The minimum standards are no longer met for effective collaboration with authorities, MSF said, reiterating its call for a concrete and long-term response to the medical and humanitarian needs of vulnerable migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.
In May 2015, MSF made the unprecedented decision to begin search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea. As of today, the three boats operated by MSF have assisted over 23,000 people. In addition, a new team—made up of a psychologist and cultural mediators—has been providing psychological first aid in ports of arrival. The team has responded to 14 events in eight Italian ports, assisting 2,500 survivors of traumatic events during their sea journey.