Our clinics didn’t stop their activities.
We are going on working at our clinics in Italy, using a triage method to identify patients with symptoms that could point to the virus. We will also continue providing information, consultations and direct them to the services they need, all for the good of public health.
A lot of the patients we already help in Italy are among the most vulnerable people in society – like migrants, homeless people and travellers – and they are struggling even more now to get services.
Information is crucial for people like them, who often lack access to basic information on how to prevent contagion. EMERGENCY has provided information to our staff and patients from the World Health Organization along with its guidelines and resources.
Information and prevention among minority groups
During this health emergency, it is essential not to exclude anyone from information – and therefore from prevention. Immigrant communities have the same risk of contagion as Italian citizens: for this reason, even those who do not speak Italian have the right to receive instructions on how to protect themselves and prevent the spread of the virus
We do this – for example – with short videos recorded in different languages, so that even at distance everyone can be updated on what action must be taken to prevent further outbreak. Even a tutorial that circulates via WhatsApp can encourage virtuous and responsible behaviour.