In a climate of widespread fear and growing racism, migrants often do not turn to public facilities as they are afraid of being reported to the police or the authorities.
For these reasons EMERGENCY began to work in Italy, operating within prisons (2005-2007), treating immigrants, and situations of social distress.
In 2006 EMERGENCY opened an Outpatient Clinic in Palermo, Sicily, to guarantee free healthcare to migrants - with or without residence permits - and to any person in need. Our Programme in Italy then was expanded in December 2010 with the Outpatient Clinic in Marghera, near Venice; in July 2013 with the Polistena Clinic (Calabria region, Southern Italy); and in 2015 with the Castel Volturno Clinic and the Naples Clinic (Campania region, Southern Italy).
Since December 2012, our cultural mediators offer social-medical assistance to migrants at the Information point in Sassari, that now also offers services as an Outpatients Clinic.
Our mobile clinics bring assistance directly where it is needed.
A team of EMERGENCY doctors and cultural mediators is working in Sicily since summer 2013 to guarantee basic healthcare to the migrants who are coming ashore.
A project aimed at social-medical information and prevention, focusing on prostitutes working in the Caserta province (southern Italy) started in April 2014.
A project aimed at offering social-medical counselling on a mobile clinic started in Bologna in August. 2015.
Other than a few professionals needed to guarantee continuity and smooth running of the Clinics, the staff are unpaid professional volunteers.