Project HOPE Supports Refugee Crisis from Macedonia
In Macedonia, thousands of refugees a day from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa continue to cross the Greece/Macedonia border, on a popular route through the country to reach final destinations in European Union nations.
The influx of refugees has put additional strain on Macedonia’s already weakened health care system, with already limited resources.
Project HOPE has stepped in to help with the delivery of additional shipments of donated medicines and supplies to support refugees passing through the transit center in Gevgelija, Macedonia. Project HOPE volunteers have also traveled to the area to treat refugees in need of medical care as they quickly pass through the transit center, as well as provide support to the overburdened Macedonia health care workforce.
Additional shipments of donated vaccines are planned to help protect medical workers and others working in the transit from the flu and other contagious diseases.
Dr. Tom Kenyon, Project HOPE’s new President and CEO visited the refugee transit center last month and witnessed one of HOPE’s core strengths. “I was recognized by Macedonia’s medical director for the refugee crisis because Project HOPE didn’t just come, drop off supplies, and leave. Project HOPE has stayed and strengthened the ability of health authorities to deal with the massive and evolving migration of refugees fleeing very difficult circumstances,” Dr. Kenyon said.
Project HOPE began working in Macedonia 1992 with a program for hospital managers in Macedonia to improve patient care by upgrading the management skills of key hospital and health professional staff.
In 2007, Project HOPE began implementing the Strategic Medical Resupply Program in Macedonia to improve the quality of care for patients by providing targeted donations of medicines and medical supplies. By providing donations valued at more than $20 million, Project HOPE is helping the Ministry of Health and hospitals improve the availability of appropriate medicines and medical supplies. The program has been expanded to provide training to local health care professionals in the areas of pediatrics, cardiology and hospital administration.