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
 
Phoenix' 8th rescue operation
Mediterranean migration

MSF will no longer provide emergency medical assistance and post-rescue care on the MY Phoenix

Press Release 23 Sep 2015
 
MSF psychologist Gaia Quaranta
Mediterranean migration

“We heal the invisible wounds”

Voices from the Field 16 Sep 2015
 
Provide Safe Passage
Mediterranean migration

EU: your fences kill. Provide safe and legal passage

Open Letter 11 Sep 2015
 
Mediterranean migration

Proactive search and rescue operations essential life-saver

Project Update 20 Aug 2015
 
Italy

Migration: Bourbon Argos not authorised to land 700 rescued migrants in Sicily

Press Release 17 Jul 2015
 
Italy

“I had no idea how bad it would be. The journey to Europe was worse than what I left behind in Somalia.”

Voices from the Field 2 Jul 2015