TWO YOUNG women working from home in Ealing, West London, have established an organisation to deliver much needed medical supplies to the people of Poland. International Medical Aid for Poland was set up six months ago by Lisl BiggsDavison and Irena Kujawska after Miss Kuljawska discovered on a visit to Warsaw how desperate was the situation in her native country.
Although medical supplies of all kinds are being handled by the organisation their principal concern is with maternal and child health care needs. They report a shortage of all baby care supplies and point out the long term dangers to Poland of producing an unhealthy generation of children if basic nutritional requirements are not met.
Even the milk ration is often unobtainable in the country and the effect of these problems has been a marked rise in the number of abortions, with mothers unwilling to have babies of whom they may not be able to take care.
The success of International Medical Aid has been largely due to their close contacts with the people they are helping. They
wurk thruughlurch iii Poland, who are responsible for local distribution, and this ensures not only that supplies get through to those most in need but also that a clear indication is gathered of what the most urgent requirements are.
Miss Biggs-Davison and Miss Kujawska have had remarkable successes in their appeal for goods and services to aid their work. Many companies and transport organisations have been extremely generous, but they point out that their need for funding is still great.
International Medical Aid for Poland, 30 King's Road, Ealing, London, W5. 01-998 0807.