Over 2,800 disadvantaged individuals will benefit from The Hellenic Initiative Australia (THI Australia) new collaboration with Doctors of the World Greece (MdM Greece) which will provide access to public health services in Athens.

THI Australia is granting 54,000 Euros to MdM Greece to drive a 12 month program which begins next week at the
Athens Polyclinic.

“With the world dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, THI Australia’s collaboration with MdM Greece comes at a critical time to ensure the most vulnerable in society have access to medical assessments and treatments,” says THI Australia President Nicholas Pappas.

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Patients will be able to visit the Athens Open Polyclinic Photo: Supplied

Commencing on 1 June, it is anticipated that the project will carry out more than 5,500 consultations, 1,700 medical assessments and 1,700 medical follow-ups.

This is the first health program to be funded by Perth-based benefactor Dr Constantine Berbatis and his family, who pledged $500,000 to THI Australia in 2019, over five years, in support of public health initiatives in Greece.

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“The recent economic crisis in Greece has left a large number of people facing poverty and unable to access basic health care, which is one of the reasons why my family and I wanted to contribute to the improvement of the general health status and disease prevention for vulnerable communities in Greece,” says Dr Berbatis.