- Emergency (NGO)
"Emergency" is a humanitarian NGO that provides emergency medical treatment to
civilianvictims of war, especially in relation to landmines. It was founded by war surgeon Gino Stradain 1994in Milan( Italy).
Gino Strada and the other founders of "Emergency" aimed to bring free, high-quality medical and surgical assistance to
warvictims. Over time, their humanitarian projects assumed a broader view, including giving human rights to those who suffer the social consequences from wars. Emergency promotes a culture of peace and solidarity.
"Emergency" strives for neutrality in every war; its aim is to guarantee the right of free medical assistance to the population affected by a war. Today "Emergency" is active in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Sudan and Sri Lanka. "Emergency"’s humanitarian projects usually involve construction, support, and operation of permanent hospitals. However, "Emergency" has also given short-term emergency assistance to existing hospitals in areas with a critical need for temporary care by providing specialized personnel, drugs or instruments. These short-term projects have included Algeria, Angola, Eritrea, Nicaragua, Palestine and Serbia. To date, more than 2.3 million people have received care from "Emergency" health centers.
How "Emergency" operates
"Emergency" begins operations in a specific region or country based on two major factors: the real need of specialized medical assistance from the local population, and the absence of similar humanitarian projects in that given country. Once a project starts, specialized international personnel construct and operate high-quality surgical centers for war and landmines victims, as well as physical and social rehabilitation centers, first aid posts, and health centers for basic medical assistance. "Emergency" also deals with crippling and endemic diseases like polio and malaria and it provides basic health care, not only for war-torn areas, but also for high poverty regions; it also helps the set up of social development projects. "Emergency" strives to foster cooperation with and provide professional training to the local personnel, so that eventually the facilities run independently.
"Emergency" has operated in many war-torn zones, including
Afghanistan, Cambodia, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Sri Lankaand Sudan. The organization has a policy to build hospitals on both sides of a conflict rather than supporting one or the other; for example, during the Afghan war between the Talibans and the various mujahideenfactions of the Afghan Northern Alliance, hospital were built in Kabuland in Anabah, in the Pansheervalley.
In view of the high incidence of heart disease in African countries and the lack of health care facilities of adequate standards, "Emergency" built a specialized heart surgery center in Khartoum, Sudan. The aim of this project is to establish a regional center for cardiac surgery, serving the people of Sudan and the nine bordering countries: Egypt, Libya, Chad, the Central African Republic, Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Promoting the culture of peace
In today's wars more than 90% of the victims are civilians, thus "Emergency" is promoting a new culture of peace. Its vision is to eradicate war from the modern world. Towards this aim, thousands of volunteers in Europe and in the United States promote and organize conferences, meetings, debates and events on the topics of peace, solidarity and civil rights.
* [http://www.emergency.it/index.php?ln=En Home page of Emergency]
* [http://www.emergencyusa.org/ Home page of Emergency USA]
* Gino Strada, "Green Parrots: A War Surgeon's Diary", Charta, 2005, ISBN 978-8881585243
* Howard Zinn, "Just War", Charta, 2006, ISBN 978-8881585724
* Gino Strada, "Pappagalli verdi - Cronache di un chirurgo di guerra", Feltrinelli, 1999, ISBN 88-07-17032-9
* Gino Strada, "Buskashì - Viaggio dentro la guerra", Feltrinelli, 2002, ISBN 88-07-17069-8
Giulietto Chiesa, Vauro, "Afghanistan anno zero", Guerini e Associati, 2001, ISBN 88-8335-242-4
* Emergency, "Medici di guerra - Inviati di pace", Guerini e Associati, 2002, ISBN 88-8335-319-6
* Vauro, "Principessa di Baghdad", Guerini e Associati, 2003, ISBN 88-8335-432-X
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Emergency (disambiguation) — An emergency is a situation requiring urgent assistance.Emergency may also refer to:Medicine* Emergency department, facility providing urgent initial medical treatment * Emergency (NGO), Italian NGO mainly helping civilian victims of… … Wikipedia
Emergency Management Information System — (EMIS) is a computer database for disaster response that provides graphical, real time information to responders. [ cite web|url=http://www.giswebsite.com/lkc/refs/er/tsld001.htm |title=What is an Emergency Management Information System (EMIS)?… … Wikipedia
Emergency shelter — Emergency shelters are places (such as Najidah ) for people to live temporarily when they can t live in their previous residence, similar to homeless shelters. The main difference is that an emergency shelter typically specializes in people… … Wikipedia
Emergency management — Accident preparedness redirects here. For Safety related articles, see Safety. Disaster preparedness redirects here. For other articles related to disaster preparedness, see Category:Disaster preparedness. Emergency management is the generic name … Wikipedia
Emergency Health Services Management — Der Begriff Rettungsdienstmanagement wird heute zum Teil für Führungs und Leitungsaufgaben im Rettungsdienst verwendet. Dabei wird nicht mehr zwischen einer administrativen und operativen bzw. geschäftsführenden und operativen Leitung… … Deutsch Wikipedia
NGO — abbr. non governmental organization. * * * noun an organization that is not part of the local or state or federal government • Syn: ↑nongovernmental organization • Hypernyms: ↑organization, ↑organisation • Hyponyms: ↑Alcoholics Anonymo … Useful english dictionary
Arrest and assassination of Ngo Dinh Diem — The arrest and assassination of Ngo Dinh Diem, then president of South Vietnam, marked the culmination of a successful CIA backed coup d état led by General Duong Van Minh in November 1963. On the morning of November 2, 1963, Diem and his adviser … Wikipedia
Saint Lucia National Emergency Management Organisation — Saint Lucia s National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) is responsible for disaster preparedness and disaster response co ordination.HistoryDisaster Management, though called by numerous names over the years has manifested… … Wikipedia
BRAC (NGO) — Infobox Non profit Non profit name = BRAC Non profit Non profit type = Non profit foundation = 1972 location = Dhaka, Bangladesh key people = Fazle Hasan Abed, founder industry = International Development products = Microfinance Education Health… … Wikipedia
Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency — Afet ve Acil Durum Yönetimi Başkanlığı (AFAD) Agency overview Formed 2009 Jurisdiction Government of Turkey Headquarters Dumlupınar Bulvarı No: 159 (Eskişehir Yolu 9. Km) Çankaya Ankara … Wikipedia