Baltimore, MD.- Greece’s near bankrupt public healthcare system has left state-run hospitals with a rapidly dwindling stock of medical supplies and medicine, and healthcare workers struggling to care for critically ill patients. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is responding to the country’s escalating healthcare crisis with a shipment of more than $1.3 million in medical supplies destined for Greek hospitals in Athens and the island of Crete.
Through the generous support of Pancretan Association of America, IOCC and Greek relief partners will help replenish the storerooms of all hospitals in Crete with a container of more than $675,000 in medical equipment, surgical supplies, and walking aids such as crutches and walkers. A second container, supported by Pancretan Association and AHEPA, is filled with medical and surgical supplies worth more than $650,000 and headed to the capital city for distribution in three Athens-area public children’s hospitals including Agia Sophia Children’s Hospital, the largest children’s hospital in Greece with 700 beds, the General Children’s Hospital Aglaia Kyriakou with 160 beds and the Pentelis General Children’s Hospital with 380 beds.
IOCC continues to respond to the rising humanitarian needs in Greece and is working in support of local organizations to provide direct assistance. In the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, IOCC recently provided immunizations for uninsured schoolchildren to make them eligible to enroll in school. IOCC also provided more than $250,000 in medical supplies to free clinics operated throughout Greece so that thousands of vulnerable children, families and elderly without an income or access to Greece’s national health system can continue to seek basic care.