WAHA International has been working in Serbia, Croatia, Macedoine and now Slovenia since September. We need to improve mobile teams and to keep hosting the increasing number of arriving refugees from Syria, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Since October 2015, Serbia has become a key country on the road for refugees coming from Asia and the Middle East towards Western Europe. According to the UNHCR, the number of refugee arrival has been around 7,500 a day in October. Registration capacities have been upgraded to 8,000 a day in Presevo and 500 per day in other locations.
The Serbian police registered 180,307 asylum-seekers in October, compared to 51,048 in September.
Meanwhile, refugees continue to arrive from Eastern countries, Greece and further.
WAHA International has deployed medical aid in Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia and Slovenia so far, since September. In October, we have been able to reach more than 1,000 patients in Croatia, in four localities, and more than 9,000 in Serbia, in five localities.
WAHA is especially active in the Miksaliste centre in Belgrade, the Serbian capital, and in Hogros, near the Hungarian border.
We decided to implement a trans-border approach, with mobile medical teams, vans, ambulances, and tents. We are providing medical care primordially but also food, water and items to help improving people’s daily hygiene. These include water, diapers, baby bottles, warm tea, etc.
We are working with the great help of Serbian local authorities, as well as of organisations such as Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF), the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and local charities, like Save Babies, BIMA Association, Divac Foundation and Pomozi.ba. Animations have been hence organised for children weekly, in the Miksaliste centre.
Our main focus for the coming weeks will be the predictable fall in temperatures with the coming winter and the issue of the border reopening, notably between Serbia and Croatia. We are currently improving mobile clinics, growing our medical teams in the field and looking to build up warmer centres and shelters.
Thank you all for your support.