How our humanitarian aid works

More and more commitment for people in need: the humanitarian work of humedica focuses on the following key issues: emergency and disaster relief interventions, long-term development aid such as family support and rehabilitation programmes as well as supply assistance in countries and regions, where people are not able to provide for themselves. It is important to humedica to continue the support of affected people also after completing the acute disaster relief intervention with middle- and long-term projects in order to assist them on their way out of hardship and poverty.

After earthquakes, typhoon or floods humedica sends out voluntary medical teams to provide fast and efficient support in the affected areas. Each member had previously passed the obligatory humedica intervention training and agreed to participate in the short-term and worldwide relief work of the medical teams. Thanks to proven standard mechanisms and relief supply goods kept on stand-by humedica is able send out teams to the affected region as soon as the news of a disaster break and is therefore time and again one of the first international organisations on site in a disaster area.

Photo: Christoph Jorda

To optimise the velocity and efficiency of its support, humedica cooperates on site with carefully selected and checked partner organisations while collaborating with international coordination organisations such as UNOCHA. The average medical intervention team consists of six members and spends approximately two weeks on site in a disaster region before being superseded by a new team. Depending on the dimension of the emergency situation humedica sends out several flexibly working intervention teams in parallel.

As the affected people need also support after the acute disaster situation, we tie in the emergency disaster intervention with a middle- to long-term relief project. In order to provide sustainable support humedica constructs and runs kindergartens, health care stations, hospitals and accommodations, offers trainings on topics such as health care, hygiene and family planning or assists families with targeted funding programmes on their way to economic independence. In the course of its middle-term aid projects humedica also engages in the support and supply of refugees.

Photo: Christoph Jorda

In addition to its engagement in emergency and development support humedica is active in the field of supply aid. Every year the Allgau humedica headquarters sends out up to 800 tons of (mainly medical) supply goods to support its own projects or programmes of partner organisations. Thus also underserved regions gain access to important, often life-saving, supply goods.

For more information on our worldwide engagement please see our project survey here as well as our homepage section News.

Internal guidelines

Binding guidelines and careful internal supervision are prerequisites for efficient work. humedica therefore not only complies with various Quality standards and Memberships, but also commits itself to follow the following internal guidelines:

  • Child Protection Policy
  • Anti-corruption Guidelines
  • Financial Guidelines
  • Underwriting Guidelines
  • Ombudsperson
  • Internal Rules of the Advisory Board
  • Regulations on Travel Expenses

Corporate opportunities and risks

humedica´s engagement is only possible under the condition that it receives donations and support of a corresponding amount. At all times options for actions must be assessed realistically and in balance with the financial possibilities. Active controlling, customised for the special needs of humedica, allows for the necessary operational management. The capital reserves of humedica can also guarantee the continuation of its engagement for a certain time.

As humedica engages in the field of emergency relief work, it is difficult to make reliable forecasts. However, the experiences over the past years imply that humedica will be able to comply with its statutory purpose also in the coming years.

Furthermore there is a certain amount of project reserves, which are used for current projects. The willingness of people to donate for disasters in the past encourages us to remain confident that also in the future necessary funds will be available on time.

How we evaluate our work
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