Volume 16, No. 3
Summer 2013
IOCC Provides Medical Lifeline For Greeks
Newborns to geriatric patients will benefit from the more than $3.5 million in medical aid that IOCC has delivered to Greek hospitals and free clinics in greater Athens, Thessaloniki and the islands of Crete and Chios. (Photo credit: Despina Katsivelaki/IOCC)
The 52,000 residents of Chios rely on the remote Greek island's sole hospital to help them stay healthy, but austerity measures put into effect by the Greek government have dramatically cut funding and crippled the medical institution's ability to function. Doctors and medical staff struggle daily to care for patients without essential medical supplies like surgical gloves, syringes, vials for blood samples and suture needles that the hospital can no longer afford to supply. IOCC responded to the urgent need with more than $740,000 in medical supplies delivered to Skylitsion General Hospital of Chios. The government-run hospital serves the medical needs of young and old living on Chios and the neighboring islands of Psara and Oinousses.

Shortages in medical supplies are plaguing public hospitals across Greece and threaten access to quality health care that some of the most vulnerable Greeks – the elderly, chronically ill patients, and the poor – are dependent upon for their well-being. IOCC continues to respond to Greece's deepening crisis with direct assistance and in support of Apostoli, the social service agency of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Athens. Responding to the country's health care crisis is part of a larger, multifaceted relief effort by IOCC that includes supplying fresh food to protect the nutritional needs of poverty-stricken Greeks, and providing aid to institutions caring for people with disabilities, orphans, and the elderly.

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