May 6, 2016

Care-A-Van Update 05/05/2016

Care-A-Van Women's clinic outside of EKO Camp
Care-A-Van Women's clinic outside of EKO Camp

**The information provided below is mostly provided by Nathan Scott-Johnston, CARS in-field volunteer coordinator**

May 05, 2016 - Care-A-Van Acute Response Service (CARS) Programmatic Update

The CARS team continues to provide health care to refugees in Polykastro and Idomeni, Greece but is mainly stationed at the EKO camp between the two cities. The Care-A-Van vehicle has recently been serviced and is running smoothly!

Within the EKO, the camp's pharmacy has been organized and resupplied. Our partners at Team Katrinos are now searching for a pharmacist to oversee its operations. The goal of filling this position is to digitalize the pharmacy's inventory so that it can be shared electronically with donors and partners. 

Sadly, 3 of Team Katrinos core staff members have left due to a lack of funding. On the other hand, Circle of Health International (COHI) has maternal health volunteers that will be sent to Greece to support the program once they clear the vetting process. We expect this will occur in mid-May.  

The CARS team now has permanent housing accommodations! These spaces will be used for CARS staff and volunteers but have also been used to temporarily support especially vulnerable families before sending them to UNHCR for more thorough levels of protection.   

The EKO camp currently is supporting around 2,000 refugees. There have been reported incidents of violence and aggression but not toward volunteers. Greek authorities have responded by constructing a fence along the central highway along with placing signage informing refugees to relocate to other camps within the interior. These camps may be the next stop for the CARS program.   

COHI has secured a photographer/human rights attorney to work alongside the CARS team during the month of July. Her goal will be to document the team in addition to providing legal advice to all refugees encountered.   

For any more information about the CARS program, email Lucas at lpastorfieldli@cohintl.org  

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