We are fortunate to ‘down tools’ and take some holiday time with family and friends at the end of the year. It’s not the same situation for the teams at EMERGENCY who continue to provide healthcare, improve human rights and address inequality in some of the most disrupted countries on Earth.
From new facilities in Afghanistan and Yemen, to other longstanding projects continuing to be crucial to the healthcare systems in Sudan, Sierra Leone and Iraq, EMERGENCY provides real impacts in the real world.
Afghanistan, for example, may no longer be on the front pages but the situation in the country is “uncertain and precarious,” says EMERGENCY’s Country Director, Marco Puntin. “The economic crisis is affecting people that are already on their knees: prices of essential goods are going up. People are in danger of starving to death.
“There seems to be no possibility for peace or respite for the people of this country. After an initial calm following the change of regime, attacks are on the increase. In both Kabul and Lashkar-Gah, many of the patients we receive are victims of the landmines that litter the Afghan landscape.
The fiercest points of the conflict (in August) had us worried and frightened; we did not know what was going to happen to us. In the event, however, none of our colleagues, including women, have yet been prevented from going in to work at our facilities. The country’s new government know all about our work, because EMERGENCY has been treating people in need here for over 20 years.
Our hospitals remained open even at the most punishing times;throughout the siege in Lashkar-Gah, while Kabul was being taken, and in Panjshir in spite of the offensive there.”
EMERGENCY provides free, high-quality healthcare to victims of war, poverty and landmines, alongside building hospitals and training local medical staff. Founded in 1994, EMERGENCY has treated over 11 million people in 19 different countries and currently operates in Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Italy, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Uganda, and Yemen.
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