EUROPE/GREECE - Vaccinations against preventable diseases for over 3000 children stranded at the border

Thursday, 19 May 2016 healthcare  


Idomeni (Agenzia Fides) - At Idomeni camp, in Central Macedonia, 10,000 people are still stranded due to the closure of the Greek-Macedonian border. Doctors Without Borders (MSF), in collaboration with the local national authorities have launched a vaccination campaign for 3,031 children in the camp to protect them from the most common preventable diseases due to poor living conditions. The statement sent to Agenzia Fides says that "some of these children were born on European land, some have been displaced for months, others for years and many have not received any childhood vaccinations". As a result of the closure of the Balkan route and implementation of the EU-Turkey Treaty, Idomeni camp has become the largest refugee camp in Europe, where thousands of people are stranded in precarious conditions, without adequate humanitarian assistance, without access to information about their future, exposed to police violence at the border or traffickers inside the camp. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 19/05/2016)