Urgent Care Course Lesvos, Greece

Atlantic Pacific returned to Lesvos this week to pilot a new Urgent Care Course! AP graduate Dan Teuma from the NGO Together for Better Days got in touch with our medical team only a few short weeks ago. Dan’s team work in Moria camp on Lesvos and interact with many of its staggering 18,000 residents (the camp’s capacity is around 3,000). With numbers rising everyday and winter starting to take hold, Dan felt his team and other NGO coordinators would benefit from some medical training and thought of his Casualty Care experience at the AP Summer School.

Two and a half weeks later, Sue, Ella, Martin and Lily arrived in Lesvos to teach a custom-developed course to 22 people, designed specifically to address the illnesses and injuries frequently seen in Moria and to help triage cases to ease the strain on the overstretched medical clinics.

We also met with the coordinators of local medical clinics, Kitrinos Healthcare and Medical Volunteers International e.V., working in and near Moria Camp, to gather information about how the training could be made as useful as possible to the medics working in these clinics.

A quick conversation later and a second training course was organised for the translators of both the clinics, allowing the AP medical team to train over 40 people during their 5-day visit to Lesvos. A big thank you to Help Refugees (Choose Love) for funding the training courses, the enthusiastic and committed participants, and Dan and the Together for Better Days team for organising.

This has been a great a pilot for our Urgent Care Course, which we will continue to develop to implement it into situations just like that on Lesvos.

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