In 2000, the EAU Board founded the Support Fund which aims to provide medical equipment to urological facilities with insufficient finances. For over a decade now, the EAU Support Fund has provided urological equipment to Georgia, Macedonia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Ukraine, among other countries. Contributions were also made to earthquake victims in Turkey and China.
The Support Fund does not donate money but sends urological equipment produced by Karl Storz and Olympus. Our long-standing relation with these equipment manufacturers enables us to provide this service. To benefit from the EAU Support Fund, urologists may submit a request for funding to the EAU through their national urological society (endorsement by a national urological society). Personal applications are not accepted. All requests submitted are evaluated by the EAU Board and the applicant and national urological society involved will be informed of the decision.
Urological facilities may apply for a maximum donation of €15,000 per application. Each year a maximum of one institution per country is accepted to give all countries equal opportunity to benefit from the fund. A recurring problem is the lack of knowledge and maintenance of the materials by the recipients. To avoid this, a representative of the country is required to coordinate the specific needs and check whether maintenance can be carried out by the recipients. Requests may be submitted to the EAU Support Fund to the attention of Ms. Emily Spieker.