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.
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.
RELIEF WORK IN NEPAL REMAINS IMPORTANT
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.
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 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
EPILEPSY AND LIFE ON THE RUN
Chronic diseases such as diabetes, epilepsy or hypertension are a great challenge for affected persons worldwide. If the home of the patients is not the Western part of the world, where good medical care is provided, but a poor refugee camp in Africa, this challenge can quickly become a fight for survival.
by Sebastian Schilling, 2015/10/07
Laughing children running across a school yard, happy faces watching a puppet show, boys and girls singing and dancing out of joy – these are not pictures you would currently expect from Nepal, which had been badly scarred by a major earth quake this spring.
by Steffen Richter, 2015/04/25
After a heavy earthquake has happened in the metropolis region Kathmandu, Nepal, humedica is sending a medical field team, which is starting from Frankfurt on Sunday morning.
Given the alarming proportions of the earthquake with a strength of 7.9 on the Richter scale, it must be feared that thousands of people have been injured seriously. On Saturday evening, Nepalese official sources numbered the death toll to more than one thousand. Moreover, the infrastructure in the metropolis region Kathmandu has been heavily destroyed.
by Lina Koch, 2014/12/16
The Syrian refugees’ life circumstances in Lebanon are still alarming. Two concerns have even become more serious these weeks than they have been during the rest of the year: the oncoming winter and the insufficient care for chronically ill people are specially challenging for the helping humedica teams and are urging for action.
Facing winter without any protection
THE HUMEDICA AID MEASURES AFTER THE TSUNAMI 2004
by Lina Koch, 2014/12/26
It happened exactly ten years ago, on December 26th, when one of the strongest earthquakes ever measured in the Indian Ocean provoked a row of devastating tsunamis. What followed was one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of the modern era: 230,000 people lost their lives in the floods, 110,000 were injured, 1.7 million inhabitants of the coastline were without any shelter. These numbers and facts seem unreal, in reality however, they have involved countless painful fates.
by Lina Koch, 2014/05/05
Nearly a decade of effective and elaborate help comes to its successful end: humedica closes the sponsorship program Sri Lanka and, once again, lets numerous families go into their newly acquired independence. Join us in a review of the past years, learn about the beginnings, about the different kinds of help that have been realized and why the sponsorship program can now be closed under the best premises.
How everything started – the answer to the catastrophe
About four years ago, extensive floods in the North-West of Pakistan destroyed the livelihood of millions of people. As they have lived on cattle breeding and agriculture, the population of the concerned regions was suddenly facing ruin. Many of them are still dependent on help from outside.
by Tatjana Bojarski/LKO, 2014/01/23
After a catastrophe, not only the people directly concerned by it find themselves in an unusual and straining situation, but also the first humedica relief teams. Important questions concerning the current situation in the disaster region or concerning a potential accommodation on site can often only be answered vaguely or not at all.
by Sabine Rösch/MZE
As a neighbor of Syria, which has been destroyed by the civil war, the small state of Lebanon continues welcoming as many Syrian refugees as no other country in the world. The camps supervised by humedica are overcrowded as well. Moreover, they are affected by need, cold and insecurity, that is the reason why the work of the active help organizations here represents a small, warming light in the dark. During his visit to the camp, the German ambassador Christian Clages gains an interesting insight into the work of humedica.
Organization has taken over “mother of mercy” hospital – mobile team reaches surrounding area – supply situation improved
Meanwhile, 14 medically trained people, amongst them eleven doctors, and seven coordinators are working for the humedica disaster operation on the Philippines. And even if the general situation has improved a bit, the helpers are needed urgently.