Everywhere we operate, we promote and implement a model of sustainable healthcare.

Our work is made possible by hundreds of thousands of people who choose to participate because they believe in what we do, and in the principles and values that guide the organisation: independence, impartiality, humanity and neutrality.

What does it mean to be sustainable?

In all our projects, we collaborate with local authorities to define activities and training programmes for local staff. Our aim is to contribute to the growth and sustainability of national health systems, not to replace them. It is essential that governments not only share the objectives of but also support hospitals, including financially, to ensure effective hand-over in the future.

Sustainability means offering free, high-quality healthcare to victims of war, landmines and poverty by carrying out long-term projects. It means training local staff in the countries where we work until local authorities are able to manage and coordinate medical infrastructure and facilities and make EMERGENCY redundant.

Sustainability must always be tied up with other words, like equality, dignity, social responsibility, awareness and participation. This is, for us, what it means be sustainable.

Sustainability for EMERGENCY

Pietro Parrino, Director of EMERGENCY's Field Operations Department, explains the characteristics that distinguish our three methods of intervention.

Alessandro Bertani, EMERGENCY's Vice President, analyses the sustainability of humanitarian activity.

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