We, as ISMU Foundation, are at the beginning of the START project, financed by the 2014-2020 Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and aimed at meeting the healthcare needs of international protection seekers and holders in a state of psychophysical vulnerability. The project is led by the Hospital of Brescia (ASST Civili di Brescia and Spedali) with the partnership of two hospitals of Milan (ASST Great Metropolitan Niguarda – Milan, ASST Hospitals Saints Paul and Carlo – Milano), ISMU Foundation of Milan, Crinali Cooperative- Milan and Cooperativa Tempo Libero – Brescia. It has the general objective to implement innovative interventions for the creation of faster and more effective actions that will identify and meet the healthcare needs of asylum seekers and international protection holders in a state of social and healthcare vulnerability. All of this thanks to a close collaboration between public services and private social structures, and direct interventions at the reception centers.
The project has two main goals: 1) The assessment of the feasibility and effectiveness of an experimental model of health and psycho-social emergency services at the reception facilities for international protection seekers and beneficiaries, on the basis of a standard model of support from the Regional Healthcare System. 2) The improvement of the first on-site evaluation of the subjects through the development of collaborative strategies among all the public facilities and the private social organizations involved in the management of the phenomenon.
The actions, which will be developed over the course of eighteen months up to March 2018, are based on four main areas: health, social, educational, governance.