On Samos island, at times there were as many as 8,000 people living in Vathy reception center, which was originally planned for 650. The authorities’ COVID-19 response was inadequate, with only a handful of medical staff and unacceptable quarantining options for infected people.
During 2020, MSF provided toilets and thousands of liters of water per day to help prevent health problems associated with poor water and sanitation. In Vathy town, our day center continued to offer mental health support and sexual and reproductive health care, focusing on sexual violence. By 2021, MSF teams trucked in over 11 million gallons of clean water for people in the over-crowded Vathy hotspot on Samos where the water is unsafe to drink.
In Athens, we treated victims of torture at a specialized clinic and, at a day center we manage, we offered social and legal assistance, as well as health services. From July, we supported an increasing number of refugees with severe health and psychological issues at risk of eviction from their accommodation.