humedica board member in Africa for talks

by Lothar Rühl/SRI,  2009/11/26

humedica-board member Georg Müller has established contacts with statesmen in Africa. As part of a delegation from the Stiftung Grundwerte und Völkerverständigung (Foundation for Fundamental Values and International Understanding), board member Müller participated in a trip to Togo, Benin, the Republic of Kongo and the Democratic Republic of Kongo.

Togo’s president, Faure Gnassingbé (right) inducted Rudolf Decker, Georg Müller and Andreas Jahn into the Togolese Legion of Honour (from right to left). Foto: humedica/private

Other members of the delegation were the former member of the parliament of Baden-Württemberg and chairman of the foundation, Rudolf Decker (Böblingen) as well as his deputy, Andreas Jahn. At regular intervals, the foundation invites ambassadors residing in Berlin, German politicians and association members to prayer-breakfast meetings.

In the four Central and West African countries, the group of three Germans was received by high-ranking statesmen. They had talks with the president of the Republic of Benin, Thomas Boni Yayi as well as with the president of Togo, Faure Gnassingbé.

Also with the former vice president of the Republic of Kongo, Azarias Ruberwa. By Gnassingbé, the German visitors were received like state guests, with a military band. Additionally, he inducted Decker, Müller and Jahn into the Togolese Legion of Honour.

In all the four countries, humedica has carried out relief operations in the past. One topic of conversation was the countries’ health policy, a topic that Müller, Decker and Jahn also discussed with the health ministers and other representatives of the health authorities.

The ministers asked Müller to convey their greetings as well as an invitation to their countries to the new federal health minister of Germany, Philipp Rösler (FDP). Müller pointed out that the African countries were facing other challenges than the European countries. In the Democratic Republic of Kongo, the average life expectancy were 51 years and 40 percent of the population were under 18.

Georg Müller runs his own medical practice near the Hessian small town of Wetzlar. Foto: humedica/private

There were only 450 hospitals existing in the country with a population of 56.5 Mio. Togo had just one doctor per 11.000 inhabitants. The World Health Organization (WHO), demands that, in order to ensure medical care, at least 25 doctors and medical staff should be available per 10.000 inhabitants.

For comparison: In Germany the life expectancy of men is 75, that of women 82. For the whole population of 82.3 Mio, 307.600 doctors are available.

Backed by humedica, Müller would like to enhance partnerships between hospitals in Germany and Africa. The Lahn-Dill-Clinics (Hesse) and the district hospital of Freiberg (Saxonia) already expressed their interest in such relationships.

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