With thousands of migrants attempting to cross European borders under increasingly treacherous conditions, a volunteer group of medical personnel has begun responding to calls to provide help to those in need.
Lifehealth, made up of EMT’s, nurses and paramedics, have stationed themselves along the borders of Poland and Ukraine following reports of a worsening situation. Previous refugees – who were mostly Middle Eastern, Asian and African – are now being joined by 1,000’s of Ukrainian refugees escaping the conflict. Many seeking sanctuary are in need of urgent medical help following attacks by the Russian military. With temperatures often below freezing, there are concerns many people will die. A significant proportion of the migrants – 20-30% according to reports – are children.
The medics, who are use donated ambulances, work shifts in three-person teams, responding to calls from other NGO’s operating in the region. Due to geographical limitations, medical volunteers can only treat so many at any given time. An online collection to support the medics’ work is badly needed to purchase medication, equipment, accommodation and transport, communications and fuel costs. Children as young as two are typically hungry and frightened and many others suffer from a range of ailments due to lack of medication and proper warmth. People living in the forests for several days, are hungry, dehydrated, and cold. When discovered they can be taken to a local hospital, where their condition may improve but, sadly, many never make it that far.