By May 2015, more than 42,000 refugees had arrived by sea in Greece, and up to 1,000 more were arriving each day. Migrants were coming having fled a variety of human rights abuses including war and extreme violence.
An overwhelmed Greek economy was unable to provide access to basic services including healthcare, shelter or food. Living conditions were dire, with overcrowding causing poor hygiene conditions accompanied by a lack of food. Many families slept outdoors in public spaces or in abandoned buildings without electricity or running water. Families were therefore at high risk of contracting illness.
340 THOUSAND REFUGEES
7,000 REFUGEES ON THE ISLAND OF LESBOS
1,000s ARRIVING DAILY
GlobalMedic responded by providing relief items to migrants and asylum seekers, including blankets, non-food items, and food baskets. These items help to address the needs of the asylum seekers as they continue to move throughout Europe in search of permanent residence.
GlobalMedic delivered 8,000 non-food item kits, 8,000 food kits as well as 48,000 Aquatabs for water purification.