European Network to reduce vulnerabilities in health

Hosted by Médecins du monde – Doctors of the World

NEWS! Launch of the new report of the international observatory on access to healthcare



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

Hepatitis C: Gilead patent on sofosbuvir partially maintained following MdM patent opposition

Paris, October 5th 2016


European Patent Office (EPO) has taken its decision following Doctors of the World – Médecins du Monde (MdM) patent opposition on Gilead Sciences’ Sofosbuvir. MdM applauds EPO’s decision to revoke partially the patent.

Full press release in English and French



United Nations General Assembly – Migration Is Not A Crime

(September 19, 2016 | New York) For the first time ever in its history, the United Nations General Assembly is organising a high- level meeting on 19 September to propose a concerted approach to managing the massive displacements of refugees and migrants. Doctors of the World – Médecins du Monde (MdM) welcomes this initiative and is calling for a global, coordinated response to be put in place, particularly for women and children.

Press release in English and French

#3 European Network newsletter


Click here to read the August European Network newsletter

The ‘European network to reduce  vulnerabilities in health’ is a broad  network of 23 non-governmental organization (NGOs) and academic partners, financed by the European Commission and hosted by Doctors of the World – Médecins du monde International Network , contributing to decrease EU-wide health inequalities and support European health systems to be better equipped to deal with vulnerability factors.



World Hepatitis Day- 28th July 2016

In late 2013, new direct acting antivirals (DAAs) for the treatment of hepatitis C were launched worldwide. These new treatment regimens, simpler, shorter and capable of curing over 90% of people with HCV offer the perspective of making hepatitis C rare/eliminated. However, the price of those new regimens remains the main barrier to access to the 80 millions of chronically infected people worldwide[1].

Médecins du Monde (MdM) and Treatment Action Group (TAG) developed the project, an online crowdsourcing platform designed to help collect and share up-to-date HCV information:

To mark the significance of World Hepatitis Day, Médecins du Monde (MdM) and Treatment Action Group (TAG) have produced a new report Dying at these prices: Generic HCV cure denied, based on crowdsourced hepatitis C data from over 40 countries available at

In addition, please find here attached the 2 press releases from MdM ES and MdM FR (click here for the english version)





Testimony collection is an essential element to illustrate the quantitative data that the European Network to reduce vulnerabilities in health present in order to achieve positive social change.
The use of qualitative methods such as testimonies requires guidance to ensure respect and protection of the patient. A workshop too place on 16-17 June in Madrid  led by two experts in working with people who wish to use narrative approaches and in developing skills in these areason exchanging good practices and problems encountered in the field

To read the full article

For more information: agenda

Medical care in the Islands- Greece

Medical care in the Islands- Act4Greece

Act4Greece supports the action of medical and humanitarian assistance to border islands of Eastern Aegean Sea, helping vulnerable social groups and refugees.

Débat TV: Droit de suite Grèce : jusqu’où l’austérité ?

“Les gens attendent de voir leur vie s’améliorer et ils ne le voient pas au quotidien”

Le débat après le documentaire “Grèce, crise et châtiment” réalisé par Angelos Abazoglou, avec en invités :

– Marietta Karamanli, Députée PS de la Sarthe et Présidente du groupe d’amitié France-Grèce à l’Assemblée nationale

– Nathalie Simonnot, Directrice adjointe du réseau international de Médecins du Monde

– Georges Prévélakis, Ambassadeur de la Grèce auprès de l’OCDE

– Jean Catsiapis, Maître de conférences de droit public à l’université de Paris X-Nanterre

Europe must welcome and protect migrants and refugees in accordance with our values and laws

Press release- 16th March 2016 – The international medical humanitarian organisation Doctors of the World has been working with migrants for nearly 40 years. Whether in the migrants’ countries of origin, during their migration or in their host countries, we are seeing the flouting of international humanitarian law and the right to asylum on a daily basis. In the context of this unprecedented humanitarian crisis, the European Union is proposing an agreement with Turkey which totally contradicts its duty to protect—namely, the authorities would no longer respect the principle of non-refoulement of asylum seekers, a principle which they are, in fact, legally bound to respect.

The full statement is available in English versionFrench version Spanish version

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