Médecins du Monde Greece was awarded the European Citizen Prize 2022 for its response to the humanitarian crisis following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Since the beginning of the hostilities, MdM has been supporting the displaced populations of Ukraine fleeing their country and has so far delivered more than 70 tons of humanitarian aid. The organisation remains at the Romanian border with a mobile health unit, providing first aid and basic health services and information to refugees and those fleeing the war zones. In Greece, MdM provides psychosocial support, material assistance and information to refugees arriving in our country, while through its housing programs and its Open Polyclinics in Athens and Thessaloniki, it covers the health care needs of children, women and the chronically ill.
The President of MdM Greece, Mrs Hara Tziouvaras, said about the award: “We accept this award with great pleasure in recognition of MdM’s work for the defence of Human Rights, care and solidarity. Always faithful to the vision of the Organization, we continue to stand by those in need. We would like to thank the Members of the European Parliament for this honorable distinction.”
The candidacy of Médecins du Monde Greece was proposed by the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Dimitris Papadimoulis.
European Citizenship Prize
The European Citizen’s Prize has been established by the European Parliament to recognise initiatives by individuals or organisations that encourage mutual understanding and closer convergence between people in the EU, cross-border cooperation that builds a stronger European spirit and/or the values of the European Union and fundamental rights.
Individuals, groups, associations or organisations can submit or propose projects for the European Citizenship Award. Projects may also be proposed by MEPs. This year 300 applications were received from which 30 winners were selected.