A charity helping people escape conflict in war-torn counties is appealing for life-saving medical equipment and other supplies.
British charity Refugease has been organising emergency evacuations of vulnerable people from Ukraine since the conflict escalated in February 2022. The charity, which distributes supplies from two small vans, has joined the Warp It reuse community to ramp up donations to support its vital work.
As well as food and safe drinking water, people fleeing Ukraine are in desperate need of hygiene packs, sanitary protection, and other essentials along with access to medical equipment for those injured or unwell.
UN Refugee Agency data shows over 5,827,832 people have now become refugees, and those Refugease help to evacuate are usually elderly, ill, or have serious mobility problems.
Refugease hopes to tap into the wide range of unwanted medical equipment and supplies that are already in the process of being redistributed to charities on the Warp It network.
Refugease organises emergency evacuations for civilians with reduced mobility directly from their homes.
Ryan Karacochi, Operations Manager at Refugease, said:
“Currently, we’re in the Donbas region of Ukraine evacuating civilians with reduced mobility directly from their homes, delivering life-saving aid, and prioritising wherever is the greatest need.
“We provide weekly food parcels, hygiene packs, baby bundles, and medical supplies for trauma injuries, but supplies are increasingly limited, so all donations are welcome.”
Over 60 NHS Trusts work with Warp It to send donate medical equipment, including dignity screens, commodes, crutches, wheelchairs, and walking frames, to charities and, have to date, saved £5.1 million and 900 tonnes in waste.
In addition, anyone can support Refugease’s work through its online aid shop. A shopping list is generated for the charity’s distribution team who then use the funds to buy the items locally for immediate distribution. This means the money is returned to the local economy, ensures the aid is provided by the people who best know what’s needed in the location, and donators know exactly how their money is spent.
The charity has joined the Warp It reuse community to ramp up medical donations to support its vital work.
Refugease works in countries including France, Greece, Syria, Turkey, and Ukraine.
“We’re also focusing on helping villages in the south of Hungary who now host Ukrainian refugees. It's tough as the villages are rural and the people there don't have much so every donation counts. Essentially, we want to give refugees around the globe futures worth working towards.”
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