergency relief efforts in neighbouring countries that require assistance to take care of refugees from Ukraine.

Hanna Line Jakobsen, Senior Vice President, Novo Nordisk Foundation, says: “This conflict is developing minute by minute, and we are therefore being very flexible in providing this humanitarian assistance. The grant will be distributed among several of the Foundation’s humanitarian aid partners, all of whom are significant international organisations with a presence in and around Ukraine, and who also share our ambition of helping as many people as possible – as soon as possible.”

The grant will support the work of international relief organisations in receiving and assisting refugees, internally displaced persons and other vulnerable groups by providing access to basic necessities such as food, health, shelter and security.

The grant comes in the wake of a DKK 5 million grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation, which was announced immediately after the invasion of Ukraine. Read more here.

The Foundation’s initiative is being coordinated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and international organisations that are involved in responding to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

The DKK 50 million has been awarded to five organisations and is distributed as follows: Danish Red Cross DKK 25 million, UNHCR DKK 10 million, Danish Refugee Council DKK 10 million, UNICEF Denmark DKK 4 million and Human Rights Watch DKK 1 million.

About the Novo Nordisk Foundation
The Novo Nordisk Foundation is an independent Danish foundation with corporate interests. It has two objectives: 1) to provide a stable basis for the commercial and research activities of the companies in the Novo Group; and 2) to support scientific, humanitarian and social causes.

The vision of the Foundation is to contribute significantly to research and development that improves the lives of people and the sustainability of society. Since 2010, the Foundation has donated more than DKK 30 billion (€4 billion), primarily for research at public institutions and hospitals in Denmark and the other Nordic countries. Read more at

Further information
Signe Frederiksen, Senior Project Manager, +45 2214 1640, [email protected]