The need for medical care is essential for everyone. In refugee camps, medical care can feel like a luxury. We believe it shouldn't. This is why we work with medical actors to ensure that those who need specialized medical services are able to access them. This may range from providing wheelchairs, to arranging MRIs, to diagnostic bloodwork. See below for some stories of people we have been able to help through this program. All names and identifying information have been changed where requested, in accordance with our commitment to privacy. All images have been shared with prior consent.
Amir is under five years old and suffers from a chronic illness that made him unable to walk. A medical actor asked if we could facilitate special care for him. Within one week, we were able to meet with a private specialist who prescribed medication. Due to his family's insecure financial situation, we were happy to cover the cost of the visit as well as the medication. Only one week later we were able to witness a complete transformation: the boy who had been crying in constant pain was skipping and giggling. While Amir will need lifelong medical intervention and secure housing, we were happy to be a part of facilitating his care while he and his family await a transfer.
A young man from Afghanistan arrived in Europe hopeful for a new future where he could use his mechanic skills. Having spent time on multiple Greek islands, we were referred his case to try to diagnose a neurological problem. Not only were we able to deliver him his MRI results, but we were also able to offer him support he needed through translation. Receiving a diagnosis is an important moment for people who have suffered for years and who are looking for an answer to their medical questions. Not only was he grateful for the MRI - he also helped fix our car using his mechanical skills on the way to the hospital!
After facing years of uncertainty, M's psychological and physical well-being deteriorated. Based on accounts from those who know her, she was an active girl. However, when her family had to flee their home country, she witnessed and experienced an overwhelming amount of violence. As such, her body has reacted to the psychological distress. When we met her, she was no longer able to walk and prefers to not communicate with anyone except her family. Despite being just a child, she carries the burden of untold stress. While she is under the care of medical professionals, her father asked if we could provide a wheelchair for her as she was no longer walking. We happened to have a wheelchair that fit her perfectly. She continues to be evaluated by Greek medical professionals.