Mariupol, November 18, 2022
On November 14, another group of six volunteers from the Russian Church’s St. Alexei Hospital in Moscow traveled to Mariupol to care for the sick and the wounded.
This time, the group included four seminarians from the Sretensky Theological Academy in Moscow who underwent an internship at the St. Alexei hospital and special clinical courses to help out at an intensive care hospital and a home for the elderly disabled in Mariupol, reports the Russian Orthodox Church.
“This is a very good and important undertaking—such help is really needed,” said Alexei Zarov, chief physician of the Moscow hospital. “When future priests get experience caring for and communicating with seriously ill patients, they learn the hardships, the grief that people face in their lives. And such treatment skills will be useful to them later in life.”
Since April, volunteers trained by St. Alexei Hospital with the support of the Synodal Charity Department have been sent out in 9-day shifts every week to work at the military clinical hospital in Rostov-on-Don and the Intensive Care Hospital of Mariupol.
The hospital has also organized field training courses on nursing in Mariupol, Donetsk, Gorlovka, and Rostov-on-Don. To date, 62 volunteers living in these cities have undergone training.
The hospital itself in Moscow has also treated hundreds of refugees and injured civilians, and in June, a medical office was opened at the Church of St. George the Great Martyrs in the Zaporozhye Province.