European network to reduce vulnerabilities in health
Member list (click on the logo to have access to the member’s website)
Médecins du monde – Doctors of the World organisations
Médecins du monde (MdM) – Doctors of the World is an independent non-profit international movement of 15 organisations working across the world, both at home and abroad since 1980, and led by volunteers. Their main mission is to provide access to healthcare through freely accessible frontline medical and social services for people and communities who face barriers to the mainstream healthcare system. Through innovative socio-medical programmes, data collection and patients’ and communities’ empowerment in claiming their right to health, we advocate for universal access to healthcare.
Their common vision is that of a world where barriers to health have been overcome, a world where healthcare is acknowledged a fundamental human right with effective access for all. This implies that national public health systems should be built on solidarity, equality and equity, open to everyone regardless of origin, gender, financial resources, sexual orientation, etc. Health coverage should be universal. Their common guiding values are social justice, empowerment, solidarity, activism, independence and balance (e.g. between service delivery and advocacy).
See the MdM network page for more information
Austria – the Center for Health and Migration
The C-HM works:
- on the development of a theoretical and empirical knowledge base in terms of the complex interplay of health, migration, and social inclusion;
- interdisciplinary, connecting expert knowledge from the fields of migration, health and social sciences;
- following a transdisciplinary approach, developing research questions and processes in close cooperation with practice and application;
- within a Europe and international oriented research and practice network.
The C-HM works with social stakeholders and organisations, which understand diversity as a resource and regard physical and mental health as societal and individual value. The organisation is run by researchers who use their tools of scientific work for taking part in the development of a better practice in societal, organisational and individual acting. With its practice-oriented research and project activities, the C-HM supports quality development in health care systems and in occupational health management.
In its work, the center adopts the Code of Ethics of the American Sociological Association with its five principles: professional competence; integrity; professional and scientific responsibility; respect for people’s rights, dignity, and diversity; and social responsibility.
Austria – DIAKONIE AMBER MED
Ambermed means “ambulant-medizinische Versorgung, soziale Beratung und Medikamentenhilfe für Menschen ohne Versicherungsschutz”. Since 2004, Ambermed provide outpatient medical care and medication assistance for people without insurance who are permanently residing in Austria, with a focus on children’s and women’s health. Project Amber was launched through the Diakonie Refugee Service and cooperate since 2006 with the Austrian Red Cross under the name Ambermed.
Their team consists of general practitioners as well as various medical specialists, available 3 times per week on Monday and Thursday mornings as well as Wednesday afternoons. On site, patients can receive medication, counseling and psychosocial crisis talks. Many of our patients do not speak enough German to communicate effectively with the doctors, this is why we rely on the support of volunteer interpreters, who in addition to bypassing language barriers, also provide an understanding of the culture.
Bulgaria – The Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association
The BFPA is a non-governmental organization founded in 1992. Its activities are oriented towards access to health care services, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), health and sexuality education, gender issues, trafficking of human beings, sustainable development in terms of linkage between SRHR and poverty as well as towards prevention measures of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases. The target groups of the organization include mainstream young people, women in reproductive age, state, local and school authorities, health professionals, NGO and community leaders, teachers, journalists. BFPA puts special focus on marginalized and socially deprived groups – Roma, other ethnic minorities, blind and deaf children, young people with disabilities, rural women, children in institutions, young people with criminal record.
In the statues of the Association it is clearly and unequivocally stated that “BFPA is non-politically-affiliated organization, which works for improvement of sexual and reproductive health of everyone – regardless of gender, ethnicity, creed or age.” The main goal of the organization is to create conditions for realization of the right of family planning and sexual health of Bulgarian citizens, as well as for promotion and popularization of reproductive health ideas in Bulgaria.
BFPA is at the same time expert and also innovator and introduced for the first time in the country the concept of peer education, youth friendly services and medical and service delivery standards elaborated by WHO and IPPF. The conducted interventions include implementing of national-wide media campaigns, optimizing health services and screenings, wide range of trainings; conducting of researches, peer education etc.
BFPA is the first in Europe officially accredited member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). IPPF is among the largest NGOs in the world operating in the sphere of health promotion with member associations in over 150 countries worldwide. BFPA is also a member of several other international and national NGO networks.
Croatia – Life Quality Improvement Organisation FLIGHT
FLIGHT joined the Network in 2016. FLIGHT is a non profit organization that seeks to improve the quality of life of vulnerable groups in Croatian society, drawing up and implementing public health programs and providing social services based on the needs of its users. The list of the activities includes the implementation of harm reduction programs , the development of health and social programs , working with young people , providing support and care for the sick and vulnerable groups , etc. All these activities are related to the implementation of three main programs : 1. harm reduction; 2. programs for youth; 3. programs for single-parent families.
The aim of the Association is to improve the quality of life of vulnerable and sick persons, the protection of human health, disease prevention and social exclusion and improving the provision of social and health care. The association exclusively and directly follows the goals that are general use and of humanitarian character.
All persons should have equal access to quality information and opportunities to participate in society and deserve a dignified approach.
Czech Republic – Consortium of Migrants Assisting Organizations in the Czech Republic
The Consortium of Migrants Assisting Organizations in the Czech Republic started its activity in 2000, based on a three-year project, prepared by the Czech Helsinki Committee and funded by a grant from the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights of the European Commission. After successful completion of the project, the NGOs involved decided to register the Consortium as a single legal entity (March 2003). In this form the Consortium worked until the end of 2009, when after several months of relative inactivity changed its statutes and has launched a new phase of its activities. The consortium promotes migration, asylum and integration policy, which emphasizes respect for human rights and socially just society.
The Consortium currently comprises of 18 member organizations. Its founding member organizations were the Association for Integration and Migration (formerly Counselling Centre for Refugees), the Organization for Aid to Refugees, the Counselling Centre for Integration and the Association of Citizens Assisting Emigrants.
The main objective of the Consortium is to actively participate in the formation of migration policy and to familiarize the public with the situation of migrants in the Czech and European context. The Consortium also provides media coverage of cases of migrants whose rights were seriously violated, further education of staff member organizations, promotes the exchange of information between NGOs and government on migration and coordinates the response of member organizations on current migration issues.
Hungary – Menedék
- To represent international migrants (asylum seekers, refugees, immigrants, and other foreigners in Hungary) towards the majority society;
- To promote the social, and cultural integration of those refugees and migrants who are planning to stay in Hungary by means of targeted programmes and projects;
- To represent the interests and rights of migrants towards the political, administrative, governmental and municipal bodies and in the media;
- To step up and provide expertise for the elaboration of Hungary’s anti-discrimination and migration policy;
- To make migration-related statistical data and research available primarily for organizations trying to help migrants or researching the topic of migration through our newsletter ‘Oltalomkeresok’;
- Elaboration of sustainable partnerships with other civil societies pursuing similar goals.
These objectives are reached through the following activities:
- Organising and co-ordinating social, informational, mental-health programmes promoting the social integration of refugees and migrants staying in Hungary.
- Through our national network of social workers to provide personal assistance to migrants in order to promote their integration and to protect their rights.
- Taking part in the elaboration of decisions relating to migration policy.
- Cooperating with other national and international organizations working in the field of migration.
- Organising trainings to strengthen professional competencies of those involved in refugee affairs.
- Taking part in national and international research projects.
Ireland – Migrant Rights Centre Ireland
MRCI is a national organisation working to promote justice, empowerment and equality for migrants. It was established in 2001. MRCI has substantial experience in advocacy actions, using a community work approach with a focus on participation, leadership and empowerment. MRCI works with the European network to reduce vulnerabilities in health through the human-rights-based approach for migrants and with a specific focus on access to healthcare for undocumented migrants.
MRCI runs a Drop in Centre and responds to over 2,000 cases per year where migrants access support to address employment, immigration and other issues. Migrants are also facilitated to get involved and participate in MRCI’s campaigns and actions such as the Justice for the Undocumented Action Group which campaigns for regularisation for undocumented migrants in Ireland.
Italy – NAGA
Associazione Volontaria di Assistenza Socio-Sanitaria e per i Diritti di Cittadini Stranieri, Rom e Sinti
NAGA is a voluntary, secular, non-profit organization unbound by any political party, founded in Milan in 1987. Its aim is to promote and protect the rights of all foreign nationals, Roma and Sinti without discrimination. Naga recognizes health as an inalienable right of the individual. The more than 300 volunteers from Naga guarantee access to healthcare and social and legal help for undocumented migrants, Roma, Sinti, asylum seekers, refugees and victims of torture. In addition, Naga runs trainings, documents its observations and advocates towards institutions.
The Association Demetra is a non-governmental organization, established in 2000 and working in advocacy and services provision area for vulnerable groups irrespective of their age, gender, sexual orientation, lifestyle, and social status. Demetra based in Vilnius in 2 locations (office/support-harm reduction site and checkpoint for MSM) with branch in Klaipeda (port city near the Baltic Sea).
The main aims are to educate society about effective HIV/AIDS prevention, to raise publicly the problems of PLHIV, to solve them at the highest policy making level, and to seek for their integration into the society. Activities are following: HIV testing and counselling for different population groups;
Medical, social, psychological and legal support for PLHIV and their relatives; Self-help groups for PLHIV and their relatives; Street (outreach) work; Harm reduction services; Advocacy.
In order to achieve these goals, Demetra focuses on five criteria which are crucial for successful interventions: direct link with target groups; well-coordinated planning and implementation; effectively evaluated impact; sustainability; ethics.
Norway – Health Centre for Undocumented Migrants
Helsesenteret for papirløse migranter
HPM is a health centre for undocumented migrants run and financed by Oslo Church City Mission and Norwegian Red Cross in cooperation. It is legally registered as an entity under Oslo Church City Mission and is based on the values of the two organizations. The Red Cross assists all those who are in need, irrespective of race, religion or ideology. The organisation is founded on the seven principles of humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality. Oslo Church City Mission’s vision is that people in the city are entitled to respect, fairness and care. The organization`s mission is to uncover violations and injustice, provide help, comfort, presence and relieve suffering, and to identify and counteract the causes of injustice.
The health centre for undocumented migrants has four main objectives:
- Provide health care and health information to undocumented migrants.
- Contribute to undocumented migrants receiving health care in the ordinary health care system.
- Documenting and communicating issues concerning undocumented migrants’ health.
- Become redundant and shut down as soon as access to health care becomes universal.
The health centre is based on volunteerism with a small staff facilitating and organizing the activities. The centre is providing drop-in and more planned services, giving interdisciplinary primary health care.
Poland – Association for Legal Intervention (SIP)
Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej
SIP is a non-profit organization with the aim of combating social exclusion through provision of free legal advice to people whose rights and freedoms are threatened or violated and raising legal and civil awareness in the society. SIP’s key goals are human rights protection, action against marginalization and discrimination, supporting people who are threatened by marginalization or exclusion, providing its Clients (especially refugees, asylum seekers, foreigners, prisoners, children, adoptive families) with legal advice, restorative justice and mediation, violence mitigation, and raising law-awareness in society.
Romania – Carusel
The aim of Carusel is to improve the quality of life for drug and alcohol users, sex workers and individuals who have multiple sex partners, persons who live on the streets, socially and economically challenged people and the ones that are at risk of getting sick or facing social exclusion. The mission of Carusel is to create an active, proactive and reactive social environment, in order to promote and defend the human rights and civil liberties.
Slovenia – Slovene Philanthropy
Slovene Philanthropy, Association for promotion of voluntary work, is a humanitarian organization operating in public interest since 1992. Our programs are aimed at increasing the quality of life in the community and advocacy for the socially weak. The central activity of Slovene Philanthropy is the promotion of volunteering. We firmly believe that through volunteering we can all contribute to a better and more tolerant society, based on the respect of all people regardless of their personal or living circumstances. The values we advocate are: respect for nature and fellow man, solidarity, tolerance, equality and equal opportunities for all.
We combine various activities in program units that function within Slovene Philanthropy: volunteering, migrations, intergenerational cooperation, promotion of health, international and development cooperation. Segregation of society is increasing the number of areas that require the engagement of people in order to assure the values of a just society. Through our programs we are entering areas not yet covered by national institutions or covered only to a certain degree: assistance to refugees, children and young migrants, aid for the homeless and other persons without health insurance in access to health services, advocacy of rights of migrant workers, establishment of intergenerational cooperation.
Our vision is a kind and secure society that offers a safe environment to all, even those who are for any reason unable to provide a comfortable existence for themselves and their families, through true partnership cooperation of national institutions, the economic sector and voluntary activities of citizens. We firmly believe the quality of life in our community is our common responsibility, so we support initiatives that are in accordance with our values.