Coronavirus Response

Samaritan's Purse is running a 68-bed respiratory care unit outside of Milan for coronavirus patients.

Samaritan’s Purse is running a 68-bed respiratory care unit outside of Milan for coronavirus patients.

The Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital opened on 20th March in Cremona, Italy, to care for people sickened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our 68-bed respiratory care unit is set up in the Cremona Hospital parking lot in response to the hospital’s overflow of coronavirus patients.

“You are a bright light—the first bright light in our dark sky.”

“You are a bright light—the first bright light in our dark sky,” said Giulio Gallera, the minister of health for the Lombardy region, at our hospital dedication.

Cremona Hospital has been forced to suspend all medical care, except for maternity and paediatrics, due to the overwhelming numbers of people suffering from this terrible disease. To date, no patients in the hospital’s intensive care unit have survived COVID-19.

“The situation in Italy is desperate. The hospitals are overrun and people are dying,” said Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham. “We are called to respond in hard places. That’s why our team of disaster response specialists are on the front lines—providing life-saving medical care and sharing God’s love to people who are hurting.”

We praise God that He is using our Emergency Field Hospital in Cremona, Italy, to answer the prayers of many people there who are suffering from or know someone who is suffering from coronavirus. Please continue to pray for those stricken with COVID-19 and for the protection of our staff as they serve on the frontlines of the virus in Jesus’ Name.


Samaritan's Purse receives the first COVID-19 patient in the Emergency Field Hospital set up in the Cremona Hospital car park.

On 17th March, the Samaritan’s Purse DC-8 aircraft transported the mobile medical facility and a large disaster response team, along with 20 tonnes of medical equipment, to the pandemic’s epicentre in northern Italy. Our team, joined by the Italian Air Force and Lombardy Region Civil Protection Volunteers, unloaded the medical supplies and quickly began setting up and preparing the respiratory unit in Cremona to receive patients.

Cremona lies outside of Milan in Italy’s Lombardy region, the area hit hardest by the coronavirus, with hundreds dying each day. Facing a staggering total of nearly 60,000 coronavirus cases across Italy, the need for intensive care beds has quickly overwhelmed the nation’s healthcare system capacity in the worst affected areas.

The death toll across Italy recently passed 6,000, making their grim total the highest of any nation in the world.

Following a second DC-8 airlift of staff and supplies on 21st March, Samaritan’s Purse now has more than 65 disaster relief personnel, including doctors and nurses, on the ground in Italy to serve hurting people in Jesus’ Name. Our team works alongside local evangelical Christians—as well as Billy Graham Rapid Response Team chaplains—to share the Good News of Jesus Christ in their context of their daily work.

Our infectious disease experts are working in coordination with the World Health Organisation and Centres for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure the team is taking necessary precautions.

Please pray for our medical team serving in Italy and for the patients who will be treated at our facility. Pray for those sick with this coronavirus and their families around the world, and that this pandemic will soon come to an end.



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Samaritan's Purse staff work hard to prepare the Emergency Field Hospital as quickly as possible.

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