Member of the Board Georg Müller establishes contacts to the German Navy

by SRI, 2010/10/08

Sometimes insignificant events are enough to trigger significant movements. Georg Müller, a member of the Board of humedica, has recently experienced just this, after he had contacted his former comrade Dr Rainer Pinnow of the German Navy. The two old friends had not been in contact for 40 years; but this was no reason not to find potential synergies between humedica and the Federal Armed Forces.

The first call was made by Georg Müller (Solms/Wetzlar). 40 years after his basic military training in the Armed Forces he had remembered his old comrade Rainer Pinnow. Today, Rainer Pinnow is Admiral Surgeon of the Navy, which is the highest medical rank in the German Navy, and he could be a good contact person in order to make military circles more aware of the valuable work of humedica.

Admiral Surgeon Dr Rainer Pinnow (right) and Georg Müller who has just been promoted to Major in Reserve of the Medical Corps and at the same time is a member of the Board and Medical Director of humedica. Photo: private

The high-ranking medic must have thought this a good idea, since still on the phone he had already invited Georg Müller to take part in the “Arbeitstagung der Sanitätsoffiziere” (a seminar for medical officers), which was concluded only a few days ago at the Marinefliegergeschwader V (German Naval Air Wing V) in Kiel-Holtenau.

A highly interesting presentation about the work of humedica and the devastating earthquake in Haiti caused the general interest of the army representatives to increase further. Besides holding interesting conversations and a questioning session, reservist Georg Müller has been promoted to Major in Reserve of the Medical Corps.

Furthermore, Georg Müller has enlisted for the period of one week in order to get to know other relevant institutions and representatives of the German Navy. During this period, he visited for example the Schiffsmedizinisches Institut der Bundesmarine (Naval Medical Institute of the German Armed Forces) and the famous supply ship Berlin, which is an important part of the German fleet with its capacity of 24 beds and its efficient surgery unit.

In the framework of his informal visits, Georg Müller could bring up the topic of a potential cooperation of humedica and the Federal Armed Forces several times. The mandate of the Armed Forces to offer humanitarian aid had been unchallenged even before the White Paper 2006 was issued. Correspondingly strong is the interest shown by decision makers regarding the work of non-governmental organisations.

Georg Müller has succeeded in discussing three areas of potential cooperation with decision makers of the Federal Armed Forces: if the Berlin is anchored nearby in case of a disaster, humedica will be allowed to use the resources of the supply ship. Second, Georg Müller has offered Majors of the medical corps the possibility to use their free time to join basic and further training camps offered by humedica.

And third, this would enable members of the Armed Forces and representatives of other professional fields to take part in disaster missions as private volunteers.

We are highly pleased about the Armed Forces’ interest in our work and would furthermore like to thank all those who have made Georg Müller’s visit possible. As a matter of fact, any kind of cooperation between humedica and a military institution will be subject to controls regarding legal, ethical and content-related deployment possibilities of a non-governmental organisation.

Supply ship Berlin of the German Navy. Photo: wikipedia/Public Domain

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