Samos, Greece
Migrants and refugees from countries such as Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq continue to arrive in Greece in search of safety or to reach other destinations in Europe, only to find themselves stranded indefinitely.

In March 2020, we expanded our projects with migrants and refugees to start assisting with the COVID-19 response in Greece. In the migrant hotspots of Samos and Lesbos islands, we are providing health information to camp residents and have all procedures in place to support referrals of patients with symptoms of COVID-19 to hospitals.

We have adapted our facilities and procedures to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. Operations in the camps are being scaled up and we are starting to recruit additional medical, paramedical and support staff.

An emergency plan for Moria refugee camp on Lesbos island is ready in case we need to respond to a spread of the disease there.

Discussions are underway with the Ministry of Health to see how we can coordinate with them and offer more support.

Since the so-called EU-Turkey deal in March 2016, migrants and refugees previously in transit through the Greek islands have been trapped there for an indeterminate time in overcrowded, unsafe and unhygienic conditions, without access to basic services, adequate shelter or information on their legal status.

We provide medical and mental healthcare to migrants on the Greek islands of Lesbos and Samos as well as in Athens. Our activities include vaccinating migrant children against common childhood diseases, providing sexual and reproductive healthcare, treating chronic diseases and providing care for victims of torture and sexual violence.

Our teams in Lesbos have reported overwhelming numbers of people suffering from serious mental health conditions and we have made repeated calls for vulnerable people to be evacuated and policies of containment to be replaced by sustainable, humane solutions.

In 2018
Trapped in Moria
I am overwhelmed by the severity of each referral that arrives in my inbox… Dr Liz Clark, working in Moria, on the Greek island of Lesbos

“It is difficult to believe this is Europe”


Immediate action needed to improve unbearable living conditions in detention facilities in Evros, Greece

Press Release 26 Jan 2011

Critical situation for migrants and asylum seekers in detention facilities in Evros region, Greece

Press Release 13 Dec 2010
Democratic Republic of Congo

Thousands of displaced civilians in DRC trapped by conflict, wounded unable to reach hospitals in Hauts Plateaux, South Kivu

Press Release 11 Mar 2010
Project Update

MSF urges European governments to respect life, dignity and healthcare of migrants and asylum seekers

Press Release 16 Dec 2009

Overcrowded cells and deteriorating living conditions cause tension inside Pagani Detention Center

Project Update 26 Oct 2009

People without any hope living in the Pagani detention center in Lesvos, Greece

Project Update 10 Sep 2009

MSF is deeply concerned about the condition of the migrants refugees and asylum seekers after police operation in Patras makeshift camp

Press Release 13 Jul 2009

MSF reinforces activities in the temporary settlement of Patras, Greece, following yesterday's destructive fire

Press Release 22 Jan 2009

MSF ends emergency intervention in Lesvos island, Greece

Press Release 30 Sep 2008

Contact us

Lesbos Mobile Clinic - Moria Camp
MSF Greece

15 Xenias St.
115 27 Athens