Medici per i Diritti Umani

General Information
Medici per i Diritti Umani is a humanitarian and international solidarity association with the mission of:

  • Bringing health assistance to the most vulnerable population in the situations of crisis;
  • Promoting the voluntary commitment of doctors and other health professionals, as well as citizens and professionals of other branches indispensable for its actions;
  • Developing inside the civil society democratic and participative spaces for promotion and protection of the right to health and the other human rights;
  • Supporting cooperation initiatives aimed to bring out the role of local partners and to make the people protagonist of their own development.

Focus Areas
Medici per i Diritti Umani is currently involved in national and international programs. Our projects in Italy are developed with a specific attention to the most vulnerable sector of the population excluded from access to health care.

Our projects in Italy

The project Un Camper per i diritti (Camper for rights) started in Rome (2004) and Florence (2207), provides medical and psychological assitance to the homeless trought a street mobile unit. The main goal of this project is to improve access to health care and public services on behalf of the homeless. The majority of beneficiaries of the project Camper for rights are foreign citizens (asylum seekers, refugees, holder of humanitarian residence permit, citizens of countries recently joined to the European Community, illegal immigrants) that are excluded to health services and other fundamental rights.
Migrants and refugees:
The program Observatory on CPT (Centers of Temporary Retention for illegal immigrants) and CDI (Center of Identification for Asylum seekers) aims to monitor respect of fundamental rights and access to health facilities for migrant population retained in these structures.
Gender discrimination:
The project Maschio per Obbligo aim to fight women violence and gender discrimination promoting information and making aware activities, particularly to the youths. Congresses, public meeting and information campaigns has been organized in order to achieve the project's goal.

In the international environment MEDU carried out projects particularly aimed towards the most vulnerable population in Latin America including:

  • Indigenous communities
    MEDU proposes to improve health conditions of the indigenous communities (Chiapas-Mexico, Ecuador) through intercultural health services promoting collective rights of the indigenous population.
  • African origin communities
    A project of primary, sexual and reproductive health is currently taking place with the communities of African origin in Esmeraldas (Ecuador) province. These communities, as well as right to health, are excluded to the same right to survival as people with their own identity and culture.
  • Internally Displaced Persons, Colombia.
    A health project is currently taking place in the rural community of Chocò and Antioquia (Colombia) which has been evacuated caused by internal conflict. These communities are excluded access to health and elementary means of subsistence as well has been threatened daily with gun violence.
    The human rights of these populations are systematically violated by various subjects of the conflict.
    The presence in the community of international volunteers of MEDU as well as sanitary utility, constitute a partial element of protection for the civil population against possible armed attack.

Contact Information
Address: Via dei Zeno 10, 00176 Rome, Italy
Telephone: +39 3343 3929765
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Latest News

  • Unfulfilled healthcare needs of migrant women care workers

    careOn November 21, a high-level panel at a meeting convened in Geneva will discuss a new WHO report entitled "Women on the Move: Migration, care work and health". Available data shows that a substantial and growing proportion of care work is being undertaken by migrants, the majority of whom are women. In Italy for instance, nearly 90% of home-based caregivers are foreign born. In this report, the World Health Organization (WHO) calls attention "to a global situation in which migrant women care workers buttress health systems in countries where there are shortfalls in healthcare provision, while their own right to health is eroded and their health care needs go unfulfilled." 

  • Why is adolescents’ health a human rights issue?

    ifhhroAdolescents face a myriad of threats to their right to health including violence, sexual assault, exploitation, trafficking, and harmful traditional practices. At the same time, they face multiple barriers to health services, including restrictive laws, unavailability of contraception or safe abortions; failure to ensure privacy and confidentiality; judgemental service provision, and discrimination. Our volunteer Tara Ornstein wrote an article about adolescents’ right to health for our website, explaining what the issues are and what health professionals can do to safeguard adolescents’ health and rights.