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AMDA Emergency Relief #14: Crisis in Ukraine

Publication date:2022-04-04
 

Medical assistance at the Hungarian border areas:

1) Beregsurany, Hungary

On 1 April, a nurse from *AMDA-TICO worked at the medical outpost set in Beregsurany, a village at the Hungarian border which had been extending support to the Ukrainian evacuees. From 10am to 4pm, the nurse was able to carry out his work smoothly thanks to a Ukrainian interpreter residing in Hungary. Having someone who could speak the Ukrainian language put the evacuees at ease and allowed better communication between them.

The medical outpost is part of an evacuee support center which the village has been running since the outset of the crisis. Although the number of arriving evacuees has become relatively less compared to mid-March, more than 200 people are still crossing the border daily. Most of them use this facility temporarily, spending a few hours until they get on the free bus to relocate themselves to Budapest. The patients at the outpost has also decreased in line with the ongoing situation, however, there is always a certain demand for medical personnel.
 

2) Zahony, Hungary

After visiting Beregsurany, the aforementioned nurse moved to Zahony where medical services had been provided at the local train station for the evacuees arriving by train. The nurse worked with a local doctor for three hours from 5pm. The doctor said the number of incoming evacuees had been declining for the past three days. Likewise, there were no patients with serious cases except for those with minor ailments such as joint pain or backache. That day, there was only one patient as no train arrived during their work hours.
 

Item donation to evacuation facilities in Ukraine:

AMDA-TICO decided to send home appliances to Ukraine after hearing that many people were taking refuge in local evacuation facilities. The decision was made after getting briefed on the local situation by its counterpart, Kalpatalja Haz, in Kisvarda. On AMDA’s behalf, refrigerators, microwaves and other goods were purchased by the facility staff for further distribution.
 

Courtesy visit to the Embassy of Japan in Hungary:

On 1 April, before returning to Japan, AMDA-TICO’s aid workers made a courtesy call to H.E. Ambassador Masato Ohtaka at the Japanese embassy in Budapest. In addition to two doctors and one relief coordinator who were scheduled to leave Hungary shortly, two Japanese med students from Semmelweis University also accompanied the visit. The students had worked with the team throughout this relief effort. The team reported the activities to the ambassador and shared the plan for the long-term assistance.
 

The fourth dispatch of relief personnel:

Meanwhile, AMDA sent one additional doctor from Japan to Hungary on 2 April in light of the prolonged aid work. Upon his departure, the doctor said, “I hope to be of help to the people of Ukraine until they can get back to a peaceful daily life. It may take time but I want to do my utmost in creating a path forward for that.” The doctor is expected to arrive in Budapest on the morning of the 3rd and will join the ground team after that.


*For this mission, AMDA is collaborating with TICO, a humanitarian NGO based in Tokushima, Japan.


 
    •  GPSP Multi-National Medical Mission (Peace Building)
    •  Ukraine
    •  2022
    •  ER & Reconstruction

 
 
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