Russia’s War in Ukraine enters its 279th day on November 29, and officials in Ukraine say Russia is shelling recently liberated areas, causing damage to infrastructure, and turn off power.
As the war rages on, the need for help increases, and Arizonans are answering that call.
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Global caregiver sends a team of three nurses and two doctors to help with primary care in Ukraine. It is essentially a group of doctors and clinical providers who have provided multiple non-governmental humanitarian assistance, mostly medical, in various locations.
dr Joshua Wallbrecht, emergency doctor, is one of the volunteers traveling to Ukraine for the first time.
“Travelling to a country that is actively at war is a nerve-wracking situation, but again I think of the people of Ukraine who have been forced from their homes,” he said.
He will meet with the rest of the Global Care Force team in Poland before heading to Ukraine.
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“We are traveling first to Kraków and from there to Ukraine on December 1st,” said Wallbrecht.
The Ukrainian team that Global Care Force is meeting with will include pharmacists, nursing assistants and interpreters.
Wallbrecht says having the opportunity to interact directly with people in Ukraine who are suffering from the war is an opportunity he felt compelled to help.
“These people were displaced by the war. It’s a tragedy that’s happening, a humanitarian crisis, and there’s a need because millions of people have been displaced without medical care, and I have a range of skills that can help fill some of that need,” he said noticed.
Although Wallbrecht won’t be there long, he hopes his time in Ukraine will make a difference.
Global Care Force has been deployed every month since September and they plan to go next year as well. This group will be gone for about two weeks.