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MSF in France, 2006/2007
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In March 2007, MSF opened a project in Paris to address the psychological and medical health of refugees suffering from psychological distress, and more particularly those living without proper documentation.
Having worked with this population for two years in its socio-medical clinics in Paris and Marseille, MSF teams had observed that this group of people, even those with health coverage, lacked access to psychologists and psychiatrists. The difficulties associated with their conditions and within the context of their fragile social environment found them worsening without care.
The Paris program has been designed to attend to patients experiencing psychological distress and also any other life-threatening problems and medical conditions associated with their precarious living situations. Patients presenting with social service needs or severe and chronic health conditions are referred to other structures for assistance as necessary. 2000 psychological and 1000 medical consultations are expected per year.
Closure of health clinics
MSF closed its two health clinics in Paris and Marseille in 2006. Expansion of the Permanence d’Accès aux Soins de Santé (PASS) will ensure healthcare access for people without social benefits. In 2006, more than 13,000 medical consultations were conducted by the team in Paris and 1,800 in Marseille before MSF discontinued these projects.
MSF has worked in France since 1987.