MEDICAL MISSIONS IN MACEDONIA

Challenges of humanity

The First World War has set the “second front” on a big stage, where missions became a humanitarian and military necessity in dealing with severe wounds, epidemics, infections, famine, but also the care for refugees and orphans. Poor hygienic and living conditions, difficult terrain, destruction, famine and polluted drinking water became fatal for soldiers and civilians. In such conditions, the general health and sanitary condition of the Macedonian population, which suffered from the centuries-old presence of infectious diseases with various pathologies, became desperate. That has placed Macedonia on the topographical map of the presence and action of medical and charity missions from several countries from around the world. Thanks to the established surgical clinics and the implementation of epidemic prevention strategies, which evolved from isolation and quarantine to sanitary measures and immunization, many human lives were saved.

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