Sophie is a French doctor with over four years of experience as a humanitarian in Greece. She coordinated the activities of DocMobile after which she identified a great need on the island of Samos; where there are thousands of refugees but there was no medical practice.
In July 2018, Sophie supported by us started Med’EqualiTeam, opening a free clinic where she helps on average a 2.500 patients per month. The camps in Samos are home to >5,000 residents whilst only being fit to hold 650. Diseases and infections, such as scabies, are rampant in the camps.
Sophie and her team are doing an amazing job working the clinic six days a week! They are real HEROES!
With refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, but also from Eritrea, Somalia and Afghanistan and Africa, there is a need for translation services. On average five to eight refugees are available to provide translation services like Ahmad pictured here.
Monday 7 December 2020 17:05
In January, there are still more doctors, nurses and other medical personnel needed on Samos to provide basic medical care to the <4000 refugees on the island. Living in a camp made for only 650 people, the conditions are extremely tough for those refugees without formal housing living in makeshift tents in winter - and their health is suffering due to this!
Friday 1 May 2020 12:00
Despite running with a very tiny team, the Med'EqualiTeam is still allowed to operate under lockdown & is managing to see 80-100 patients per day! A great collaboration with, among others, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), International Rescue Committee & Refugee 4 Refugees helps Sophie and her team to provide the most care possible on the extremely challenging situation on Samos. After multiple fires in the camp last week, the approx. 7000 refugees in and around Vathy camp need their help more than ever.
Monday 19 November 2018 00:00
4,600 refugees crammed into a camp built for 650. Food lines for hours, no safe shelter, nearly no running water and toilets! Those are the conditions for refugees on the Greek island of Samos, where we support the free medical clinic ran by our Hero Sophie Gédéon. This is heart-breaking but not unique, this is the hard reality that many in Greece, France, Italy, Bosnia and beyond endure.
With the closing of the borders, the flow of donated medicines has nearly stopped and the team needs now to buy medicines for chronical diseases like diabetes and epilepsy, which generates an additional cost of € 1000,- per month. Will you help to keep the clinic open?