Post-earthquake assistance

Italy - Central Italy

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2016

Start of activities

Nursing and psychological assistance for the population affected by the earthquake in Central Italy.

Since the summer of 2016, Central Italy has been hit by repeated earthquakes and aftershocks. In the subsequent months, weather conditions have further damaged an area that had already been left in dire condition by the earthquake, making daily life very difficult for the population – and not only in mountain villages.

Following a request from local institutions, we have provided a nursing service in some areas in Teramano that were affected by the natural disaster. We also began providing psychological assistance in Amatrice, Castelli, Nerito and Montorio al Vomano. Due to persistent tremors and heavy snowfall during the winter period, the remaining population in the affected villages lived in a state of constant unease and psychological fragility.

Our team – consisting of a psychologist, a nurse and a logistician – provides free assistance in an area of multiple needs, where health services cannot cope.

"They are afraid, the continual aftershocks and the extraordinary snowfall over the winter have brought people to their knees. They suffered a major economic blow: especially in the hamlets around Amatrice – only a few businesses are still open. But they are showing a strong sense of dignity through the pain and difficulties, a strong attachment to their own land and a desire to start again. And we are here to help them."

Daniela, EMERGENCY staff

The Polibus and the mobile units

In order to provide more people with access to our services, the intervention in Central Italy involves the use of a mobile clinic and several mobile units, in order to reach even more isolated areas.

The Polibus is located in the square in Montorio, Sanitary Base District at Vomano and mobile units operate in several municipalities in the district.

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