Since the very beginning of the war, or February 27, 2022, SSF has been in Medyka, a Polish border town, to help actively the victims of the war in Ukraine with fixed and mobile medical care, an emergency shelter, shipments of medications into the Ukraine, food and supplies for 6 refugee shelters in Ukraine, medical evacuations of older and/or sick people out of the Ukraine, and first aid training.
Medical care in the border town of Medyka, Poland
SSF has set up 2 First Aid stations that operate around the clock. 15,000+ people have been treated in these stations by a team of 8 doctors, nurses, EMTs and logisticians working in shifts. The First Aid tents are also used as a pharmacy so we can give the patients the medications they need.
Emergency shelter in Medyka
SSF has set up a large tent that can house up to 150 refugees; it has cots and a play area for the children. This tent was for women and children only, and it was like a bubble of peace amid the chaos. 20,000 refugees have used the tent to eat and rest during the 3 months it was up. SSF also distributed warm clothing for the children in this tent.
Shipments of medications into the Ukraine
Thanks to donations, both as money and in kind, from all over Europe, 110 tons of medications and medical/surgical equipment have been delivered inside the Ukraine. They were delivered to 10 Ukrainian hospitals, to civilian and military medical units, and to an orphanage.
The following facilities have benefited from our shipments:
Military medical units
Battalion 5810 in Nikolaev
Battalion 48 in Nikolaev
Brigade 25 in Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyï
Brigade 18154 in Biliaïvka
Battalion 1546 in Balakliya
Battalion 69 in Havrylivka
Tetiev hospital in Kiev
Red Windows hospital in Odessa
Children’s clinical hospital in Lviv
District municipal hospital in Vilnyask
Mechnikov hospital in Dnipro
Zaporijie regional hospital
CyberKnife Center of Kapitanivka, Kiev Oblast
Military field hospital in Zaporijie area
Special Operation in Mariupol
Shipment of medications for Mariupol refugees
Refugee shelters in the Ukraine
SSF set up refugee shelters in 6 Ukrainian cities: Zaporijia, Mikolaïv, Biliaïvka, Odessa, Kherson and Luhansk. We kept them supplied with food, clothes, medical care and psychological support. 60 refugees used to live and sleep in these shelters, and dozens more were stopping by to eat, seek medical care, take a shower and pick up a change of clothes. The local population was in a state of panic, so SSF arranged for a Ukrainian therapist to visit the shelters on a regular basis to supply support and medications.
Medical evacuations out of the Ukraine
SSF has arranged the medical evacuation of 100 women with infants or in labor, and of 23 elderly, sick or disabled people.
Mobile medical unit in Poland and Ukraine
11 months into the war, close to 3 million Ukrainian refugees are living in Poland; they are staying with locals or in shelters. The UNHCR says 6 million more may still be in the Ukraine proper.
The many refugees in their own country are often in remote areas where access to healthcare is problematic.
To address this new challenge, SSF has set up a mobile clinic that can go where the refugees are.
Two mobile medical units, including a medical bus with six care units, travelled throughout Poland and Ukraine to get closer to the refugees. In western Ukraine, the teams treated patients with “ordinary” recurrent illnesses but also post-traumatic stress disorders. They traveled to Lviv, Skole, Stryi, Jydachiv, Banya-Lysovyts’ka, Nyzhnya Stynava, Verkhnya Stynava, Vulytsya Vynnychenka and Morchyn.
The medical teams examined an average of 120 people per day and treated more than 8800 people.
To watch the video “SSF’s Mobile Clinic In Poland And In the Ukraine,” click here
First aid training in Ukraine
Our 27 Ukrainian first responders equipped with SSF first aid kits since 2017 have performed hundreds of emergency interventions and saved nearly 1,000 people.
320 new Ukrainian volunteers have completed first aid training sessions, 285 trainees have received mini rescue kits, and 12 more advanced trainees have received elaborate kits. They are now participating in the efforts of the rescue services.
The war is far from over…
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