The project Care for Displaced Persons from Ukraine Seeking Protection in Greece, concerns the planning, organisation and provision of health care and psychosocial support to displaced persons and citizens from Ukraine seeking International Protection in Greece or enjoying Temporary Protection Status in accordance with the Council of the European Union’s Executive Decision (EU) 2022/382 of 4 March 2022 establishing the existence of a mass influx of displaced persons from Ukraine within the meaning of Article 5 of the Directive 2001/55/EC and results in the application of temporary protection.
Médecins du Monde organises and operates on a daily basis an integrated and cross-sectoral system of support services focusing on the case management approach, including the individual electronic file of each beneficiary, aiming at the relief and care of displaced persons from Ukraine in Greece.
Trained Social Workers, Psychologists, Doctors, Nurses and Mediators play a key role in the support services system, enhancing the direct access of beneficiaries to quality health and psychosocial support services.
In the context of covering the emergency needs of refugees and displaced persons from Ukraine in Greece, the following services and benefits are provided through the structures of Médecins du Monde:
Primary Health Care
- Medical clinic for the care and monitoring of people with chronic and non-communicable diseases
- Child Health Care (paediatric check-up and infant and child care services)
- Women’s Health Care (family planning, contraception, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, prenatal, perinatal and postnatal care)
- Information and vaccination against Covid19
- Orthopaedic clinic
- Cardiology Clinic
- Management of referrals to secondary and tertiary health care
- Emergency pharmaceutical care
Mental Health Care
- Psychological first aid and empowerment for adults and children
- Reduction of psychological stress and stress management
- Individualised psychological assistance and psycho-education sessions for vulnerable displaced Ukrainian citizens
- Awareness raising on mental health issues
Provision of Social Assistance and Administrative Support (Help Desk)
- Support for administrative issues and solving public administration problems (issuing of AMKA, VAT, Unemployment Card, etc.)
- Social counselling (promotion in the labour market, finding a housing solution)
- Promoting and facilitating the enrolment of children in schools and creative activity centres
- Provision of interpretation from Ukrainian or Russian into Greek
- Provision of material/food aid
The aim of the operation is to serve and cover at least 800 unique beneficiaries living in the wider areas of Attica and Central Macedonia, of which 35% are children and 65% are adults, of which 68% are women and girls and 32% are men and boys.
The project Care for displaced people from Ukraine contributes directly and effectively to the Call 4 of 12/05/2022 with IDA: 6EH946MTLP-4AK “For the submission and funding of actions to address the refugee crisis due to the war in Ukraine, under the Bilateral Relations Fund of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism for the period 2014-2021 of the Ministry of Development and Investment and the General Secretariat of Public Investment”.
The implementation of the operation includes a series of internal protocols and procedures that aim at implementing an integrated system of social support services. The main principles that govern the horizontal service delivery system of the operation are:
- Respect for diversity, gender, age,
- Principle of Non-Harm
- Cooperation with the consent of the beneficiary at all stages of support
- Community participation
- Protection of children, people at risk and vulnerable adults
- Prevention and protection from exploitation, harassment, abuse
- Flexibility and adaptation to the objective conditions on the ground
The project is funded by the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism (EEA Grants 2014-2021) through the Ministry of Development and Investment. The EEA Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.