Opening Access to Health and Medicines for All
Doctors of the World – Greek Delegation, GIVMED and the Press Project (TPP), are implementing the project “Opening Access to Health and Medicines for All» which is co-funded by the Increased support for Human Rights programme of the Active citizens fund. The project is of two years duration (2020 -2021).
Effects of the current economic crisis include the shrinking of the National Health System (NSI) and the drastic reduction of citizens’ median income thus rendering access to health care problematic. In this context, the aim of the project is to advocate for the access of all citizens and especially the most vulnerable (e.g. elderly, refugees, unemployed, chronic and psychiatric patients) to quality free health services and appropriate medication
Objectives include highlighting practical issues that make it difficult for citizens to have unhindered access to healthcare, evaluating the pertinent legal framework and formulating policy proposals.
The achievement of the above objectives will be pursued through the development of the following actions:
Collection of patient testimonials on the difficulty of accessing medical and diagnostic examinations and conducting research
Study of the legal framework and qualitative research on drug donation – social pharmacies in Greece and abroad
Investigative Journalism – Supervision of the current health-medicine system
Proposal to streamline national policy on the basis of testimony, study, research
Advocacy via an information campaign for enhancing vulnerable citizens’ voice – dissemination in the media
The Co-operation between Doctors of the World, GIVMED and TPP through planned actions contributing to the highlighting of problems in access to health care, the relevant legal framework and the advocacy actions are expected to support the universal human right to health.