1. Executive summary
MORE THAN 160 CASUALTIES AFTER MASSIVE RAINFALL - TEN THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE HOMELESS
by Steffen Richter, 2017/05/29
by HRA, LKO, 2017/05/18
Since five years **humedica** is running a health project in the South of Ethiopia to improve the health care of the indigenous tribe of the Kara. The Kara, who live off agriculture in the remote area of the Omo river, have a life expectancy of only 43 years, which is way below the Ethiopian average. Diseases like fungal infections, diarrhoea or pneumonia are still claiming victims, even so they are relatively easily to treat. Often the patients suffer also from malaria, various infections and vitamin deficiency.
The undersigned international and national NGOs and respective NGO coordination fora welcome the fact that the international community, under the impetus of the EU, is convening in Brussels to address and respond to the Syria crisis.
Increasing number of refugees in the Horn of Africa
by LKO, 2017/02/03
There is not enough water, more and more cattle is dying and food supplies are already short: for years now it has not rained sufficiently in the Horn of Africa and the fear is growing that this will lead to a recurrence of the latest famine, which claimed the lives of 260.000 people in 2011.
New accommodations for the victims of the earthquake in Ecuador
by LKO, 2017/02/07
Shortly before seven o´clock of the 16th of April 2016, a severe earthquake caused panic among the people in Western Ecuador. The tremors of a Richter scale 7.8 resulted in hundreds of fatalities, ten thousands of casualties and as many destroyed and damaged houses.
RELIEF WORK IN NEPAL REMAINS IMPORTANT
Massive destruction in the north of the Philippines expected – Humedica organises first relief goods distributions
by LKO, 2016/10/20
When the typhoon “Haima” hit the Philippines, it moved at speeds of up to 315 kilometres an hour causing massive destruction in the North of the country. humedica reacted immediately and organised already the distribution of food packages for 1.000 affected families.
by Nora Parasie, 2016/08/23
Instead of relaxing and taking a rest from her teaching profession during her summer vacation, the Hamburg teacher Nora Parasie took off to what seemed like a different world: as a voluntary humedica intervention team member she went to the refugee camp Melkadida, situated approximately 6.000 km away at the Ethiopian-Somali border, to assist the local team in providing medical care for the people. In her following first report from Ethiopia she talks about what kind of adventures you have to expect when undertaking such a journey.
by BWO, 2016/08/19
Since August 2015 many thousands of refugees come to the vacation island of Lesbos in Greece. Hence the isle attracted international media attention, but still struggles to cope with the new challenges. humedica now assists to provide for the people in the camps.
One more step towards the return to a self-determined life: seed, water filters and cattle are both nutritional basis and earning opportunity in the rural areas of Nepal.
In April 2015 the people in Nepal experienced a tremendous destruction by an earthquake measuring 7,9 on the Richter scale. The rural areas outside the Nepalese capital Kathmandu were particularly hard hit, here the quakes destroyed up to 90 per cent of all buildings and took away all livelihood. Their basis of existence is to be restored by targeted measures.
Mudslides, endless raining and innumerable destroyed houses: this May Sri Lanka had once more to face heavy floods, which caused acute emergency for hundreds of thousands of people. While some of the victims only lost parts of their possessions, others lost all of it due to the surging water. Thousands of families were left with nothing from one day to the next.
The heaviest rainfalls since the quarter of a century have stricken Sri Lanka. Their consequences are severe landslides and widespread flooding, which already caused the deaths of hundreds of people according to unofficial estimates. humedica immediately prepared an emergency mission, implemented by its subsidiary organisation humedica Int. Lanka. German medical teams will join in if the situation escalates further.
SEVERE EARTHQUAKE IN ECUADOR
There has been a heavy earthquake Saturday night in Ecuador, one of the poorest countries of Latin America. According to official sources the tremors reached 7.8 on the Richter scale and occurred only 19 kilometres below ground. humedica immediately set off alarm and will send out an intervention team this very Monday morning.
SITUATION IN IDOMENI DETERIORATED FURTHER LAST WEEKEND
by Steffen Richter, 2016/04/11
Start of the outbound return to Turkey, immensely challenging conditions, lack of prospects: unfortunately the situation in the unofficial refugee camp Idomeni at the Greek-Macedonian border has further deteriorated since Sunday last week. Again and again direct confrontations between security guards and refugees erupted, tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades were used.
Deteriorating situation for more than 10.000 people
by Steffen Richter, 2016/03/31
In the light of the ever worsening situation in Idomeni humedica decided to extend its medical support. This Thursday afternoon a five-person team will leave the Allgäu Airport Memmingen to travel via Skopje to the Greek Macedonian border.
by LKO, 2016/02/27
In our article series on El Niño we already dealt with the question what this climate phenomenon exactly is. We also had the opportunity to talk to the climate expert Mojib Latif about his forecast on possible consequences of this phenomenon.
by Sebastian Schilling/LKO, 2016/02/09
Sebastian Schilling acts as coordinator for humedica in Nepal and organises on site the planning and implementation of the relief measures after the severe earthquake last year. He is particularly concerned with the topic reconstruction:
Reconstruction is in full progress
„Nine months have passed since the earth in Nepal shook. Many people were injured or lost their lives in the ruins. At the same time the catastrophe destroyed about a million houses and drove innumerable people into homelessness.
by Daniel Warkentin/LKO, 2016/02/04
Since nearly four years now humedica regularly sends intervention teams to the South of Ethiopia to provide essential medical care for the members of the Kara tribe, which lives very secluded. Recently, nurse Daniel Warkentin from Rengsdorf was part of the team. His review illustrates what kind of challenges such an intervention far away from any civilisation may involve.
In between adventure and assignment