Bringing Humanitarian and Medical Relief to Disaster and Conflict Areas
In 2016, in response to the mass influx of refugees on the shores of Europe, SAMS launched its operations in Greece to provide urgent medical relief to the thousands of vulnerable refugees and migrants stranded at the Greek border.
Greece – Athens Municipality:
In partnership with the NGO Seeds of Humanity (SoH), SAMS recently started a dental and optometry program for refugee and migrant populations in the Athens area. Currently, 38,000 of the 50,000+ asylum seekers in Greece live outside of reception centers on the Aegean Sea islands. Lacking access to the Greek national health system, these urban populations face severe issues with access to medical care, particularly in specialty fields. Collaborating with Greek and Palestinian dentists, SGR volunteers will provide emergency and appointment-based services at the SoH Clinic in the Metaxourgeio neighborhood of Athens.
Greece – Aegean Islands:
From 2016 to 2018, SGR provided medical aid on the Aegean Sea islands of Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Leros, and Kos.
SGR provided medical services in support of the staff of the Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO – who provide medical screening for newly arrived refugees).
SAMS provided curative primary health care in the three islands of Chios, Leros, and Kos. Through our network of dedicated volunteer doctors and nurses from around the world, we treated approximately 150 patients on each island a week.