Ventimiglia
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
 
March 2017: Search and Rescue Operations in The Mediterranean
Mediterranean migration

MSF launches new website on search and rescue work

Voices from the Field 15 Aug 2017
 
The last frontier
Refugees, IDPs and people on the move

The last frontier – migrants stuck in Italy risk all to reach France

Project Update 3 Aug 2017
 
The last frontier
Refugees, IDPs and people on the move

Harsh living conditions for migrants in Ventimiglia

Press Release 3 Aug 2017
 
SAR activities June 2017
Mediterranean migration

MSF committed to saving lives on Mediterranean but will not sign the Italian “Code of Conduct”

Press Release 31 Jul 2017
 
Migrants Detention Centers Libya 2016
Mediterranean migration

MSF warns EU about inhumane approach to migration management

Statement 3 Feb 2017