DonK Humanitarian Medicine is an independent and non-partisan social-health voluntary association, which offers free health care to all people, both foreigners and Italians, who are not guaranteed access to medical care. Although the Italian National Health Service offers free health care for the indigent and asylum seekers in urgent conditions, there are still time gaps in which these people do not have access to basic medical care. DonK HM is also present with initiatives to promote a culture of peace, solidarity and respect for human rights.
Clinics presidied in the province of Trieste
Projects in progress
Project created to support the clinic in the village of Arameras, in Albania, with which money, toys, clothes and medicines were collected and sent to their destination from Bari with the help of the Italian military.
In Naples, clinic and listening point to be able to offer social and health assistance to those who have difficulty in using public facilities or who cannot afford private visits.
In Naples, setting up of an itinerant camper-clinic to visit immigrants and Rom.
An important gesture of solidarity came from FIALS (Italian Federation of Local Autonomies and Health) of Trieste and Gorizia, which decided to donate the money that should have been used for the campaign in view of the upcoming RSU (Union Union Representatives) elections to favor of local entities active in the management of the Ukrainian emergency.
Pier Eugenio Gobbato, known to his friends as Piero, is the director of the complex structure of Anesthesia and Intensive Care of the Monfalcone Hospital and has also been one of DonK’s volunteers for many years. About ten days ago he was among the first to provide free assistance to Ukrainian refugees staying at Casa Stani, one of the reception centers managed by Caritas in Trieste.
DonK Humanitarian Medicine is an active part of the territorial network to contribute to the management of the Ukraine Emergency.
Last week the volunteer doctors went to Casa Stani, the reception center run by Caritas Trieste, to carry out a first screening of women, girls and children from Ukraine who find hospitality here.
“DonK’s role has proved to be fundamental in supporting us to ensure initial health care for asylum seekers upon their arrival in Trieste from the Balkan route. The professionalism of the volunteer doctors, as well as their human sensitivity and the predisposition to dialogue represent a decisive aspect for the initiation of a path of welcome and protection.”
“The presence of DonK volunteers once a week, at the Day Center in via Udine in Trieste, in the last 10 years has made it possible to monitor the health conditions of hundreds of homeless people, Italian and foreign, passing through or permanent on the territory of the province of Trieste. The collaboration of doctors has proved invaluable in diagnosing and possibly reporting pathologies often resulting from street life to specialist services. Motivation, competence, humanity and flexibility characterize their service intended for those who offer suffer in body and soul because, even if ill, they are in a condition of total invisibility.”
“The fruitful collaboration relationship between the Caritas Trieste Foundation and the DonK association has allowed the establishment of medical clinic located at the “Teresiano” shelter in via dell’Istria for the benefit of all people welcomed at the Foundation’s facilities. Thanks to DonK’s support, we have been able to pay particular attention to the most vulnerable situations and to people who have just entered our facilities.”
How to help us
The support of individuals, companies, foundations, allows DonK HM to treat those in need every day does not have access to assistance from the Italian National Health System. So, we can carry out a preventive action and lightening the emergency services and bringing, with sustainable projects over time, free health care to countries where access to care is really limited.