Over 1 million refugees passed through Greece in search of sanctuary in 2015. The EU-Turkey deal, signed on 20th March 2016, has left an estimated 57,000 people stranded in the Eurozone’s most crisis-stricken member state.
Hospitals throughout Greece are facing an unprecedented challenge in treating the needs of refugees whilst continuing to provide adequate healthcare for local communities, all in the face of extreme economic deprivation. One of the largest challenges facing hospitals and their treatment of refugee patients is access to interpreting. All too often, predominantly Arabic and Dari speaking refugee communities who attend public sector hospitals without interpreting, are not able to communicate clearly with Greek doctors.
This project brings together a collective of organisations who have come together to address this need and provide a technologically based, scalable solution using Video Remote Interpretation (VRI).
The project is being provided by a collaborative team involving Psarras Consulting, Prospero World, RefuAid, Cisco Systems and SAVD Videodolmetschen.