The health crisis caused by Covid-19 highlights today more than anything else the need for unhindered access by all citizens to medical care. In the period of pandemics we realize that – regardless of country of origin and social class – we are all equal in the face of illness. Likewise, equal should be our treatment by the national health system for the public good.
Doctors of the World – Greek Delegation, GIVMED and the Press Project (TPP), started implementing the project on March 2020 “Opening Access to Health and Medicines for All» which is co-funded by the Increased Support for Human Rights programme of the Active citizens fund.
However, the downsizing of the NSS budget over the past few years has not favored everyone’s unimpeded access to health care.
The aim of the project is to advocate for the access of all citizens and especially the most vulnerable (e.g. elderly, refugees, unemployed, chronic and psychiatric patients) to quality free health services and appropriate medication.
Objectives include highlighting practical issues that make it difficult for citizens to have unhindered access to healthcare, evaluating the pertinent legal framework and formulating policy proposals. We will strive to achieve these objectives with the development of the following actions:
Collection of patient testimonials on the difficulty of accessing medical and diagnostic examinations and conducting research
Study of the legal framework and qualitative research on drug donation – social pharmacies in Greece and abroad
Investigative Journalism – Supervision of the current health-medicine system
Proposal to streamline national policy on the basis of testimony, study, research
Advocacy via an information campaign for enhancing vulnerable citizens’ voice – dissemination in the media
The Co-operation between Doctors of the World, GIVMED and TPP through planned actions contributing to the highlighting of problems in access to health care, the relevant legal framework and the advocacy actions are expected to support the universal human right to health.
«The Active citizens fund in Greece is supported through a € 12m grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as part of the EEA Grants 2014 – 2021. The program aims to develop the sustainability and capacity of the civil society sector in Greece, and to strengthen its role in promoting and safeguarding democratic procedures, active citizenship and human rights. The Fund Operator for the Active citizens fund in Greece is Bodossaki Foundation in consortium with Solidarity Now.”