Responding to Refugee Health Crisis in Europe

Bringing Humanitarian and Medical Relief to Disaster and Conflict Areas. In 2016, SGR provided 19,361 medical services for refugees living in camps in Greece.

In 2016, in response to the mass influx of refugees on the shores of Europe, SAMS launched its operations in Greece with the aim of providing medical relief to vulnerable persons and refugees. We are currently providing healthcare to refugees on the Greek islands of Chios, Kos, and Leros, as well as supporting the Médecins du Monde (MdM) Polyclinic on the mainland in Thessaloniki. Volunteers from across the world work to provide treatment to the vulnerable populations of refugees on the Greek islands and mainland. In 2016, SGR provided medical services to 19,361 refugees. 

SAMS now works in three official camps in three different Greek islands and provides primary healthcare for up to 3,500 refugees. In 2017 alone, UNHCR estimates that 29,634 refugees arrived in Greece – they themselves are vulnerable but the medical care they require is also straining the Greek Health System. The medical care is mainly primary health care with antenatal care, pediatrics, and some chronic disease management. Our programs in Greece continue to grow thanks to the dedication of our volunteers. 

Learn more about our impact and work in Greece in our 2016 Annual Report (2017 Annual Report will be released shortly).

Volunteer with SAMS:

SAMS Hellas is currently providing primary health care services for refugees and migrants on three Greek islands: Chios, Leros and Kos. This is an ongoing operation. Our medical team works at a primary health care clinic in each location five days a week. We are providing this service in partnership with KEELPNO (Greek CDC). We also support Médecins du Monde’s (MdM) polyclinic in Thessaloniki on the mainland. 

We are currently calling for volunteer physicians to work in SAM’s primary health care clinics, nurses, midwives, and interpreters (Arabic, Farsi & Kurdish) to join our medical missions to Greece. If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please fill out the Volunteer Application and return to [email protected] with your availability and CV. If you have any questions, please reach out to Marko Micic, Greece Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected].

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