As of 2015, more than 4.2 million Syrian refugees had fled to Europe, having fled their homes with virtually no supplies. Families travelled through treacherous and unsafe routes through Greece, Albania, Macedonia and Bulgaria. The streets of Serbian border town Prešovo were lined with families waiting over 12 hours to be registered for further travel into Europe.
Hundreds more arrived daily and as temperatures dropped and rains set in, families were forced to weather the elements, living in overcrowded conditions without access to adequate shelter, clothing or basic hygiene supplies. Without these basic supplies, the threat to these families’ health was at an all-time high.
4.2 MILLION REFUGEES
100s ARRIVE DAILY
MILLIONS WITHOUT BASIC NEEDS
As part of GlobalMedic’s Syrian Refugee Crisis Response, a Rapid Response Team (RRT) was deployed to Serbia to provide assistance to families crossing the Macedonian border, making their way through Serbia and into Croatia. The team worked to distribute Hygiene and Winterization items including soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste baby diapers, jackets, thermal hats, gloves, socks, boots, and other essentials.
Targeting the most vulnerable – including young children and those living with disabilities – GlobalMedic teams worked alongside local organizations to serve thousands of refugee families. With this program, GlobalMedic reached more than 3,300 Syrian refugee families.