Latest info – May 2018: Overcrowded, dangerous and insufficient access to healthcare in Moria



Until March 2016, thousands of people fleeing war and persecution were arriving on Greek islands every day before continuing their journeys across Europe.

However, the closure of the Balkan route and the EU deal with Turkey in March left migrants and refugees stranded, without access to basic services, adequate shelter or information on their legal status.  MSF shifted its focus from providing lifesaving surgery and medical care to people on the move to addressing the specific needs of those stuck in unsanitary camps.


After the signing of the EU–Turkey deal, the number of migrants arriving on Greek islands decreased sharply.  Between January and September, MSF carried out 12,909 basic healthcare consultations across the island, through its mobile clinics and inside Moria and Kara Tepe registration centres. In Matamados, in the north of the island, MSF ran a transit centre for new arrivals and organised buses to transport them to registration centres. After March, the Moria hotspot became a pre-removal detention centre, offering little guarantee of respect for human rights. MSF decided to halt all its activities in Moria, including transport, and hand over its medical services to other organisations. MSF continued to provide medical and mental healthcare in Kara Tepe camp and respond to the needs of the most vulnerable people.

In September, MSF opened a clinic in Mytilene town centre offering sexual and reproductive healthcare, treatment for chronic diseases and mental health support. A team also started outreach activities in Moria to identify specific vulnerabilities and mental health needs.

Read more about MSF's activities in Greece in 2016

Year MSF first worked in the country: 1991.

2016 Key figures
Outpatient consultations 54,200
Individual mental health consultations 8,100
Group mental health consultations 650
No. staff in 2016 60
Expenditure 2016 €25.1 million



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