All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights (Art. 1).
Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care (Art. 25).
In accordance with The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Paris, December 10th, 1948), EMERGENCY recognizes the “right to be cured” as a basic and inalienable human right.
EMERGENCY works to implement Human Rights based Health Projects, according to the principles of equality, quality and social responsibility (EQS).
EQUALITY - Every human being has the right to be cured regardless his economic and social condition, gender, race, language, religion and opinions. Standards of health care, set by the progress of medical knowledge, should be delivered equally and without discrimination to all patients.
QUALITY - Quality systems are based on community’s needs, up to date with the achievements of medical science, and not oriented, shaped or determined by lobbies and corporations involved in the health industry. Quality systems strengthen and generate human and material resources.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY - Governments should have the health and well being of their citizens as their priority, and allocate adequate human and financial resources.
The services provided by Health Systems and humanitarian projects in the health sector must be free of charge for all.
These principles inspired an international workshop involving the Ministers of Health of eight African countries in May 2008 in Venice, Italy, sponsored by EMERGENCY. During the workshop, a Manifesto for a Human rights based medicine was created agreeing to claim equal access for all to medicine, respecting and adhering to the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Manifesto has been undersigned so far by representatives of Sudan, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic, Uganda and Eritrea.
More recently, in April 2009, EMERGENCY held a second two day international workshop on the island of San Servolo, Venice. Adding to the eight countries which took part in the workshop the previous year, this years conference saw the participation of a ninth country, Chad. The participating Countries agreed on working at the creation of an African Network of Medical Excellence, to provide medical and surgical care at the highest standards and free of charge on a regional basis.