MedGlobal
Medical Welfare

ROHINGYA IN BANGLADESH

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MedGlobal’s most recent work has been in the refugee camps of Bangladesh serving the Rohingya community. Our volunteers have been on the ground since the beginning of this ethnic cleansing and we are sending weekly medical missions to give necessary aid to Rohingya refugees. Currently focusing on primary care, women's health, malnutrition, dehydration, infectious disease, and pediatrics.

Since October of 2017, MedGlobal, has been sending weekly teams of physicians, nurses and public health workers to provide free and sustainable medical care for the Rohingya refugees and underserved citizens of Bangladesh. Through our partnerships with local NGOs, MedGlobal has been able to:

Provide a Western standard of medical care for approximately 100-250 patients per day (of which a third are children)

Administer thousands of dollars in lifesaving and disease-preventing medications each month

Deliver urgent and primary care services including, IV hydration, nebulizer treatments, wound care, point of care testing and ultrasound diagnostic

Distribute self-adjustable eyeglasses

Collaborate with other local NGOs and government organizations in providing hospital level care, TB testing and referrals for orthopedic/surgical cases

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GREECE

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There are currently over 11,000 refugees housed on the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Kos and Rhodes. There are more refugees coming through the north-eastern Greek border from Turkey every day.

According to IOM, through July 15, 2018, the total number of sea arrivals to Greek territory since January 1st is 14,678. April remains the busiest month for irregular migration by land and sea to Greece, with a total of 7,009 men, women and children arriving. February was the lowest with 1,610.

Since 2015, over 100,000 refugees have passed through Lesvos Island. There are 2 refugee camps on the island. All new arrivals are brought to the largest and main camp, Moria, outside of the city of Mytilini, where they are registered and given a full medical screening. The Greek Police and Army oversee the running of the camp and Keelpno is the governmental organisation which is responsible for the refugees’ healthcare on Lesvos.

MedGlobal will be sending medical volunteers to work in the Moria Refugee Camp, where there are 8,000 refugees housed in a camp designed for 3,000. There are 4 healthcare NGOs working in the Moria Camp providing acute and chronic care, however, due to the overcrowding of the camp it is extremely difficult to get access to health care.In addition, and based on the availability of volunteers, we may send medical volunteers to the other Greek islands and to near the northern border of Turkey.

Currently, there are more than 60,000 asylum seekers in Greece. According to the Missing Migrants Project, some 1,422 migrants have died in the Mediterranean so far in 2018.

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LEBANON

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After 7 years of conflict due to the Syrian Civil war the United Nations have identified 13.5 million Syrians requiring humanitarian assistance, more than 6 million which are internally displaced and around 5 million who are refugees outside of Syria. This has resulted in 1.5 MILLION Syrian Refugees living in Lebanon, amounting to more than a quarter of the population, the highest number of refugees per capita in the world.

The influx of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon has created a huge strain on the Lebanese economy resulting in a lack of resources to provide adequate health care, schooling and basic needs for Syrian refugees.

Most Syrian refugees in Lebanon live outside of camps in urban centers and informal shelters. These unsponsored shelters combined with the strain on the Lebanese economy makes it increasingly difficult for Syrian Refugees to have access to Health Care which is why we have partnered with URDA, Union of Relief and Development Associations, to provide free medical care for Syrian refugees in permanent, semi-permanent and mobile clinics primarily in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.

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VENEZUELAS HEALTHCARE & REFUGEE CRISIS

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Limited vaccination in Venezuela resulted in a resurgence of previously eradicated infectious diseases such as polio, diphtheria, and measles. Tuberculosis and Malaria cases are also on rise. Due to physicians and medicine shortage, maternal and child mortality rate has risen and diseases such as HIV are uncontrolled. Therefore, Venezuelan refugees require immediate healthcare services when arriving to receiving countries, both collapsing local healthcare systems and representing a public health threat if left untreated. Unfortunately, the increase in migrants to Colombia has also resulted in and increase in rates of malnourishment among Venezuelans. Venezuelans are limited in jobs, housing, and resources to address their basic needs both in their home country and in the receiving countries to which they are migrating to.

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YEMEN

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In September 2017, MedGlobal began working in Yemen to provide medical relief for those in need and support healthcare professionals and facilities overwhelmed with patients. To date, MedGlobal has sent three medical missions to Marib, Eden, and Aljawf where there were no other organizations present on the ground to address the immense health needs of the population. These medical missions treated 2,000 patients directly and an additional 60,000 with medications and supplies. Volunteers performed 22 surgeries and provided 8 training seminars for Yemeni healthcare professionals.

With millions still in need, MedGlobal's work in Yemen is important now more than ever.

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URGENT CRISIS IN IDLIB

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The situation in Idlib right now is beyond catastrophic if the Russian/Syrian offensive continues. The Syrian Regime and it’s Russian allies have bombed and begun launching a large-scale military attack on the Idlib Province in northwest Syria. Rumors have circulated that chemical weapons will be used in the attack, causing even more displacement. 50,000 people have already been displaced from southern Idlib, Jisr Alshugoor and north Hama (Latamneh). Tents that accommodate 5 people now have 10 and these new IDPs will likely never go back to their villages and cities

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SIERRA LEONE

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The West African country of Sierra Leone has a current population of 7.7 million people with 42% of the population under the age of 15. Sierra Leone has one of the world’s lowest life expectancies with the average life expectancy being 57 years of age.

Sierra Leone suffered a civil war between the years of 1991-2002. The Civil war lasted 11 years and resulted in over 2 million Sierra Leoneans being internally displaced or left them as refugees in neighboring countries. The results of the Civil War and the 2014 Ebola outbreak, which claimed close to 4000 lives, has left Sierra Leone as one of the poorest and most underserved countries in the world. Currently more than 60% of Sierra Leoneans live below the poverty line and are not able to access basic human needs including medical care

These events have had a huge impact on the country’s infrastructure and economy. Sierra Leone now has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world with 1 in 17 mothers at risk of death due to pregnancy or childbirth. The major causes of illness within the country are preventable with modern technology and medical advances.

PUERTO RICO

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, clean water, food, and fuel for generators was difficult to find. Many cell phone sites were out of service and emergency officials struggled to distribute supplies to the island's population of 3.4 million people. The medical conditions continued to deteriorate as only 11 of Puerto Rico's 69 hospitals had power or a fuel supply.

The MedGlobal team, in partnership with Project Hope, visited several sites around the island to bring medical care and medications to the population. In the south, the teams visited a makeshift hospital in a stadium capable of treating 250 patients. In the northeast city of Cieba, volunteers partnered with a local NGO, the Jewish Community Center of Puerto Rico, to perform free physical exams and provide free medication

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KURDISTAN/IRAQ

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In January of 2014, the eruption of armed conflict in northern Iraq and subsequent large-scale territorial seizures by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has resulted in displacement of millions of Iraqis and left the country in a state of mass destruction. The pace and scale of displacement makes the Iraq crisis one of the largest and most volatile in the world.

Combat operations against ISIL have led to an influx of millions of Iraqis, which fled their home towns and cities seeking for safety in more secure areas like Kurdistan (the north region of Iraq). Brutal conflicts have deeply impacted the lives of millions of Iraqis which were already suffering from decades of conflict and crisis.

Although masses of internally displaced persons (IDPs) returned to their devastated home areas in 2017 (the end of the ISIL battles), more than 1.3 million are still in IDP camps across the country and rely on international assistance.

The healthcare provision in Iraqi conflict-ravaged areas presents major challenges, particularly the hard-hit health sector. Hundreds of healthcare facilities were destroyed or looted, and hundreds of healthcare providers fled in the last few years.

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