Serbia continues to see an increasing number of asylum seekers: since the beginning of the refugee crisis, 393,069 people were registered in Serbia. RMF has been responding to the refugee crisis since January 2016, by providing comprehensive protection and medical services to persons of concern. Our team works in and around the Belgrade city center, providing outreach medical care and referral services for secondary and tertiary care institutions. We operate 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM daily at our mobile medical clinic located within the Obrenovac Collective Center, the largest refugee camp in Serbia, with a second medical team providing referrals from the camp. In February 2017, we began a second initiative near the border with Croatia, operating the medical clinic at the Adaševci Transit Center from 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM, seven days a week. Adaševci Transit Center is home to approximately 1,100 refugees and asylum seekers. Our main goal is to provide emergency triage and basic primary health care for refugees in Serbia.
RMF works with Serbian government authorities to ensure that appropriate government bodies and agencies are supported in managing an efficient response to the refugee crisis. RMF Serbia supports the government of Serbia in responding to the refugee crisis by filling gaps in medical service provision as directed by the Ministry of Health and by collaborating with other key partners working in the field, primarily those focused on medical, psychosocial, and humanitarian needs. We link refugees with government institutions through referrals and the provision of translation and cultural mediation services. We accompany refugees and provide support throughout their medical treatment, ensuring understanding with service providers and state institutions through the engagement of Arabic and Farsi speaking interpreters and cultural mediators.
Our doctors, interpreters, and drivers provide support to state medical institutions with capacity to increase the scale and scope of the current response, as well as accessing underserved areas. Due to the unpredictable nature of the crisis, our team remains mobile, flexible, and responsive, able to rapidly relocate to the areas in greatest need.
RMF has been responding to Europe’s refugee crisis since January 2016 by providing comprehensive protection and medical services to persons of concern.