Médecins du Monde is visiting the areas affected by the wildfires in Evia with their mobile units, in order to provide medical and psychological support to the fire-affected residents.
Responding immediately to this tragedy, medical mobile units of Médecins du Monde arrived in the burnt areas in Evia, visiting the village of Istiaiaia and the surrounding affected areas. Following their operational protocols, Médecins du Monde are providing medical and psychosocial assistance to the residents who have experienced the massive disaster. Médecins du Monde is also carrying out the Covid-19 personal protective equipment distributions, while educating citizens about health, hygiene, safety and security and promoting community and social solidarity for people in need.
The initial findings of the on-site assessment of the teams, indicate that immediate support based on medical assistance Psychosocial Support needs is necessary. The most vulnerable populations, such as the elderly and people with chronic illnesses and disabilities are the groups that should be prioritized for response in order to “leave no one behind,” according to the World Health Organisation and the principles of Universal Health Care. In the short and medium term, targeted mental health interventions for those who have suffered profound losses, as well as specialised health care for people with chronic conditions and co-morbidities, will be essential.
MdM-Greece primary goal of action, after the wildfires in Evia, is to provide emergency assistance, but also to determine the needs of people affected by the devastating fires. The impact of the crisis caused by the wildfires is unprecedented for local people. The wounds will take a long time to heal and Medecins du Monde is helping by providing dignified and comprehensive services so that people can regain their strength and confidence to rise from the ashes again.