Responding promptly to the needs arising from the devastating fires in Eastern Attica in July 2018, Doctors of the World deployed a medical and psychosocial support team, which arrived in the area to assess the situation within the first 24 hours. As of the following day, a team of volunteers was established, which comprised of doctors, nursing staff, social workers, psychologists, administrative staff and drivers.
During the first days, the mission aimed to offer immediate relief to those affected through the provision of medical and pharmaceutical care and psychological first aid (PFA). Following the acute stage, Doctors of the World focused on psychosocial intervention services since, as expected, there was still an increased need for them. Emphasis was placed on handling bereavement cases, post-traumatic stress disorders, depression, panic attacks, somatoform symptoms, etc. In parallel, group treatment and psychoeducational sessions were organized whereas house calls were also made to persons affected, where necessary.
Doctors of the World was present and participated on a daily basis in the crisis management coordination mechanisms of Rafina-Pikermi and Marathonas-Nea Makri Municipalities.