Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) offer medical care, psycho logical and social support to migrants and refugees who have suffered torture or other forms of ill – treatment in their country of origin, during the journey or during their stay in Greece.
In particular for survivors of torture, MSF works in close collaboration with the Prometheus II project implemented by the Greek Council for Refugees and BABEL Day Center. Within this framework legal aid, support for international protection requests, social support and integration services; and services of psychological and psychiatric assistance are offered to survivors of torture. MSF action aims at assisting survivors cope with medical problems resulting from the systematic violence they have been subjected to.
To this end the following services are offered directly or through referrals:
- Medical assessment by the MSF medical doctors and referrals as needed for diagnostics and specialists consultations.
- Management of chronic health problems which are related to the violence, aiming at rehabilitation.
- Psychological support
- Social support.
- Orientation and facilitation (accompaniments, interpretation) for the use of the healthcare system.
- Cultural Mediation is offered in the following languages: Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Kirmanji, Sorani, Turkish, Arabic, French, Lingala
The inclusion criteria presented below are to guide decisions about accepting new beneficiaries. With the intake process in place, this includes a personal interview with candidate beneficiaries, all new cases are presented and discussed with the team before a final decision is made as to whether a beneficiary is accepted in the unit or not. Should the information from the intake process is not adequate to feel comfortable enough to reach a final decision we can offer the candidate beneficiary the possibility of an initial assessment before committing to accepting him/her in the cohort. Those who do are not accepted in the cohort receive an orientation session with the social worker.
INCLUSION CRITERIA need to be met in a cumulative way.
1. Person is migrant. Should a Greek person seek assistance s/he will be directed to mainstream health care services, as well as social and mental health services.
2. Person has been subjected to torture or other ill treatment, in accordance to the ICRC definition:
Torture consists of severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, inflicted for such purposes as obtaining information or a confession, exerting pressure, intimidation or humiliation.
Cruel or inhuman (synonymous terms) treatment consists of acts which cause serious pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, or which constitute a serious outrage upon individual dignity. Unlike torture, these acts do not need to be committed for a specific purpose.
Humiliating or degrading (synonymous terms) treatment consists of acts which involve real and
serious humiliation or a serious outrage upon human dignity, and whose intensity is such that any reasonable person would feel outraged.
The term ill treatment, which is not a legal term, is used by ICRC as an all-encompassing term which covers all the above - mentioned acts.
3. Person has a request related to the violence s/he has been subjected to; requesting assistance with regards to a physical or mental health consequence of the torture or the ill treatment.
Access to service and referral procedure info
To refer persons that could benefit from our service you are kindly asked to communicate with us and send the indicated referral forms to the following email addresses: Phone: 210-8660286 / 210 86-76483. Email: [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected] Weekly schedule: Monday to Friday, 09.30 to 17.00. Our services are based at Kipseli: Drosopoulou 72, 3rd floor and Mithimnis 27A. Bus stop Platia Amerikis (trolley buses:14, 3, 11, 5 and buses 608, 054, A8) / 1 km from Victoria train station / 1,5 km from Attiki metro station.