The main objective of the Open Polyclinics of Médecins du Monde – Greece has always been the provision of primary healthcare services, pharmaceutical coverage and psychosocial counseling to persons with limited or no access to the National Healthcare System, such as undocumented migrants, refugees, uninsured and homeless persons.
Eight (8) Open Polyclinics of Medecins du Monde – Greece operate in the regions of Athens (2), Piraeus, Perama, Thessaloniki, Patras, Chania and Kavala.
All polyclinics operate mainly with volunteer doctors of different specialties (internists, pediatricians, surgeons, gynecologists, dermatologists, cardiologists, ophthalmologists, orthopedic surgeons, radiologists, pulmonologists, ENT, psychiatrists, neurologists) nurses and psychologists who provide free medical and pharmaceutical care and psychosocial support.
The departments of Social Services of MdM provide social support and counseling according to the principles of Multi-Methodic Social Work in collaboration with a network of public bodies and NGOs.
The department of psychological support consists of volunteer psychologists, who provide psychological support and counseling to vulnerable social groups, through short-term interventions (usually 6 – 12 months). Moreover, in collaboration with a child psychiatrist, specialized services are provided to children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and learning difficulties.
Most of the cases are diagnosed with symptoms related to depression and anxiety which are linked to difficult living conditions (unemployment, financial problems, unstable family environments, etc). In addition to the above, among the migrant beneficiaries, most of the cases have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder due to exposure to adverse conditions (incidents of racist violence, torture, kidnapping, etc). In many cases, the referral to a psychiatrist is necessary, along with relevant drug treatment.
The Open Polyclinics of MdM in Athens, Perama, Thessaloniki and Chania, operate with the organization’s own resources. The function of the Open Polyclinic of Patras was supported by “Stavros Niarhos Foundation” and from June 2015 is supported by Solidarity Now.