Medical assistance for asylum seekers in Romania

Bucharest, 26.11.2019

PRESS RELEASE

 

Health services accessible to the needs of asylum seekers (S.A.N.S.A.)

The ICAR Foundation, in partnership with AIDRom – the Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania, implements the project: “Health Services Accessible to Asylum Seekers (S.A.N.S.A.)”, FAMI 19.01.03, during: 13.08.2019 – 12.08.2020. The project is funded by the National Program the Fund for Asylum, Migration and Integration. The project will contribute to the improvement of the reception and assistance conditions for the asylum seekers in Romania by ensuring them the basic physical and mental health needs.

The main activities of the project are aimed at the asylum seekers located on the Romanian territory and will take place during one year in the six procedures and accommodation centers under the General Inspectorate for Immigration, from: Bucharest, Galați, Timișoara, Rădăuți, Șomcuta Mare and Giurgiu. The target group of the project includes asylum seekers housed in the centers of the General Inspectorate for Immigration, as well as those living outside these centers.

At least 600 asylum seekers will benefit from consultations, investigations, analyzes and medical treatments and will participate in information and counseling sessions on the healthcare system in Romania, the rights and obligations on this line, the hygiene and public health norms.

At the same time, at least 200 asylum seekers will benefit from specialized psychological assistance and counseling in IGI accommodation centers.

The psycho-social specialists who will carry out activities in these Centers will in the first phase follow the identification of the asylum seekers, especially those belonging to vulnerable categories (families in difficulty, elderly, people with chronic diseases, unaccompanied minors, victims of violence. physical and mental) as well as identifying their needs. Subsequently, tests will be carried out to assess the general health status of newly arrived asylum seekers, and general practitioners will provide weekly medical consultations.

The project will also ensure the settlement of medical devices and the transport to medical facilities for persons unable to move alone, in order to respond as best as possible to the medical needs of asylum seekers in Romania.

More information about the services offered within the project can be obtained from Irina Conduruță, Implementation Manager, e-mail: irina@icarfoundation.ro and AIDRom: aidrom@gmail.com.

Bucharest, 15.07.2019

PRESS RELEASE

Final conference for dissemination of project results

The ICAR Foundation will organize, on July 18, 2019, the final conference to inform and disseminate the results of the project “Healthcare Services for Asylum Applicants – S.O.S. S.A. ”, FAMI 18.02.02.

The event will take place from 09:30, at Green Hours, Bucharest, Calea Victoriei Street Nr. 120, Sector 1.

The aforementioned project, implemented by the ICAR Foundation, in partnership with AIDRom and funded through the National Program, the Fund for Asylum, Migration and Integration, contributed to the improvement of the reception and residence conditions of the asylum seekers from Romania, through the development of a program integrated information and socio-medical assistance of this category of beneficiaries.

The activities of the project took place between July 24, 2018 – July 23, 2019, in the six Regional Centers for Accommodation and Procedures for Asylum Applications, which are subordinated to the General Inspectorate for Immigration, from the cities of Bucharest, Galați, Timișoara, Rădăuți, Șomcuta Mare and Giurgiu.

The psycho-social specialists who carried out activities in these Centers pursued, in the first phase, the identification of the asylum seekers, especially those belonging to vulnerable categories (families in difficulty, elderly people, people with chronic diseases, unaccompanied minors, and victims of physical and mental violence) as well as identifying their needs. Subsequently, tests were performed to assess the general health status of newly arrived asylum seekers, and general practitioners provided weekly medical consultations.

Through the project, medical tests and investigations were recommended, as recommended by the collaborating doctors, as well as the medical and non-medical treatments prescribed by them, in order to respond as best as possible to the medical needs of the asylum seekers in Romania.

Over 1000 asylum seekers from Romania (women, men, children) have received medical services and have been informed and advised about the healthcare system in Romania, their rights and obligations in this field and the rules of public hygiene and health.