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“The Republic protects health as a fundamental right of the individual and in the interest of the community and guarantees free care to the indigent” (Article 32 of the Italian Constitution).”

DonK HM’s commitment is articulated in social and health assistance activities located in the territory of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region and in international care and protection projects. 

In particular the volunteers of DonK HM:

  • Guarantee free health care with basic and specialist medicine services for homeless people, asylum seekers refugees and victims of torture. 
  • Help on the orientation of assisted persons to the services of the National Health System. 
  • Monitor the application of the “right to health” as required by the Italian Constitution. 
  • Monitor the state of health of people housed in units with a high population density.
  • Support training activities for operators involved in the host associations.

Less weight for emergency services

Whether it is the most fragile people of the populations or migrants, those suffering from respiratory infections, scabies and other less serious diseases, which however require adequate medical therapy, can find in DonK HM a poi of reference and help. 

In the case of refugees, it can take several months from when they arrive in the territory to receive the health card that gives them the right to benefit from the Regional Health Service (SSR). During this time, their only resource in case of need for medical assistance is access to the emergency room. 

Hence, DonK HM’s intervention significantly alleviates the burden on public health and the pressure on local emergency services.   

Less weight for emergency services

Whether it is the most fragile people of the populations or migrants, those suffering from respiratory infections, scabies and other less serious diseases, which however require adequate medical therapy, can find in DonK HM a poi of reference and help.

In the case of refugees, it can take several months from when they arrive in the territory to receive the health card that gives them the right to benefit from the Regional Health Service (SSR). During this time, their only resource in case of need for medical assistance is access to the emergency room.

Hence, DonK HM’s intervention significantly alleviates the burden on public health and the pressure on local emergency services.   

COVID – 19 EMERGENCIES

DonK HM’s activity also continues during the pandemic. 

The social and hygienic-sanitary conditions of some groups of the population and of the people affected by the migratory flows that cross in particular Friuli Venezia Giulia, from March 2020, could prove to be a real outbreak for the spread of the virus. 

The monitoring and support activity for homeless and refugees made it possible to secure the resident population by extending the planned activity of the project by integrating it with that of prevention and sharing of health protocols disseminated by the regional authority.   

DONK HM IN ITALY

DonK HM in currently active in 6 clinics in Trieste and in 10 assistance centers, 5 days a week, to offer medical examinations to more than 40 patients every week, coming from every corner of the world. 

During the visits, the doctors, nurses and volunteer health workers of DonK HM become “general practitioners” for their patients, to whom they prescribe treatments, recommend effective primary prevention practices and offer advice on awareness and hygiene – health education. 

DonK HM volunteers also offer for telephone support 7 days a week for the operators of the host associations throughout Friuli Venezia Giulia.  

In Trieste, DonK HM collaborates with numerous associations that deal with hospitality, including ICS, Comunità San Martino al Campo, Caritas, Luchetta Foundation. It also collaborates with the Municipality of Trieste for health care for “Cold Emergency” and has entered into a free agreement with ASUGI – Giuliano Isontina University Health Authority for health care for asylum seekers.  

DONK HM abroad

Since the beginning of its activities DonK HM has been present internationally with projects in Albania, Algerian Guatemala and Tchad.  

Through cooperation with local associations and institutions, DonK HM seeks to bring free health care even to countries where access to care is really limited, assisting the local population through sustainable projects over time and above all making local medical and nursing teams independent through distance teaching and telemedicine. 

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