|In October 2017 MCCH:
|In October we received donations of medicine and medical supplies from 219 individuals in Greece. A significant amount of medicine and supplies came from the following sources:
And finally, we received significant donations from
With these offerings and the very hard work done by our volunteers who check, organize and insure that each package of medicine that reaches us is in proper order, we can provide medicines to our own patients, and can respond to requests coming in from organizations throughout Greece.
|The pharmacy of MCCH was able to not only serve our patients, but to pass medicine on to others. In October we were able to fulfill requests for medicine and medical supplies to:
|We also responded to requests from various organizations so they could assist patients in filling prescriptions.
Additionally we took the initiative to distribute medicines, special milk and food supplements to Community Services departments of Public Hospitals
The volunteers of MCCH work to ensure that, as far as they are able, no resources are lost.
We want those contributing items to our clinic to know that each gift is deeply appreciated and fully utilized and gives relief to those going through difficult times.
|In October 2017, we were visited by:
|On 18 October 2017 Dr. George Vichas represented MCCH at a presentation of European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels. He presented facts and figures giving a true picture of the health system in Greece along with the criminal effects that continue – as does austerity. The EESC has taken the initiative to investigate the effects of austerity on the society of three countries, Greece, Ireland and Portugal.
In the discussion that followed, there seemed to be a confused picture as to the state of the health system in Greece
At the end of the discussion, the representative of the EESC noted that all of the information we presented will be included in the report he will make to the European Union.
Those who followed the talks (and fortunately there were many) heard among other things, that infant mortality rose in Greece from 4.0 in 2015 to 4.2 in 2016 (per 1,000 births. The death rate rose even more in 2017, the expenditures for public hospitals were reduced by 200 million Euro in 2017, The large hospitals have already run through their budgets for this year. Hospitals have not been paid for hospitalization and diagnostic tests for uninsured patients by EOPPY. As to the infamous “reform” of the Primary Health Care system, heart attacks among the unemployed and uninsured have risen dramatically.
Many friends were present at the event. Calliope and Hinrich Stechman of “Friends of Helliniko” of Hamburg and Ulla and Wolf from a similar supporting group in Brussels and Hose Vivas, Jane and Brigit Urban. Whom we thank very much for this event and for their very warm hospitality.
– 31/10 Again this year, a concert for MCCH in Moschato organized by Mr. Loridas with Music Virus, Jack to Jack, Pelekys, Periklis-Nadia, and the fantastic youngsters of Mrs. Irini Amaxopoulou from the music workshop “Musical Wanderers and the association of disabled “Open Embrace”. The entrance “fee” to the concert was gifts of needed medications, diapers, and infant formula.
|MCCH published three Press Releases in October 2017|
|For the third year in a row, broadcast of the show “Solidarity on the Air” of the Metropolitan Community Clinic of Helliniko on the First Program of Greek Radio (ERT) every Saturday at 15:00 on frequencies 91.6 and 105.8 and via internet at http://webradio.ert.gr/proto/. (In Greek)
October 2017 featured these programs:1. 17/10 “Medicine in the Years of the Memorandum:
How much does medication cost the insured; What’s happening with other supplies?
2. 14/10: “Non-prescription Drugs” What are they and how much do we pay.
3. 21/10: “Narcotics, OKANA and its problems”.
4. 28/10: “NO, then and now” The people, who responded NO to Italian-German fascism and the militarty occupation of 1940-1944 then and those who again say NO to the economic occupation of the memorandum from 2010 – 2017 now. A NO stated every day through word and deed, using the weapons of self-reliance and solidarity.
| 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…”
Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helleniko