Helping those in misery together with our partners

by Michelle Fadelli, Ruth Bücker,  2011/05/24

While the water brought on by the devastating floods in the north of Namibia is slowly retreating, the victims’ need for support is by no means decreasing.

Dr Markus Hohlweck, an experienced relief mission team member, travelled to Haiti with the first team. Photo: humedica/Jörg Eich

Together with the partner organisations Helping Hands Africa and Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, a medical humedica team has been working to help the flood victims in misery since May 16, 2011.

Thanks to the support by the German Federal Foreign Office we can offer medical care to the flood victims at refugee camps and assist them on the long term with rebuilding their houses and their basis of life.

Right now, those affected in Namibia at first need to take in the complete extent of destruction and its consequences. Only then can they come to terms with it and build up a new livelihood,” said Andrew Johnson from the partner organisation Helping Hands Africa.

According to official estimates, more than 15,000 people in Caprivi, the region affected worst by the floods, are living at refugee camps or at schools that are serving as temporary emergency accommodation. Completely helpless, the flood victims had to watch their lives being washed away by the water masses. Chairs, cupboards and beds were swallowed by the water – or entire houses were destroyed.

In cooperation with local doctors, the humedica mission team offers treatment to the victims of the disaster. Due to the dismal hygienic conditions, numerous patients suffer from diarrhoea and other infectious diseases. Furthermore, Namibia is a country where people are at a considerable risk of contracting malaria and then the approaching winter contributes to aggravating living circumstances even further.

The news that there are „white doctors“ offering free treatment, which many people in Namibia could not afford otherwise, has spread. Photo: humedica/Jörg Eich

This is not the first time the population of Namibia has to struggle with large-scale floods caused by heavy rainfalls. Already in 2009 humedica teams stood at the side of flood victims. According to World Bank estimates, the damage caused by the current disaster amounts to 620 million dollars.

Once again, the people of Namibia are facing a challenge they cannot meet alone. Dear friends and sponsors, please support our relief measures for the people affected by this neglected disaster. Besides medical care, they also need drinking water, food, mosquito nets and blankets. Furthermore, humedica will also contribute to reconstruction measures.

      humedica e.V.
      Donation reference„Flood relief Namibia
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren
      SWIFT/BIC-CODE: BYLADEM1KFB
      IBAN: 35734500000000004747

You can also support us in a fast, direct and secure way by means of sending a text message: send a message containing the reference DOC to +49 8 11 90. You will make a donation of 5 euros, with 4.83 euros of this amount being directly channelled into the humedica disaster relief projects. Thank you very much!

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