Who we are
DonK Humanitarian Medicine (DonK HM), formerly Don Kisciotte, in an independent and non-partisan social-health voluntary associations, which offers free health care to all people, both foreigners and Italian, who are not guaranteed access to medical treatments. In fact, despite the fact that the National Health Service offers free health care for the indigent and asylum seekers in urgent conditions, there are still temporal 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.
DonK HM is a VO registered in the voluntary service registers in Italy and a recognized NGO in Switzerland.
Consult her the statute of our association
DonK HM was born in Naples in 2005 with the aim of guaranteeing each individual the right to health. In 2012 it then moved to Trieste, the gateway to the Balkan immigration route, where people have been arriving for years, guided by the hope of a new life in Europe
In Trieste, thanks to the collaboration with some large associations that deal with hospitality, the 50 volunteers of DonK HM visit more than 2000 people a year including adults and children, Italians and foreigners.
Since its foundation, DonK HM has already assisted aver 10,000 people, from over 30 countries of origin and providing approximately 1,500 packs of drugs per year.
After the successful experience of volunteering in Naples with the Don Kisciotte association founded in 2005, Don Kisciotte Trieste section was born in Trieste, now called DonK Humanitarian Medicine.
Beginning of medical voluntary work at the Community of San Martino al Campo in Trieste, to offer free health care for the poor guests of the day center in Via Udine.
Beginning of medical voluntary work at Caritas Trieste, to offer free health care for the poor guests of the reception facilities managed by the institution.
Eleonora Cantamessa Award for the health care project for asylum seekers in the city of Trieste.
We participate annually in the cold Emergency Protocol of the Municipality of Trieste, offering our support and our medical expertise to all associations that deal with assistance and hospitality.
Start of health care for asylum seekers housed in Casa Malala (Trieste), managed by the ICS association.
From january 2019
The Integrated University Healthcare Company of Trieste and DonK HM enter into a free agreement designed to provide ad effective first response to the need to protect the health of migrants and identify a health / assistance response appropriate to the presence of applicants for international in the area