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UKRAINE: Emergency Field Hospital Open, Australians Deploy

OUR MEDICAL TEAMS ARE CARING FOR PATIENTS IN DESPERATE NEED AS THE WAR RAGES ON.

UPDATED March 16: Samaritan’s Purse currently has 152 staff on the ground between Ukraine, Poland, Romania, and Moldova.

Additionally,Samaritan’s Purse recently deployed two Australian Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) members—specialising in nursing and logistics—to assist in the humanitarian effort.  Both DART members previously deployed to the Bahamas with Samaritan’s Purse to aid families in the wake of Hurricane Dorian.

In Ukraine, the team distributed hygiene kits for about 590 people and blankets for about 80 people in Lviv, and continued seeing patients at the EFH and the Medical Stabilisation Point at the train station. They also began building the Medical Stabilisation Center (tier 1) in Chernivtsi and plan to open later in the week.

In Moldova, the team distributed hygiene kits for about 270 people at refugee transit centres and continued providing mobile medical care to refugees at a large transit centre enter. They are preparing for more food and hygiene kit distributions in the near future.  

(Original Story on March 14) The Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital is open in western Ukraine, and our medical team is already treating patients suffering due to the escalating conflict.  

“We come in the Name of Jesus Christ, and we hope this hospital is a blessing to you,” Elliott Tenpenny told those gathered at the hospital today, March 14. Tenpenny serves as director of the Samaritan’s Purse International Health Unit.

MARINA SHARES A HUG WITH JONIE, ONE OF OUR NURSES. HER DAUGHTER, FAR LEFT, CAME WITH HER TO THE HOSPITAL.

Maxim Kozitsky, governor of Lviv, also spoke and described the terrible situation in his country as like a movie he hopes will be over soon. “We thank Samaritan’s Purse for coming here to help us,” he said.

Samaritan’s Purse is now operating a 24-hour medical stabilisation point, or clinic, outside a train station in Lviv. Many desperate people fleeing the fighting need medical attention of all kinds

Samaritan’s Purse has seen several orthopedic patients at the hospital already, including Marina, our very first patient. She fell and injured her arm while escaping into a bomb shelter in her home city of Malyn, west of Kyiv, and suffered for nine days before arriving at our facility. She cried tears of relief when a doctor told her that the team could fix her injury and help relieve her pain.

Our 58-bed hospital on the outskirts of Lviv includes an emergency room, Intensive Care Unit, and two operating rooms—providing Samaritan’s Purse medical staff with the capacity to perform up to dozens of surgeries per day.

The Emergency Field Hospital was airlifted via three flights to Poland and then transported across the border to Ukraine.

In addition to the hospital, we are also operating a 24-hour medical clinic at a train station in Lviv where thousands of women and children are transiting through each day.

Samaritan’s Purse has about 140 disaster relief specialists on the ground between Ukraine, Poland, Romania, and Moldova. Please pray for our team as they share God’s love with people who are hurting and need the eternal hope of Christ.

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