22 December 2023

2023 through the eyes of Polish Medical Mission

Another, 24th year of operation of the Polish Medical Mission is coming to an end. Another year of providing help, both in ongoing and new projects. Next steps in developing our rescue team. Doctors who helped patients around the world on missions. Tragedies we were able to respond to. Thousands of people who received medical support from us that was so important to them. We have prepared for you a summary of our activities and successes over the last 12 months. Thank you for being with us in our efforts.

Medical care for mother and child

The health of future mothers and newborns is our priority. It is for them that last year we carried out projects in Colombia, Senegal and Ethiopia. Many women there cannot count on easy access to medical care, check-ups with a gynecologist or seeing their baby thanks to ultrasound examinations. In Colombia, a mobile clinic operated in three neighborhoods of Bogota that are mainly inhabited by refugee women from Venezuela. A team of doctors saw patients at stationary locations, providing prenatal consultations, ultrasounds, and laboratory tests. We trained local staff and community activists in sexual and reproductive health and prenatal maternal care. In Senegal, we are working to combat malnutrition in children under 5 years of age and reduce infant mortality. As part of these activities, we carried out nutritional demonstrations and reopened a renovated clinic in Dougnane, where a Nutrition and Health Education Center was opened, where we will deal with cases of children with malnutrition, their treatment and mothers' education. This year we also started activities in Ethiopia, where we support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Malnutrition Unit. Our goal is to improve the quality of medical services for newborns and malnourished children under five years of age.
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Middle East

It was another year of our work to help refugees and internally displaced persons in countries such as Iraq and Jordan. In Iraqi Kurdistan, where we have been operating since 2016, we focus on refugee camps, where we run mobile clinics, gynecological and dental offices and laboratories. In Jordan, we provide medical care to Jordanians and Syrians in the provinces of Amman, Zarqa and Al-Mafraq. The youngest patients receive help from a pediatrician, and girls and women are provided with comprehensive perinatal care. On February 6, 2023, the earth shook in Turkey and Syria. It was one of the most tragic earthquakes in recent years: almost 60,000 people died. Help for victims was particularly difficult in Syria, where international rescue teams were not allowed. We immediately mobilized funds needed for the emergency operation of the hospital in Shamarin, in north-western Syria, where most of the victims were sent. Thanks to his experience with amputation victims. Our experience with amputation victims and prosthetics resulted in another project in Syria. Currently, we support the "Step of Hope" facility located in Shamarin. The project aims to support disabled people in improving their living conditions and access to other types of services, such as sports, work, education and improving their mental condition. Qualified patients will receive prostheses or orthoses, depending on their medical needs. The physiotherapy center is equipped with modern rehabilitation equipment, and an exercise room is also available.
PMM in Syria 2023

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Ukraine

The country that we pay the most attention to is undoubtedly Ukraine. As part of the neonatal project, we cooperated with 10 hospitals that received specialized equipment from us, and the medical staff of the facilities were trained in medical issues and patient rights. This year, two mobile clinics also started operating in the Kharkiv region. They can reach patients with limited access to a doctor, regularly monitoring their health condition and need for medications. By reaching smaller towns, doctors have a chance to meet people affected by war and those most in need of help. In Poland, we continue the Child-Friendly Space project, where integration services are coordinated, specialized in the field of psychological care, lawyer assistance, translators, holiday activities and other forms of activity addressed to children and adults.
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Doctors on missions. Development of the rescue team.

This year, we also developed two key programs for us - medical volunteering and the PMM Vasco EMT. In our volunteering program, a total of 9 medics spent 16 weeks on missions in Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda. Their tasks most often included training local medical staff and conducting medical consultations. Our rescue team, on the other hand, completed two field tests this year, which are the final stage of recruitment to the team. In April, 14 members of the PMM VASCO Emergency Team underwent certified PHTLS training - pre-hospital care for patients after trauma, and in July, team members conducted medical training and tests of equipment and logistic solutions that they will use on rescue missions. As part of the activities, the team visited Lviv and Iraqi Kurdistan, where they conducted training for medical staff.
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Thank you for helping with us
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