March 2017 Newsletter




March 2017

In March 2017 MCCH:

  • conducted 519 patient visits.
  • Our psychologists saw 47 patients.
  • Our dentistry had 15 visits, 11 of which were from refugees.
The pharmacy in addition to distributing medication to our own patients provided support with donations of medicine and medical supplies to:

  • Seven other social clinics in Greece
  • One student at a private school
  • Five social care services of municipalities
  • Three public hospitals
  • Two health centers
  • Four organizations/groups providing social assistance
  • One boarding facility for people with special needs
  • Two hostels for the homeless
  • Ten organizations working with refugees in response to 46 different requests for assistance.
  • Six specific cases

This is the result of very hard work done by the volunteers who check, organize and insure that each package of medicine which reaches us is in proper order.  But even more so, it is thanks to the fact that the medicine reaches us to begin with.

In March we received donations of medicine and medical supplies from:

  • 280 individuals in Greece
  • Six groups and teams of workers in companies
  • Banks and public services
  • One company
  • Four churches
  • Two social organizations of municipalities
  • Three associations
  • Four individuals from France and Germany
  • Two social solidarity organizations
  • A French organization in solidarity with Greece
We were visited by:

  • Werner Bloch, reporter for ARD, ZEIT, Neue Zuericher Zeitung together with Mrs. Katja Ehrhardt, Creative Arts Management, intercultural projects.
  • Catia Bruno, reporter for Expresso, a weekly newspaper from Portugal.
  • Matteo Murgia, from Caritas Hellas, together with Italian physicians.
  • Eleni Stathopoulou, coworker with the union “Ver.di” and the state organization for educaton of the young and adults “Arbeit and Leben”
  • Dimitris Gomozias of IMEPO – Institute for Migration Policy along with young people from Greece, Cyprus, Estonia and Romania participating in the ERASMUS+ program.
  • Margarita Travasarou and Michel Decker from the Committee of Solidarity with Greece from Luxembourg.
  • Two high school students from Alimos and Argyroupolis studying sociology. They aim to claim a position in the youth parliament.

Dr. George Vichas representing MCCH participated in a debate in Geneva with two economists with the subject “How Austerity Policies are Creating a Humanitarian Crisis” as part of the Festival du film er forum international sur les Droits Humains (FIFDH).

The theatrical team of Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helliniko presented the children’s play “The Melody that Made the Stars Speak” by G. Vichas.  It was presented on 5 March 2017 as part of the for the 1st Nationwide Festival of Fairy Tales.

The radio program “Solidarity on Air” of the Metropolitan Community Clinic Helliniko is aired every Saturday from 15:00 – 15:30, throughout Greece on 91.6 and 105.8 FM. March featured programs with the following subjects:

  • 4 March: “Volunteerism: A new fashion in our lives or a way of life?” A discussion on the concept of volunteer work, its necessity, its benefit and the problems it presents.
  • 11 March: “Narcotics and Crisis”. A discussion with the psychiatrist Katerina Matsa.
  • 18 March. “Volunteers and Patients discuss MCCH” Live discussion focusing on the opinions, the observations and the suggestions of patients.
  • 25 March. “Skouries-El Dorado: the movement and the antagonists on this issue.

You can hear these programs at
(in Greek)

The Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helleniko is a volunteer clinic providing cost-free primary health care to the uninsured, the unemployed who are without resources. We believe that that ALL should have equal and cost free access to the public health system.

“As long as austerity and the brutality continue, we will continue to combat it…”

Communications Team
Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helleniko

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