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Why are we there?

  • Refugees

Our Work


  • In late 2014, a Médecins Sans Frontiéres team arrived in Serbia aware that thousands of migrants and asylum seekers were travelling through the country on their way to northern Europe.
  • The cold winter months posed a great risk to those people forced to sleep outside. Médecins Sans Frontiéres found that the undocumented migrants and asylum seekers were not being adequately registered and assisted due to their high numbers.
  • Working with the authorities, Médecins Sans Frontiéres repaired, renovated and built toilet and shower facilities at two temporary asylum centres located in Sjenica and Tutin.
  • In December 2014, teams also began to provide medical assistance to migrants and asylum seekers in the village of Bogovadja, which is about 80 kilometres from the capital Belgrade, as well as in Subotica near the Hungarian border.
  • A Médecins Sans Frontiéres team ran mobile clinics and distributed specially designed transit kits containing essential relief items to hundreds of people. The kits contained hygiene, food and survival items ranging from toothpaste to cooking pots and were designed to address the needs of people in transit.
  • The most common health problems encountered by the team were respiratory and skin diseases – mostly due to the cold weather and poor sanitary conditions – and musculoskeletal injuries.
  • There were also patients suffering from chronic illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes who were without the necessary medication; Médecins Sans Frontiéres gave them a supply to tide them over until they reached their next destination.


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Médecins Sans Frontiéres first work in Serbia in 1991.