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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 SAR: Winter conditions and high seas
Mediterranean migration

How to stop the rising tide of death in Mediterranean

Voices from the Field 18 Jan 2017
 
Bourbon Argos Search and Rescue Operations November 2016
Mediterranean migration

10 things you need to know about the Mediterranean crisis

Project Update 2 Dec 2016
 
25 People Found Dead & 246 Rescued By MSF
Mediterranean migration

29 people found dead by MSF search and rescue ship Bourbon Argos

Press Release 26 Oct 2016
 
MV Aquarius rescue 720 03 Oct 2016
Mediterranean migration

MSF rescued nearly 2,000 people in less than seven hours

Project Update 2 Oct 2016
 
Dignity rescue operation, 29 August
Mediterranean migration

MSF assists in rescue of 3,000 people in a single day

Press Release 30 Aug 2016
 
22 people lost their lives at sea and 209 rescued
Mediterranean migration

MSF doctor recounts finding deaths at sea

Voices from the Field 25 Jul 2016