I left by my own to later find out that I was part of a team.

I decided to go to Chisinau because I wanted to play my part in this situation of deep suffering for many and therefore contribute to the emergency response by offering my medical experience. Hence, I joined Cuamm and the team composed by both medical and non-medical staff, people who chose to serve the most vulnerable who lost everyhting throughout the conflict. As I arrived in Chisinau, I soon realized I was part of a team. Altough I left by my own, I grasp the value of cooperation since the early stage of my mission by working with both local health workers and numerous volunteers on the ground. Nurses and psychologists as legal workers, security agents, cleaning service and recreation workers. We worked all together in that huge building that used to be a University campus, a place of culture and education now used as a refugee camp for over 200 displaced people from Ukraine, Russia and Azerbaijan. A microcosm where many, especially mothers and children, sought refuge, finding a comfortable bed and a warm meal and, more important, health care. A clinic was set up inside the building where volunteers worked alongside with local health workers in support to the national health system weakened by the conflict.

We perfomed between 10 and 20 examinations every day in that makeshift clinic so well organized and efficient: among the most frequent cases, we had ypertensive crises, congestive heart failure, diabetes mellitus, and cooling syndromes in part caused by the freezing winter. Beyond the wall of the building, the cold is now exacerbating the crisis. As freezing temperatures hit the most vulnerable compromising their health status, life and beauty stilla rise in the streets of Chisinau. Ortodox churches, the central market, museums and malls, Stephan Cel a Mar Avenue and administrative buildings, places of worship and gathering where life goes on, despite the suffering.

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