The programme “PHILOS – Emergency health response to refugee crisis” is a programme of the Greek Ministry of Health, implemented by the Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (HCDCP). It’s a new approach of the Greek Republic to address on the refugee crisis, by fulfilling the sanitary and psychosocial needs of people living in the open camps. The programme is funded by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) of EU’s DG Migration and Home Affairs.


The total budget of the programme is 24,180,928 euros and is funded 100% by the European Union. Since the summer of 2017, PHILOS has expanded its activities to Eastern Aegean islands (Mytilene, Chios, Samos) and to Dodecanese (Kos, Rhodes, Leros, Kalymnos), following the agreement on programme’s extension. It is foreseen to be completed in May of 2018.


For the successful implementation of the programme, a number of health professionals has been recruited such as medical doctors, nurses, midwifes, social workers, drivers/rescuers, as well as scientific and administrative personnel.


The personnel of PHILOS are distributed on seven health districts (YPE) of the National Health System in mainland Greece, including the National Center for Emergency Care (EKAB). Furthermore, a significant part of the financing is closely related to discrete expenditure created by the usage of primary health services from refugees and migrants.


The programme PHILOS introduces a comprehensive approach regarding the provision of health services to refugee’s population and also reinforces the capacity of National Health System to respond to the extra demand of health services as a whole.