PHILOS expansion in Eastern Aegean and Dodecanese

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.


It foresees the direct support either of the refugee reception and identification centres and/or of the national health system structures (hospitals and health centers) of the above mentioned islands with medical and nursing personnel.


Due to the complexity of the specific sub-action, more than two hundred individuals are recruited, including a large number of specialties such as doctors, midwives, nurses, health visitors, psychologists, social workers, intercultural mediators, medical lab technicians, drivers/rescuers, etc.


From the data collected so far from PHILOS programme, it appears that the newly employed personnel will aid both programme’s beneficiaries and the public health system and the epidemiological surveillance structures of these islands.


As the above mentioned islands are the first accommodation places for refugees/migrants, it is being implemented for the first time in the refugee reception and identification centres the medical protocol on vulnerability created under PHILOS programme. The protocol on vulnerability addresses issues related to sexual and reproductive health, trafficking, gender based violence, as well as to the recognition, clinical management and treatment of victims of torture and of vulnerable group’s members.