Doctors of the World – Greece, having completed 26 years of continuous humanitarian action in 2016, is standing by all persons in need of protection and assistance.
Europe is currently facing the biggest wave of migration since the Second World War. Greece is the main gateway to Europe, both through its land border with Turkey in the North and, mainly, through the Greek-Turkish sea frontier in the Aegean. During 2015, almost one million refugees and migrants arrived in Greece, in their majority viewing Greece as their first stop and as a transit country towards their final destination to northern European states.
Doctors of the World Greece has been caring for migrants and refugees since the early days of the conflict and has responded immediately to the needs of refugees and migrants arriving in Greece. Doctors of the World Greece has, since the first moment, been present and active, offering its services to help ease this new humanitarian crisis, and continues to provide healthcare services and psychosocial support to Third-Country Nationals (TCNs) arriving in Greece.
In early 2016, Piraeus port was home to approximately 5,000 people. Doctors of the World treated mostly women and children from Syria and Afghanistan. From April 2016, the organisation started to operate in Schisto refugee camp in the Attica region, caring for over a thousand cases up until the end of the year. There were also 2 MMR vaccination campaigns – 627 children were vaccinated. Since March 2016 up to May 2016, medical teams have served 2,813 cases in Piraeus port, including more than 800 women and almost 600 children.
Doctors of the World Greece is running further interventions in Lesvos, Chios, Athens, Thessaloniki, Kavala, Patras and Chania and has extended its activities to Idomeni, Diavata and Tilos.