RECEPTION AND IDENTIFICATION CENTER, VATHY SAMOS

Medical Intervention was present at Reception and Identification Center at Vathy, Samos from 2013 to 2017. Our team comprised of doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, and auxiliary staff, provided services daily, in a special designated area within the center.

The provided services for this program were the following:

  • Medical check-up
  • Primary healthcare
  • Social and psychological services
  • Supply of medicines, linen, toiletries, clothing, footwear, tents.

In detail:

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Medical Services:

  • Medical check of all newly arriving in the identification center.
  • Medical record survey for patients and relevant patient form completion.
  • Medical examinations, provision of medicine, handle acute condition of illness.
  • Referrals to Samos public hospital for further examination and monitoring.
  • Collaboration with the public hospital for the best possible intervention and monitoring of communicable diseases when deemed necessary.
  • Disease control (for conditions such as diabetes, TB) and collaboration with the hospital doctors.
  • Provision of medical “health card” to beneficiaries upon exiting the center.
  • Crisis management.
  • Medical counselling – preventive medicine.
  • Referrals to social or psychological service for vulnerable patients.

Social Services:

  • Individual interview and personal record file from a professional social scientist.
  • Record of specific requests (international protection, accommodation), protection and referral to corresponding services.
  • Recording requests regarding vulnerable cases, referrals for the provision of hospitality structures.
  • Social support and further investigation on an individual basis or for specific groups when deemed necessary.
  • Covering basic needs as supply of linen, toiletries, clothing, footwear, sleeping bags, and tents.
  • Creative activities when possible.

Psychological Services:

  • Record of mental health, individual interview.
  • Current status, investigation and further monitoring during the beneficiary’s stay in the center.
  • Psychological support and monitoring for vulnerable cases in coordination with social workers.
  • Collaboration with social workers for the implementation of certain psychosocial activities per target group.
  • Specialized interventions in crises, in order to reverse additional incompatible behaviors during the center’s smooth function.
  • Identification of persons who present addictive symptoms.
  • Collaboration with psychiatrist, referral to hospital.

FIRST RECEPTION CENTER, FYLAKIO EVROS

The program began in March 2013 and was completed in February 2015.

The provided humanitarian services included:

Medical Services

  • Medical examination, provision of medicine, dealing with acute condition or illness.
  • Referrals to public hospitals (Alexandroupolis or Didymothicho) for further examination and monitoring.
  • Collaboration with the public hospital for the best possible case intervention and monitoring of communicable diseases when deemed necessary.
  • Disease control (for conditions such as diabetes, TB) and collaboration with the corresponding authorities.
  • Provision of a medical “health card” to beneficiaries upon exiting the centre.
  • Crisis management.
  • Medical counselling – preventive medicine.

Social and Psychological Services

  • Individual interview and personal record file from a social worker and psychologist.
  • Facilitating the specification of age for the unaccompanied minors
  • Record of specific requests (international protection, accommodation), protection and referral to corresponding services.
  • Recording requests regarding vulnerable cases, referrals for the provision of hospitality structures.
  • Social support and psychological support.

During our stay at Orestiada, 3,573 people visited our medical facility and found appropriate support. Out of them 419 were vulnerable cases.

For all the people visited our facility, medical or social or psychological record kept. Appropriate support for all realized.

DETENTION CENTERS FOR FOREIGNERS

Medical Intervention’s presence from 2004 to 2014 in the detention facilities for foreigners in Athens (Amygdaleza, Rentis, National Airport, Elliniko, Aspropyrgos) was important.

In detail:

November 2004-December 2006: Women and minors Detention Center, Amygdaleza

February 2006-December 2009: Women and men Detention Center, Rentis

2010-2014: Detention Center, El.Venizelos Airport

2011-2014: Detention Center, Aspropyrgos, Elliniko

2012-2014: Men Detention Center, Amygdaleza

In the medical offices within the detention centers, all detainees were examined. The services provided were medical care, provision of medicines, social and psychological support.

In detail:

  • Medical care, treatment of acute cases, referral to appropriate medical examinations and treatment with the appropriate hospitals provided.
  • Social support and resolutions, identification of trafficking victims and referral to appropriate services as well as update to asylum procedures, provided.
  • Taking care of psychological and psychiatric cases, resolution of crisis.
  • Better preventing policies for individuals with unlawful conduct (user of psychotropic substances).

For the specific time periods mentioned above more than 150 thousand visited our corresponding medical offices. Around 70 thousand received a direct help either from the provision of medical care or from social or psychological support.

UNACCOMPANIED MINORS DETENTION CENTER

In 2008, special detention facilities for unaccompanied minors were set up in the Detention Center at Amygdaleza, where a daily inflow and outflow with ages ranged from 8 to 17 years old was carried out.

Our team provided medical care, medicines, psychological and social support as well as Greek and English lessons, athletic and creative activities, from 2008 to 2014. Αround 3000 minors were benefited from our services.

Provided services:

  • Medical support
  • Health education and promotion for sexual transmitted diseases prevention
  • Social and psychological support
  • Support of victims of trafficking and linking them to the relevant services
  • Provision of information about asylum procedures
  • Provision of information about shelters for unaccompanied minors
  • Preventive intervention in minors concerning additional risks (delinquent behavior, use of psychotropic substances)
  • Greek lessons, creative activities