The National Kapodistrian University of Athens presented on Friday a website which informs refugees and migrants arriving in Greece of available health services in Greece, legal advice, as well as simplified information on possible diseases and illnesses.
Presenting the website www.healthgate4all.gr, during a press conference, the university said it has four main thematic areas: A health map, which presents a map of all health centers and clinics around Greece; the E-doctor, which allows the user to identify possible adult or children’s illness based on symptoms or categories of infectious diseases; a section on legal issues that informs refugees on their rights depending on their status, and a fourth section on the cost of different examinations.
The information is available in Arabic, English and Greek, but the university aims at adding Albanian, Russian and French at a later date. The website, which started being built on 2013, aimed at investigating, recording and analyzing the inequalities in access to health care for migrants living in Greece.
As the refugee issue turned into a crisis, the usefulness of the website is even bigger. According to police data, more than 700,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Greece in 2015, with numbers rising every day. Therefore, the university claims, information on available public health services is a very important tool not just for the newly arrived foreigners, but also for the Greeks who come in contact with them and want to help either doctors or volunteers.