“Charity in Action” – report about the humedica team day 2010

by Sven Ramones, 2010/10/16

On October 9, the humedica team day took place once more. Former and future mission members from all over Germany met in the Hessian town of Wetzlar. They spent numerous hours meeting like-minded people, exchanging experiences and taking part in interesting workshops.

Many participants enjoyed meeting old friends and colleagues again and exchanging memories in a casual, cheerful and informal atmosphere. This year’s team day took place at the premises of the radio station Evangelium Rundfunk (ERF) and enabled the participants to meet other people with common values and striving to achieve the same objectives.

60 attentive guests took part in the programme of this year’s team day in Wetzlar. Photo: humedica/Sven Ramones

At first, Georg Müller, Medical Director and Board Member of humedica, held a speech to bid all the 60 guests welcome and to express his thanks to the honorary employees for their untiring assistance in disaster and emergency regions in the world, where they work under the humedica motto: “Charity in Action!

By means of impressive pictures, the two speakers Dr Irmgard Harms and medical student Hanna Bellmann provided a descriptive insight into the activities and living and working circumstances of mission teams in the project countries Haiti and Niger. Despite the fact that our mission team members often encounter difficult circumstances and tragic fates, the presentations still communicated a feeling of hope – hope made possible thanks to humanitarian aid.

They presented the work of humedica in a discriptive way: (from left) Hanna Bellmann, Dr Irmgard Harms, Prof Dr Dr Bernd Domres. Photo: humedica/Sven Ramones

After the reports about experiences gained during humedica missions, Prof Dr Dr Bernd Domres held a captivating expert presentation about the topic “medicine under difficult, simple conditions”. Building on Albert Schweizer’s leitmotiv “respect for life”, the renowned relief doctor and surgeon described the problems medics have to face during missions and various ways of finding solutions by drawing on one’s own knowledge and using the material available.

Prof Domres latest deployments for humedica led him to Haiti and Pakistan and he described in an impressive way how to use simple tools like a “coconut-drip” or a self-made “external fixator” made of broomsticks parts and bicycle spokes for treating fractured bones.

Surgical treatment under simple conditions: participants were provided some insight into this topic in practice-oriented workshops. Photo: humedica/Sven Ramones

Practice-oriented workshops were intended to point out in particular the necessity of surgical relief aid during disaster missions. Based on the experiences we have lately gained in the earthquake region of Haiti, humedica is currently making efforts to promote surgical care in emergency situations.

After humedica CEO Wolfgang Groß had presented international projects and programmes run by humedica in 2010 and told about current options to take part in a mission in the project countries, and after he had provided an overview of plans and dates regarding mission team training measures in 2011, the team day slowly drew to a close.

When taking leave of the participants, humedica Board Member Georg Müller also expressed his thanks to the “regular team” working at the humedica headquarters in Kaufbeuren and sent them kind regards. He pointed out that without their work in the field of planning and organisation, the work of humedica and our honorary employees would not be possible.

To those guests interested, Dr Irmgard Harms demonstrated how to apply improvised traction bandages for treating bone fractures. These bandages were used after the earthquake in Haiti. Photo: humedica/Sven Ramones

At the end of this special day, the humedica team would like to thank all the participants and honorary assistants for their commitment. It is your support that enables us to realise humedica missions in so many parts of the world and to successfully help so many people in need. We hope that together we will be able to meet any challenges we face also in the future and we are already looking forward to meeting you again on the next team day on November 5, 2011.

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