The purpose of the research is to collect data and information in order to investigate aspects of accessibility to health structures and medicine. The results, together with other data already collected, will provide the material for a study.
The issue of tackling health inequalities is more relevant than ever. Covid19 has come to highlight years of operational shortcomings in the national health system and to remind us of the importance of universal and integrated health care leaving no one behind.
Médecins du Monde’s research has identified significant barriers to citizens’ access to appropriate health care and pharmaceutical treatment, which primarily affect people belonging to vulnerable social groups, such as low-income citizens, people with disabilities, people with chronic diseases and chronically ill people with co-morbid conditions. The barriers faced by our vulnerable fellow human beings create health inequalities, which are constantly increasing due to the suffocating pressure on the health system and the psychosocial impact of public health measures to tackle Covid19.
The research is part of the project “Access to Healthcare and Medicines for All”, which is implemented under the Active citizens fund, with Médecins du Monde Greece as implementing actor and GIVMED and The Press Project as partners.
Active citizens fund
The €12 million Active citizens fund is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and is part of the European Economic Area (EEA) funding mechanism for the period 2014 – 2021, known as EEA Grants.The programme aims to strengthen and enhance the sustainability of civil society and highlight its role in promoting democratic processes, enhancing citizens’ participation in public life and defending human rights. The Active citizens fund grant for Greece is managed jointly by the Bodossaki Foundation and SolidarityNow.