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World Youth Day 2016, Krakow: Order of Malta medical services prepare for the big events

Doctors, nurses, paramedics, firstaiders are coming from all over Europe

19July 2016

Order of Malta's Polish Medical Service in preparation for World Youth Day, Cracow

Order of Malta’s Polish Medical Service in preparation for World Youth Day, Krakow

Doctors, nurses, paramedics, firstaiders, all volunteers of the Sovereign Order of Malta, are arriving in Krakow, Poland, from all over Europe to lend their services at the 25-31 July gathering. They will provide first aid and give special assistance to the disabled. Up to 2.5 million young Catholics are expected to attend.

 The Order of Malta, through the coordination of its Polish Medical Service, is providing 32 ambulances – 12 from Poland and the rest from Germany and Hungary. “For our volunteers of the Order of Malta in Poland, the World Youth Days in Krakow will be our most challenging engagement in 25 years. We have been preparing for this event for a very long time,” says Damien Zadeberny, Chairman of the Service.

The Service will provide 40 medical teams, all with medical backpack kits, rescue boards and means of communication in the Campus Misericordiae, where Pope Francis will meet the young Catholics, and in Blonia Park in central Krakow where the Opening Mass, the Welcome Ceremony for the Holy Father, and the Way of the Cross, will all take place. There will also be a hospital tent for emergencies. 

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