Europe

Our actions in Europe

17,000

people have lost their lives in the Mediterranean since 2014

180,000

people arrived by boat via Libya in 2016

30,000

migrants were welcomed by the Calabria region in Italy in 2016

Our programs in Europe

Médecins du Monde is present in Europe, mainly in Italy, Serbia, and Bulgaria, to help improve the health conditions of migrants and refugees.

We are also working with drug users in Georgia and sex workers in Russia with our local partners to improve their access to care and help them protect themselves from the risks of infectious diseases, HIV, STIs, and violence.

Countries of intervention

Emergency
Over the last 15 years, Turkey has become a significant waypoint for migrants trying to reach Europe. Mainly from Syria but also from Afghanistan, Iran or Africa, they travel through the country in their thousands. In 2016, the number of migrants living in Turkey was estimated at over 3 million, of...
Bugarie Santé sexuelle et reproductive
In Bulgaria, where the mortality rate of women in labour and the rate of abortion are twice as high as in the rest of Europe (almost one third of pregnancies are aborted in Bulgaria), the most marginalised groups are the most at risk. «The abortion rate is twice as high as in the rest of Europe.»...
The use of drugs developed very quickly in Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and now affects up to 1 % of the entire population, that is 45,000 people. In a social setting where there is strong rejection of drug users , the institutional response is based solely on criminalisation...
(c) Sinawi Medine
The deteriorating situation in Libya and the closure of the border with Turkey have caused an increase in the number of migrants taking the Mediterranean route to central Europe. In 2016, over 180,000 people arrived by boat, mainly having passed through Libya, making Italy, as well as Greece, one...
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Russia is facing a growing HIV epidemic, which particularly affects people who use drugs and sex workers . These people are at risk of violence from the police, from clients, from exploitation networks… Their working conditions, the social stigma to which they are subjected and the difficulties...