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In Italy we are working to support migrants and people on the move in several areas, in collaboration with local health authorities.

In Palermo, Sicily, we are working on strengthening the capacity of a Ministry of Health (MoH) clinic for migrants to provide medical care for patients who survived intentional violence and torture in their country of origin or during their journey to Italy.

In Rome, we support vulnerable migrant women in squats and informal settlements to access sexual and reproductive services, working in several family clinics alongside MoH staff, conducting health promotion activities and offering psychological care.

We are also responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the capital, working in collaboration with the MoH to reach undocumented people and facilitate their access to vaccination programmes.

Our activities in 2020 in Italy

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2020

MSF in Italy in 2020 When the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic shifted to Europe, MSF supported the response in Italy. We also continued to provide medical and psychological assistance to migrants.
Map of MSF activities in 2020 in Italy

Italy was the first European country to be hard hit by COVID-19. In early March, at the request of the health ministry, we started working in hospitals in Lombardy, the region with the highest number of cases, sharing our epidemic expertise in infection prevention and control, and patient care. We extended our activities to other regions, focusing on vulnerable groups. Our teams worked in care homes, prisons, migrant centres, shelters for the homeless, informal settlements and squats, supporting civil society groups providing assistance, and running multilingual health promotion and online mental health activities.  

Although our emergency response ended in July, we continued to carry out COVID-19 activities. On the outskirts of Rome, we supported the early detection and management of cases, while in Palermo, we responded to outbreaks in shelters for the homeless and migrant centres.  

In the summer, our team in Lampedusa, Sicily, responded to a sharp increase in the number of migrants arriving from Libya and Tunisia. For two months, we supported and trained national health service medical teams in triage at disembarkation and offered psychological first aid to people traumatised by experiences during their journey.  

Throughout the year, our teams continued to monitor the situation of migrants in transit at Italy’s northern borders. We denounced the dire living conditions, and the harsh treatment to which they were exposed, including physical abuse and pushbacks across the borders. We also worked with civil society groups to distribute relief items such as blankets and winter clothes.  

 

In 2020
 
msf activities in Lampedusa
Mediterranean migration

Seven people dead and 10 missing in shipwreck off Italian island

Press Release 2 Jul 2021
 
Border between Italy and France
Italy

Abandoned at the borders: stories of people on the move during winter

Voices from the Field 28 Jan 2021
 
Rescue Jan 15th & 16th
Italy

“The survivors share the memory of the big wave that threw them into the water”

Voices from the Field 29 Oct 2020
 
MSF intervention in care homes
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Out of view, but not out of mind: MSF's response to COVID-19 in care homes

Project Update 24 Apr 2020
 
Dr. Claudia Lodesani
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic brings new challenges to well-developed healthcare systems

Interview 31 Mar 2020
 
MSF starts COVID-19 coronavirus activities in France
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

MSF steps up COVID-19 response in Europe

Press Release 30 Mar 2020