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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 in a clinic to provide medical and mental health care for migrants and refugees who survived intentional physical violence and torture in their country of origin or during their journey to Italy.

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

During the summer months, in the middle of the year, we provide medical and psychological support to people landing in the region of Calabria, identifying migrants and refugees who are medically vulnerable and need further treatment.

Our activities in 2021 in Italy

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2021

MSF in Italy in 2021 In Italy, Médecins Sans Frontières aims to address gaps in care for the most vulnerable and marginalised people, such as migrants and those excluded from the national health system.
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In Rome, we launched a new project focused on facilitating access to sexual and reproductive healthcare for migrant women living in marginalised neighbourhoods, squats and informal settlements. Our teams work alongside Ministry of Health staff, providing family planning and obstetric consultations, as well as cervical cancer screening and support for victims of sexual violence. We also run health promotion activities and cultural mediation services in collaboration with local authorities. 

In May, we opened a project in Palermo to improve the provision of care for victims of intentional violence and torture. The project has an interdisciplinary approach, offering medical, psychological, social and legal assistance, as well as health promotion and outreach activities to identify potential patients. 

In both locations, we implemented activities to tackle COVID-19. In Rome, our teams supported people living in squats and informal settlements, ensuring they had access to the relevant preventive measures, treatment and vaccinations. We also advocated for the need to remove the administrative barriers that hinder access to vaccinations for unregistered migrants living in Italy. 

In mid-2021, during the summer in Lampedusa, the main landing site for migrants crossing from North Africa, we supported the provision of first aid and the identification of people with vulnerabilities – such as victims of torture and severe violence – on arrival. Our staff also worked in the migrant hotspot on the island, offering care for fragile and vulnerable patients who needed specific care and follow-up. In addition, we ensured patients were followed up in the quarantine centres in Agrigento. 
 

In 2021
 
Aquarius: denouncing and activity
Mediterranean migration

Aquarius forced to end operations as Europe condemns people to drown

Press Release 6 Dec 2018
 
Aquarius leaves Valencia to SAR
Mediterranean migration

Sinister attacks by Italian authorities on lifesaving search and rescue in the Mediterranean

Statement 20 Nov 2018
 
Journey to Valencia Spain
Mediterranean migration

The Aquarius Aquarium

msf-crash.org 13 Sep 2018
 
Sentier du pas de la mort
France

Violations of migrants’ rights at the France-Italy border

Project Update 2 Aug 2018
 
Aquarius SAR: Winter conditions and high seas
Mediterranean migration

Drowning skyrockets as European governments block humanitarian assistance on Central Mediterranean

Press Release 12 Jul 2018
 
Aquarius Disembarking at Valencia Port Spain
Mediterranean migration

European governments must put people’s lives before politics

Press Release 17 Jun 2018