Samaritan’s Purse to Provide Life-Saving Medical Care, Emergency Food, and Other Critical Relief in Central Europe
As conflict in Ukraine escalates, Samaritan’s Purse is deploying an Emergency Field Hospital to the region to meet the critical medical needs. Disaster response specialists have been on the ground in Poland, Romania, and Moldova since last week conducting rapid needs assessments and preparing a strategic response.
The international Christian relief organisation will airlift an Emergency Field Hospital and a team of disaster response specialists—including doctors, nurses, and additional support staff—to Poland on its DC-8 aircraft. The field hospital will then be transported to Ukraine where it will provide specialised trauma care to people impacted by the conflict. This unit will have the capacity to treat more than 100 patients each day, and it will be made up of 30 in-patient beds, an operating room, and Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
A 747 cargo plane will depart in the next few days, carrying additional components of the Emergency Field Hospital and the equipment to establish two additional medical clinics. These clinics will be deployed to areas receiving an influx of refugees. Assessment teams continue to work to identify the most strategic locations for these units. These health clinics will equip Samaritan’s Purse medical staff to meet minor trauma needs and provide general medical care for some 200 patients each day.
“The situation in Ukraine is bleak and we want to meet the needs of those who are hurting,” said Darren Tosh, Samaritan’s Purse UK Executive Director. “We are sending out life-saving medical care to assist those who are suffering, hopefully bringing some hope in the midst of this horrendous time.”
In addition to medical care, Samaritan’s Purse is preparing to distribute 20 tons of food inside Ukraine. Disaster Assistance Response Team members have also begun distributing water and food in Poland as Ukrainian families cross the border. Samaritan’s Purse will continue to assess additional needs in the countries surrounding Ukraine—ready to respond in further capacities to aid hurting families.
Since 1996, Samaritan’s Purse has distributed more than 12 million shoebox gifts to children in Ukraine through its Operation Christmas Child program.
With a UK base in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, Samaritan’s Purse responds to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations – especially in locations where few others are working. Globally, Samaritan’s Purse works in more than 100 countries to provide aid to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine, and persecution. For more information, visit SamaritansPurse.org.
Written by: Matthew Murray