There’s no place like home (sweet home): how can we doubt that?
Unfortunately in Italy and the rest of the world there are many who are unable to say that they have a home. In Italy there are 50,000 homeless people of which 40% are found in Milan and Rome alone.
On this issue the Declaration of Human Rights is clear (article 25).
Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
The fundamental right to housing should ensure access for everyone to safe housing with affordable living costs and without having to fear eviction. It is up to every government to guarantee these rights to provide safety, peace and dignity to citizens independent of income.
Since the beginning of the economic crisis in 2008 up until 2015 there have been some changes in the people being assisted. Italian citizens have significantly increased from 21,6% to 37% of the total number supported. With the increase of Italians, especially elderly men, there has been a corresponding decrease in foreigners, especially women. Foreigners who seek help at Caritas have in general decreased by 29% compared to 2008, partly as a result of the change in national policies for housing of migrants. In comparison to the beginning of the crisis the number of people seeking housing has increased by 64,2%.
We at SISM Milano want medical students to get to know better the situation of homeless people in Milan through our collaboration with NAGA Onlus and Opera San Francesco. From the second semester of this academic year it will be possible for student to participate in a practical internship at the clinics that help those without a home (or documents). Stay up to date and don’t miss any news by liking our Facebook page SISM Milano.
Saturday the 10th of December will be the International Human Rights Day.
Live it knowingly!
If you care about Human Rights and want to better understand how we as medical students (and tomorrow’s doctors) can make them respected join SISM Milano. We await you with tons of new projects where you can contribute and learn to better understand the world around us. You can visit us Monday, December 12, at Statale for an unmissable event or contact us on facebook or email to learn more:
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Translated by Martin Plymoth, SCORP Ass.