A shipload of hope, a truck full of happiness: humedica-support projects reach several hundred thousands a year

by Steffen Richter/ RBU, 2009/09/17

Disasters always fascinate us. Their fast and intense media coverage ensures that our interest is kept high and evokes our compassion. Thanks to the support of many excellently-trained helpers, humedica is able to react very fast in disaster situations and provide urgently-needed help.

But what happens in those countries where human beings die silently? Where no single sequence has ever been recorded by a video camera? Where poverty and misery reign and nobody seems to listen?

Hermann Schäffler mobilizes all his strength to make relief supplies ready for transport. Foto: humedica.

This was the origin, the starting point of humedica: in 1979, Dieter and Wolfgang Groß started their involvement in support projects; up to this day this has been one of the most important sectors of humedica’s work. The term “support projects” describes all deliveries of relief items that are needed for the medium- and long-term realization of projects and are transported accordingly.

Fully-loaded ship containers and trucks, the cargo capacity of which is exploited to the full. Or, in other words: shiploads of hope and trucks full of happiness. This is exactly how these large deliveries are experienced by their recipients.

Support projects: Support in silence
At present, projects in 45 partner countries are being supported through the delivery of a broad range of relief items: medical drugs, bandage material, cleaning agents and care products, material for hospitals, food items; the packing lists of many ship containers and dozens of trucks are long and request intense preparations.

This is also because tariff regulations differ in the various recipient countries. The humedica–team in charge, led by Andrea Trautmann and Hermann Schäffler, knows all those regulations and provides for a perfect organization. Together with the management board, they decide whether a delivery will reach its destination by ship, overland or by plane.

In our in-house medicine store room everything is controlled, sorted and packaged for transport. Foto: humedica

Almost all relief items are donated by companies and institutions. Especially the German pharmaceutical industries have been involved in our aid measures through generous donations of medicines.

Thanks to our in-house medicine store room, humedica can react promptly to many requests from its project countries. Four full-time as well as eight temporary staff members take care of the sorting, storing, packaging and dispatch of the medicines.

For this purpose, we rely on a self-developed software, which enables us to meticulously track a delivery on its way from the donor to the recipient. Severe controls guarantee that the drugs are used in the correct way.

In addition, certain medicines like, for instance, psychotropic drugs are controlled and administered to people in the partner countries only by well-trained personnel. Compliance with these strict regulations is checked on by humedica–staff members. .

The extent of the humedica–support projects can be well-described as “large”: By the end of September, relief supplies to the value of 1.8 Mio Euro will have left our warehouse. This kind of specific aid will make life easier for hundreds of thousands, maintain the lives of many and ensure a better future for all of the recipients.

Andrea Trautmann, who is in charge of the support projects–sector, repeatedly makes sure that relief supplies are used responsibly in the projects; in this case in Zimbabwe. Foto: humedica

Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Peru, Romania or North Korea: humedica relief items reach people directly and change their situation immediately. This efficient form of help can be set in motion quickly and does really meet people’s needs.

We can help because you enable us to help. In 2008, our support projects comprised of 366 tons of relief supplies. Transport costs were 62 cents per kilogramme of goods at average while the actual value of one kilogramme was 24 Euros at average.

humedica would like to ask its friends and supporters as well as visitors of this website for their further support for the coverage of transport costs in the form of a targeted donation:

      humedica e. V.
       Reference "Transport costs"
       Account 47 47
       Bank code 734 500 00
       Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

or donate online via the following link. Heartfelt thanks for any kind of support.

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