Kitrinos Healthcare has been operating as an NGO since it was founded by Dr Siyana Mahroof-Shaffi in 2016. We have been working across Greece, providing healthcare services to vulnerable refugees in camps and care centres, and became a UK-registered charity in 2017.
Over 1 million refugees, the majority of whom have escaped war and persecution in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have reached Greece in an effort to find safety in Europe. Many medical NGOs have left Greece to provide care elsewhere, meaning that refugees are left without access to desperately needed healthcare facilities, despite being highly vulnerable to chronic and life-threatening physical conditions, and severe psychological disturbance due to trauma, rape, and torture. While other NGOs have left Lesvos to provide aid in other world crises, we intend to stay for as long as the need is there.
Camp Moria struggles with overcrowding. Built to hold only 3000, there have been around 9000 refugees living there since 2018. These people live in cramped, unsanitary conditions with shockingly limited access to basic necessities such as food, hygiene and healthcare services. Almost half of the refugee population are women and children.
Kitrinos Healthcare currently run services 7 days a week in Lesvos, including our main Kitrinos clinic in Camp Moria (open 7 days a week and seeing up to 100 patients per day), the UNICEF TAPUAT centre (for women and children), and the KEELPNO clinic.
To prevent sickness and preserve health by providing healthcare services to refugees in Greece.
To provide medical and holistic healthcare to sick and injured patients in refugee camps across Greece.
We believe that healthcare is a human right, not a privilege, and it is unacceptable that those who are most in need are often the very people who go without this right.
Although we cannot prevent the refugee crisis from continuing, we can assist in the much-needed provision of healthcare for the vulnerable men, women and children who are stuck in the asylum-seeking process.
Our team consists of medical and non-medical volunteers and staff. Our medical volunteers include doctors, nurses, midwives and paramedics. Medical tasks include diagnosing patients’ symptoms, prescribing appropriate and available medications, treating wounds, and referring appropriate patients to hospital. Non-medical tasks include taking stock, driving (EU or international driver’s license required) our volunteers and transporting supplies, delivering TTT (trauma tapping technique) to anxiety sufferers, and helping our admin team raise awareness of the situation in Camp Moria.
Once we have approved a volunteer is ready to join our team we add them to our Team Whatsapp group. Our clinic coordinator Abdul will respond to volunteer enquiries in Lesvos. Our volunteer coordinator Sarah will respond to admin-related enquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our volunteer house is a 20-minute drive from Camp Moria and has a kitchen, washing machine, bathroom and garden area. The house rent is 15 euros per night for the first three weeks, and is free of charge beyond this time. If volunteers prefer they can rent their own private accommodation, but we recommend staying at the volunteer house to improve communication between team members. We do our best to provide transport between accommodation and the refugee camp, however we are grateful for volunteers who consider hiring a car to help us transport volunteers and supplies.
- Flights – Volunteer
- Accommodation – Volunteer
- Food – Volunteer
- Transport-In-Country – Volunteer
- Visa – Volunteer
- Travel Insurance – Volunteer
- Medical Indemnity – Volunteer
Must be fully licenced in volunteer’s home country
English (translators available)
2 years post-qualification experience
Minimum 2 weeks
+44 7908 697791 (UK)