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Supporting Refugees IN GREECE

Since 2015, more than 1 million refugees and migrants have been registered in Greece. The majority are from Afghanistan (40%), Syria (27%) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (7%). Of these, more than 100,000 refugees have passed through Lesvos Island. Beginning in 2018, MedGlobal, in partnership with Kitrinos Healthcare, worked to provide primary care services to the refugee population on Lesvos Island in the Philos Kleepno Primary Care Clinic in the Moria refugee camp. In this time, MedGlobal deployed over 75 medical volunteers to provide care in general medicine, obstetrics, and pediatric health, serving over 28,000 people. 

On September 8, devastating fires tore through the overcrowded Moria camp, burning the camp to the ground and forcing thousands of refugees and asylum seekers to flee. This fire occurred just one week after COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the camp. The fire destroyed the health clinic MedGlobal supported, along with all of its medical equipment, supplies, and medicine in the clinic. Thankfully, clinic staff, partners, and their families were safe. MedGlobal continues to coordinate with Kitrinos to assess how best we can support healthcare for refugees and migrants on Lesvos Island as they cope with displacement, uncertainty, and the COVID-19 outbreak.


There are currently over 11,000 refugees housed on the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Kos, and Rhodes. There are more refugees coming through the north-eastern Greek border from Turkey every day.
According to IOM, through July 15, 2018, the total number of sea arrivals to Greek territory since January 1st is 14,678. April remains the busiest month for irregular migration by land and sea to Greece, with a total of 7,009 men, women and children arriving. February was the lowest with 1,610.

Since 2015, over 100,000 refugees have passed through Lesvos Island. There are 2 refugee camps on the island. All new arrivals are brought to the largest and main camp, Moria, outside of the city of Mytilini, where they are registered and given a full medical screening. The Greek Police and Army oversee the running of the camp and Keelpno is the governmental organization that is responsible for the refugees’ healthcare on Lesvos.  


This mission is conducted in partnership with the Philos Keelpno project, the Greek government’s Emergency Health Response to the Refugee Crisis. They have run the camps since mid-2017.

MedGlobal delivers primary care services to the refugee population in the Philos Kleepno primary care clinic. We are looking for general and family practice physicians and nurses who are comfortable treating either children or adults. There is a minimum 1-week commitment. Mission dates are ongoing.

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