UNHCR is delighted to announce the beginning of a new partnership between UNHCR and Team Refuge. Team Refuge will cover the expense of the urgent life saving medical evacuation of 35 refugees living in camps. Without this support, these people would not be able to get the help they need.
One of Team Refuge’s founders, Jake Morland, has worked for the United Nations since 1999 in some of the world’s most complex emergencies from East Timor to Darfur and post-Tsunami Sri Lanka. While working in these locations, Jake has come across cases of children who have died in refugee camps simply because the funds did not exist to evacuate them for emergency treatment. He decided to do what he can to stop this from happening and with his team of colleagues, James Turner, Cassandra Capel and Hugh Morland, he set up Team Refuge to fill the gap in providing this emergency, life-saving treatment.
UNHCR is proud to be working with Team Refuge to help refugees get the medical treatment they need. With the funding provided by Team Refuge, UNHCR will be able to ensure that refugees are evacuated to hospitals where they can seek medical attention not available in the camps.
To learn more about Team Refuge and the inspirational efforts that they have gone to in order to raise money and awareness, including The Polar Race, please visit www.teamrefuge.org.