The world recently marked one year since the Russia-Ukraine Crisis began. Humanity First was in Medyka on the Polish-Ukrainian border within three days.
In the early months, an estimated 3.7 million refugees had fled Ukraine for Poland and other nearby countries. As thousands of refugees per day crossed the border, Humanity First collaborated with UN agencies including WHO, WFP and OCHA, and disaster relief organizations Sauvetures Sans Frontieres (SSF) and Intersos to provide medical and food assistance.
Two US physicians from the HF volunteer team on the border one year ago reflect on the continued crisis.
HF partnered with the Polish Red Cross to serve 99,000 warm meals, hot drinks, and breakfast sandwiches to people waiting in long queues for help. The HF global community supported our team with donated medicines and equipment, as well as funds to distribute hygiene kits, mobile sim cards, and to-go food items.
HF physicians treated nearly 2,400 patients, most commonly hurting from fatigue, sore throat, and fever from their journey.
Humanity First is responding to flooding in Malawi, drought in Northern Kenya, tornadoes in the U.S. and the earthquake in Türkiye and Syria.
Dr. Mahmood Qureshi is an internist and physician of geriatric medicine. He is the volunteer VP of Disaster Relief for Humanity First USA and Humanity First International.
Dr. Michael Fine is a family physician, writer, community organizer, and Chief Health Strategist for the City of Central Falls, RI.
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