Day by day, a story to better know the commitment of Doctors with Africa Cuamm in responding to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and Moldova.
Every year, Doctors with Africa CUAMM issues a collection of the articles we have had published in scientific journals in the course of the year. 2021 has been a year of hard work: 33 articles published in international journals, featuring topics ranging from nutrition and the importance of neonatal health research to a focus on infectious [...]
In Chernivsti a long queue of people has formed. There wasn't one a month ago, when I came here for the first time. They are waiting, silently, without complaining, patiently, to receive a bag with some food and personal hygiene products. There is a sort of embarrassment in their eyes about being guests in a new city.
Life must go on. Many other people, internally displaced, help as they can. Someone is in charge of receiving, sorting and sending humanitarian aid; there are people singing and playing in the streets; others are collecting money to support the country...
Easter is coming. A holiday to commemorate resurrection, life over death. Our thoughts cannot fail to go with those living in dark times, facing suffering and death every day. As Pope Francis keeps reminding us, every conflict, every war is a sacrilege, an atrocity we have to stop fuel before it destroys human beings. Everywhere in the world. From Ethiopia to Northern Mozambique, from South Sudan to Central African Republic up to that one closer to us, in Ukraine.
Once it gets the go-ahead from the Moldovan Ministry of Health, CUAMM's action will support a reception center managed by the local diocese, with a mobile clinic to provide first response health care and lighten the burden on hospitals.
What is their greatest need? To get medicines, because supply chains have been interrupted, factories have been destroyed, production blocked, and transportation routes broken. This is our first undertaking as CUAMM.
The first CUAMM doctor arrives in Chinisau. His task is to start the outpatient clinic for the first response health support for refugees at the reception center.
Now that life has been put on hold, ordinary activities have stopped and days are marked by curfew times, everyone has made themselves available to support their country and the people who need help most.
It was Wednesday, March 16 when I flew to Romania. The goal was to get as close as possible to Ukraine to see and evaluate how and where we could help.