View of the Policlinico Universitario 'Agostino Gemelli' in Rome | Photo: Archive/ANSA/Alighiero Palazzo
View of the Policlinico Universitario 'Agostino Gemelli' in Rome | Photo: Archive/ANSA/Alighiero Palazzo

The foundation of Rome's Policlinico Gemelli Hospital, in cooperation with the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart and Catholic charity Comunità Sant'Egidio, has presented a clinic to treat migrants and asylum seekers.

A clinic at Rome's Policlinico Gemelli Hospital for asylum seekers and migrants dedicated to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and physical therapy was presented on Friday in the Italian capital.

Set up thanks to the PRiSMA project (Prevention and Health for Migrants), the clinic is promoted by the Foundation Policlinico Gemelli IRCCS and runs in cooperation with the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart.

The clinic, located inside the Gemelli hospital, has a team of specialists to treat a wide range of diseases but focuses on cancer prevention. According to the hospital, which opened in April this year, the clinic can assist up to 90 migrants a month.

Training of medical personnel on migration issues

The PRiSMA project, co-funded by the Italian interior ministry and the European Union, includes training medical personal on immigration and cultural issues.

It will also promote research to define guidelines for the treatment of migrants and personalized care. The clinic treats the most vulnerable migrant men, women and children residing in the Lazio region around Rome who are suffering from conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder.

Clinic with cultural mediators

Franco Anelli, dean of the Catholic University, said the clinic had a team of specialists to treat "a wide range of diseases" and also provided ''services of linguistic and cultural mediation'' thanks to the Community of Sant'Egidio.

Mediators at the clinic have received specific training ''on migrant health issues" offered the Catholic University, Anelli said.

Marco Elefanti, general director of the Gemelli Hospital, called the project a "key example" of how to fulfill their mission, especially regarding patient relations.

Daniela Pompei, who is in charge of immigration and integration services at the Community of Sant'Egidio, said the project "helps the poorest and the most fragile of all of society."
 

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