We have been treating a person every two minutes. Since 1994.
EMERGENCY is an independent and neutral Italian organisation founded in 1994 to provide free and high-quality medical and surgical care to victims of wars, anti-personnel mines and poverty.
EMERGENCY promotes a culture of peace, solidarity and respect for human rights.
Our humanitarian and cultural commitment is possible thanks to the contributions of thousands of volunteers and supporters who choose to support us.
We believe that the right to care is a fundamental human right, so we want a healthcare based on:
Every human being has the right to be treated regardless of their economic and social condition, sex, ethnicity, language, religion and opinions. The best healthcare made possible by progress and medical science must be equally available without discrimination to all patients.
High quality health systems must be based on everyone’s needs and be adapted to the advancement of medical science. They can not be oriented, structured or determined by power groups or companies involved in the health industry.
Governments must prioritize the health and well-being of their citizens, and devote the necessary human and economic resources to this end. The services provided by national healthcare systems and humanitarian projects in health care must be free of charge and accessible to everyone.
FREE, HIGH-QUALITY HEALTHCARE
We offer free, high-quality medical and surgical care to victims of wars, anti-personnel mines and poverty.
HUMAN RIGHTS BASED MEDICINE
The right to be treated is a fundamental and inalienable right of all, without any discrimination
SPREADING A CULTURE OF PEACE
We have actively promoted a culture of peace, solidarity and respect for human rights since our birth.
We see the horrors of war every day, we cure them, we talk about them. But our goal is to abolish it.
How we operate
All EMERGENCY facilities are designed, built and run by specialized international personnel, who provide training for local staff. We strongly believe that healthcare should be a basic human right; therefore EMERGENCY:
- Offers completely free of charge medical and surgical care
- Guarantees treatment to anyone in need of assistance, without any discrimination as to race, colour, sex, religion, social origin or political opinion
- Provides high quality assistance
- Trains national staff thoroughly, with the intent of handing over all the health facilities to the local health authorities as soon as self-sustainability can be achieved
Every year we publish a report on the progress of our humanitarian programmes, complete with extensive descriptions of each structure, patient care information, fundraising data, and how to participate in our activities.
EMERGENCY is an acknowledged non-profit NGO.
We are recognized as NGOs by the United Nations – Department of Public Information and we are part of the Economic and Social Council as an Associate in the Special Consultative Status.