EMERGENCY impacts the communities where it works in multiple ways. By building hospitals and training medical staff, we create sustainable healthcare infrastructure that will continue once we hand over our projects to national staff and local authorities. This approach helps contribute to the strengthening of national healthcare systems and to the empowerment of local individuals.
We also reach vulnerable communities who would otherwise have no access to healthcare. Our patients include those who have been injured by war, those who have fled from war and those who are too poor to pay for private healthcare – which is often the only option available in low-income countries, in countries in conflict, and in those recovering from war.
Nothing demonstrates EMERGENCY’s impact better than our patients’ and national staff members’ stories.
‘I am specialising in gynaecology at EMERGENCY Maternity Centre in Anabah, Afghanistan. I am in my fourth and last year of the programme, which has been recognised by the Afghan Ministry of Health. I learn a lot, I’m gaining a lot of experience, and thanks to my daily work with the international staff my skills are always improving. Most importantly, I’m helping a lot of people; many women who wouldn’t have other possibilities to give birth safely. I’m helping my country.’
Zunia, Gynaecologist at EMERGENCY’s Maternity Centre in Anabah, Afghanistan
The two women you can see happily smiling in this photo are Monjama and Salatu. In this picture, you can see them being discharged from our Ebola Treatment Centre in Lakka, in Sierra Leone. After days of isolation and treatment, with the fear of not pulling through, they can finally leave and go back home. They can go back to their lives.
‘I’d love to work with EMERGENCY, here in Lakka’ said Monjama, who lives close to the Centre.
In this picture taken by EMERGENCY UK trustee and renowned photographer Giles Duley you can see Weddy and Eunice from Kenya. Both had heart valve replacements at EMERGENCY’s Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery, Sudan. The absence of facilities equipped to provide adequate prevention and treatment makes rheumatic fever the leading cause of cardiovascular diseases observed in children and teenagers in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in the age group 5 to 15 years. Current estimates for cardiovascular diseases in Africa stand at 300,000 deaths every year. 61% of patients admitted to the Salam Centre are under the age of 26. The Salam Centre is the only specialised hospital providing completely free cardiac surgery in Africa.