Alessandro Penso
Inside the CPSA (Centro di primo soccorso ed accoglienza – first reception centre) where MSF responds to the medical and humanitarian needs of migrants, refugees and political asylum seekers.

CPSAs are set up in locations where there are high numbers of boat arrivals. Those who arrive are received in the centres and are provided with initial medical care; they are identified and photographed; whether they intend to seek international protection is ascertained; and they are then sent to other centres.