Bringing Humanitarian and Medical Relief to Disaster and Conflict Areas. In 2016, SGR provided 19,361 medical services for refugees living in camps in Greece.
In 2016, in response to the mass influx of refugees on the shores of Europe, SAMS created SAMS Global Response (SGR) with the aim of providing medical relief to vulnerable persons and refugees. Our first project takes place in northern Greece, where we have been working since mid-April of 2016. Teams consisting of volunteers from across the world work to bring treatment to the refugees trapped along the borders and in both official and unofficial camps. SGR now works in four official camps in northern Greece and provide primary healthcare for up to 3,500 refugees. There are approximately 60,000 refugees in Greece – they themselves are vulnerable but the medical care they require is also straining the Greek Health System. The medical care is mainly primary health care with antenatal care, pediatrics, and some chronic disease management. The programs continue to grow thanks to the amazing work of volunteers.
SGR’s first medical mission took place in northern Greece. Teams consisting of volunteers from across the world traveled to Greece on a weekly basis to provide quality medical care for the refugees and migrants trapped along the borders and in both official and unofficial camps. SGR established four clinics in four o cial camps in northern Greece, including Karamanlis, Frakapor, Iliades, and Katerini, and provided primary healthcare for up to 3,600 refugees living in those camps.
Learn more about our impact and work in Greece in our 2016 Annual Report.
To learn more about our upcoming medical missions to Greece and how to volunteer with us, please visit our SAMS Global Response Medical Missions page.