Two caregivers discuss implementation of care for medical and psychological trauma of civilians, resulting from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and lessons learned.
American MarkAlain Dery is an infectious disease doctor, public health specialist and trauma care doctor. He is currently working in Ukraine with the Swiss Foundation, an NGO that organizes, transports, and looks for supplies. They also train first responders and public servants in Ukraine, such as police and firepeople. They are developing training programs for emergency trauma care of civilians who are increasingly becoming casualties in the crosshairs of war. Dery speculates that civilian war casualties will increase globally as internal conflicts increase in countries. MarkAlain is also founder and manager of Pacifica Affiliate WHIV-LP in New Orleans.
Mila Yalovaya is a Ukrainian Psychotherapist who specializes in work with teenagers. She describes the psychological trauma of war for all Ukrainians, and especially for teenagers. She describes the cost of leaving Ukraine and living abroad, and some of the services they are offering for support. Yalovaya discusses the benefit of psychotherapy in wartime and mental strategies for emotional stability. Yalovaya received her training at Kyiv Gestalt University, where she now teaches.