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International Day of People With Disabilities 2021

Today, we pay tribute to everyone at the Sulaymaniyah Rehabilitation Centre and all those living with disabilities.

Apparently Inaccessible Places Must Have Access to Healthcare for Everyone in Need.

A few days ago we inaugurated a new facility in Dayek,

World AIDS Day 2021: We Cannot Allow It to Happen Again With COVID-19.

In the AIDS crisis, pharma companies made vast profits as millions were left behind. History is repeating itself today.

“The situation in Afghanistan is Uncertain and Precarious.”

There seems to be no possibility for peace or respite for the people of this country.”

We Are Here to Help During This Difficult Time For the Country

On 5 November, a fuel tanker exploded in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. 

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 2021

“It took us three hours to find her. She was unrecognisable. It was her who recognised us.”

More Than 12,000 Children Have Been Seen in the One Year Since Our Paediatric Centre in Nyala Reopened.

“The humanitarian situation in South Darfur is very difficult. A large part of the population lives in extreme poverty without access to basic health services. The high rate of malnutrition makes the needs of the youngest children increasingly urgent.”

An Enormous Thank You to ISHKAR.

Earlier this year, our amazing friends at ISHKAR started a photography print fundraiser for EMERGENCY’s healthcare projects across Afghanistan.

#LittleAmal’s Journey is Coming to an End, But Her Story Won’t.

The thread of solidarity, inclusion and diversity she created throughout Europe must stay intact.

“I Have Witnessed Fighting- That is All.”

Elise Blanchard, journalist and photographer for Agence France-Presse (AFP), has collected children’s stories from across Afghanistan.

A Meeting at Our Mobile Clinic that Made Us Extremely Happy.

This is Mohammed. We first met him in Milan almost a year ago through our Italy Programme, which provides free healthcare and social support to marginalised people and communities. He comes from The Gambia and arrived in Italy in 2013, landing in Lampedusa. Before going to sea, he had been detained in a prison in Libya. He managed to escape, along…

Kabul: Explosions Followed by Gunfire at the Entrance to the Military Hospital

We received 21 patients, one of whom was dead on arrival.

Gino Strada’s Words in Afghanistan20 Bring Home the Enormous Costs of the Conflict in Afghanistan

In October 2001, another twenty-year chapter of the war in Afghanistan began.

There was a Doll With Blonde Hair and a Yellow Dress Above Her Bed.

There was a doll with blonde hair and a yellow dress above the bed, looking at her owner – Amina.

We Stand With the Sudanese People

Sudan is going through a moment of instability.

Still Helping with Cardiac Treatment at Orotta Hospital in Asmara, Eritrea.

In early July 2021 began the second phase of our ‘Emergency initiative in support of the cardiology clinic at Orotta Hospital in Eritrea’.

Pharmaceutical Companies And Rich Nations Delivering Just One in Seven of The Doses Promised For Developing Countries

Firms and rich nations continue to block moves to share vaccine technology and recipes

AFGHANISTAN20: Afghanistan Between 2001-2021 from the Perspective of Its Victims and Those Treating Them.

To produce Afghanistan20, EMERGENCY collected first-hand testimonies and analysed data relating to all war-wounded patients admitted to its three hospitals and 44 First Aid Posts over the last two decades.

He Was Hit in the Head by Shrapnel

Maidan Shahr is a town around 50km from Kabul, on the main road from the capital to Kandahar.

“It Was a Beautiful Moment of Condolence and Friendship.”

Luca Rolla, EMERGENCY’s Country Director in Sudan, has sent us good news from Khartoum!

No More War

On 7 October 2001, the US Air Force started bombing Afghanistan. 20 years on, EMERGENCY’s hospitals across the country have treated thousands of war victims.  Giles Duley visited our Kabul Surgical Centre to photograph those wounded by the conflict: men, women, children – names, not numbers.  EMERGENCY x Massive Attack x Legacy of War Foundation come together to deplore the human devastation caused by conflict and say: no more war.  Credits 8mm film, photography & narration: Giles Duley for Legacy Of War Foundation Construction: Robert Del Naja Editor /…

They Threw a Rock at It, for Fun.

Nadir, 12, and his cousin Hassan, 10, were walking back to their house when a small metal object caught their attention.

World Heart Day: Senait from Eritrea

Senait is a 37-year-old woman and mother of three. She has a heart condition that she has never been able to have treated. As a result, she becomes weak very easily.

Every Refugee’s Walk Should Be One of Hope Like Amal’s

Whilst on her 8,000-mile-journey, searching for her mother and a better future, Amal found EMERGENCY in Rome, Bologna, and Milan.

Finally, She’s Nearly Here!

Finally, she’s nearly here! We are looking forward to welcoming a very special guest to our headquarters on Saturday…

Pharmaceutical Companies Reaping Immoral Profits From Covid Vaccines Yet Paying Low Tax Rates

Moderna, BioNTech and Pfizer cashing in thanks to taxpayer investments, monopolies, and low taxes while leaving millions unprotected.

“Hi Soran, It’s Dr Gino. How Are you?”

One month ago, on 13 August, Gino left us. Today we remember him through the words of Soran, whom Gino met in 1996.

Afghanistan: Taliban Reach Anabah, Panjshir Valley

EMERGENCY’S ANABAH HOSPITAL RECEIVED A SMALL NUMBER OF WOUNDED PATIENTS. During the night of Friday 3 September, Taliban forces pushed further into the Panjshir Valley, reaching the village of Anabah where EMERGENCY’s Surgical Centre and Maternity Centre are located. There has so far been no interference with EMERGENCY’s activities. We have received a small number…

Our Work in Anabah Continues, as It Does Across Afghanistan.

EMERGENCY runs two major hospitals in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley: the Anabah Maternity Centre, and the Surgical & Paediatric Centre – providing free, high-quality healthcare to people living in the province and beyond.

Terrible Violence Hits Kabul

Terrible violence hit Kabul today. Explosions in the vicinity of the airport, packed with people trying to leave the country, have left dozens of people dead and wounded.⠀⠀ The EMERGENCY Kabul Surgical Centre received a massive influx of patients almost immediately. We can confirm over 60 patients arrived so far, with more than a dozen…

Gino Strada. 1948-2021.

Gino Strada. 1948-2021. War surgeon, founder of EMERGENCY, and our driving force. His obituary in The New York Times today.

BBC Last Word Celebrates Gino Strada

“He was absolutely dedicated to helping humanity. His whole life was dedicated to that one cause….He was somebody that believed in the end of war. He believed that, as a surgeon, he had to find the root cause of the problem for his patients, and the root cause of that problem was war – and…

EMERGENCY’s Healthcare Network Is Open and Treating Whoever Is in Need.

“Yesterday, we received five patients with gunshot wounds from the airport.”

Charlotte Bellis Reports from EMERGENCY’s Kabul Surgical Centre for Al Jazeera English.

“For two days, the hospital was overflowing, they added extra beds.”

EMERGENCY: Situation Is Stabilising in Kabul But Clashes Continue At The Airport

Number of War-Wounded Patients Received Increases in Panjshir

“Our Beloved Gino”.

Gino Strada, EMERGENCY’s founder, left us today. He was 73 years old and spent his life making the world a better place. He worked as a war surgeon with the International Red Cross, and founded EMERGENCY in 1994 to offer free treatment to war victims and bring high-quality healthcare to countries affected by war and…

We Love You Gino.

Our beloved Gino died this morning.

Afghanistan: EMERGENCY’s Healthcare Facilities in Lashkar-Gah And Maidan Shahr Hit By Rockets And Bullets

Two of EMERGENCY’s healthcare facilities in Afghanistan have been hit by crossfire in the last 24 hours. 

Lashkar- Gah: “We Are Here to Help.”

Fighting has been ongoing for days now in Lashkar-Gah, Southern Afghanistan. It is also near our hospital.

Lashkar-Gah, Afghanistan. EMERGENCY: “Hospitals Are Not A Target”.

“We are receiving wounded patients. We ask all parties to respect this facility and ensure it is not put in danger. HOSPITALS ARE NOT A TARGET!”

Your Work Is Immense, As Is Your Courage.

Nurses, doctors, logisticians, technicians, guards, cleaners… our local colleagues in Lashkar-Gah, Afghanistan.

ISHKAR for EMERGENCY: Second Print Sale to Support Our Hospitals in Afghanistan

The prints are available at special, one-off prices for six weeks only.

Fighting Continued in the Centre of Lashkar-Gah Last Night.

There was heavy shelling, they used machine guns, and shots were fired from helicopters – it was loud.

Afghanistan: Fighting Rages in Helmand Province. Patients Are Arriving in Need of Major Surgery.

The Taliban are now advancing towards Lashkar-Gah – the capital of Helmand province.

Afghanistan: Fighting Reaches the City Of Lashkar-Gah.

We heard bombing from the hospital throughout the night and the morning, plus small arms fire, machine guns, snipers and artillery

Vaccine Monopolies Make Cost Of Vaccinating The World Against Covid At Least 5 Times More Expensive Than It Could Be

New analysis by the Alliance shows that the firms Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna are charging governments as much as $41 billion above the estimated cost of production.

It Is Time For a Ceasefire – More Violence Can Never Be the Solution.

UNAMA’s latest report confirms that the situation in war-torn Afghanistan is dire.

Afghanistan: The Situation Is Steadily Worsening

Nassir, a survivor of the conflict in Afghanistan, tells us his story.

Afghanistan: Rockets Land Close To The Presidential Palace In Kabul

“We heard the impact from our Surgical Centre for War Victims very well, as we are only a few hundred metres away,” said Marco Puntin.

Today, He Cannot Imagine Any Future.

Jalad Khan suffered serious injuries to his lower limbs and stomach.

Since the Start of the Project, We Have Supported Over 5,000 Households in Italy.

In Milan, Rome, Naples, Piacenza, Catanzaro, Varese and Catania we continue to pack and distribute parcels, working with local organisations to help those in need every week.

The Violence Continues to Worsen in Afghanistan.

There was a 29% increase in civilian casualties from the violence in the first four months of this year compared to last.

A Third Wave of COVID-19 Has Overwhelmed Afghanistan

According to sources, positives cases increased by 2,400 percent in June alone.

This Time It’s to Uganda.

Dr Stefano may be pictured leaning up against these words, but they mean so much more than just paint on a wall.

“Thank Goodness You Are Here.’

Rasha stands by the lectern, listening to Michela talk and point her laser at the big screen.

World Blood Donor Day 2021

Today, we thank all those who give blood, and also call for future blood donors.

G7 Support for Pharma Monopolies Is Putting Millions of Lives at Risk

The self-interest of G7 countries is the biggest obstacle to ending the Covid-19 pandemic, a group of campaigning organizations said today

“EMERGENCY Is Open for People Here and Always Will Be, Inshallah”.

In Afghanistan, Alberto helps promoting a culture of peace in the way we know best

“Why Global Surgery? Why Now?”

To work globally, surgery needs a global approach.

More than a Million COVID Deaths in 4 Months Since G7 Leaders Failed to Break Vaccine Monopolies

At current vaccination rate low income countries would be waiting 57 years for everyone to be fully vaccinated More than a million people have died from COVID since G7 leaders last met back in February, when they made vague pledges to increase the global vaccine supply, but crucially failed to collectively back the waiver of…

This Is Our Daily Reminder that the Conflict Rages on.

Our hospitals are constantly busy.

Celebrating the Life of Vartan Gregorian

EMERGENCY USA is saddened to learn of the passing of Vartan Gregorian, Co-Founder of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative and member of the Aurora Prize Selection Committee. An upcoming Aurora Dialogues Online event on June 5, 2021 at 10am EST entitled “Vartan Gregorian. The Aurora Co-Founder,” will focus on his extraordinary life as Aurora Humanitarian Initiative’s Co-Founder,…

Yemen: Training Healthcare Workers in Pre-Hospital Trauma Care

The room is clean, quiet and well lit. Before us are doctors, nurses and ambulance drivers, but none of them are wearing their white coats. They’re in their own clothes – jackets and shirts, some of them even fancy ones. ‘What time is it?’ ‘Nine.’ ‘OK. Let’s get started.’ We’re inside Al-Thawra Hospital in Sana’a,…

“Peace Can Be Achieved If Our People Can Both Aspire for It and Are Given the Means To Achieve It.”

This is Said Hakim, Team Leader at EMERGENCY’s Kabul Surgical Centre.

COVID Vaccines Create 9 New Billionaires With Combined Wealth Greater than Cost of Vaccinating World’s Poorest Countries

Key members of the G20, who meet tomorrow, including the UK and Germany, are blocking moves to boost supply by ending companies’ monopoly control of vaccine production

Rossella Miccio, President of EMERGENCY, for the GOLA Podcast

In the episode, our president Rossella Miccio explains the lifeline delivery service that we developed, and the long-term medical and psychological intervention we provide to vulnerable people in our healthcare facilities and mobile clinics around Italy.


Behind this logo are the over 11 million people we have treated, and all those we will treat.

How Can Strengthened Healthcare for Migrants Foster Health for All?

27 May, 10:00 – 12:00 CET

I Really Wish I Could See This Hospital Empty One Day

International Nurses Day is an opportunity to celebrate Zabihullah and all his nurse colleagues in Afghanistan, who give care and hope to the thousands of war victims that enter our wards every year.

Life Cannot Wait

Our surgeons had to perform a caesarean section.

Ready to Do What He Knows Best: Be a Doctor.

“Who am I? That’s a complicated question.
What I know for now, is that I am a doctor.

Afghanistan: Bomb Near School Kills Dozens of Students

EMERGENCY’S SURGICAL CENTRE FOR WAR VICTIMS HAS RECEIVED 26 INJURED PATIENTS AND ONE PERSON DEAD ON ARRIVAL At least 40 people have been killed and 52 more injured by a bomb explosion near a school in the Dasht-e-Barchi area in Kabul this afternoon, according to local sources. Marco Puntin, EMERGENCY’s Programme Coordinator in Afghanistan, said:…

EMERGENCY is Delighted that the Biden Administration Has Heeded the Alliance’s Call.

This is the decision the world needed

International Day of the Midwife

Thank you to our midwife colleagues. They stand for women and provide quality care, despite the pandemic, despite the conflict, despite everything that comes their way.

Surge in Admissions at Our Hospital for War Victims in Lashkar-Gah.

EMERGENCY: WIDESPREAD CLASHES IN HELMAND. SURGE IN ADMISSIONS AT OUR HOSPITAL FOR WAR VICTIMS IN LASHKAR-GAH. EMERGENCY can confirm that it is receiving large numbers of war-wounded patients at its Surgical Centre for War Victims in Lashkar-Gah, Helmand Province, as a result of widespread clashes in the area. Since 1 May, the hospital has received…

International Workers Day 2021

Because on International Workers Day

“For the Excellence of the Care Offered by EMERGENCY”.

This medal was presented to us by the President of Sierra Leone…

“A New Piece of EMERGENCY’s Story Has Begun”.

“Today, that dream is finally a reality”

“We’ve Finally Opened the Doors to Our Little Patients.”

“Last time I was here, this hospital was still under construction.”

We Are Open in Uganda

The new Children’s Surgical Hospital in Entebbe has begun clinical activities!

EMERGENCY’s Children’s Surgical Hospital, Set To Become a Referral Point for the African Continent, Opens in Uganda

Designed By Renzo Piano Building Workshop And Studio Tamassociati, The Centre Combines Medical And Architectural Excellence On The Banks Of Lake Victoria

Everything is Ready for this New Chapter to Begin.

another milestone in our path to medicine, human rights and equality.

Welcome to Entebbe, Uganda

An idea that was born years ago has become a reality…

EMERGENCY on Biden announcement: “As always, it is Afghan civilians that will suffer”

After 20 years of war, President Joe Biden has announced the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.

Former Heads Of State And Nobel Laureates Call On President Biden To Waive Intellectual Property Rules For Covid Vaccines

The letter was sent to the White House as U.S. health authorities advised a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine.

International Mine Awareness Day 2021

Days in these mine-infested fields begin like any other, whether they will irreversibly alter someone’s life or not.

President of Afghanistan Declares ‘Unwavering Support’ for a People’s Vaccine for COVID-19

The President of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has joined world leaders and experts in an appeal for equitable and fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. 

Two-Thirds of Epidemiologists Warn Mutations Could Render Current COVID Vaccines Ineffective in a Year or Less

New survey from People’s Vaccine Alliance shows urgency of vaccinating all countries Epidemiologists, from some of the world’s leading academic institutions, delivered a stark warning today of the risk the world is taking by failing to ensure all countries have sufficient vaccines to protect people from COVID-19. In a survey of 77 epidemiologists from 28…

OPEN ARMS – EMERGENCY: 219 Survivors On Board The Open Arms Vessel.

After conducting a rescue mission on Saturday and spending Sunday assessing the area, the Open Arms vessel, with EMERGENCY personnel on board, has just completed another rescue operation of two other boats in distress in the Maltese SAR zone.

“I Hope They will Become Good People”

The Panjshir Valley in Afghanistan. Now one of the most peaceful areas of a country that has, for too long, been stricken with conflict. Nonetheless, mines and other unexploded devices persist. Reminders of the war that once dominated the valley, and constant, everyday dangers to be navigated by the locals. Miyam Ahmad is a 49-year-old father of three, left wounded by…

Abir and a More Long-Term Form of Therapy.

“Nursing isn’t easy. But I love it”. 

On 11 March 2020, the WHO Declared a Global Pandemic. One Year On, We Have a Vaccine But We Must Have a #PeoplesVaccine for Everyone, Everywhere.  

Heath is a human right. The global COVID-19 vaccination campaign is a chance for the world to prove it. On 11 March 2020, the WHO declared a global pandemic. One year on, we have a vaccine that can bring an end to the damage and suffering caused by COVID-19, but inequality and greed are once again proving to…

Rich Nations Vaccinating One Person Every Second While Majority of the Poorest Nations Are Yet to Give a Single Dose

US, UK and EU blocking proposals at WTO to help poorer countries get vaccines more quickly

Darfur is Where Her Story Begins…Twice.

Nawader’s smile represents a long journey from Darfur to Khartoum and back again.

International Women’s Day 2021

To all women..

EMERGENCY Welcomed the Uganda Heart Institute’s Training Board Committee

These photos come from Khartoum as we welcomed the Uganda Heart Institute’s Training Board Committee to our Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Sudan.

“Our Response to the Current Medical Crisis Cannot Ignore People Trapped in Other Crises”

“S is 31 years old. He arrived in Italy a little over a month ago, having made an exhausting journey on foot from Pakistan to Milan, via the Balkan route. To make the journey even harder, one of his feet was horribly broken and went untreated.”

“Together, We Want to Prove That the Spirit of Solidarity Hasn’t Gone Away.”

‘Nobody Left Behind’ is us being there, giving up our time, to help those who are most in need now.

Open Arms and EMERGENCY Have Just Landed 146 People at Porto Empedocle, After Saving Them at Sea in Two Operations Under Difficult Conditions and Pressure From Libya’s So-Called Coast Guard

Last night the ship Open Arms, with EMERGENCY workers on board, reached Porto Empedocle, the designated harbour for the 146 people it has rescued in the last few days.

EMERGENCY Wins the EESC Civil Solidarity Prize

We are honoured to announce that EMERGENCY has won the EESC Civil Solidarity Prize today, for its “outstanding contribution to fighting COVID-19 and its disastrous consequences.” Thank you to the European Economic And Social Committee for choosing us. This award represents important recognition of our healthcare model and an endorsement of our aim to ensure that nobody…

EMERGENCY Wins Eesc Civil Solidarity Prize for Its Cross-Border Battle With the Pandemic

The Italian NGO EMERGENCY is among 23 projects from the EU and the UK that have received the award for their outstanding contribution to fighting COVID-19 and its disastrous consequences. The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has awarded the Civil Solidarity Prize to the humanitarian NGO EMERGENCY for its invaluable role on the front…

Monopolies Causing “Artificial Rationing” in COVID-19 Crisis as 3 Biggest Global Vaccine Giants Sit on Sidelines

The supply of safe and effective vaccines for all is being artificially rationed because of the protection of exclusive rights and monopolies of pharmaceutical corporations, the People’s Vaccine Alliance said today. The alliance warned that the three biggest vaccine companies in the world are largely sitting on the sidelines – they currently plan to produce…

“That Little Gesture Moved Me.”

Nessuno Escluso’ – Nobody Left Behind: An EMERGENCY initiative to support some of the most vulnerable people in Italy who have been left in a precarious position due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Why Does the Global North Continue to Push Them Back and Deny Their Rights?

Thousands of migrants are trapped in terrible conditions on the eastern borders of the European Union, on what is known as the Balkan route.

‘You Have Always Been By My Side And Made Me Happy’

22-year-old Sharifa is one of the thousands of Afghan mothers struggling to overcome the hurdles that are posed by a healthcare system weakened by decades of war, poor facilities, and social and cultural barriers that are difficult to break.

A Break for Some Jebena in Sudan

Let’s take you to Sudan, to share one of our (rare) breaks with doctor Faisal and nurse Hawa at our Paediatric Centre in Port Sudan. We’ll only be a few minutes, just enough time for a sip with them of hot coffee, or jebena as it’s called here, named after the ceramic cup which it…

“I Love My Work Because I Know It’s Essential For The People In This Valley.”

Muzghan was born and brought up in the Panjshir Valley. She works in neonatal intensive care at our Maternity Centre in Anabah.

‘What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?’

Astronaut, cook, teacher, scientist, fireman, vet, musician and superhero are just some of the answers children give when they are asked what they want to be when they grow up. Here at our Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Sudan, we ask our young patients that same question, to make their time recovering or waiting…

Successful Transfer of All 265 Rescued People Onboard the Open Arms Vessel, Despite Adverse Weather Conditions

We are happy that the people rescued during Mission 79 can now receive the treatment and protection to which they are entitled.

Best Wishes for a More Just, Supportive, Human New Year, Which Sees Us Come Together to Build a Healthier World. 

It has been a difficult year, one that has taught us to look at the world in a global way, to see how fragile its borders are, and how fragile borders between us as human beings are too. 

Peaceful Greetings.

Let’s start this year by wishing for a more peaceful and fairer world.

Beyond the Beach: The Hell and the Hope. Coming soon in 2021

It is a film about EMERGENCY.

Everyone Has the Right to a Chance.

EMERGENCY shares its wishes for the new year reaffirming its commitment and desire to work towards free, accessible and high-quality healthcare for everyone.

Dr Esra is the Embodiment of Competence and Dedication.

Dr Esra has been the best supporter, both of her patients and of their health recovery. 

“That’s Why you Always See Her with a Smile.”

Raghd is her mother tells us their story, Aja watches us, looking a bit shy. 

We Constantly Aim to Bridge Them.

Together, we work to ensure medicine, human rights and equality, for all. 

“Without Prosthetics, We Wouldn’t Be Who We are Today.”

Although war has marked their bodies, and their past, it hasn’t been able to stop their dreams and hopes for life in the future.

We At EMERGENCY All Head In The Same Direction

We deal with situations where teamwork makes the difference. Everyone’s bit counts. Including yours.  

Read the December Issue of EMERGENCY Magazine

for a closer look at EMERGENCY’s work during these difficult times, told to you by our colleagues around the world.

To Do So, We Rely on People Like Marco.

and over 1,000 Afghan staff members, trained and employed by EMERGENCY to support communities across the country.

Human Rights Day 2020

Through our practice of medicine, we work towards making this dream a reality. 

But then, has there Ever Been a War that Wasn’t Senseless?

I’m certain the answer is no.

International Day of Volunteers 2020

Together we can.

Dr Khushal: If Emergency Wasn’t Here, Our Patients, Our People, Would Face Big Problems.

In 2020, Afghans were not just hit by a global pandemic, but also continued to endure an endless conflict that wounds and kills so many people.

Nyala Paedatric Centre Reopens After 9 Years

On Sunday, our efforts finally paid off.

Interview with Dr Gino Strada on EMERGENCY’s COVID-19 response in Calabria, Italy

“The message is that EMERGENCY is available to help in this situation.”

COVID-19 Response: Nobody Left Behind

It was to help those people that we launched ‘Nobody Left Behind: Supporting those in need through unprecedented times’. T

Over 100,000 Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan

War has not stopped for COVID-19 and neither has EMERGENCY.

Rapid Swab Testing Service for the Most Vulnerable People

Since this morning, we are active with a rapid swab testing service for the most vulnerable people in the Polistena area of Calabria, Italy.

Covid-19 | Calabria: EMERGENCY Launches Rapid Antigen Swab Service in Collaboration With Polistena Council

At the request of Polistena municipal council, as of Friday, 27 November, EMERGENCY will be running a rapid swab service for the most vulnerable people in the area and those most at risk from the virus.

Thanksgiving Day 2020

We at EMERGENCY think there is a lot to be grateful for, and today more than ever, we want to thank those who constantly allow us to advance medicine, human rights and equality. 

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020

We reiterate the importance of collectively rejecting and denouncing violence against women.

Covid-19 | EMERGENCY in Calabria Strada: ‘We’re Starting in Crotone, the First Piece of the Puzzle’

“We’re starting our work in Calabria at Crotone hospital, but we’re ready for other projects too.”

We Will Do Our Part. We Will Do It By Being There.

Six of our incredible team look at the camera, both cheerful and decisive. They have endured difficult months, working in the midst of coronavirus, but are as committed as ever.

Rockets Hits Kabul, Afghanistan. EMERGENCY: Explosions Near Our Hospital

Kabul was hit by heavy attacks this morning with approximately 23 missiles landing in the city.

World Children’s Day 2020

To all children.
Today, we celebrate you.

Whatever Happens, EMERGENCY Is There.

At EMERGENCY, we knew that we couldn’t stop this year. We did everything we could to make sure we continued providing our medical care, even starting new projects so that we could be there for the most vulnerable people during this pandemic.

Why are there people who do not want to open their eyes?

I have never been in a warzone but this felt like one.

Unsustainable Situation in the Mediterranean: Several Reports of Boats in Distress.

At this moment our ship is located off the coast of Lampedusa, waiting to receive information on how and where to guarantee our guests the care they need.

Rescue Completed After Boat Carrying 100 People Sinks. At Least Five Have Died.

The situation must change following this latest tragedy.

The Paris Peace Forum Has Chosen EMERGENCY’s Work This Year.

The Paris Peace Forum is an important opportunity to make this a reality and EMERGENCY is honoured to play its part.

“It Smells of Kerosene”.

We laid everything inside it out on the deck.

University Attack in Kabul and Open War in the Province of Helmand: No Forseeable Peace in Afghanistan

Armed men attacked Kabul University this morning with explosions and gunfire heard coming from the campus.

Afghanistan: 11 Nights Of Fighting In Helmand. Emergency: “We Remain Open And Continue To Receive Wounded Patients”

After 11 days of clashes between Afghan security forces and the Taliban, fighting continues in Helmand province.

The Aurora Prize Turns Five!

The Aurora Prize turns 5 this year! To celebrate, they will meet & honour #Humanitarians around the globe in a virtual event live from #NYC with Yo Yo Na, Wynton Marsalis and more special guests. The event takes place on Monday 19 October at 7pm EST and you can join here:

Afghanistan: Sixth Night of Fighting in Helmand. Emergency: “Our Hospital Is Struggling to Treat All Patients Due to High Casualty Numbers”

Since Sunday, EMERGENCY’s Surgical Centre for War Victims in Lashkar-Gah has received 132 patients with war injuries.

Our Surgical Centre in Lashkar-Gah is Now Saturated.

Most of the patients we are currently admitting to the hospital suffer complicated injuries, which require complex surgery and a long hospital stay.

Something That Starts Within These Walls but Continues Beyond Them.

In the medical briefing meeting this morning, I saw 15 Sudanese medics and 11 staff from all around the world coming together to discuss and prepare today’s surgeries.

Afghanistan: Despite Peace Talks in Doha, Fighting Rages on in Helmand Province

“Whilst in Doha there is talk of peace, the violence here in Afghanistan doesn’t stop. Civilians are already paying the price for this new wave of fighting in Helmand, ” continues Puntin.

A Little Girl. On a BIG Journey.

Amal will walk the same path that so many have and continue to.

‘Immigration’ Decree: Changes to the ‘Safety’ Decree Are a Start but We Need a Structural Approach to Immigration

‘In our everyday work for almost two years now, we’ve seen with our own eyes the effects of the ‘Security’ legislative decree on thousands of people’s lives.

World Heart Day 2020

we can contribute to the fight against cardiovascular diseases and work towards #HealthForAll.

European Commission Releases Pact on Migration and Asylum – Emergency Says “Migrants’ Rights Are the Last Thing the EU Is Worried About” and “No Trace of a Structural Plan”

The Pact on Migration and Asylum has disappointed our hopes for a sharp change in direction by the European Commission.

International Day of Peace 2020

It is all in that quote. On the International Day of Peace, we must remind ourselves that we have the potential to contribute together to foster peace. We are facing the worst public health crisis of our time, but the world continues to be ravaged by illnesses that have been with us for much longer…

A Quarantine Ship For The 276 People Rescued in The Last Few Days By Open Arms and EMERGENCY

That’s the side we will always be on, and we will keep going back out to sea to defend anyone fleeing war or poverty.’

OPEN ARMS – EMERGENCY: “Formalised Search, Rescue And Landing Protocols in Line With International Coventions are Necessary to Protect the Health and Safety Of Crew And Rescued People On Board Humanitarian Ships”.

We are waiting to know when and how they can disembark.

World Safety Patient Day 2020

There can be no safe treatment without a safe healthcare environment, and there can be no safe patient without a safe healthcare worker.

OPEN ARMS – EMERGENCY: Sixth Day Waiting to Disembark 278 People on Board. Malta and Italy deny a Medical Evacuation Request and a Safe Harbour

After carrying out three rescue missions between 08/09 and 10/09, two in the Maltese SAR area, and one in the Libyan SAR area, the Open Arms vessel has been waiting for six days for a safe harbour to disembark 278 people on board, who are in need of immediate assistance and care. There are currently 260 males on…

A More Peaceful Future for Afghanistan.

We wish the best of luck to you all!

We are Grateful Too.

“EMERGENCY supported me with quality services, taking care of everything, and this is something I am really grateful for.” We are grateful too.

They Need a Safe Harbour.

At the moment the bridge of the Open Arms is hosting more than 270 people. They need a safe harbour.

“Her Eyes Were Still Full of Terror”.

wo of the four women rescued from the Mediterranean are pregnant.

ISHKAR for EMERGENCY: Is It Possible to Photograph the Country Beyond the Conflict?

EMERGENCY president Rossella Miccio will join an online panel hosted by ISHKAR focusing on Afghanistan and the beautiful country behind the conflict. Rossella will feature alongside some of the incredible photographers who have donated their work in aid of EMERGENCY’s projects in Afghanistan, including Matthieu Paley, Emily Garthwaite, Farshad Usyan and Andrew Quilty. It should be a fascinating conversation and we’d love for you to join…

EMERGENCY and Open Arms Rescued 83 People in the Mediterranean Sea

Open Arms and EMERGENCY went back out to sea on 28 August, after many months in the harbour thanks to the pandemic, during which they reorganised the boat to partition everything.

EMERGENCY: ‘Explotion In Commercial District – High Number Of Victims’

The fresh attack comes just days after long-awaited peace talks began between the Afghan government and the Taliban leaders in Doha, in Qatar.

Just Look At The Video…

This situation is wrong. EMERGENCY is there because it is the right thing to do.

EMERGENCY And Open Arms: A New Mission In The Mediterranean

The mission will adhere strictly to the principles of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the Geneva Convention.

With EMERGENCY’s Flag on the Blackboard…

And we never forget to mention that we run a clinic in the camp, which is always there whenever any of them might need it.

“Whatever You Can Do to Improve the World is Never too Little”.

We pay tribute to Motasim, to all our staff and humanitarians around the world. In these really difficult times, they are committed to making true positive change.

“For My Father, and for Our Afghanistan.”

For my father, and for our Afghanistan.”

Ishkar for EMERGENCY: A Side of Afghanistan Rarely Seen in the News.

16 extraordinary photographers. 24 images showing a side of Afghanistan rarely seen in the news.

Today We Proclaim: Never Again.

The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were some of the darkest moments in history. Today we proclaim: Never again.

This is Just One of the Ways We Stand With the Afghan People.

This is just one of the ways we stand with the Afghan people. Because Afghanistan is more than war.

Afghanistan is More than War.

. From our hospitals in Afghanistan, we reiterate the need for an enduring ceasefire, constructive talks and a new era of peace. Afghanistan is more than war.

World Day Against Human Trafficking 2020

Human trafficking is a scourge around the world. Today, we remind ourselves of the urgent need to end this inhumane and abusive exploitation. Trafficking takes many different forms, but common to them all is a lack of value for human life. This cruel phenomenon is often exacerbated by the lack of safe and legal routes for…

Italy Should No Longer Work With The Libyan Coastguard When Rescuing People At Sea.

Saving people at sea should be the responsibility of European countries. Every government should have a search and rescue service that is constant and reliable.

“That Drop Has Made a Difference for Many”.

To combat malnutrition, EMERGENCY employs Health Promoters like Ysra.

What the Eye Sees, the Heart Keeps.

We hope her eyes will always look ahead and that she’ll find happiness through her courage and strength.

Part of This ‘Revolution’ Is the Role That Pharmacists Play

Part of This ‘Revolution’ Is the Role That Pharmacists Play

The Important Work That Mona and Hana Do Every Day

the important work that Mona and Hana do every day reminds us of the need to fight for equal access to drugs and medicine for everyone, everywhere.

We Want to Stay by These People’s Side.

It’s a question of dignity, rights, healthcare and, above all, humanity.

Stojadin’s Words Contain a Powerful Message.

EMERGENCY’s Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery is a role model, because every one of the team here is a role model too.”

At Least 23 Civilians Died This Morning After Rockets Hit a Crowded Market in the Sangin District

The explosion damaged our First Aid Post, which is located approximately 200 metres away.

AFGHANISTAN: Rockets Hit Sangin Market, At Least 23 Dead

The bombing in Sangin comes after weeks of renewed violence while the country waits for peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government to begin.

Outside These Walls, When Will Peace Finally Come?

Within the walls of this Centre, people have been getting treatment, eating, sleeping and living in peace for more than 20 years.

Treating Patients Is Crucial, but It Is Not Enough on Its Own.

EMERGENCY always has an eye on the future. Since 1994, we have trained staff and fostered healthcare systems around the world.

Sea Rescue Organizations, Mayors and Civil Society Movements Launch a Network Calling for a Fundamental Change in European Migration Policy

The network is launched through a joint campaign kicking off on the 20th of June under the title “From the Sea to the City”.

World Refugee Day 2020

According to UNHCR, 1% of humanity is currently displaced. Refugees face unimaginable conditions. Conditions created by racism, closed borders, hostile environments and populist politics. #WorldRefugeeDay – today and every day until borders, hearts and minds are opened to those fleeing from conflict and persecution.

‘From the Sea to the City’ Campaign: EMERGENCY is Joining Forces.

On #WorldRefugeeDay, we are glad to announce that EMERGENCY is joining forces with a network of partners across Europe as part of 'From the Sea to the City'. This campaign, involving sea rescue organisations and civil society, aims to create awareness and demand a new human rights-based migration and refugee policy. The ongoing crisis in…

Goodbye Doctor Anton.

Goodbye Doctor Anton.

…”It’s here.”

With the right planning, with the right resources, and with incredible staff like Manhail, free, sustainable, quality healthcare is always possible.

World Blood Donor Day 2020

Every blood donor plays a vital part in contributing towards an overarching goal: quality healthcare, available to all.


his latest explosion took place just ten days after a bomb was detonated in another mosque in the south of the city, also killing the local Imam in that case, and causing several injuries,” says Marco Puntin.

EMERGENCY Magazine: COVID-19 Response

Read our digital magazine for a closer look at our work during these difficult times, told to you by our teams fighting against coronavirus every day.

The ‘dueminuti. Atlante Storico di Emergency’ Project Wins a Silver IIIDaward in the ‘Editorial’ Category.

We look forward to collaborating on other projects in the future.

…”Gift’s Smile Taught Me That.”

One thing is for sure: these two have a bond that will last forever, regardless of distance.

Every Step He Takes Is Even More Confident Than The Last

every step he takes is even more confident than the last. Long may that continue.

World Parents Day 2020

To Saad and all parents, happy #WorldParentsDay.

Giving the Right to Live a Healthy Life.

This is what pushes us forward every day in this hospital, and everywhere we work around the world: giving the right to live a healthy life to as many people as possible.

“My Name Means Someone Who Has a Good Heart”.

“My name means someone who has a good heart”, Shima says… and we can tell, it’s a name that fits her perfectly.

Work at the COVID-19 Hospital in Bergamo Comes to an End.

We’re hard at work with our staff, providing constant training to prevent contagion and offer psychological help and general support to the weakest people in society

World Africa Day 2020

Africa’s right to equality starts with Africa’s health.

Eid Mubarak to All Muslims Around the World.

With these vital values in mind, we wish #EidMubarak to all Muslims around the world.

We are Working to Ensure that No Life is Worth Less than Another.

– the staff who wear these T-shirts are not just doing a job, they are working to ensure that no life is worth less than another.

“These are the Moments, or Rather the Gifts…”

and I say to myself that these are the moments, or rather the gifts, that give meaning to everything that each of us does with, and thanks to, EMERGENCY.”

Today, EMERGENCY Turns 26 Years Old.

We still need everyone’s commitment and hard work to build a fairer, safer and, more united society.” Rossella Miccio, president of EMERGENCY

“Today a Complex Attack Occured in Maternity Hospital in Kabul City”

another horrific attack, this time on the maternity ward of a Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

International Nurses Day 2020

The current circumstances mean that nurses are under even more pressure than normal. We want to thank them for their work, and send them all our strength and encouragement.

Hospital Under Attack in Afghanistan. EMERGENCY: “We have Received Patients Wounded in the Attack. We Stand with Our Colleagues”

“There was an explosion at the entrance and armed men raided the hospital”, says Marco Puntin. “Violence surrounds you in Afghanistan. This is the reality.”

Mother’s Day 2020

As we have done every single day since 1994, EMERGENCY stands alongside every mother.

The Roses are Blossoming in Anabah

Dear Rose, I’m writing to you this Mother’s Day, at this challenging time for humanity, for you and me and for all mothers and their children.  You should never forget one thing: tough times don’t last, but tough people do! First I have to tell you what happened this morning. It was a bright day,…

EMERGENCY to Take Part in CTSNet Live from Africa: Perspectives on COVID-19 From Sub-Saharan Cardiac Centers

This coming Friday, 8 May, CTSNet is streaming a free webinar which will host representatives from the cardiac surgery sector across Africa.

International Day of the Midwife 2020

Thank you to them and all midwives around the world for everything you do.

International Workers’ Day: “We stay Here For You. Please Stay Home For Us”

This special moment arrives just in time to celebrate International Workers’ Day.

When Words Can’t Help us, Actions Do

Masks, bulky lab coats, glasses – none of these will prevent us from communicating.

Ramadan Kareem to All Muslims Around the World

Let’s work towards a new way of sharing the world rather than division.
Now more than ever.

EMERGENCY is Providing its Protocols For Managing the COVID-19 Epidemic

We need to turn this global emergency into a global opportunity for collaboration. Therefore, please download our protocols.

We Want to Introduce You to One of Our COVID-19 Projects in Milan

We want to protect vulnerable people. To do so, it is essential to safeguard the facilities and environments where they find refuge and help.

A Surprise Today at the Bergamo Field Hospital.

We received a surprise today at the Bergamo Field Hospital.

WISH 2020 Edition: Flattening the Curve: Global Responses to COVID-19

Much of the discussion focused on how to collaborate across borders and societies to form a truly global response to this pandemic.


The first COVID-19 patients assigned to the EMERGENCY Intensive Care Unit at the Field Hospital in Bergamo, operated by the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital, have arrived. EMERGENCY is managing a 12-bed ICU ward with 34 staff members. The team, which is expected to increase in size, is made up of 10 doctors, 14 nurses, 4…

BERGAMO: “We Are Fully Prepared.”

We have a role to play. Doing our part to support this city, these people, this healthcare system, this country.

“We Didn’t Stop, Not Even For One Day.”

Through sharing expertise, we can overcome this crisis and continue our medical suppor

Dr Gina Portella interviewed by The Independent

Our medical personnel is living through a war-like situation

Afghanistan: This Work Will Continue

This work will continue.

International Mine Awareness Day

we can combat the spread of coronavirus at the same time as providing the highest quality trauma care. 

Bergamo Field Hospital: EMERGENCY is Doing Its Bit to Combat the COVID-19

From the planning phase to treating patients, EMERGENCY is doing its bit to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bergamo: We Are Working Around the Clock.

We aren’t just working hard, we are working with a huge collective spirit.

Bergamo: Rossella Miccio, EMERGENCY President, from the field hospital under construction.

Once ready, our doctors, nurses, and logisticians will treat and support those in need.

Our President Rossella Miccio on COVID19 at TRTWORLD

What we need to do is to respect rules, do our part and look at society as a whole.” our President Rossella Miccio, today at RTR World.

CORONAVIRUS: EMERGENCY Works On a New Hospital at Fiera Di Bergamo

EMERGENCY’s team of approximately 20 people will consist of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, and logisticians, who will run the intensive and sub-intensive care wards.

Solidarity Includes a Sense of Responsibility Towards Everyone Else

“Everybody needs this mindset – that I have to protect others from myself because I might be contagious.” Rossella Miccio.

International Day of Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Here’s to the elimination of racial discrimination, once and for all.

EMERGENCY Supports Migrants and Homeless During COVID-19 Outbreak

“At this very difficult time, we need to be concerned about protecting everyone’s health, and that includes the most vulnerable people in society, the people who risk being left behind.

COVID-19: Today We Need Another Collective, Humanitarian Effort.

As always, thank you for whatever you can do.

COVID-19: Our Part For The Sikh Community In The Latina Area Of Italy

To contain the outbreak, we must intercept as many people as possible, especially those who live on the margins of society.”

Medicine Can’t stop. Neither Can Solidarity with One Another in These Difficult Times.

Medicine can’t stop. Neither can solidarity with one another in these difficult times.

Zarbibi and Maysaa are Two Brave Women.

Zarbibi and Maysaa are two brave women. To them, and all the women who fight every day to improve the world, we dedicate this #InternationalWomenDay2020

CORONAVIRUS — EMERGENCY Responds To The Plea Of Lombardy Region

Today we spoke to the authorities of Lombardy region and offered them our help in managing the coronavirus epidemic. We have the possibility to share with the local health authorities our expertise and skills in treating patients in the midst of epidemics, honed in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak of 2014 and 2015. In…


The third quarter was a period of unprecedented violence, according to UNAMA, before we witnessed a decrease during the final quarter and the start of 2020. It continues to be difficult to conceive of ‘peace’ in Afghanistan at the moment.” Marco concludes

Scientific Contribution is Not Only a Matter of Research and Numbers, But Also Sharing Expertise Among Colleagues.

The Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery doesn’t just help its own patients, but also provides vital scientific contributions to research in the cardiac field. That’s something we are very proud of! This year, our colleague Eva was invited ato speak at the annual Cardiac Imaging Conference organised by the Pan-African Society of Cardiology and the…


“Police use tear gas against migrants attempting to cross the Greek border. The coast guard shoot at a refugee boat. Far-right militants use sticks and rocks to attack migrants on the Greek islands. The Prime Minister announces the suspension of asylum applications in Greece for the next month. A three-year-old boy dies during an attempted…

AFGHANISTAN: Moving Towards Peace Talks?

Yesterday, we received 12 wounded patients at EMERGENCY’s Surgical Centre for War Victims in Kabul. At around 7pm local time, two bicycle bombs went off in the city centre, hitting dozens of people, some of them young pupils from a local school.  The attack followed another the day before, which saw a motorbike blown up and five patients transferred to us us. No one…

EMERGENCY Breaks Down Walls By Building Them

📌 As our President Rossella Miccio once wrote, there are walls, and then there are walls: walls of exclusion, tearing people apart, but also walls of inclusion, bringing people together, defeating differences and discrimination. EMERGENCY’s hospitals are made of walls, but the good kind: where inclusion starts from high-quality healthcare, free of charge, as a…

Sierra Leone: EMERGENCY’s Work at the Paediatric Centre in Goderich, a Project That Has Seen More Than 380,000 Child Patients Treated

Through all this work, EMERGENCY affirms its commitment to working with the Sierra Leonean government to strengthen the results they have already achieved and improve the country’s health system.

‘I Can’t Begin To Describe EMERGENCY.’

There are people who dedicate themselves to this organisation for years. Laura is one of them. She’s been with us since 2009. Laura is a nurse. We met her in a ward at the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery. What she said took me on a journey to the heart of EMERGENCY’s ideals. And as happens to me on…

Even in War, Something Powerful Endures: Love

Today is Valentine’s Day in Iraq too, and there’s something powerful here, resisting war, violence, danger and fear. It’s called love.

‘We’re All the Same, From the Beginning Till the End’ – Hamid, the Imam Working For Peace in Ashti.

‘We have shared lives. We are born together, live together and end together.’

Iraq: Finally a Hand That Fits My Body

‘It’s my first time in Sulaymaniyah,’ continues Emad, who is from Mosul. ‘I had another prosthesis before, but it didn’t fit very well. This one I can really move. It feels like part of my body. This is really a hand worthy of the name. A hand that fits my body.’

Roberto, How Are You?

I realise my plane is touching down on the runway in Italy. All I can do is repeat to myself the promise I’ve always made to our colleagues back in Afghanistan, and which I intend to keep: to return.

Living ‘Small Small’: What I Learnt On My First Mission in Sierra Leone

Taking things ‘small small’ sometimes makes you happier than you think. I’m certain, because I’ve felt it myself. I’ve spent so many days in Sierra Leone seeing people who are much happier than me, than us in Europe. They have barely anything, yet they’ve given me so much.

They were asking me if this was really Italy

That is their right, as it is for any other human being.

Afghanistan: ‘Some of the hugs they give me literally make me quiver’

‘Some of the hugs they give me literally make me quiver’

Another achievement for our Regional Programme in Africa

In October, Luca, Coordinator of our regional cardiac surgery programme, and Maria, a long-standing cardiologist at EMERGENCY, were in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, for the first heart-screening misson at the new clinic at Orotta Hospital, the only public referral centre in the whole country.

A glimpse of beauty amid the horror of this war

There’s one thing I’m sure of and that’s the pure, gentle love that exists between a father and son. Just for a moment, it gives you a glimpse of beauty amid the horror of this war.

Let’s Look Forward

“The grass looked greener in the other field, so I thought I’d take my sheep there to graze. There’s an abandoned military base, but I didn’t think that … ” This is how Othman begins his story. A prosthesis replaces his left leg, which he lost in that field due to an unexploded landmine hidden…


We ask Europe to act immediately to avoid another war and to categorically refuse any support for military operations.

…We Begin 2020 With a Promise

In the face of conflict, our human spirit and solidarity will always endure.

For a More Just, Supportive and Human New Year

Best wishes to all for a more just, supportive and human new year. We can achieve it together.

Afghanistan: It’s Only Thanks To Them That I Haven’t Lost My Smile.

We had decided to leave forever, but I became a paraplegic at 23 years of age. What will we do now? 

Iraq: “I’ll Try To Tell You In Simple Words …”

This is how I approach my work and my life, with the hope of being able to return soon to Qamishlo, in my Syria.

Afghanistan: Twenty Years of Work

Sometimes it’s really tough, but we have no intention of stopping.

Afghanistan: ‘If Other People Have Done It Before, So Can You!

I would often tell myself, ‘If other people have done it before, so can you!’ and in the end I really did it.

Christmas 2019

Together, we can make a real difference

Iraq: We Left Everything Under the Ruins

When will they be allowed to go home?

International Migrants Day

Borders too often act as barriers. Countries should be refuges instead of obstacles to basic human rights. Migrants are not the danger. Intolerance is. International Migrants Day Europe: Respond! #InternationalMigrantsDay#InternationalDayofMigrants Pubblicato da EMERGENCY UK su Mercoledì 18 dicembre 2019   This is the desperation that Europe continues to ignore. Names, stories, identities, hopes, dreams, overwhelmed…

Land and Sea: Rights Denied Everywhere

The clock had just struck two when the head of our mission came to tell me there was a dinghy drifting a few miles from the ship. Just a few hours before we had been told a dinghy had capsized, leaving 60 people in the sea. Everyone on board was tense. You could read the…

Afghanistan: Reports from Lashkar-gah

Meanwhile, a question will stay with us: if you lose your facial features, how do you remain yourself?

10th December: Human Rights Day

To really change things, you have to choose which side to take. A right denied to one person is a right denied to all. HUMAN RIGHTS – ALWAYS. #HumanRightsDay

Our Bodies are Maps of Pain

The rocky mountains around Sulaymaniyah are capped with snow. Rain beats on the door of every house and on the roof of EMERGENCY’s Rehabilitation Centre. Samad leaves his tailor’s workshop and comes over to us, taking care on his prostheses. He lost his legs, along with his left eye, when he was a child. “I…


This is our mission. Trying to obstruct it is unacceptable and represents a serious violation of international humanitarian law, as well as putting thousands of victims’ lives at risk”, concludes Rossella Miccio, President of EMERGENCY.

Twenty Years Have Passed Since That First FAP Opened

So far, we have treated more than 5 million patients at our First Aid Posts (FAPs).

A Long Journey…

A long journey… an important one that has a primary goal: supporting women. From the Panjshir Valley to Milan, passing through Brussels and finally back to where everything started: Afghanistan.. but this time Kabul. On Wednesday, we presented our Maternity Report, “A Quiet Revolution”, in the Afghan capital. Hosted by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs,…


To give or not to give? That is the question. Thanksgiving is a powerful day. People come together, feel united, and bridge boundaries. It is a day to consider one of the most powerful acts one can make – giving. Today, when sharing becomes a form of reconciliation, we remind ourselves of the value of…

Afghanistan: Women’s Empowerment and the European Foundation Centre

Today, EMERGENCY launched its Maternity Report, ‘A Quiet Revolution’, in Brussels. The European Foundation Centre hosted the event, which served as an opportunity to discuss an underrepresented aspect of Afghanistan, something that we have been contributing to since 2003. Peace, women’s empowerment, women as agents of change, women as healthcare providers, women as healthcare receivers.…

This Is The Desperation That Europe Continues To Ignore

“I thought I saw everything in Nigeria with Boko Haram. I thought I had endured the worst things in the world. But I was wrong. I hadn’t seen Libya yet. “ Traumatic shock, burns, gunshot wounds, hypothermia, and dehydration. This is what our nurse Gabriella and cultural mediator Ahmed tell us they have seen aboard…

World Children’s Day 2019

Date: 20/11/1989 Event: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The world’s most widely ratified agreement ever is signed. Global leaders commit to protecting children’s rights. Date: 20/11/2019 Event: World Children’s Day 30 years later, children around the world are still affected by war and poverty. In 2019 alone, our Surgical Centre in…

Afghanistan: “You are part of the history of this valley…”

“You are part of the history of this valley in Afghanistan, just as blood is part of the human body,” they told us. In Panjshir, Shahzia recalls the fear she felt before she gave birth to two twins and the happiness in knowing, once they were born, that she and her children were doing well.…

Iraq: Here I’m Seeing The Future Which We Hope to Provide For All Our Projects.

I’m writing to share some good news with you. A few days ago, before I returned to the Ashti Camp for IDPs, I went from Barika, with Murad, Abu Malik, Raz and Andrea, to visit the healthcare centre for Syrian refugees which we opened in 2014 and handed over to the local authorities in 2017.…

“Here Are My Scars” – The Stories of Those Rescued by Open Arms

On the Open Arms vessel, our cultural mediator Bader, who helped staff with the search and rescue, listened to the terrible testimonies of the 44 people rescued from a small wooden boat on Sunday night. Among them is 16-year-old ‘A’: “I come from Mogadishu, Somalia. Before I arrived in Libya, I travelled through Ethiopia, Sudan…

Uganda: A Very Special Group Picture

This is a very special group picture… So many people who have planned, measured and built, with a will to achieve one unique goal: the right to treatment for everyone in need. We are on the construction site of our Centre of Excellence in Paediatric Surgery in Entebbe, Uganda, where from 2020 we will be able…

Uganda: “What Are You Planning On Doing With This Earth?”

Building work at our new Centre of Excellence in Paediatric Surgery in Entebbe, on the banks of Lake Victoria, continues at a cracking pace. After two and a half years of research, design, innovation and dedication, the outer structures are complete. The electrical and plumbing systems will soon be finished too, after which we will…

EMERGENCY presents the report ‘A QUIET REVOLUTION’ The EMERGENCY Anabah Maternity Centre and female empowerment.

‘A Quiet Revolution’ is EMERGENCY’s report analysing the impact that a free, specialist Maternity Centre can have on the health and societal role of the women who are part of it: both patients and staff.

International Day Of The Girl Child 2019

By doing so, we can positively change girls’ lives.


Several north-eastern Syrian cities are being bombed heavily. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, there are reports of at least 15 deaths from Turkey’s first attacks, at least 8 of whom were civilians.

Port Sudan: A Typical Saturday

Every Saturday, thanks to our partnership with some locals, we identify the most needy areas and organise meetings in which our health promoters engage, above all, women and children.

International Day of Non-Violence 2019

Our rules: Do not enter with weapons. Do not enter with violence. And do not even enter with a desire for it.

Happy World Heart Day from EMERGENCY

“Because we believe every heartbeat matters” World Heart Federation – and we might add, it doesn’t matter where it beats or whose heartbeat is.

Welcome to Everyday Life in Kabul

“Outside there’s a war, but I can’t just lock myself in at home because of that. I’ve got a responsibility to live, for me and my children”, something we so often hear from our patients. Welcome to everyday life in Kabul.

Afghanistan: Is It Possible To Feel Like Having War Inside Your Body?

Working together towards a world without war is the first step in guaranteeing a future for humanity.

EMERGENCY presents: A Quiet Revolution. Behind the scenes of Afghan Women’s lives. The EMERGENCY Anabah Maternity Centre and Women’s empowerment in Afghanistan

‘A Quiet Revolution’, a report from EMERGENCY due to be published on 15 October, was created to analyse how the system set up by the organisation in the Panjshir Valley can provide a model to be replicated in other areas of the country and elsewhere.

Sudan: …Waiting For The Next Call To Come

I take them in my arms as soon as I see them in the ward, when I can, I try to take some pictures so I can also see them again when I’m in Cagliari…waiting for the next call to come.

The Era of Growing Global Antibiotic Resistance – International Researchers Propose an Innovative Strategy for a New Research Framework Based on More Efficient Trial Design for Post Marketing Evaluation of New antibiotics

Rome, August 30th, 2019 – Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) has become a serious public health threat worldwide. According to The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, known as the Jim O’Neill Commission setup by the UK Government, deaths attributable every year to AMR could rise from today’s 700.000 to ten million by 2050. On May 14, 2015, the…

01/09/2019. Teresa and EMERGENCY

We still like to remember her surrounded by people who were given the chance of a new life by EMERGENCY.

‘BEYOND THE BEACH – THE HELL AND THE HOPE’, a Documentary Focused on EMERGENCY’s Work Around The World at The 76th Venice International Film Festival

‘Beyond the Beach – The Hell and the Hope’, a documentary focused on EMERGENCY’s work around the world.

Port Sudan: We Would Have Danced With Joy Too!

And not just that: Nora Idris started dancing. While watching her, we felt like dancing with joy too.

Sudan: Now You Understand that I Didn’t Take This Picture by Accident, Right?

Do you know what he said? “I was missing my patients, I was missing this hospital”.

“I’m a Woman Who Works for Women”

We thank her for her courage, as we do all the men and women who risk their lives in this humanitarian crisis to save other people.

EMERGENCY on Board the Open Arms Vessel To Rescue People in Need.

We reiterate: ‘People first’. Always.

EMERGENCY: “War Cannot Be Humanized. It Can Only Be Abolished…”

“War cannot be humanized. It can only be abolished.” – Albert Einstein

20 Years of Medical Treatment in Afghanistan, as told by of Yousof, Hedayatullah and Mobin

The professional growth that Yousof has experienced in our hospital fills him with pride

Afghanistan: It’s a Promise We Intend to Keep

For them, a red T-shirt is a symbol of hope, a promise of safety and care. And it’s a promise we intend to keep.

“I try to always work with a smile on my face”

Behind the wheel of the mobile clinic is our logistician, Luigi.

Afghanistan: EURONEWS Reports from Our Surgical Centre For War Victims, in Kabul

Monica Pinna of EuroNews reports once again from our hospital in Kabul, meeting patients affected by the intense and long-lasting war in Afghanistan, and the medical staff who work around the clock to provide them with treatment.


It’s what keeps us focused on our goal: to help people who think they’ve missed their chance, to let them live again.

AFGHANISTAN: Two EMERGENCY Employees Killed in an Air Strike.

EMERGENCY expresses its deepest condolences to the victims’ loved ones and is thinking of our colleagues who continue to work in Afghanistan. We share the deep and unjust sorrow felt by Afghan families every day.

Iraq: Best of Luck to All of You!

Good news from Sulaymaniyah, Iraq! A few days ago, we were able to celebrate with 14 former patients from our Centre for Rehabilitation and Social Reintegration, and award them certificates for the vocational training courses they completed. Congratulations to tailors Nukhsha and Shler, carpenters Nazim and Jabar, plastics workers Herish and Bahadin and leather workers…

Afghanistan: …From the Surgical Centre for War Victims in Kabul

Afghanistan is a country in the midst of a war that EMERGENCY knows all too well.

Iraq: These Two have Stared the Same War in the Face

“Today, thanks to our help, they’ve managed to come back from the brink, walk again and find their place in the world, within this landscape scarred by deep wounds.”

EMERGENCY: Conclusion of Our 18th Annual Meeting

commitment and desire for change that will continue to inspire us long into the future.

Lyse Doucet, at our 18th Annual Meeting in Milan

When you get to the heart of them, these stories are no different from the stories of you or I. They’re stories about all of us.”

Afghanistan: This Child Was Still Holding His Books and a Pencil before Entering the Hospital.

This morning, a central district of Kabul, Afghanistan, was the scene of a deadly attack.

Renzo Piano, at Our 18th Annual Meeting

“Peace is like a city. We have to build it together, brick by brick.”

EMERGENCY: Annual Meeting 2019

If you’re in Milan from 28-30 June, EMERGENCY will be waiting with open arms.

World Refugee Day 2019

And wherever they may escape to, every individual has the right to be listened to and protected. Not turned away, abused, ignored or exploited, but protected.