MSF provides medical assistance to migrants in Lampedusa, Italy
On February 14, an initial MSF team composed of a doctor and logistician arrived in Lampedusa, Italy. In collaboration with local authorities, the team is available 24 hours a day to provide medical assistance to migrants landing in Lampedusa and to support local authorities in case of needs. At present, the majority of migrants arrived from Egypt and Tunisia are in good health conditions.
On February 19, a second MSF team composed by a doctor and logistician visited other sites in Sicily - Pozzallo, Porto Empedocle and Rosolini - where migrants are transferred from Lampedusa.
“As a medical independent organisation, the health of migrants is the first priority,” said Dr Barbara Maccagno, the medical person responsible for MSF operations, addressing the migrants. "In case migrants presenting health problems arrive in Lampedusa, they have to receive immediate medical assistance before being transferred to any other locations."
MSF is monitoring the situation and ready to reinforce the team in Lampedusa in case of unmet needs are identified.
MSF has been present in Lampedusa since 2002 and until 2009, with a mobile clinic managed by a team composed by a doctor, a nurse and a cultural mediator. The team was active constantly in case of landings. During summer periods where the number of landings increased, the team was reinforced with additional staff.
The mobile clinic was set at the port of Lampedusa and was equipped with all the necessary medical materials to provide first medical assistance and to do the first screening of migrants presenting health problems. MSF provided medical assistance to 5.000 migrants.
MSF activities are funded by private donors and no institutional fund by the Italian government is perceived by the organisation.