15 November 2016, Brussels

Médecins du monde (MdM) – Doctors of the World hosts since 2015 the ‘European network to reduce vulnerabilities in health’.  Its main goal is to decrease EU-wide health inequalities and to push for more responsive health systems that are better equipped to deal with vulnerability factors.

Our broad network (23 organisations all across Europe) produces evidence-based arguments in order for policy makers and health providers to improve laws and practices.

This new report of the international observatory on access to healthcare shows again how inequitable access to healthcare remains in Europe for people facing vulnerabilities.

The Network’s report “Access to healthcare for people facing multiple vulnerabilities in health”, based on medical and social data collected throughout 2015 in 31 cities in 12 countries, reveals oncemore exclusion from mainstream healthcare systems:

  • 68% of the people seen in Europe had no healthcare coverage;
  • More than 40% of pregnant women had no access to antenatal care in Europe before visiting MdM or partners health clinics;
  • 40% of children seen were not vaccinated against mumps, measles and rubella (MMR)

In order to analyze the data, we published a legal report on access to healthcare in 17 countries using both legal expertise and feedback from the field.

To read the report on access to healthcare in English

To read the report on access to healthcare in French


To read the legal report on access to health in 17 countries.


For contact:

Nathalie Simonnot


+33 1 44 92 14 37