When it comes to life after displacement, much like after disaster, healthcare needs often take a backseat to larger issues. These can be related to housing, food, transportation, and more. Yet, this provides a ripe opportunity for medical, dental, and mental conditions to worsen and fall by the wayside. Enter the Tzu Chi International Medical Association or TIMA.
This month, TIMA Physician Assistant Ping Tung Cheung accompanied the latest group of Tzu Chi USA volunteers to assess the situation in Poland, where many families from Ukraine are taking refuge. Visiting different parts of Poland and seeing what families and relief workers’ most pressing needs were, he said, “my assignment is to see what we can do with our partners medically, especially if there is a possibility of creating a medical mission in the future to take care of the refugees.”
While there, Ping Tung visited the St. Camillus Hospital of Tarnowskie Góry, just outside of Kraków, with the whole Tzu Chi Relief team. Meeting with hospital staff, he explained “we do want to look and see what they need but, at the same time, we can also learn from them, too.”
Later, the team visited one of UNICEF’s 26 Blue Dot Centers, in Kraków, a child and family support hub specially set up for those displaced from Ukraine. “The staff here are overworked,” Ping Tung observed; “they all have different kind of pain issue.”
See the relief he helped provide in our latest video, and support our #HumanitarianAid efforts for those displaced from Ukraine at https://donate.tzuchi.us/cause/ukraine