An innovative programme will enable free access to healthcare for thousands of women across Greece, it was announced recently.
Doctors of the World (Greek Branch) launched the “Mother & Child” healthcare programme earlier this summer, which will be implemented via the framework of the global initiative MSD for Mothers. A two-year programme that commenced in June 2016 of this year and will run until March 2018, it is focused on the protection and care of pregnant women and infants in Greece, before, during and after childbirth.
The programme will offer free access to healthcare services for 8,400 pregnant women and newborns via €750,000 in funding. Those with no or limited access to healthcare services, minority groups living in deprived areas of Greece and refugee and migrant populations will benefit from the programme.
The aim of the “Mother & Child” programme is to strengthen maternal and infant access to healthcare services. This will be achieved by supporting the existing structure of the Doctors of the World in Greece (including polyclinics in Athens, Perama, Piraeus, Patras, Thessaloniki and Chania as well as mobile units) in order to ensure increased “free” access to quality healthcare for women and infants. These activities will also be enhanced by offering free access to family planning educational material for healthcare professionals through an e-learning platform.
The “Mother & Child” programme is part of the global initiative MSD for Mothers, which aims to improve and protect the lives of pregnant women and newborns.
“Every two minutes a woman dies from complications in pregnancy and childbirth, translated to approximately 800 women per day. In most cases, these deaths could have been prevented if women had access to quality maternal healthcare before, during and after childbirth. Can you imagine a world where no mother dies during childbirth? We can. This is the global commitment of the “MSD for Mothers” program. And we are proud to announce this new programme in Greece,” commented Dr Naveen Rao, Global Lead of MSD for Mothers programme and Safe Motherhood Week Luminary.