Below is a selection of recent press releases or open letter that is relevant to what’s going on in Europe. This list is not exhaustive – to consult the latest news, please visit the official country-specific MdM websites.
16/11/16 Press release – Launch of the new report of the international observatory on access to healthcare
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:
10/2016 –Open Letter: the European Parliament must immediately addressed the Joint Way Forward Agreement between the EU and Afghanistan –
The undersigned organizations:
Médecins du monde/Doctors of the World international network – World Vision – Save the children – Cordaid – Action contre la faim/Action Against Hunger (ACF) – Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) – International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) – Amnesty International – European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) – International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) – Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) – European Association for the Defense of Human Rights (AEDH) – Emergency – Organization Aid to Refugees (OPS) – Terre des Hommes (international federation) – PRO ASYL – NAGA – Actalliance – Slovenska Filantropija – Access Info Europe – European Network against Racism – Solidar – Demetra – Justice and Peace Netherlands – Migrant Rights Centre Ireland – MENEDEK
16/03/16 – Press release “Europe must welcome and protect migrants and refugees in accordance with our values and laws”.
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.
3/03/16 – NGO Joint Statement- As national and international organizations working along the Western Balkan migration route in Greece, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, and Croatia, we strongly condemn the latest discriminatory and dangerous measures adopted by European countries as part of a broader package of deterrence policies intended to stem the flow of vulnerable people seeking safety.
Click here to read the joint statement
17/06/2015 – 8 European NGO networks and 19 national organisations ask EU Health Ministers to challenge EU and national policies on migration which undermine public health objectives in an open letter
18/05/2015 – European press statement in light of the release of the new European report: “Europe needs to transform its impressive body of recommendations regarding universally accessible healthcare into real actions”.
24/04/2015 – joint NGO statement: “Deaths in the Mediterranean: the European Council’s dishonour“
21/04/2015 – press statement: “Doctors of the World addresses the European Union: migration is a right and an opportunity“
10/02/2015 – MdM opposed the patent over sofosbuvir at the European Patent Office – see the blog post here.
27/11/2013 – MdM recommendations in view of the European Parliament elections – MdM recommendations
09/07/2013 – Doctors of the World strongly condemns the re-introduction of a discriminatory public health decree in Greece
Last week, the new Greek Minister of Health decided to re-introduce Public Health Decree 39A which imposes measures such as obligatory testing for hepatitis, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and communicable diseases. The decree stigmatizes drug users, sex workers and undocumented migrants in particular. The text also states that any occupants of housing which “may cause danger to public health” should be evicted from their homes, without any alternative being offered.
This decree is a serious violation of basic human rights, human dignity and medical ethics. It goes against the recommendations of international public health specialists and human rights bodies, including those from the WHO, UNAIDS, the European Centre for Disease Control and the EU Fundamental Rights Agency. Repressive legal action, confinement and compulsory testing have proven not to protect public health. Rather, these stigmatizing attitudes limit the opportunities for genuine medical care and encourage transmission of diseases.
Instead of tackling the underlying reasons for illness, poverty and addiction, the Greek Health Minister is clearly violating basic human rights and human dignity under the guise of “protecting the community from contagious diseases”. Doctors of the World asks the Greek government to focus on the bigger public health problems, such as children’s universal right to immunisation and the need for this right to be implemented, something the government is no longer able to guarantee. We also call on all health professionals to refuse to conduct mandatory testing.
Through our polyclinics and mobile units across Greece, Doctors of the World will continue to offer help, medical coverage and social support to all people in need of healthcare, in keeping with our medical ethics and patient confidentiality. We will continue to fight on the same side as the most vulnerable populations and to defend human rights whenever they are breached.
Once again, we are present alongside the people.
On behalf of the International Network of Doctors of the World
Dr. Liana Maili – President of Doctors of the World Greece
Dr. Alvaro González – President of Médicos del Mundo Spain
Dr. Thierry Brigaud – President of Médecins du Monde France
09/04/2013 – press conference Brussels