In Italy we are working to support migrants and people on the move in several areas, in collaboration with local health authorities.

In Palermo, Sicily, we are working in a clinic to provide medical and mental health care for migrants and refugees who survived intentional physical violence and torture in their country of origin or during their journey to Italy.

In Rome, we support vulnerable migrant women living in marginalised neighbourhoods and informal settlements to access sexual and reproductive health services, working in several family clinics alongside MoH staff, conducting health promotion activities and offering psychological care.

During the summer months, in the middle of the year, we provide medical and psychological support to people landing in the region of Calabria, identifying migrants and refugees who are medically vulnerable and need further treatment.

Our activities in 2022 in Italy

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2022. 

MSF IN ITALY IN 2022 In Italy, Doctors Without Borders focuses on addressing gaps in healthcare for the most vulnerable and marginalised people, especially migrants and people on the move.

The southern region of Calabria and the islands of Sicily and Lampedusa are some of the main arrival points for the thousands of people who embark on the dangerous migration route across the Mediterranean Sea every year.

In Roccella Jonica, Calabria, we started providing medical and psychological support at landing sites, seeking to identify people with medical vulnerabilities so that we could ensure continuity of care for them.

Our teams working in Crotone and Agrigento focused on the identification of vulnerable people in reception facilities organising referrals to local health services. We also offered psychological first aid to survivors of shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea at different landing sites across Sicily and Calabria.

In Palermo, we continued providing comprehensive care for migrants who experienced torture and intentional violence in Libya and during their migration route. The project has an interdisciplinary approach, offering medical, psychological, social and legal assistance to patients. In 2022, we housed a small group of migrants and asylum seekers who had been evacuated from Libya on a humanitarian flight in an MSF facility. In addition to housing them, we ensured the patient’s continuity of care through our clinic.

In Rome, in collaboration with the local health authorities, we ran a project focused on facilitating access to sexual and reproductive healthcare for migrant women living in marginalised neighbourhoods and informal settlements.

After the escalation of the war in Ukraine, we launched emergency interventions in Rome, Naples, Milan and Trieste, offering psychological support, as well as social and health assistance, for the large influx of Ukrainian refugees arriving in Italy.

MSF volunteers in Palermo, Turin and Udine set up helpdesks to orientate and support people needing access to healthcare, including migrants, asylum seekers and marginalised people.

IN 2022

MSF, Doctors Without Borders, Med Sea, 10 people found dead
Mediterranean Migration

MSF Cleared of Illegal Migration Accusations

Press Release 19 Apr 2024

Search and Rescue: 11 days after the first rescue, the Sea-Watch 4 is allocated a port of safety

Latest News 4 Sep 2020

EU states use COVID-19 to shirk search and rescue obligations as MSF ends Ocean Viking partnership

Press Release 17 Apr 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Italy: “A new approach to public health, the big change needed to fight COVID-19”

Latest News 31 Mar 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

“Medical staff working beyond limits, in the first COVID-19 epicentre in Italy”

Latest News 31 Mar 2020

“Our priority is to protect hospital staff” in Codogno, where COVID-19 began in Italy

Latest News 20 Mar 2020