30 JANUARY 2019 / Next Stop for the Mobile Medical Units: Sidirokastro, Messinia

Following a series of visits to remote Greek islands including their latest visit to the island of Schoinousa, the Mobile Medical Units (MMU) changed course, heading to the Peloponnese and to the semi-mountainous village of Sidirokastro in Messinia.

For four days, from January 26th to 29th, the MMU provided extensive medical services, free of charge, to the residents of the village and the wider region.

As part of the visit by the MMU, residents had the opportunity to see doctors of different specialties and underwent a series of specialized medical examinations, including ultrasounds, mammography, Pap tests, electrocardiograms, and bone density measurements. In total, 263 people have been and examined and 841 medical appointments have taken place. During the visit of MMUs, public lectures by specialized professionals took place on subjects such as learning difficulties, mental health, nutrition, and administering first aid. 

The Mobile Medical Units are the result of an initiative undertaken by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) and carried out, with the exclusive support of the SNF, by the NGO Regeneration & Progress, in collaboration with Health Units SA. On each mission to islands and isolated areas of Greece, the Mobile Medical Units are accompanied by a medical team with specialists in more than a dozen disciplines, qualified nursing and technical staff, and medical school students, among others.

Since the launch of the program in January 2014, a total of 40 missions to remote areas of Greece have been completed, responding to the fundamental need of all residents of the country for open access to specialized medicine and medical equipment.

To learn more about the Mobile Medical Units program, click here.