We are constantly looking for more volunteers to help with our refugee aid programme in Greece. You do not have to be medically trained, infact what we need most are pairs of hands to provide basic humanitarian aid to help feed and clothe the refugees. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Melanie Loveday, Director of operations at the following email address; email@example.com
If you do have a medical or nursing background there are a number of projects that we are running where your skills would be invaluable. Again, if you are interested, please drop Melanie an email on the address above.
BBC1 Inside Out footage of the Children’s e-Hospital refugee aid programme
The children’s e-hospital refugee aid programme is currently operating in Greece to provide humanitarian & medical aid to the refugees arriving from the Syrian war zones. The children’s e-Hospital is coordinating a number of projects in Greece specifically focusing on child health & welfare.
- The “Pop-up children’s hospital” project is a project being led by Theresa Critchlow. The aim of this project is to develop a transportable children’s high dependency unit that could be easily moved into any disaster zone and which can be set up within 5 minutes of arriving out of 3 rucksacks. If you would like to know more about this project please go to the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/popuphospital/ or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Medical aid. We are working alongside Refugee Aid and now have a 24/7 medical service in place on Leros. Specifically, the children’s e-hospital will be providing paediatric support both directly and also using facetime & skype to support the medical teams on the ground. The recruitment process to find paediatricians and paediatric nurses who wish to be involved in this service has begun. If you wish to discuss these roles or need any further information please contact us at email@example.com .
- The fight for the rights of unaccompanied minors entering Greece. We have continually campaigned for the rights of refugee children in Greece. We successfully assisted a campaign on the island of Kos to stop unaccompanied minors being placed in police cells in squalid conditions and without access to food and water. These children are now taken into the care of specialist paediatric services. Unfortunately this model has not been replicated on other islands and the children’s e-hospital is currently lobbying parliament and the Greek government to instigate change. The parliamentary select committee recently published it report on the Syrian refugee crisis. In this report they state that:”The UN have recorded over 800,000 sea arrivals of refugees/migrants in European countries so far in 2015 – almost a four-fold increase on the total figure for 2014 – of which, around 20% have been children. According to the Italian Ministry of Labour and Welfare, 13,000 unaccompanied children arrived in 2014, of whom almost 4,000 subsequently disappeared.
These children are clearly some of the most vulnerable refugees this crisis has created.
We are concerned that those that have disappeared may have been the victims of people traffickers who force them into prostitution, child labour or the drugs trade. Save the Children commented:
From the moment they leave their country of origin or refugee camp, throughout their journey to Europe, their situation is one of ongoing vulnerability… We are gravely concerned about the situation for Syrian child refugees and we commend DFID’s commitment to helping them, both within the region through the No Lost Generation Initiative and through resettlement. However, we are very concerned about the plight of unaccompanied refugee children in Europe, particularly as reports suggest they are falling prey to people traffickers. We urge the Government to come to a quick decision on the proposal by Save the Children as this is a matter of utmost urgency. We would welcome a decision by the Government in favour of resettling 3,000 unaccompanied children, as recommended by Save the Children, and in addition to the current commitment to resettle 20,000 refugees from the region.” The full report can be accessed using the following link Parliamentary select committee report on Syrian refugee crisis. It is clear that these children are at significant risk from traffickers and child abuse and the children’s e-hospital is therefore encouraging everyone who shares our concerns to lobby their local MP as well as the parliamentary select committee. To make this easier we have attached a link that allows you copy and paste the relevant detail into an email to your local MP. Please note that parliamentary protocol states that you need to add your postal address to this email as MP’s are only allowed to deal with problems raised by their own constituency. Link for letter to MP
- Providing humanitarian aid and support. Under the supervision of our director of operations, Melanie Loveday, we are coordinating volunteers to help provide support for the refugees arriving in Greece. We developed a model that worked effectively in Kos and because the larger humanitarian organisations have now mobilised in Kos, we are moving our operation to the island of Leros as the situation there is terrible. Most of the work involves providing food, water, accomodation and clothing. We have been fortunate to have been able to coordinate our work with other small voluntary groups such as team Ireland and Kos kindness. We hope to use these partnerships in Leros. If you wish to discuss volunteering please drop Melanie a line at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org . Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so through Barclays bank, sort code: 20-37-13, Account number: 33270602 . Iban number: GB61 BARC 2037 1333 2706 02, Swift code: BARCGB22.
- Playtherapy. We are in the process of searching for a play therapist to work for a period of 3 months initially on Leros. We have found that playtherapy is one of the best ways to lift the spirits of the children particulalrly when they have experienced such awful things.
- Child refugee vaccination programme. The children’s e-hospital would like to establish a vaccination programme for all refugee children entering Europe. The refugee crisis has stretched the larger charitable organisations but individuals and small groups have stepped up to the plate to fill the hole that exists in humanitarian and medical aid. After the refugees enter Europe they move en mass through to different camps. The potential for serious disease outbreak and transmission to Europe is huge. We can minimise this by vaccinating them as soon as they enter Europe. In the long run this will be safer for everyone and more cost effective. In order to take this from concept to implementation we are going to need medical and nursing volunteers, individuals to help with admin and organisation and of course donations. If you want to be part of this please contact the children’s e-hospital via our main website at www.e-hospital.co.uk or click the message button on this facebook page.