Streetmedicine for Homeless People

Lastnik projekta: EQUITA

Odgovorna oseba: PharmDr Lucia Roussier, MPH




Civilna družba / Socialno gospodarstvo

What is it about?

The mobile clinic project under the Lafranconi Bridge, offers tohomeless people professional health care, especially acute illness management, wound care, individual case management, and chronic disease counseling. The project is unique in Slovakia in 1) consultations are provided by doctors, 2) the ambulance is mobile and comes to the environment of clients, 3) the results are linked to legislative advocacy for improving the availability of health care for people excluded from it. Innovation is bridging the gap between client isolation and professional, empathetic and respectful ca


People experiencing homelessness in Slovakia face significant financial, bureaucratic, and psychological barriers to access health care. However, access to health care is key to retaining or regaining housing, employment, and social inclusion. EQUITA addresses this important gap in the system through its mobile health clinic and legislative advocacy. 


Our human-rights centred healthcare and advocacy programme is unique in Slovakia and directly addresses the most severe obstacles to healthcare access for people experiencing homelessness. Volunteer doctors, nurses, and medical students provide free professional care directly to clients. We also connect clients to social services and collect data to advocate for legislative changes to support homeless rights and healthcare access. 

Deležniki pri projektu

We work together with volunteer doctors, nurses, pharmacists, medical students, and a variety of volunteers – lawyers, economists, managers, and other professionals.  Our team works together directly with clients under the Lafranconi Bridge in the evenings twice a week and at the low-threshold EQUITA medical clinic on Wednesday mornings.


In the last 2 years, EQUITA provided more than 2,000 medical consultations and treatments, including providing vaccinations against viral hepatitis, influenza, and COVID-19.  EQUITA also tests and distributes protective equipment and manages our clients’ cases. EQUITA and its partners published a legal analysis of insurance debt policies and are part of expert ministry working groups focused on implementing strategic changes on homelessness. 


The project can be replicated in any city in the Slovak Republic with volunteer health professionals from the EQUITA network. EQUITA has also developed standardised processes that can be shared and used in trainings. The project can also serve people fleeing war; it is currently implemented at the department of foreign police in Bratislava.