We have met too many migrant families stuck in Mexico who are in need of urgent medical attention but do not have the means of accessing it. As COHI does not currently have medical volunteers based in Matamoros, we have decided to start a Medical Care Fund that works to cover the healthcare costs of those in urgent need. We firmly believe that healthcare is a human right, no matter the context.
The current administration's Remain in Mexico policy, along with the recent announcement of the refugee admissions ceiling for 2020, has meant a huge shift in the situation at the border - with many more families forced to pass through other points of entry, or even remain stranded on the Mexican side of the border. As a rapid response organization, COHI is always committed to implementing programming that aligns with the reality at hand.
That's why we're expanding our programming to work with refugees on both sides of the border. We're supporting the Asylum Seeker Network of Support (ASNS), an organization that works in Matamoros, Mexico to provide legal and health services to asylum seekers and refugees throughout the asylum process. As COHI does not currently have medical volunteers based in Matamoros, we have decided to start a Medical Care Fund that works to cover the healthcare costs of those in urgent need.
As the situation at the border continues to be volatile and unpredictable, COHI remains committed to providing care that is dynamic and flexible. That's why we're excited to be beginning a fund that provides direct and timely responses to urgent problems. Join us in our expanded efforts to keep asylum seekers healthy and safe.