humedica headlines February/ March 2011

Februar/ März 2011

by Ruth Bücker, Sven Ramones, Joachim Panhans,  2011/03/08

+++"You can't possibly remain seated!"+++Invitation: Tent City with Heart - Active for Haiti+++A minibus for Ethiopia+++humedica at the 7th Congress of Christian Leaders+++

"You can't possibly remain seated!"

Klaus Ruhrmann during the second of his three missions in Haiti. Photo: Thomas Grabka (

When in January 2010, hospital orderly Klaus Ruhrmann from Gütersloh watched the terrible pictures from Haiti on TV, he could hardly remain seated. "I was sad and completely distressed and said to my wife: blimey, we need to go there and help!"

This happened more than one year ago and before the total of three humedica missions in Haiti, which the hospital orderly has taken part in since then. He helped the people in Haiti to recover from bone fractures, remained at their side when they learned to use their prosthetics and orthotics and he treated their wounds.

This honorary commitment was also noticed by the President of the Ambassador Club Rheda-Wiedenbrück, who invited Klaus Ruhrmann to hold a presentation about his work in Haiti. Impressed by his work, the club members donated 500 euros for the humedica projects in Haiti. Thank you very much.

Invitation: Tent City with Heart - Active for Haiti

Since the earthquake that occurred in January last year, more than 600 local and international relief organisations have been committed in Haiti. Some of them offered first emergency aid and then withdrew their teams. Others - among them also humedica - are offering sustainable reconstruction aid to the population of the Caribbean state and create perspectives for the people's future.

Visit humedica at Marienplatz in Munich and find out more about the current situation in Haiti. Photo: Thomas Grabka (

You can talk to the honorary mission team members and find out more about the relief efforts of Bavarian organisations in Haiti, during the campaign Tent City with Heart that will take place on Friday, March 11, 2011.

Under the patronage of the Lord Mayor of Munich, Christian Ude, various relief organisations will present themselves and talk about their work and the future perspectives of the people in Haiti at Marienplatz in Munich from 10am to 5pm.

"Haiti is far away, but we feel a strong bond to the people in their terrible situation. In the tent city - in the very heart of Munich - we will therefore explain which support measures are most urgent for the Haitians and describe the work of relief assistants from Munich and Bavaria who are still active in the country even more than one year after the disaster", Christa Schüßler, project coordinator of the Tent City with Heart, summarises the objectives of this campaign.

A minibus for Ethiopia

Containers of relief shipments belong to the every-day operations of humedica, so to speak. Containers loaded with everything from drugs via medical equipment such as wheelchairs, hospital beds or surgeons clothes and equipment to special food are sent to destinations all over the world on a regular basis.

humedica employee Hermann Schäffler loads the minibus before it is in turn loaded into the container. Photo: humedica/Sven Ramones

However, a somewhat larger cargo left the humedica headquarters in Kaufbeuren last week. Together with several hundred kilos of dressing materials and hospital equipment, an entire minibus was loaded into the container and shipped off.

Packed with relief goods, the former humedica mission vehicle from Kosovo set out on its journey to the project location of humedica Ethiopia in Addis Abeba. The newly overhauled, repainted and fully functioning vehicle will serve the humedica employees and the medical mission teams in Ethiopia well.

The 20-foot container is expected to arrive at the harbour of Djibouti within a few weeks. From there, the container will continue its journey overland until reaching its destination, the project location of humedica Ethiopia.

humedica at the 7th Congress of Christian Leaders

With the declaration of self-commitment to act responsibly in the sight of God and the people, the 7th Congress of Christian Leaders was concluded in Nuremberg on February 26, 2011. Almost 3,800 guests had taken part in the meeting that took place in Nuremberg from February 24 to 26 under the motto "values taking the lead".

The congress building in Nuremberg Photo: humedica

humedica was represented at the congress by Board Member Waltraud Walz, deputy CEO of humedica Bernd Herger and Joachim Panhans, Head of the Fundraising Department. At the exhibition stand that had been taken to Nuremberg and set up there, old contacts could be renewed, and many new ones established. A good occasion for expanding our network of friends and partners.

In the end, all visitors of the fair were given a document formulating the congress's central objectives. The so-called "Declaration of Nuremberg" states that successful and socially-responsible action is based on the standards set by God for humankind, as they are for example expressed in the Ten Commandments.

You can gain further impressions of the congress by watching this video.

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