(PORTLAND, OR) February 24, 2022 – In reaction to Thursday’s military attack by Russia across Ukraine, the global health and humanitarian organization, Medical Teams International, immediately began working with its partners to determine a response. As the humanitarian needs in the region become clearer in the coming days and weeks, Medical Teams will communicate the nature of its initial response and how people can help.
Of the 44 million people in the population, it is estimated that 1.4 to 3.4 million were already in need due to the conflict that began in 2014. As talks of the conflict intensified in recent days, people began fleeing their homes. The likely additional displacement is currently unable to be estimated. Because of this displacement, the people of Ukraine are in need of basic medical care. A unified global effort to address medical and other needs of the people being affected is essential.
“We are deeply grieved by the rapidly unfolding situation in Ukraine and urge the immediate cessation of hostilities and respect for international law. We anticipate great humanitarian need and displacement in the region,” said Martha Newsome, President & CEO of Medical Teams International. “Medical Teams is swiftly working with our partners to assess how we can be of most effective assistance. As we formulate our response, we are praying and standing in solidarity with the people of Ukraine.”
Since 2015, Medical Teams has regularly shipped large quantities of critically needed medical supplies to Ukraine, through its partnership with Oregon’s Ukrainian-American Cultural Association.
To donate to Medical Teams’ Ukraine response: https://give.medicalteams.org/ukraine.htm
About Medical Teams International
Founded in 1979, Medical Teams International provides life-saving medical care for 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 all people—regardless of religion, nationality, sex or race. Learn more at medicalteams.org and on social media using @medicalteams.
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