About us

Medici per i diritti umani

Who we are

Medici per i Diritti Umani – MEDU (Doctors for Human Rights – Italy) is a democratic and no profit organization independent of political, trade union, religious and ethnic affiliations. Medici per i Diritti Umani was founded by a group of doctors, mid-wives and others volunteers coming from a previous humanitarian experience with the organization Médecins du Monde. MEDU firmly believes in the strategic value of working in a net with other organizations at a national and international level on themes of health, promotion and protection of human rights. Significance results can only be achieved by a mobilization and coordination of the civil society. MEDU is a member of the IFHHRO (the International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organizations).


MEDU supports the right to health by the implementation of health projects for the benefit of most vulnerable populations. Health care and bearing witness on human rights are the core of MEDU’s action. MEDU’s action of bearing witness is based on its medical practice.

Medici per i Diritti Umani is a humanitarian and international solidarity association with the mission of:

bringing health assistance to the most vulnerable population in the situations of crisis;

promoting the voluntary commitment of doctors and other health professionals, as well as citizens and professionals of other branches indispensable for its actions;

developing inside the civil society democratic and participative spaces for promotion and protection of the right to health and the other human rights;

supporting cooperation initiatives aimed to bring out the role of local partners and to make the people protagonist of their own development.

Medici per i Diritti Umani, starting from the medical practice and in total independence:

points out the risks of crisis and the threats for the health and the dignity with the goal of contributing in their prevention,

looks for the cooperation of other partners to realize solidarity actions beyond the health line,

denounces and bears witness on the violations of human rights and, in particular, on the exclusion from the right to health,

develops new approaches and practices in public health, based on the respect of human dignity and of the different cultures of the people,

commits itself to maintain a relation of total transparency with its donors.


The right to health along with other human rights should be for everyone not just for a privileged few.

Focus areas

Medici per i Diritti Umani is currently involved in national and international programs. Our projects in Italy are developed with a specific attention to the most vulnerable sector of the population excluded from access to health care.

registered office:
Via dei Zeno, 10
00176 Roma


Via dei Zeno, 10
00176 Roma
tel. e fax 06/97844892 cell. 334/3929765

Via Monsignor Leto Casini, 11
50135 Firenze
tel. 335/1853361

membership groups:
responsabile: Piero Gorza (Torino)
tel. 339/8584926
email: pierogo@tin.it