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06 Nov 2018 description

On 4 November 2018 in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of EMERGENCY’s Maternity Hospital in Panjshir, Anabah, an outbreak of an unknown and as yet not determined origin was registered.

Twelve newborns, who were already in a critical condition and on antibiotic therapy, passed away due to what presented itself as sepsis.

EMERGENCY immediately informed the health authorities regarding the ongoing outbreak and involved an external private laboratory in Kabul to carry out microbiological tests. EMERGENCY will communicate the results as soon as they are available.

24 Mar 2018 description

The death toll of this morning’s suicide bombing in Kabul amounts to at least 26, according to the Afghan Ministry of the Interior.

Yesterday, on 20 March, was ‘Nowruz’, the Persian New Year; today, near the Sakhi Shrine, in the western part of the Afghan capital, hundreds of people had gathered to celebrate. The explosion occurred near the University.

13 victims were taken to EMERGENCY’s Surgical Centre in Kabul: 10 were admitted, 3 had already passed away.

02 Feb 2018 description

Kabul. An explosion near the government’s former Ministry of the Interior building caused more deaths in the Afghan capital just a few days after the attack at the Intercontinental Hotel.

78 wounded were to the EMERGENCY hospital so far, 12 already dead on arrival.

“It’s a massacre,” says Dejan Panic, EMERGENCY Programme Coordinator in Afghanistan.

The attack happened a few hundred meters from our hospital.

31 May 2017 description

Kabul car bombing: 69 injured hospitalised at the EMERGENCY Surgery Hospital.

This morning, at 8:30 am, Kabul was hit by yet another attack: a car bomb explosion, at a time when the streets were very crowded, has caused tens of deaths and hundreds of wounded in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, the embassy area.

The EMERGENCY Hospital, a few hundred yards away, has accommodated 69 wounded, 8 dead on arrival. The A&E ward is still full of patients. The hospital also suffered some damage, but our staff are fine and they are working tirelessly to assist the injured.

01 Feb 2017 description

As the conflict in Mosul, Iraq, intensifies and the humanitarian crisis worsens, EMERGENCY has started working since January 15 on the Emergency Hospital, in cooperation with Iraqi Kurdistan's Health department. The hospital is a surgical centre in Erbil, in the north of the country. The facility guarantees medical assistance to victims of the conflict.

06 Jun 2016 description

6th June 2016

A joint operation by EMERGENCY NGO, humanitarian organisation which provides medical care, and Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) is leaving Malta today aboard the Topaz Responder, a search and rescue vessel which will patrol the world's deadliest migrant crossing: the central Mediterranean.

30 Oct 2015 description

European Union - EMERGENCY ONG ONLUS : Promoting Health and Education for children in Western Area Rural District, Sierra Leone

05 Jan 2015 description

A recent article on the British newspaper The Guardian, (The Guardian, Monday 22 December, 2014) reported several groundless conjectures, lies and unverified information about Emergency's work in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone. Some of these unsubstantiated accusations have also been written by the same group of NHS doctors as a response to a BMJ article (http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g7198/rapid-responses) and have been reported in an article on Aljazeera website.

30 Dec 2014 description

On the 28th December, the first Ebola patient treated in Africa with the experimental drug ZMAb has been discharged from the Ebola Treatment Centre run by EMERGENCY NGO in Goderich, Sierra Leone.

A.M., 72 years old, had been admitted 2 weeks ago in very critical conditions.
The ZMAb used for A. M. had been requested by the Ministry of Health of Sierra Leone to treat dr. Victor Willoughby, a leading doctor in the country. Dr. Willoughby, unfortunately died as soon as the drug arrived in country.

24 Nov 2014 description

An EMERGENCY NGO doctor who works at the Ebola Treatment Centre in Lakka, in Sierra Leone, has developed the symptoms of Ebola. In accordance with the Ministry of Health and the Foreign Office, his medical evacuation to Italy has been arranged. The doctor is in good general condition, and will be leaving Sierra Leone today so he can be treated at the Istituto Spallanzani in Rome.

03 Oct 2014 description

A member of EMERGENCY's international staff has contracted the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone. The patient is a Ugandan paediatrician who works at EMERGENCY's Centre for treatment of Ebola patients in Lakka, in the area around the capital Freetown.

He has begun the treatment at the Lakka Centre and his overall conditions are stable. He has been transferred today to Germany to continue the treatment.

23 Sep 2014 description

Ebola: Emergency NGO opens a treatment centre in Sierra Leone

Emergency doctors and nurses are already working round-the-clock at the Ebola treatment centre opened just 4 days ago in Lakka, in Sierra Leone.

So far, the centre has taken in 10 patients, and 2 suspect cases are on their way now from the province of Pujehun.

Don Emanuel, the Spanish priest brought to the Emergency centre last Friday, was taken back to his country this morning. He's in a critical condition.

29 Aug 2014 description

In Northern Iraq the emergency continues. There are 700,000 evacuees by now and the local Kurdish authorities are unable to meet the needs of the constantly increasing flow of refugees on their own.

The evacuees - recently primarily Iraqi Christians and Yazidis - are fleeing from combat and IS violence which has pushed all the way to within the borders between the Kurdish region and the central Baghdad government.

22 Aug 2014 description

According to the latest report from the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health, 783 cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the country, 20 in Freetown alone.

Despite this, EMERGENCY's surgical centre and paediatric centre were the only fully functional health facilities in the area in and around the capital.

The local paediatric hospital, Ola During Children Hospital, is closed; the Connaught Hospital is operating erratically due to the absence of medical personnel, frightened by the spreading infection and afraid of catching the virus.

13 Aug 2014 description

Today an EMERGENCY NGO ambulance was caught in the middle of the fighting in the Tagab district, in the north-east province of Kapisa. The driver of the ambulance, our Afghan colleague Hamza Khan, was wounded by gunfire and died. The ambulance was on its way to EMERGENCY's First Aid Post in Tagab, where numerous patients wounded in the violent clashes over the past hours had been taken, to help transport the patients to our surgical centre in Kabul.

05 Aug 2014 description

326 war patients treated in our Kabul hospital last July, highest number recorded since 1999

In July, we treated 326 patients for war wounds at our Kabul hospital: more than 10 per day.

It's the highest number recorded in our Afghanistan hospitals since 1999. 602 more patients with war wounds were also treated in our Kabul OPD in the same month.

29 Jan 2014 description

The nomination of the President last week seemed to have a positive effect on general safety conditions, but within the past few days the level of violence has soared again: armed skirmishes and looting are now daily occurrences in every part of the city.

The war between armed groups has triggered outbreaks of violence even amongst civilians: there are lynchings in the streets, and cars blocked for no reason by men armed with machetes and cudgels.

16 Jan 2013 description

This morning a car bomb exploded in Kabul, near the National Directorate of Security's facilities. One attacker died during the explosion, four others were killed during shootings with the police.

Three civilians died in the attack, twenty-seven have been injured. Ten of them have been transferred to EMERGENCY's Surgical Centre for war victims. None of them is in life-threatening conditions.

16 Apr 2012 description

April 16. Twenty-seven victims of yesterday's attacks in Kabul - which ended only today in the morning - were brought to EMERGENCY's Surgical Centre. Four Afghan soldiers were dead on arrival; fifteen injured people have been operated - one of them, who arrived in critical conditions, died during the intervention; eight, with lesser wounds, were treated in the Opd.

15 Dec 2011 description

Today, at 4 PM, we received confirmation that Francesco Azzarà was released.

Francesco had been kidnapped on 14th of August in Nyala, South Darfur, where he was working as a logistician at EMERGENCY Ngo's Paediatric centre.