UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, signed an agreement on Tuesday, January 17, with Médecins du Monde Greece and Ippokrateio General Hospital of Thessaloniki aiming to ensure better medical services for female asylum seekers residing in accommodation sites in northern Greece.
As part of the agreement and to support both the refugee and the local population, UNHCR donated a new, color ultrasound unit to the Hospital’s Family Planning Center. “This machine will serve both, locals and refugees who visit the Hospital,” said Sabine Waehning, Head of UNHCR’s Office in Thessaloniki. The Director of the Hospital, Vasiliki Papachristodoulou, highlighted the valuable help the unit will offer to doctors and patients.
Refugees will also be provided with necessary information concerning family planning and health education. The project is implemented by UNHCR’s partner Médecins du Monde, with the support of European Commission – Humanitarian Aid. “Such initiatives give us a chance to provide medical assistance to all people without discriminations,” noted MdM Greece President, Nikitas Kanakis.