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Since shortly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, the Tigard-based humanitarian relief agency Medical Teams International (MTI) has been on the ground responding to the crisis. As Russia’s aggression continues to cause mass migration, loss of life, and destruction, Medical Teams International continues to provide needed supplies and medical care to refugees crossing into Moldova and to the injured and ill within Ukraine. As Martha Newsome, President & CEO of MTI recently said, “the world continues to watch in disbelief and with great sadness, Ukrainians are struggling to survive amidst the chaos of war.”

The situation has seen, and will continue to see, increasing volatility — reportedly more than five million refugees have crossed into Ukraine’s neighboring countries of Poland, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, and other countries since February 2022. With many towns and villages almost completely wiped out, hotels and homes in western Ukraine bursting at the seams with displaced families seeking safety, how have on-the-ground workers and volunteers responded to deliver urgent medical and psychological care to refugees? And what is the short- and long-term outlook from those on the frontlines?  

Join us for a conversation with Medical Teams International’s Dr. Trina Helderman, Global Health Advisor supporting emergency response in Ukraine, and Joe DiCarlo, MTI’s Global Ambassador and member of WorldOregon’s Board of Advisors, for a look at the current situation and outlook on the crisis in Ukraine.


About the Speakers

Trina Helderman, MD, MPH, is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician with a specialization in International Public Health and more than fourteen years of experience within the humanitarian field.  Dr. Helderman was an International Emergency Medicine Fellow at New York Presbyterian Hospital and also received her Master’s in Forced Migration and Health from Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Dr. Helderman has served with, led, or supported medical teams responding to sudden-onset disasters including the 2010 Haiti earthquake, various hurricanes in the Dominican Republic, and the 2015 Nepal earthquake.  Dr. Helderman spent almost four years working within the complex humanitarian emergency in South Sudan both during the time of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, during independence, and later as the conflict restarted. Dr. Helderman has been working with Medical Teams International for the past two years as a Global Health Advisor supporting new responses in Sudan, Ukraine and Moldova as well as providing daily technical support for programs in Uganda and Colombia.

Joe DiCarlo is Medical Teams International's Global Ambassador. When Hurricane Mitch barreled through Central America in 1998, Joe mobilized a team of medical professionals to help suffering families recover. This was his first assignment – responding to the second-deadliest hurricane in recorded history. Over the course of his 20 years at Medical Teams International, Joe’s led dozens of disaster responses. Seeing the suffering on a mother’s face is what drives him to help Medical Teams International implement programs that provide for the whole person. He currently serves as Medical Teams’ Global Ambassador, where he builds faith partnerships both domestically and internationally and provides duty of care services for the staff. 

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December 07, 2022 at 12:00pm - 1pm PST

Emergency Response in Ukraine: On the Ground with Medical Teams International

Online Program | Free Admission
Contact: Tim DuRoche ·

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Add to Calendar 12/07/2022 12:00:00 12/07/2022 13:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Emergency Response in Ukraine: On the Ground with Medical Teams International Check https://www.worldoregon.org/emergency_response_in_ukraine for the latest info. Online Program | Free Admission Tim DuRoche [email protected]

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