The Mobile Medical Units (MMU) traveled to Amorgos for three days, from May 7 to 9, on a visit falling outside their regular itinerary.
There, they joined forces with the Aegean Team to offer free medical services to the island’s residents.
This is the first time that the MMU have collaborated with the NGO Aegean Team. This pilot effort has the potential to grow and multiply the benefits of the two programs. Since its inception in 1995, the Aegean Team has provided medical support and a wide range of activities to residents of remote Greek islands, as well as technological, educational, and entertainment materials to the schools of the islands they visit.
During their stay on the island, the MMU and the Aegean Team provided free medical examinations to 156 island’s residents, including 151 ultrasounds, 44 mammograms, and 50 X-rays. Additionally, members of both teams travelled to the remote island of Kinaros to visit the island’s only resident.
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 doctors, qualified nursing and technical staff, and medical school students, among others.
Since the launch of the program in January 2014, a total of 47 missions to remote areas of Greece have been completed. The aim of the program is to ensure equal access to high-quality health services for all residents of the country.
Click here to watch a short documentary about the recent visit of the Mobile Medical Units to Schoinoussa, in early January 2019.