From 2016, Médecins Sans Frontières in Italy has been working on a project targeting the access on public health services in Turin, by the inhabitants of one of the most populous informal settlements in Italy, called Ex-MOI.
Ex-MOI, which was originally built for the winter Olympic Games of 2006, is currently consisting of two buildings squatted in 2013 by migrants expelled from the reception centers, once North-Africa Emergency program in Italy was suddenly closed.
One thousand people, mostly from Sub-Saharan countries, men, women and minors lived in marginality and poor sanitary conditions. Almost 7 out of 10 people were not registered in the National Health System (NHS) when contacted for the first time by MSF.
The main objective of the project has been to help residents register on the National Health System and gain access to the provision of medical health services. Prerequisites for all the above is the access to information on migrant and refugee rights according to the legal status.
MSF has promoted access to the national healthcare service for residents of the ex – Moi, by involving also local authorities and the relevant communities.
From the beginning of the project until the 31st of December 2018, 469 people were assisted: 7 out of 10 not they had a health card and 8 out of 10 did not have a family doctor at the time of the first contact with MSF.