Kitrinos Healthcare is a volunteer-run, grassroots NGO providing direct medical aid and psycho-social support to refugees and vulnerable communities.
We are comprised of dedicated staff and volunteers, working under the direction of Dr. Siyana Mahroof-Shaffi, a general medical practitioner who started working in Greek refugee camps in October 2015 on the island of Lesvos.
Islamic Relief's Ash-Shifa Award (2016-2017)
Our founder, Dr Siyana Shaffi, is ranked #175 in 1000Londoners
Our work began in Camp Moria, Lesvos, where we offered consultations from the back of two donated ambulances which we had converted into 'mobile clinics'. When the number of migrants coming to Lesvos declined, we moved our services to several camps across the mainland and other islands, and have worked in around 20 locations to date. In 2018, we returned to Moria to meet the needs of the dramatically increasing population, where we worked exclusively for two years in an on-site clinic.
In September 2020, fires destroyed the majority of Camp Moria along with our on-site clinic and equipment, and we relocated to Mavrovouni ('Moria 2.0') to provide care for displaced ex-Moria residents. In 2022 we made the decision to expand our services beyond Greece, and now offer primary healthcare to refugees in camps along the Syria-Lebanon border, in addition to holistic care services (such as 'Trauma Tapping Technique') to vulnerable communities in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Our team is composed of committed doctors, nurses, paramedics, social workers, advocates, staff, volunteers, interpreters, advisors and trustees who work tirelessly towards our vision: a world where everyone has access to high-quality healthcare and can live a life of dignity.
We are proactive and passionate about empowering refugees and displaced people, and we enable those we support to improve their situation through this empowerment. Since Kitrinos was founded in 2015, refugees have been essential team members, working closely with us so that we can not only provide direct aid but assist the community in the long-term.
We have a small group of staff in the UK who are involved in admin, volunteer coordination, communications and fundraising to support our ground team and assist with the running of our services in the camp.
'Team Kitrinos' is always on the lookout for volunteers, both medical and non-medical, so please get in touch if you are interested.