From architect to rescuer
Vaios saw what was going on around him and knew he just had to help
Increasing refugee population
Essential service needs|Psychosocial support|Hygeine promotion
In the first nine months of 2016 more than 300,000 people climbed into inflatable dinghies and unseaworthy boats in a desperate attempt to reach Europe. The majority are from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq - all countries beset by instability and civil war. Nearly three thousand, many of them children, died trying to make the dangerous sea crossing. International Medical Corps is working with local partners in Greece to provide medical care and other essential services to those searching for safety and stability.
Health: With support from the Start Network, International Medical Corps works with local NGO PRAKSIS to provide comprehensive primary health care through two medical teams, alongside referrals for secondary healthcare services.
Mental health: Through our mobile medical units we have conducted more than 2,600 psychosocial support consultations over a twelve month period. In addition, more than 26 professionals and volunteers from different NGOs have been trained in psychological first aid. Working through local partners International Medical Corps also supports day care centres for children in need.
Protection services: International Medical Corps collaborates with the Start Network to identify the protection concerns of refugees and asylum-seekers and build protection capacities of service providers. In addition, we are developing guidelines on asylum procedures and referral services for those suffering gender-based violence.
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: International Medical Corps is expanding programmes to provide health and hygiene promotion on a weekly basis. In addition, a team of cleaners of latrines and showers will be retained to support cleaning of WASH facilities and solid waste pickup within the sites.