Families on the move are vulnerable to injuries, dehydration, and other hardships. Migrants and refugees who find themselves on the border of Macedonia and Greece can get a bit of relief from Red Cross Dr. Suzana Georgievska, who is assisting 200-300 medical cases every single day. A long-time volunteer with the Macedonian Red Cross, Dr. Georgievska sheds some light on what it is like to care for men, women, and children who are in search of safety.
Red Cross and Red Crescent teams across the Middle East and Europe continue to provide critical humanitarian assistance to migrants and refugees including the distribution of food, water, medicine, blankets, and clothing. Families are receiving items that may seem small, but can make a huge difference in keeping them healthy on their journey: toothbrushes, first aid supplies, and baby diapers. And people separated from their loved ones are receiving family reconnection services, which include things like using Red Cross and Red Crescent phones to call relatives or opening up a case to trace family members whose whereabouts are uncertain.
The Red Cross and Red Crescent network is teaming up to meet migrants where they are, offering services along the migratory routes and in transit. This ranges from mobile kitchens in Austria and showers in Serbia to shelter and medical care in Germany.
Over the past four years, the American Red Cross has spent and committed more than $2.5 million on relief efforts in Syria and its neighboring countries affected by conflict such as Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. As the crisis continues, American Red Cross information management and GIS teams are getting critical data and maps into the hands of volunteers on the ground, which eases the workload of local Red Cross and Red Crescent branches.