Physical and psychological aid

by Ruth Bücker,  2011/11/05

Medical care in Ercis became more comprehensive and professional hour by hour and day by day. While patients continued to receive medical treatment at three tents set up in the gym and at a makeshift out-patient and emergency department, the Turkish Red Crescent set up another tent hospital.

With heated tents and high-quality medical equipment, all acute gaps that existed due to the extent of destruction after the disaster, have in the meanwhile - almost two weeks after the earthquake - been closed. For this reason, the humedica team literally broke up their tents after having spent ten days in the disaster region.

Boots to brave the muddy ground in rainy weather and the cold of the imminent winter. Photo: humedica/Ruth Bücker

Plasters to administer to scrapes, cuts or open wounds are no longer needed. However, before their departure, the humedica mission team members organised plasters for the soul to be transported to Ercis and to be distributed there.

We do not even want to imagine what it means to have survived, while beloved ones lost their lives or have to suffer physical pain, to have experienced a radical and sudden change and deterioration of one's living circumstances and to be left destitute. But this is exactly what the people in Ercis have gone through and what they have to deal with permanently.

Children are said to dispose of enormous self-healing powers and the ability to adjust to difficult situations after such traumatising events. But it is these children, who were forced to witness a disaster like the earthquake in eastern Turkey, who need the most intensive care in order to make sure that they will not suffer from these terrible experiences for a lifetime.

For this reason, humedica gave sketch blocks and crayons to a team of honorary psychologists in Ercis. On the outskirts of the tent city, special separate areas were set up for the children, which grant protection and comfort to them in these insecure times.

During the next few months, this will be a place for the children where, under the supervision and care of psychological instructors, they can simply be child, and where they can work up their terrible experiences in a playful way.

Plasters and tranquillisers for the soul: cuddly pets for the brave little patients. Photo: humedica/Matthias Gerloff

In cooperation with the Turkish Red Crescent, humedica also distributed boots among the girls and boys of the tent city. 1,500 pairs of boots in different sizes and colours have already reached the little receivers in need. While not long ago, thin slippers or house shoes allowed cold feet, the children are now protected from water and cold thanks to the boots.

Also at the children's out-patient department at the former gym, humedica could offer joy and comfort. In order to console and encourage the little patients, besides medical treatment they also received cuddly pets and thus tranquillisers for their souls.

At a first glance, none of these things seem to be of great importance. But in particular for children who were deprived of their basis of safety and their familiar environment, who have lost their homes and - in the worst case - also family members, this plaster for the soul is very important. And we could offer it thanks to your donations.

Thanks to your donations humedica could give some joy amidst all the chaos and sorrow. We could make people smile. We could also offer this form of help besides the implemented medical relief measures. Thank you very much for having made this possible. Please continue to support our relief measures also in future.

      humedica e.V.
      Donation reference “Earthquake Turkey
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

You can achieve great things by means of a little text message: send the reference DOC to 8 11 90 and you will make a donation of 5 euros, with 4.83 euros of this amount being directly channelled into the humedica disaster relief projects.

Drawing keeps the little girls and boys occupied and furthermore helps them to overcome potential traumata. Photo: humedica/Ruth Bücker

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