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On the shores of Lesbos - a photo diary from International Medical Corps first responders

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With the global refugee crisis — currently the worst in recorded history, according to the U.N. — more people than ever are arriving into Europe via the Mediterranean. International Medical Corps shares an intimate look at what is happening on the shores of Lesbos, Greece.

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On the shores of Lesbos - a photo diary from International Medical Corps first responders

  1. 1. With the global refugee crisis — currently the worst in recorded history, according to the U. N. — more people than ever are arriving into Europe via the Mediterranean. How can humanitarians improve their response efforts to meet the needs of refugees? International Medical Corps shares their experiences from Lesbos, Greece.
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  3. 3. ,1} ‘ K Vaios Eolichrdnidis, a member of Praksis' 24-hour paramedic unit, / carries a young girl who arrived on the shores soaking wet and extremely cold. After spending three hours or more in the raft, refugees often arrive wetand cold and at risk of hypothermia. The team carries dry clothes in their van in order to quickly help people get warm.
  4. 4. », </IA A girl gets dry socks to keep herfeet warm after arriving in Lesbos by inflatable dinghy. When people arrive, first responders race to make sure people are warm and dry before a boarding a bus onto a transit site to be registered. r’! /‘
  5. 5. Vaios cares for a girl suffering from mild hypothermia after making the journey from Turkey to Greece.
  6. 6. 'Refug'ees"c| imb up from the rockiyllbeach wherelltheicr raft landed with the help first responders and volunteers, including the 24-hour Praksis paramedic team supported by International Medical Corps.
  7. 7. Psychological First Aid training is one of the many crucial skills needed to assist refugees fleeing conflict and persecution. Claire Whitney, mental health coordinator for International Medical Corps Greece, discusses how PFA training helps responders identify those who may be experiencing enormous stress and in need of more support, in a guest column from Lesbos. Read about it here on Devex and join the #AcrossBorders conversation. Photos courtesy of Crystal We/ /s/ /nternationa/ Medical Corps.

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