National seminar in Greece

Organizer: Doctors of the World-Greece

Date: 17th  of July, 2018

Location: Offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Lesvos, Greece. 

The aim of the National Seminar was toshare the experience of designing and delivering a KHub for preparing health professionals and volunteers dealing with migrants and refugees; to share the learning and networking activities that can be undertaken on the KHub;to raise awareness about  the advantages and challenges of using the KHub to provide  emotional and  psychological support  for migrants and refugees; to provide a hands-on experience  of using the KHub 's training guide;to gain the participants' views and suggestions regarding the sustainability of our project results.


A total of 57 participants attended the national seminar in Lesvos,Greece on the 17th July 2018. Participants included nurses, health  practitioners, social workers, interpreters, volunteers, staff & managers,as well as psychologists, lawyers and welfare officers.Participants came from various organizations as well as state bodies, namely Morias Reception & Identification Center, the General Hospital
of Lesvos, KETHEA, the Hellenic Center for Disease Control & Prevention, Synyparxis, Caritas Hellas, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), METAdrasis, Praxis, Iliaktida AMKE. Among those attending were 12
people from the Doctors of the World – Greece medical team which is present and operates at the refugee camp of Kara Tepe in Lesvos.

The topics of the seminars included:

  • Presentation and overview of the IENE programmes
  • Presentation of the IENE 6 project’s activities and output
  • Presentation of the Knowledge Hub website and mobile application
  • Guiding on how to navigate the Knowledge Hub
  • Presentation on the subject “Interpreting in humanitarian settings”
  • Discussion to exchange ideas on ways to use the project results
  • Feedback for measuring the potential impact of the project’soutputs by administrating evaluation questionnaires to the participants

Short term impact on the participants:

  • Increased awareness, sensitivity and knowledge about refugees’ issues
  • Increased knowledge about the refugees’ and migrants’ health needs
  • Increased knowledge about providing emotional support to for refugees and migrants
  • New opportunities to share and exchange, as well as the creation of alliances for future collaborations and networking on the KHub

Long term impact of the project outputs (KHub)

  • Reinforcing vocational education and training through innovative practices
  • Increasing quality of education and training, health workforce development and training
  • Reinforcing education and support for disadvantaged people
  • Addressing main challenges to respond to sudden, large-scale arrivals of migrants
  • Promoting active participation and European democratic values