Greece is one of the main gateways to Europe, together with Italy and Spain in the Mediterranean region. Refugees and migrants reach Greece both through its land border with Turkey in the North and, mainly, through the Greek-Turkish sea frontier in the Aegean. During 2015, almost one million refugees and migrants arrived in Greece, in their majority viewing Greece as their first stop and as a transit country towards their final desti-nation to central and northern European states.
MdM aims to guarantee access to basic health services migrants in Mavrovouni – Kara Tepe Hospitality Center of the Municipality of Lesvos (overall accommodation capacity ~ 1.300 persons) and to Alternative Accommodation Facilities in Chios in collaboration with UNHCR, focusing on the needs of the most vulner-able populations (such as women and people in need of psychosocial support, SGBV survivors as well as people with chronic medical condition).
This goal has been met through the maintenance and adaptation of community based health services of-fered by MdM teams (including primary health care, sexual and reproductive health/SRH planning, psycho-social support and referral to the National Health System).
At the same time, MdM – Greece aside from the emphasis on the quality and decency of services provided, strives to support its beneficiaries in all ways possible, including linking them to other projects of MdM – Greece (such as shelters, emergency projects for most vulnerable cases etc.) and refer them to other stakeholders. MdM action has a significant and long-term impact with regards to the quality of life of its beneficiaries and the promotion of the right of access to humanitarian services for all.