Project HOPE sends medical supplies to Macedonia

Project HOPE, headquartered in Millwood, this week sent splints, syringes, gauze, alcohol swabs and other supplies to help migrants who have reached Macedonia.

“I don’t see this as a problem that will go away in the near future,” Scott Crawford, Project HOPE’s director of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, said about the half million people who this year have fled to Europe from Syria, Serbia, Iraq and several other nations.

The donated medical supplies from pharmaceutical companies were airlifted to Macedonia as refugees arrived through Greece from Syria.

The supplies were sent on Monday and were delivered to refugees on Tuesday, Crawford said.

Thousands of refugees with preexisting medical conditions and those sustaining injuries from their journey have flocked to Macedonia for needed aid.

There are six HOPE members from Virginia in Macedonia as doctors and office workers. According to Crawford, HOPE is hoping to send more volunteers to the area soon.

There are two transit camps HOPE is sending supplies to, and according to Crawford, HOPE is in the process of packing another shipment to send to the camps to be delivered within the next month.

Crawford said Project HOPE has been a force in Macedonia since 1993, starting with humanitarian efforts and has partnered with the Ministry of Health for the Strategic Resupply Program.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com