(PORTLAND, OR) March 22, 2022 – As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to cause mass migration, loss of life and destruction, Medical Teams International is expanding its response to provide needed medical supplies and care to refugees passing through Moldova and the wounded and sick in Ukraine.
The global health and humanitarian organization has developed a three-pronged strategy to drive its growing response, based on the needs identified by its assessment team in the region. First, medical teams will continue to provide grants to local agencies that directly address the health needs of Ukrainians. Second, medical teams will help build medical and psychological first aid capacity in Moldova, through local health centers and mobile services at refugee accommodation centers, entry points and border crossings. Third, Medical Teams plans to provide medical care in Ukraine, working in partnership with clinics and hospitals and exploring options to ship equipment and supplies into the country.
According to the UN, 3.5 million refugees have now fled Ukraine, and about half of them are children. An additional 6-10 million people are estimated to be internally displaced within Ukraine. More than 340,000 of them entered Moldova (a country of about 3 million people), and about 100,000 of them remain in Moldova.
One of Medical Teams’ partnerships is with the Moldovan organization Coram Deo, its former partner when it worked in Moldova in the 1990s. Coram Deo prepares daily hygiene kits and drops them off in the morning at the transit center for refugees. They deliver boxes of food in the afternoon. Volunteers distribute hygiene kits to Ukrainian refugee families and three meals a day are prepared for all Ukrainians in the transit centre.
About international medical teams
Founded in 1979, Medical Teams International provides lifesaving medical care to people in crisis, such as survivors of natural disasters and refugees. We care for the whole person – physical, emotional, social and spiritual. Daring to love like Jesus, we serve everyone, regardless of religion, nationality, gender or race. Learn more at **medicalteams.org** and on social media using @medicalteams.