Help Provide Health Care for Syrian Refugees

by Project HOPE
Help Provide Health Care for Syrian Refugees
Help Provide Health Care for Syrian Refugees
Help Provide Health Care for Syrian Refugees
Help Provide Health Care for Syrian Refugees
Help Provide Health Care for Syrian Refugees
Help Provide Health Care for Syrian Refugees
Help Provide Health Care for Syrian Refugees
Help Provide Health Care for Syrian Refugees
Help Provide Health Care for Syrian Refugees
Help Provide Health Care for Syrian Refugees
Help Provide Health Care for Syrian Refugees
Help Provide Health Care for Syrian Refugees
Help Provide Health Care for Syrian Refugees
Help Provide Health Care for Syrian Refugees
Help Provide Health Care for Syrian Refugees
Help Provide Health Care for Syrian Refugees
Help Provide Health Care for Syrian Refugees
Help Provide Health Care for Syrian Refugees
Zahra in front of the Christmas tree
Zahra in front of the Christmas tree

In light of the holiday season, we wanted to share a story with you of a young girl whose life you have touched through your support of Project HOPE’s work to provide assistance and care to refugees in Macedonia. 

In late December, a Project HOPE team of staff and volunteers were visiting one of the refugee camps in Gevgelija and met Zahra – a young girl from Afghanistan passing through the camp with her mother.  Zahra and her mother had made the majority of their trip from Afghanistan to Macedonia (more than 2,500 miles) on-foot and she did not know where they were headed next.  Despite the hardships they face, Zahra showed great excitement while accompanying HOPE’s team as they visited the children’s tents and happily blew bubbles in front of the Christmas tree with HOPE’s volunteer, Jessica.  With sincere thanks to donors like you, Project HOPE has been able to touch the lives of people and children, like Zahra, who are without a home and in need of care this time of year.  Please help us continue to make a difference throughout the next year by making a small donation today!   

To learn more about HOPE’s work in Macedonia, please visit our webpage and consider signing up for our newsletter by clicking here

Wishing you a Happy New Year on behalf of the Project HOPE family around the world!

With gratitude,

Sara 

HOPE volunteer, Jessica, with Zahra
HOPE volunteer, Jessica, with Zahra
Blowing bubbles
Blowing bubbles
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As winter approaches, more and more migrants and refugees are facing common threats that come along with cold weather including lack of warm clothing, limited food and shelter and increased susceptibility to illness. Many of the refugees passing through Macedonia left their homes in the summer and are ill-prepared for the coming challenges as the weather changes.  One young Syrian mother waiting at the transit center in Gevelija did not have any winter clothes.

“It was summer when we started our journey.  My baby is only seven months old.”

Thanks to donations of clothes from the Macedonian people, the mother was able to find a jacket for her baby; however, she is one of many in need of assistance and Project HOPE is working hard to provide relief and care to as many refugees and migrants as possible over the coming months. 

In early November, Project HOPE delivered its second shipment of donated medicines and supplies to the Ministry of Health in Macedonia – more is on the way – while also sending two medical volunteers to work in the Refugee Transit Center in Gevgelija.    

HOPE volunteers, Dr. Corey Kahn and Nurse Louisa Reade Shawkat, have been working 3 rounds of 4 12-hour shifts at the transit center’s health facility since November 6th, 2015, coordinating with Project HOPE staff on the ground and the Ministry of Health.  The number of patients on their first day was limited – approximately 2,000 compared to the ranging 5,000 – 10,000 per day – due to a strike by ferry boat workers that stalled transportation of immigrants from Greece.  Yet, there were still many patients to be seen with injuries ranging from bumps and bruises to head injuries.  The medical supplies donated by HOPE to the transit centers have also made a big impact on the team’s ability to provide quality care to patients.  Of a donated Tympanic thermometer from HOPE, one of the doctor's said:  

“[This thermometer] makes our work much easier, especially with the pediatric patients.  No such product was available to us prior to HOPE’s donation.” 

The number of individuals requesting medical assistance between Macedonia’s two transit centers has risen to approximately 800 per day.  Thanks to you and donors like you, Project HOPE will be able to continue providing quality health care and humanitarian assistance to these individuals and their families in Gevgelija, as they continue on their journey and search for a home.

For more information on HOPE’s work responding to the refugee crisis, check out these compelling blog posts by HOPE’s volunteer photojournalist, Ted Wendel, recently returned from Gevgelija. 

Many thanks from all of us at Project HOPE!

Sincerely,

Sara Leonard

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Project HOPE visiting a refugee camp in Gevgelija
Project HOPE visiting a refugee camp in Gevgelija

Project HOPE is currently responding to the refugee crisis in Macedonia, as millions of refugees are making the dangerous trek by land and sea through Europe.       

We began responding to the Syrian Refugee Crisis in late 2013 by delivering more than $100 million worth of medicines and medical supplies to refugee camps in Turkey.  With the crisis continuing to evolve, Project HOPE is now coordinating with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and partners in Macedonia – one of the three most impacted Balkan countries by the refugee crisis – to meet the health needs of the refugees through the provision of critically needed medicines and medical supplies.

On September 11th, a Project HOPE team visited a refugee camp in Gevgelija where refugees are being registered, sheltered and provided medical care.  The camp has a well-equipped Military Container Ambulance Roomer where there are continuous rotations of medical doctors and nurses and the General Hospital in Gevgelija is also seeing all refugees with urgent health needs. 

While the MoH is providing as many medicines and supplies for the refugees as they can, there is not enough set aside for the crisis and the fear of a shortage is great.  In response, Project HOPE is working with the MoH and the Gevgelija Hospital – a long-term HOPE partner – to secure needed medicines and prepare the first shipment of donated supplies to Macedonia. 

With great thanks to generous donors like you, we are helping to ensure that refugees and their families receive the medical care they need.  To stay up-to-date on HOPE’s activities in Macedonia, visit our webpage and profile on ReliefWeb.    

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Project HOPE

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Project Leader:
Sarah Leonard
Millwood, VA United States

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