About Valerie Hellermann

Valerie works endlessly toward her lifetime goal: To build a stronger, healthier, equitable and peaceful global community.

Nov 1: No solid plans for the future, only hope

By |2019-11-03T19:44:37+00:00November 1st, 2019|Categories: Greece, refugee, Samos|

The team is working so well together. I would not say smooth going … but great creativity and resourcefulness and somehow we are still smiling for our patients. There is a chicken pox epidemic. So many kids with fevers and pox, they are miserable and can you believe there is NO CALAMINE lotion on the island! [...]

Oct 30: Man’s inhumanity to man

By |2019-11-03T19:45:04+00:00October 30th, 2019|Categories: Greece, refugee, Samos|

74 patients today, some pretty intense stories. I struggled today between absolute frustration and horror at man’s inhumanity to man. Both from war and torture and for allowing people to live in this desperate situation and allowing there to be nothing done. It’s just so wrong. We had several sick babies today and I was [...]

Oct 29: The miserable conditions are just beyond imagination

By |2019-11-03T19:45:18+00:00October 30th, 2019|Categories: Greece, refugee, Samos|

Day 3: There was a huge crowd when we arrived. So many refugees on this island and so little resources. Again, only one doctor in the Greek clinic who is not an MD but a microbiologist and one ngo the Med Equality team from France. There are over 6,500 people here. Alex from Ghana, who [...]

Oct 28: We are now seeing patients

By |2019-11-03T19:45:29+00:00October 28th, 2019|Categories: Greece, refugee, Samos|

Second day and we saw 78 patients, sent three to the hospital and managed wounds, injuries, and all levels of ptsd, abdominal and respiratory issues, chronic hypertension, pneumonia, etc. It was BUSY BUSY BUSY. It is a challenging way to practice medicine - we all have to be extremely flexible, creative and CALM. To add [...]

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Oct 27: Setting up the Medical tent

By |2019-11-03T19:45:40+00:00October 27th, 2019|Categories: Greece, refugee, Samos|

This is our refugee team setting up the exam rooms with us. Despite the conditions here there were smiles and laughter setting up these modules without directions. They are really happy to have something to do. They are smart and restless while sitting around waiting to start a life. These folks are our French and [...]

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Oct 22: On Our Way to Samos Refugee Camp

By |2019-11-03T19:45:52+00:00October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Greece, refugee, Samos|

Myself and five team members leave tomorrow for the Samos Refugee Camp. Three members are already there and more are leaving at the end of this week. As I run around doing last minute errands, trying to cram more supplies into each bag so we don't waste an ounce of weight, I am anxious like [...]

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June 7: Julley from Leh!

By |2019-06-07T16:42:39+00:00June 7th, 2019|Categories: Leh, Zanskar|

The Hands on Global medical team have all safely arrived. A few missed flights and some delayed baggage . . . but we are all on the ground. We spent the last 2 days acclimating, gathering supplies and visiting some beautiful ancient monasteries. There is snow on all the peaks and fresh Himalayan air! This is [...]

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Mar 8: One last post from Samos – and it is a sad one.

By |2019-03-08T20:52:15+00:00March 8th, 2019|Categories: Greece, Immigration, refugee, Samos|

One last post from Samos - and it is a sad one. This morning I was meeting with Omar for an interview. He was just coming from the hospital. Last night a boat sank off shore and MANY refugees were in the water. Many are in bad shape, at the hospital suffering from hypothermia. Nine [...]

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Mar 7: Our last day here – What would you do if this were your town?

By |2019-03-08T20:32:51+00:00March 7th, 2019|Categories: Greece, Immigration, refugee, Samos|

Our last jungle clinic. A chaotic and emotional day. A group of folks from Afghanistan came and we had a marginal translator. Our African group also came so we had a lot of people. Thankful for Georgia and Marcia coming up to help on their day off from the clinic. This camp has been difficult on [...]

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