EMERGENCY provides healthcare to those who would have little or no access to it otherwise: those most in need. They believe that everyone should have access to life-saving treatment, which is why the medical care that they provide is always free-of-charge and of the highest standard.
EMERGENCY doesn’t discriminate: they guarantee treatment to anyone that needs it regardless of their religion, ethnicity, gender, background or political opinion. Their approach goes beyond the provision of only primary healthcare:
EMERGENCY build and renovate healthcare facilities in countries affected by conflict, whose health systems have often been weakened by war and lack of investment. They want to sustainably contribute to the livelihoods of local communities by helping to rebuild local healthcare infrastructure. That’s why they transfer complete control of our facilities to local health authorities once they achieve operational independence.
In EMERGENCY hospitals they give great importance to the training of local doctors, nurses, and midwives. For EMERGENCY, providing sustainable healthcare means training medical and non-medical staff who can continue to provide free, high-quality healthcare after they leave. Their objective is to hand over our hospitals to national staff and authorities once they become self-sustaining. That’s why EMERGENCY employs local people, those with disabilities or from disadvantaged social groups in particular, in every hospital and clinic. They also run vocational training programmes for individuals who have been injured or left without social and financial support due to war.
EMERGENCY impacts the communities where it works in multiple ways. By building hospitals and training medical staff, they create sustainable healthcare infrastructures that will continue to function once they hand over their projects to national staff and local authorities. This approach helps to contribute to the strengthening of national healthcare systems and to the empowerment of local individuals.
EMERGENCY also reach vulnerable communities who would otherwise have no access to healthcare. Their patients include those who have been injured by war, those who have fled from war and those who are too poor to pay for private healthcare – which is often the only option available in low-income countries and in countries affected by or recovering from conflict.
Every day EMERGENCY deals with the destruction and suffering caused by war. For this reason, EMERGENCY has always been committed to promoting a culture of peace not only in the countries where our medical and surgical projects are based, but everywhere in the world.
In 1994 EMERGENCY led a campaign against antipersonnel landmines, which led to the Italian government’s prohibition of their construction in Italy. In 2002 EMERGENCY, together with other organisations, launched a campaign against the imminent invasion of Iraq, and did the same in 2001 against the war in Afghanistan. And everyday through their work theu promote peace, by speaking out against war and by declaring our facilities weapon-free zones.
EMERGENCY reject the use of violence, terrorism and war as instruments to resolve disputes between individuals, peoples and nations. They want a world based on social justice, solidarity, reciprocal respect, dialogue, and on the equal distribution of resources.