In Sicily, we guarantee medical assistance to agricultural workers in the ‘fascia trasformata’ area
In order to help the most vulnerable members of the population access medical treatment, we have opened a mobile clinic in the province of Ragusa, in the area referred to as the ‘fascia trasformata’ (‘transformed strip’) due to the almost uninterrupted presence of over 30km of greenhouses.
Agricultural work in Ragusa is no longer seasonal, but takes place all year round. This means an increased number of agricultural workers, mostly from Morocco, Tunisia, Romania and Albania.
Their working and living conditions are precarious: they work for around 10-12 hours a day in the suffocating heat and most of them live in abandoned houses, informal settlements or old warehouses being used as accommodation, without drinking water and in many cases without bathroom facilities.
Our mobile clinic offers free basic medicine, sanitary education, socio-medical assistance, and psychological support.
We are active in four areas: Marina di Acate, Vittoria, Punta Braccetto and Santa Croce di Camerina. In order that the workers can access our services, our activities take place in the afternoon, from 4pm to 9:30pm.
Our patients so far have been affected mainly by joint and muscle pain, toothache and alcohol addiction.
The project is being carried out in cooperation with the Health Authority of the province of Ragusa.