European Network to reduce vulnerabilities in health

Hosted by Médecins du monde – Doctors of the World

Video: Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI), “Towards empowerment”, workshop, Dublin 8-9 December 2016

Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) is a national organisation working to promote justice, empowerment and equality for migrants and their families.

They are also part of the European Network to reduce vulnerabilities in health created in 2015 and hosted by Doctors of the World France.  Since 2001, MRCI has taken a stand with migrants to tackle the root causes of inequality. They use a community work approach with a focus on participation, leadership and empowerment, and have a strong track record in securing policy changes – including the criminalisation of forced labour, the Bridging Visa for undocumented migrants, reversal of work permit changes, protections for domestic & agriculture workers, and reversing the minimum wage cut. MRCI operates a Resource Centre and has a national remit.


Video: “Towards empowerment”, workshop, Dublin 8-9 December 2016

Much of the work of Doctors of the World and our partners is about empowerment. We all have our ways and definitions of what it means to empower a self-support group or small organization on health related matters. In essence, empowerment is about supporting people we work with to have or take more control over all aspects of their life.

In the framework of the European network to reduce vulnerabilities in health, about 15 program coordinators from Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, Romania, Sweden, The Netherlands and the UK had the opportunity to meet for two days in Dublin and exchange about their practices and different ways to empower patients or service users in their daily work.

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Mental health is everyone’s concern

PICUM: Joint statement by 17 European organisations calling for more action on mental health in Europe

PICUM signed onto a statement calling for more action on mental health and recommending, among others, equal access to quality mental health care across Europe for everyone including all migrants, irrespective of residence status.

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Not Now, Not Ever A call against Trump’s policies

Statement against Trump’s policies signed by all the presidents of the International Network of Médecins du Monde.

Every day we witness the personal struggle of thousands of vulnerable people who are the
victims of circumstances beyond their control, who lack access to basic medical care. Some
policies recently put into place by President Trump violate the fundamental human rights of
these people, and others who are in our care, and are in direct opposition to the values of our

Click here to read the English version

Click here to read the French version

Click here to read the Spanish version

How many people have to die before we stop talking about “random and exceptional incidents ?

Press Release from MdM Greece on the recent deaths in Moria Hotspot:

Doctors of the World Greece (DoW) express their deep sorrow about the death -the third in one week- in the Reception and Identification Centre in Moria camp, on Lesvos island. DoW restate their firm position that decent and safe living conditions for people in the camps are far more important than anything within the EU-Turkey Agreement.

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For more information:

Stathis Poularakis
Advocacy Officer
advocacy@mdmgreece .gr

Slovenia – Slovenian Aliens Act contravenes EU and international asylum legislation

On 11th of January 2017, the Coordination of Slovene non-governmental and humanitarian organizations working in the field of support to refugees sent a letter to Members of the European Parliament  to expresse its concerns regarding the proposed amendments to the Aliens Act which are currently in the urgent legislative procedure in Slovenia. (…)

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#4 European Network newsletter


 Here the 4th European Network newsletter! 

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***Best wishes for 2017!***

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



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