humedica headlines March 2010

by Ruth Bücker, 2010/03/17

+++ Football game for charity in Augsburg: an alternative staff outing +++Niger: medical help for more than 11,000 patients + + + Haiti: presentation by relief doctor Prof Dr Bernd Domres +++

Niger: medical help for more than 11,000 patients

The number of patients and of laboratory tests conducted is proof of how necessary our support is. Photo: humedica

The number of patients treated and laboratory tests conducted in Niger is frightening and impressive at the same time: 11,050 patients were newly registered or treated at the humedica-run hospital in Kollo/Niger or they came for follow-up treatments.

With more than 4000 persons infected during a period from March to December 2009, malaria is the most common disease. Therefore, diagnosis of this unfortunately very wide-spread parasitic disease is one of the most frequent laboratory works conducted in the laboratory which was established and equipped in December 2009.

Besides malaria, the following diseases were treated most frequently in the same period of time: 1,591 patients suffering from cough or colds, 1,555 persons suffering from dermatological diseases, 931 patients complaining about problems with the digestive tract and 503 persons suffering from parasitic diseases. Another common problem the employees at the hospital are fighting is malnutrition. Further donations for Niger are needed urgently.

Football game for charity: an alternative staff outing

View down into the Impuls Arena, Augsburg: FC Augsburg, second division team and aspirant to further successes, had distributed invitations. Photo: humedica/Albert Kosten

On Sunday, March 7, 2010, the Impuls Arena in Augsburg became the stage for two football events taking place on the same day. After a regular Bundesliga match of FC Augsburg against SC Paderborn, the national team of Haiti played for their country.

The Haitian national team won the charity game against the “ran”-Allstars, staring famous football players such as Giovanni Elber, Lothar Matthäus and comedian Oliver Pocher. Admission fees and takings from selling snacks and drinks were donated to the victims of the earthquake.

The humedica team would like to thank those who organised the sportive event for the invitation to these matches.

Haiti: presentation by relief doctor Prof Dr Bernd Domres

Children’s welfare is particularly close to the heart of Prof Dr Bernd Domres. Photo: humedica/Dieter Schmidt

Once again the relief doctor Prof Dr Bernd Domres from Tübingen took part in a humedica mission. In the year 2007 he had already treated victims of an earthquake in Peru, in 2009 he participated in a mission in Italy and after the devastating earthquake in Haiti which happened a few weeks ago he once again supports the efforts of humedica by means of his expertise.

At the 5th expert congress on “National Security and Civil Protection” in Berlin, the renowned doctor of Deutsches Institut für Katastrophenmedizin (German Institution for Relief Medicine) talked about his latest mission in Haiti. He told about difficulties, of the need for flexibility and about his very own personal experience.

Prof Domres put a presentation at our disposal which we would also like to make accessible to you, dear friends and supporters (German). Thank you very much.

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