Helping Ukraine: Medical professionals from Arizona set out to help war-torn country

TOPSHOT - A man walks in front of a destroyed building after a Russian missile attack in the town of Vasylkiv, near Kyiv, on February 27, 2022. - Ukraine's foreign minister said on February 27, that Kyiv would not buckle at talks with Russia over its

Russia's war in Ukraine enters its 279th day as of Nov. 29, and officials in Ukraine say Russia is shelling areas recently liberated causing damage to infrastructure and knocking out power.

As the war continues, so does the need for help, and Arizonans are answering that call.

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Global Care Force is sending a team of three nurses and two doctors to help with primary care in Ukraine. It's essentially a group of physicians and clinical providers that have done several nongovernment humanitarian aids, primarily medical, in a few different places.

Dr. Joshua Wallbrecht, an emergency room physician, is one of the volunteers traveling to Ukraine for the first time.

"Traveling to a country that is actively at war is a nerve-wracking situation but again, I think of the people of Ukraine that have been driven out of their homes," he said.

He'll meet up with the rest of the Global Care Force team in Poland before making their way to Ukraine.

Dr. Joshua Wallbrecht

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"We're traveling first to Kraków, and then from there we'll travel to Ukraine on December 1," Wallbrecht said.

The Ukrainian team that Global Care Force is meeting up with will include pharmacists, nursing aids, and interpreters.

Wallbrecht says to be able to go and interact directly with people in Ukraine who are suffering because of war is an opportunity he felt compelled to help out with.

"These people have been displaced by war. It's a tragedy that's happening right now, a humanitarian crisis and there's a need there because millions of people displaced without healthcare, and I have a skill set that can help provide some of that need," he remarked.

Although Wallbrecht won't be there for long, he says he hopes his time in Ukraine makes a difference.

Global Care Force has deployed every month since September, and they plan to go next year as well. This group will be gone for about two weeks.

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