Name of the activity: Chiron

Country/NMO: Greece (HelMSIC)

Program: Ethics & Human Rights in Health

Contact information: [email protected] [email protected]

Type of the activity: Capacity Building (Training or Workshop). Teaching and develop knowledge, skills and techniques in a particular field. While training can have any form, workshops are more formal and also include exchange of information between participants.

General description:

The activity is conducted twice a year, once every semester, in two LCs, Athens and Thessaloniki.

The project consists of a two-week internship in the open polyclinics of Medicins du Monde, where the participants help the doctors and acquire more clinical experience outside an organized hospital. They are also sensitized and they come in contact with people of vulnerable social groups. During their internship, students are given the opportunity to help the doctors examine their patients and to enjoy hands-on experience on how to examine and communicate with patients belonging to vulnerable social groups (it is the majority of the patients that visit the outpatients of Medecins du Monde).

Beforehand, students participate in a two hour meeting intending to prepare them for their internship. The experienced health personnel of the facility inform medical students about their role in the polyclinic and the right approach techniques consistent with human rights.

Focus area:

Human Rights for Medical Professionals in daily clinical settings

Problem statement:

In Greece there are no organized public services for informing the refugee populations about their rights in the health system. Moreover, healthcare professionals are not sufficiently trained on how to approach these patients with respect to their culture, and in a human rights based way. Medical students are not taught about inequalities in health and are highly unaware of the fact that several population groups are excluded from the healthcare system.

Target groups:

Medical students


General population, Medical students, Migrants, Refugees, Homeless people

Objectives and indicators of success:


-Inform medical students about the special needs of sensitive social groups, especially when it comes to health care and treatment.

-Familiarize medical students with the principles of human rights based approach, especially when it comes to treating members of sensitive social groups.

-Educate medical students on practicing limited resources medicine.

-For medical students to gain practical experience on approaching and treating members of sensitive social groups.

-Raise awareness amongst medical students about the role and the responsibility of the doctor and the state concerning sensitive social groups and their health.

– Inform medical students about the work of Medicins du Monde.


-Number of medical students participating in the activity per local committee

-Number of visitors in MDM Open Polyclinics while the project is running

-Score on knowledge acquired related questions in the evaluation form


-Participation of medical students at a two-hour seminar on the offices of MdM where the participants are informed about the work of MdM, the function of the Open Polyclinics and how they will be able to help the doctors that work there voluntarily.

-A two-week internship at the Open Polyclinics of MdM for medical students.

Plans for evaluation:

We conduct post-activity-questionnaires defined at three levels:

-Medical students participating in our activity


-Local organising committees

And two focus areas:

-Goals’ achievement

-Educational Workshop (general impression, seminar, training, speakers, trainers, duration, information, comprehensive education)

Exploiting of evaluations:

-Analyzing responses & discussing

-Implementing improvements

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