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Afghanistan: Difficult Days, Like Yesterday

An attack during a religious ceremony in Kabul killed 43 people and injured 85.

Sudan: Chantal Will Be Able to Live a Normal Life

The cardiologist who visited included Chantal among the patients that may require surgery at the Salam Centre. 

Iraq: I Found So Many People Around Me

EMERGENCY gives hope to disabled people to return back into society, with a combination of high quality of prostheses and economic independence.

EMERGENCY Has Been Treating Victims of War in Afghanistan Since 1999

This year, the violence has been relentless

Statement: EMERGENCY Responds to Outbreak at the Anabah Maternity Centre, Afghanistan

On 4 November 2018 in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of EMERGENCY’s Maternity Hospital in Panjshir, Anabah, an outbreak of an unknown and as yet not determined origin was registered. Twelve newborns, who were already in a critical condition…

EMERGENCY Reopens First Aid Post in Sangin

EMERGENCY Reopens First Aid Post in Sangin

EMERGENCY in Sudan: The Salam Centre

at the state-of-the-art Salam Centre in Khartoum, Sudan.

Sudan: WHO Director-General Visits Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Khartoum

We were honoured to receive the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the Salam Centre

Hundreds of People Like Etienne

we want to share the story of Etienne, who could easily be our father or brother

“Can a Building Hold a Philosophy? A Single Wall an Idea?”

“As always, I leave from this trip proud to be part of the EMERGENCY family.”

International Day of Peace 2018

Because “Only the practice of peace can inspire belief in peace.”

Italy: “The Promise to Make My Friend Happy”

Hope allowed me to make my friend happy

EMERGENCY’s Annual Meeting

“EMERGENCY understood, quarter of a century ago, the deep bond between human rights and peace”. Gino Strada

Afghanistan: A Day in Anabah

Afghanistan, Panjshir Valley. Every day, around 20 children are born in our Maternity Centre and about 130 people visit the Medical-Surgical Centre

Sudan: “Maybe I’ll Go and Say Hi to Sherin Gul”

The surgical interventions we carry out here require such precision that they bring about high levels of tension

Afghanistan: Providing Life-Saving Medical Care to the People of Helmand Province

In 2004 the organisation opened the Lashkar-Gah Surgical Centre, the only hospital offering free and high-quality medical and surgical care in the entire region.

Afghanistan: Here’s What Happens In A ‘Safe Country’

In this country, that the European Union considers ‘safe’, the capital Kabul suffered yet another attack last Wednesday.

World Humanitarian Day 2018

We echo the call to #ProtectHealthWorkers

World Humanitarian Day 2018

Life shouldn’t be like this. Civilians are #NotATarget

Afghanistan: What is our wish?

War also means being born in a surgical centre for victims and the injured.

Italy/Afghanistan: I Understood That My Life Was In Danger

F’s eyes fill with both joy and sadness as he recognises the EMERGENCY logo

European Union – EMERGENCY: Supporting The Health System In Sierra Leone

The main aim of the projects was to strengthen the national health system

Afghanistan: Fighting In Ghazni, EMERGENCY Requests That The Civilian Population Is Respected And The Opening Of A Safe Passage

On Friday morning, fighting began to engulf Ghazni

Sudan: ‘Behind The Scenes’

When most people think about a hospital, they rarely think about those that work ‘behind the scenes’

Iraq: Euronews Reports from EMERGENCY’s Rehabilitation Centre in Sulaymaniyah

The facility has treated over 5,000 war victims since it opened in 1998

Sierra Leone: Blessing Raises Everyone’s Spirits

She is 10 months old and the daughter of an ‘Ebola survivor’

Central African Republic: A Hospital Transformed

We have dedicated energy and effort to this project for five years: those who enter the Complexe Pédiatrique today will see a transformed hospital

Doctor Tony in Iraq: Health Promotion in Ashti Camp Part Two

It is time to give a face to some of the people who were involved in this process, be they patients or our relentless health promoters.

Afghanistan: A Special Gesture From Former Patient Abdul

One year ago, Abdul Jabbar, a young man from Kabul, was shot during a firefight just an hour before his wedding.

Doctor Tony in Iraq: Health Promotion in Ashti Camp Part One

In this series of posts, I want to take you on the journey of a de-worming campaign in the camps we work in, promoting health and hygiene to the IDPs and refugees that live here.

From London to Iraq: A Nurse’s Perspective – Part Three

This is the third instalment in Mark’s blog series. To see the previous entry, click here. Hi! My name’s Mark and I’m a British nurse who normally works in an Emergency Department in central London. I am currently on my…

Afghanistan: “I’m Trying to Lead a Normal Life, Because Kabul Is My Home”

Hedayat has been working at the EMERGENCY Surgical Centre in Kabul since it opened in 2001.

From London to Iraq: A Nurse’s Perspective – Part Two

EMERGENCY’s commitment to building a culture of peace is being demonstrated every day in Ashti Camp.

Sudan: The Salam Centre’s Amazing Team

Achieving surgical excellence doesn’t just mean operating on patients at the highest medical standards, but also taking care of them afterwards.

Sudan: ‘Health Promotion’ in Mayo Camp

At the EMERGENCY Paediatric Centre in the Mayo refugee camp, Sudan, our staff provide free of charge medical care to children up to 14 years old, as well as to future mothers. Paediatric and obstetric visits and follow-ups are performed…

From London to Iraq: A Nurse’s Perspective – Part One

Over the coming weeks and months, Mark – a British nurse – will be sharing his experiences from Iraqi Kurdistan.

Afghanistan: It’s About 8am and Kabul Is Awoken by the First Explosion of the Day

Mohammed lives in Shash Darak, the district where two bombs exploded one after another. 

Afghanistan: He Was Playing in His Room When Fighting Drew Near

His name is Ansarullah and he is two years old.

Afghanistan: Our Day in Kabul Ends by Counting the Victims

The constant activity at the hospital in Kabul is a clear signal of how the situation in Afghanistan is getting worse.

Afghanistan: Another Day of Blood in Kabul

On Sunday morning, an attack on a voter registration centre caused dozens of deaths and over one hundred injuries.

Afghanistan: This is Edris. 7 Years Old and a Survivor of War

We began to see smoke rising above the houses. A car bomb had exploded outside the stadium about a mile away from us.

Sudan: Collaborating with the Jos Teaching Hospital

Two years ago, we also began collaborating with the Jos University Teaching Hospital in the east of Sudan.

Afghanistan: “This Is What I Saw: This Is War and Its Consequences”

Graziana, a nurse who has recently returned from Afghanistan, shares her experiences.

International Mine Awareness Day 2018

Today, on 4 April, we observe the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

Sudan: Fatma’s Story

Some months after her surgery, something wasn’t right, and she was readmitted to the Salam Centre.

Italy: The Makeshift Camps of San Ferdinando

The conditions are inhumane, shameful, degrading.

Sudan: Mass Casualty Training at the Salam Centre

A few days ago, thirty doctors and nurses from the most remote and problematic areas in Sudan arrived in Khartoum.

Afghanistan: At Least 26 Dead in Kabul Suicide Bombing

The death toll of this morning’s suicide bombing in Kabul amounts to at least 26, according to the Afghan Ministry of the Interior.

Italy: “No Photos Here. These People Are Not a Tourist Attraction”

We’re visiting the makeshift camps in the Rosarno area, Calabria, where migrants who come to the area annually to harvest oranges every year live.

A Special Day at the Kabul Surgical Centre

27 doctors from Kabul, Panjshir and Lashkar-Gah took their specialisation exams

International Women’s Day 2018

Happy International Women’s Day to all who fight for a better future. For everyone.

Italy: One Month on from a Devastating Fire in the Rosarno Tendopoli

The shacks that burned have been replaced by ash and mud.

CAR: Neige’s Story

Neige is a little, six year old girl from Bangui, Central African Republic.

EMERGENCY to Host Fourth Annual Medical Seminar

The aim of the seminar is to provide participants with the basic principles of the treatment of patients in low income and war-torn Countries.

CAR: Bienheureux and Sacerdosse’s Story

They are twins who twins suffer from a congenital heart disease that has to be constantly monitored.

Italy: 215 Shipwreck Survivors Land in Augusta, Sicily

They are people with first-hand experience of the brutal migration politics of the last few months.

Afghanistan: Attack in Kabul

On Saturday, Kabul was the target of another horrific attack.

Afghanistan: Statement on Attack in Jalalabad

EMERGENCY is shocked to learn about this morning’s attack on Save the Children’s office in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: EMERGENCY Receives ‘Allama Sayed Jamaluddin’ Medal of Honour

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani awarded EMERGENCY the prize for their commitment to the victims of war in Afghanistan.


Samiullah, our colleague, a nurse at the Lashkar-Gah Hospital, was killed on Saturday in a gunfight. He found himself in the midst of a shootout whilst on the way to a wedding.

Happy New Year From EMERGENCY USA

In 2017, we worked non-stop, every day to do what is right: to provide free, high-quality healthcare care to those who need it.

Iraq: ‘I’m Treating a Father’s Burned Hands’

He carried his daughter to our clinic in the Ashti camp. Her clothes and hair were still on fire.

Afghanistan: Suicide Attacks in Kabul

Two wounded taken to our hospital so far, one DOA.

Iraq: Ahlam’s Story

Ahlam was in her father’s arms, both her legs amputated.

Hanan Comes from Salah Al-Din, One of the Iraqi Provinces Invaded by ISIS.

She arrived at the Ashti refugee camp with almost all her family.

Nine Months Old. She Arrived at the Port of Pozzallo.

‘The little girl was the first off the ship, accompanied by her mum. She was in a very bad way, with dyspnea and arrhythmia.’

Giles Duley. An Open Wound. Day 16.

As they change the bandages on his hand, Darwood Salim raises his fingers in a victory sign.

Giles Duley. An Open Wound. Day 15.

On the 8th of March 2017, Darwood, aged 12, had been tending sheep just outside Mosul when he stepped on a landmine.

Giles Duley. An Open Wound. Day 14.

Ahad Abdulah, who is 10 years old, suffered facial injuries when a bomb landed near him.

Giles Duley. An Open Wound. Day 13.

Abbas Fadil, 8, sits in the gardens of EMERGENCY’s hospital.

Giles Duley. An Open Wound. Day 12.

Gathban Mahmood, 22, was about to graduate from high school when ISIS took control of Mosul.

They Are Both 13 and Come from the Same City – Mosul

Unfortunately, Ghofran and Akram have another thing in common: they both lost a leg to a bomb while they were playing in their homes.

Giles Duley. An Open Wound. Day 11.

Mohamed Nawaf, 14, lost both legs and suffered facial and hand injuries in Mosul.

Giles Duley. An Open Wound. Day 10.

Yacub Ahmad, 43, was blinded in one eye and lost his left hand following a blast outside his home in Mosul.

Giles Duley. An Open Wound. Day 9.

A sniper shot Mustafa Mahmoud, 17, as he tried to escape the fighting in Mosul.

Giles Duley. An Open Wound. Day 8.

A photo from EMERGENCY’s Healthcare Clinic in Ashti IDP Camp.

A New EMERGENCY Project: The Centre of Excellence in Paediatric Surgery, Uganda

We have some exciting news: a new EMERGENCY project will open in Uganda in 2019!

Giles Duley. An Open Wound. Day 7.

Raghad, 1 month old, has her vital signs monitored at EMERGENCY’s Healthcare Clinic in Ashti IDP Camp.

Giles Duley. An Open Wound. Day 6.

Rahaf, 6 years old, is weighed and measured at the EMERGENCY’s Healthcare Clinic in Ashti IDP camp.

Giles Duley. An Open Wound. Day 5.

Waiting for appointments at the Ashti IDP Camp.

Giles Duley. An Open Wound. Day 4.

Omer Hussan Ahmed, 62, was was injured by a landmine in 1996.

Giles Duley. An Open Wound. Day 3.

In 2003, Baraq Qahtan Dharee’s parents stepped on a landmine in Kirkuk as her father was carrying her.

Giles Duley. An Open Wound. Day 2.

Qutaiba Ahmed, 33, lost a leg after a shell hit his house during the Second Gulf War.

Giles Duley: An Open Wound

Earlier this year, world-renowned photographer Giles Duley visited EMERGENCY’s projects in Iraq to document the civilian impact of the Battle for Mosul.

Afghanistan: We Moved Here So He Could Die in Peace

We can’t do anything. We both rest a hand on his little body so he doesn’t feel alone.

Central African Republic: Steven Arrived Here with a High Fever and a Persistent Cough, Struggling to Breathe

At just ten years of age, Steven is not only malnourished but suffers from tuberculosis and HIV.

Italy: J. Has a Deathly Gaze. You Can Read in Her Eyes the Dramatic Events She’s Endured

J. is one of the survivors of the shipwreck on 6 November, 30 miles off the Libyan coast.

Afghanistan: The Never-Ending War

Yesterday morning, another suicide attack hit Kabul.

Earthquake in Iraq: EMERGENCY’s View

On Sunday evening, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the eastern area of ​​Iraq, on the border with Iran, causing hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries.

Giles Duley Exhibits Latest Work at Casa EMERGENCY, Milan

This month, you can see our trustee Giles Duley’s latest exhibition, featuring photos from EMERGENCY’s Erbil Surgical Centre, at Casa Emergency in Milan.

EMERGENCY Takes Part in African Cardiology Conference

EMERGENCY were invited to take part in one of the most important meetings on cardiology on the African continent.

Sudan: One of Our Little Patients Made This Masterpiece.

Her perspective, from her hospital bed, showing doctors making their rounds.

Afghanistan: Truck and Car Bombs Hit Multiple Provinces

38 wounded patients were taken to our Kabul Surgical Centre.

Italy: Life After the Earthquake in Teramo

The earthquakes in central Italy left invisible wounds as well as physical scars.

Iraq: The Return to Erbil

An EMERGENCY team returns to Erbil after twelve years to treat the victims of the capture of Mosul.

Iraq: Rayyan and Abdul

Before Mosul became a battlefield, Rayyan and Abdul used to meet in the park to play football.

Iraq: Ahlam’s Story

Ahlam is a beautiful girl, with a bewitching stare, black hair and a little Hello Kitty necklace.

Sudan: Remember Aisha and Hawa?

They arrived at the Port Sudan Paediatric Centre suffering from sickle cell anaemia after travelling 4,000 kilometres.

Afghanistan: 27 Injured Treated After Explosion in Kabul

On Friday morning, Kabul was hit by another attack.

Sierra Leone: Mudslide and Flooding Kill Hundreds

After days of heavy rain, at least 6,000 people have lost their homes due a mudslide and subsequent flooding in Freetown last week. 

Sierra Leone: Update on Situation in Freetown

At least 6,000 people have lost their homes due to the mudslide and subsequent flooding in Freetown.

Afghanistan: Nurse Roberto Writes From Lashkar-Gah

“The pieces are always the same: bullet, shell, mine, shell, bullet…”

Afghanistan: A ‘Safe’ Country?

16 years after the international coalition’s intervention, Afghanistan is still, undeniably, a country at war.

Sudan: A 4,000km Journey for Aisha and Hawa

They come from Nigeria and arrive in Port Sudan in serious condition.

Afghanistan: Gulbudin’ Story

“He is one of those people you would always want to go to for support and advice.”

Sudan: First Year Results of Health Programme in Mayo

The main aim of the project is to improve health services and education for vulnerable people in the Mayo area.

Iraq: It’s Graduation Day in Sulaymaniyah

“It’s a great day for us and the 15 former patients who have graduated.”

Italy: ‘We Worked Day and Night to Give the Care They Needed’

In June, we witnessed the landing of over 2000 migrants at the port of Augusta.

Italy: “I’m Shocked by the Whirlwind of Emotions”

I’ve been in Augusta since Tuesday. I’ve witnessed the landing of 712 people.

Statement on Proposed Border Rules

Closing Italian ports to NGO rescue ships will be another obstacle to the safety of thousands of people.

Afghanistan: The Valley of Women

A new film explores life at the Anabah Maternity Centre.

Iraq: Yunus’s Story

Today, Yunus is trying his new leg.

Afghanistan: Car Bomb Attack Update

Kabul car bombing: 76 inpatients, 40 outpatients, 11 dead at the EMERGENCY Surgical Centre.

Iraq: Shino’s Story

“War deprived me of so many things”, Shino.

EMERGENCY to Take Part in Brussels Conference on Migration

EMERGENCY will be taking part in a European Development Day conference entitled ‘Vulnerability During the Migration Process: a Health Perspective’.

EMERGENCY is 23 Years Old

EMERGENCY was founded on 15 May 1994. 23 years on, we have treated over 8 million people around the world.

Happy International Nurses Day!

A huge thank you to nurses all around the world.

Iraq: ‘The Patient List is Long. They All Come From Mosul’

Iraq Update: The patient registry at the Emergency Hospital in Erbil, Iraq, where we take care of victims of war, is long. They all come from the same place: Mosul.

Sudan: EMERGENCY Celebrates Ten Years of the Salam Centre

Ten years ago, we opened the Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Khartoum, Sudan.

Iraq: “I Heard a Roar, Turned Around and Saw a Mortar Fall Exactly Where Rayyan Was Playing”

The Erbil EMERGENCY hospital continues to receive child casualties from Mosul.

Iraq: Update From the Field

Iraq: update from our nurse working in one of our health centres located inside the Ashti camp

Statement on Syria Air Strikes

EMERGENCY on the Syria Attacks: A Failed Approach Is Being Repeated The massacre in Idlib was the latest in a series of extremely serious incidents during the war in Syria. Before the massacre, there were two choices: to stop and…

Iraq: Al Jazeera Report from Erbil Hospital

Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel-Hamid reported from the EMERGENCY Surgical Facility in Erbil, Iraq.

International Mine Awareness Day 2017

This International Mine Awareness Day, EMERGENCY reaffirms its commitment to treating the victims of these inhumane and indiscriminate weapons.

Iraq: A Story From Erbil

An Update from Michela, Medical Coordinator in Erbil, Iraq.

EMERGENCY Has Treated Eight Million People

Eight million patients have now received healthcare at EMERGENCY facilities since 1994.

Afghanistan: Update on Attack in Central Kabul

18 wounded patients have arrived at our Surgical Centre for War Victims in Kabul.

Iraq: Al Jazeera Reports From EMERGENCY Clinic in Erbil

As the fighting in Mosul intensifies, Al Jazeera’s Stefanie Dekker reports live from the EMERGENCY hospital in Erbil, Iraq.

Iraq: Civilian Casualities in Mosul

Another civilian receives treatment at the Emergency Hospital in Erbil after sustaining shrapnel wounds

Iraq: Mokhtar – The Latest Casualty of Mosul’s Attritional War

Mokhtar arrives in the emergency room with shrapnel in his chest and a door handle in his pocket.

Iraq: Child Victims of the Ongoing Landmine Problem

EMERGENCY staff report from the field where Iraq’s landmine problem continues to affect innocent civilians, many of whom are children.

Iraq: Celebrations at EMERGENCY’s Rehabilitation Centre

EMERGENCY’S Programme Coordinator in Iraq recounts the success of the training programme for former patients.

Iraq: Difficult Decisions Amidst the Ruins of War

Emanuele, EMERGENCY staff member, reports from Iraq.

First Stone Laid at New Paediatric Surgery Centre in Uganda

The EMERGENCY Centre of Excellence for Paediatric Surgery will be built at Lake Victoria, 35 kilometres from Kampala.

EMERGENCY Founder Gino Strada Receives 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize

Dr Strada received the prize in Seoul, South Korea.

Iraq: EMERGENCY Opens War Surgery Clinic in Erbil

A new war surgery clinic opened by EMERGENCY at the Emergency hospital in in Erbil, Iraq, will guarantee medical assistance to victims of the conflict there

Afghanistan: “I would like to be a nurse. I’ve already learned some English words at school.”

Noor-zia is 22 years old and lives in a village a few kilometres from Anabah, Afghanistan.

EMERGENCY and Human Rights

We believe that this equality should be present in access to medical care around the world, and that everyone should benefit from the right to free, high quality healthcare.


On Thursday 8 December, EMERGENCY inaugurates the new building at the Maternity Centre in Anabah, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: EMERGENCY Responds to Terrorist Attack in Kabul

This morning, a terrorist attack at the Bager-ul-uloom mosque in the Darul Aman area in Kabul killed at least 27 people.

Sicily: “They beat me in prison, and I was left there for three months.”

A newly-arrived refugee in Sicily describes the traumatic Mediterranean crossing.

Afghanistan: Little Bahar

His name is Bahar – ‘Spring’ – and he has experienced the horrors of war before even coming into the world.

Anabah Maternity Centre Expansion Nears Completion

We are proud to announce that the expansion project at the Anabah Maternity Centre, Afghanistan, is now in its final stage.

Sicily: “You can not imagine,” he says, “you can not imagine what happened.”

An update from Sicily.

Founder Gino Strada Interviewed for International Day of Peace

Dr Gino Strada features in Peace One Day’s coverage.

Libya: EMERGENCY Suspends Gernada Operations

Serious violence has forced EMERGENCY to suspend its operations in Gernada.

Afghanistan: Update from Kabul

Cecilia Strada, President of EMERGENCY, writes from Kabul in the aftermath of the attack at the American University of Afghanistan.

Afghanistan: More Patients Arrive in Lashkar-Gah

An update from the field as fighting continues in Helmand.

Afghanistan: 30,000 Flee Villages in Helmand

As fighting intensifies, Helmandis are searching for safety in Lashkar-Gar.

Afghanistan: Update on Situation in Lashkar-Gah

Update on the ongoing situation in Lashkar-Gah, Helmand.

Sudan: “This Photo is a Snapshot of Hope”

“This photo is a snapshot of hope”, Ljubica, Medical Coordinator at EMERGENCY’s Paediatric Centre, Port Sudan.

Afghanistan: New First Aid Point Opens in Helmand Province

Incredible work and dedication in this volatile region of Afghanistan has led to the opening of a vital new First Aid Point in Helmand.

Rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean Sea

“In front of me, in the middle of the sea between Italy and Libya, were hundreds of youngsters. We rescued them one by one.”

PRESS RELEASE: EMERGENCY NGO & MOAS partner up to provide rescue and medical care to migrants in the Mediterranean

6th June 2016 A joint operation by EMERGENCY NGO, humanitarian organisation which provides medical care, and Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) is leaving Malta today aboard the Topaz Responder, a search and rescue vessel which will patrol the world's deadliest…

Sudan: Without family, what could she do to find help for her baby?

She handed us her baby in tears and said ‘Take care of him. Please help me, I don’t know where else to go’.

Migrant Response, Italy: Twelve Days In The Open Sea

Migrant Response, Italy: N. and H. both came ashore with their families, but on their boats there were around 100 Egyptian children who came alone.

Every Two Hours A Woman In Afghanistan Dies Due To Pregnancy Related Causes

For every 100,000 live births in Afghanistan, about 400 mothers will die1. Though this maternal mortality ratio is a fraction of its earlier levels, it is still one of the highest in the world. But here’s the thing: most of…

LIBYA: ‘His life is more important than his leg’

Najib, 22, was brought to our hospital in ‎Gernada, ‪Libya, a week ago after a bullet wounded his leg.

ITALY: 200+ Migrants and Refugees land in Sicily, one on his birthday.

He came ashore with over 200 other migrants and refugees, but for him landing in Europe was especially momentous: it was his birthday.

AFGHANISTAN: Channel 4 News visit EMERGENCY’s Surgical Centre in Kabul

Channel 4 News recently visited our Surgical Centre in Kabul, Afghanistan; Watch their powerful and moving report here.

AFGHANISTAN: Bringing humanity to the Helmand frontline

EMERGENCY’s Surgical Centre in Lashkar-gah, Afghanistan, was featured in UN OCHA’s Humanitarian Bulletin this mor

LIBYA: Treating the Wounded and Training Doctors

In Libya, we are not only treating the wounded, but also training Libyan healthcare professionals.

ITALY: 1,500 Migrants and Refugees come ashore in 48 hours

In the last two days, over 1,500 people have come ashore in Pozzallo and Augusta, Sicily.

Meet our staff: Marja’s Story [VIDEO]

Marja runs the National Midwifery Team at EMERGENCY’s Maternity Centre in Anabah, Afghanistan. She is one of over 60 national staff members that EMERGENCY has provided with free professional training and employment at the Centre. “The population of the valley quickly understood…

IRAQ: New Temporary Clinic in Ashti Camp

“To ensure the necessary care right from the start, we set up our mobile clinic and arranged a specific area with two tents that will act as a clinic for the next three months…”

MEET OUR STAFF: Marja’s Story

WHEN THE TALIBAN ATTACKED my village, I and many others fled to seek refuge in the Panjshir Valley. We walked through the night, and all of the following day, the constant dull thud of bombs echoed around us. Some of…

SUDAN: A Simple Pill Would Have Prevented All This Damage

‘All this because nobody had given her antibiotics’

Empowering Afghan Women

“I studied medicine in Kabul, then I decided to specialise here. I learn a lot of things working with the international staff, such as new diagnosis and care techniques, but above all I’m gaining experience” Sitting on a bench in…

SIERRA LEONE: Mammoud has still a long and happy life in front of him

Half of his face is now covered by bandages, but on the other half you can see him smiling.

Bombing a hospital is always an unacceptable act of violence.

Hospitalised patients need treatment, respite, and care; not more bombs and violence. But, once again, a hospital has become a target. Bombing a hospital is always an unacceptable act of violence. Hospitals need to be able to provide medical care…

To Be A Child In Afghanistan

It’s never going to be easy to live through war, especially for a child. But our staff do whatever they can to make it better.

SIERRA LEONE: New First Aid Post Opens!

During the two months while our new First Aid Post (FAP) was being built in Waterloo, Sierra Leone, the news of the imminent opening of the clinic quickly spread throughout the area: a sign of just how much it’s needed. The…

AFGHANISTAN: What I’ve learnt about bullets you won’t find in books

“That’s what I’ve learnt about bullets, shrapnel and landmines. And it’s something you won’t find in the books.”

LIBYA: From Patient To Staff Member

Ramadan was a patient at our Surgical Centre for War Victims in Libya, but now he works with us. This is his story.

Living Under War in Afghanistan

Luca, our Programme Coordinator in Afghanistan, shares what it’s like to live a normal life in war.

Recognition Of Our Fight Against Ebola

EMERGENCY has been awarded a special prize by the President of Sierra Leone for its efforts in the fight against Ebola.

Afghanistan: Violence escalates in first days of 2016

In the space of only a few hours, there were two attacks on the capital’s airport, only a few days after the attack on the restaurant ‘Le Jardin’.

IRAQ: Happy New Year!

EMERGENCY’s Humanitarian Response Programme Manager in Iraq reflects on seeing in the new year in Afghanistan, and his new role in Iraq. “We have just finished an intense year. I began 2015 as a logistician in Lashkar-Gah, in southern Afghanistan. Along…

Happy Birthday: Port Sudan Paediatric Centre is 4!

EMERGENCY’s Paediatric Centre in Port Sudan, Sudan, celebrates its fourth year of operations this month.

2015: What did we accomplish?

From fighting Ebola, to assisting refugees and migrants, to building a new hospital in Libya; See what we’ve done this year.

Thank You From Kabul

‘I would like to take a moment to thank all those who made it possible through their support to expand this hospital, and to allow us to better cure those who really need it.’

Libya: He’ll recover, but he’ll never forget

Meet Abdulla Hossain: a child casualty of the conflict in Libya.

From Refugee to EMERGENCY Team Leader

Esther, our new team leader at the Paediatric Centre in Mayo, Sudan, shares what the centre means to her.


Inclusion and empowerment are this year’s focus for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.


We’re now waiting for February, hoping with all our hearts we’ll be able to write that Sierra Leone won’t need EMERGENCY any more, at least in its battle against Ebola.

PROFILE: Gino Strada, Founder of EMERGENCY

Winner of the Right Livelihood Award 2015 “for his great humanity and skill in providing outstanding medical and surgical services to the victims of conflict and injustice.”

Gino Strada’s RLA 2015 acceptance speech, Full Text

Here’s the complete text of Gino Strada’s acceptance speech at the Right Livelihood Award 2015 (the “Alternative Nobel Prize”) ceremony.   Honourable Members of the Parliament, honourable members of the Swedish Government, members of the RLA Foundation, fellow Laureates, Excellences,…

GILES DULEY: Documenting The Lives Saved By EMERGENCY

“I can think of no other organisation that is so truly unique and effective in helping injured civilians caught up in conflict and those affected by the extreme poverty caused by war.”

SIERRA LEONE: New First Aid Post in Lokomasama

Sierra Leone still needs us: the epidemic has made the already weak health system even more precarious.

LIBYA: Civilian Victims in a Borderless War

Mousa and Mohamed are just two of the many war victims that we treat every single day in our hospitals. They too are the civilian victims of a borderless war.


In our hospitals, the concept of “care” goes beyond the medical act.


There have been 42 consecutive days without new cases.


“They’re not just numbers, statistics or “collateral damage”. They’re people. And that’s how they should be seen, always.”


I’m writing to inform you that a baby was born Saturday night in our Surgical centre for War Victims in Kabul.


“Receiving the Right Livelihood Award: The ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ is a great honour” says Gino Strada.


We call on all parties involved in the conflict to respect our hospital, and allow it to be accessed by victims of the fighting


We are now back in ‪Libya‬, providing medical and surgical treatment to the victims of war.

Update from the field, Afghanistan

25 patients coming from the MSF hospital in Kunduz, which was bombed by NATO on the same day, arrived at EMERGENCY’s Surgical Centre in Kabul


“What happened in Kabul makes you feel that all of the humanitarian workers in this country are now even more vulnerable” Luca, Programme Coordinator Afghanistan.


“For his great humanity and his skill in providing outstanding medical and surgical services to the victims of conflict and injustice, while fearlessly addressing the causes of war.”


A nice place for mothers and babies before, during and after every phase of the birth.


We stand with the millions of people who flee a present stained by sufferance, war, persecution and embark on a perilous journey to hope.


“I couldn’t let my sons be made into child soldiers, I couldn’t let my daughters have no future. It’s the dream of their future that led me. And we are alive.”


“Health is a right for everyone”.


Now the countdown begins: Sierra Leone needs 42 consecutive days with no new cases to be declared free from ‪#‎Ebola‬.


Before you speak about migrants or refugees, think about this.


One minute it seems calm, then you turn to find yourself in the middle of a nightmare.


“Today I want to forget, only for a moment, the horrors of war. But war isn’t listening to me, it doesn’t stop, the wounded continue to arrive.”


EMERGENCY’s President Cecilia Strada talks about Afghanistan.

AFGHANISTAN: The Real Heroes Of The Conflict

“They haven’t got super-muscles or super-powers but just being able to say you’ve met them somehow helps set the world right.”


“Every day we do just that: we offer free, high- quality care. It’s not a slogan, and these aren’t numbers. It’s the reality, and these are real people.”


EMERGENCY nurse Stefano soon to be discharged from hospital.


Update from the field: Refugee Doctor Adnan continues work in our Qoratu health centre


“The worst part was in Libya. They made us work and then stole everything we’d earned.”


War is an operating theatre that’s never empty.


That’s what war is: you leave home in the morning and you’re not sure you’ll be going back, or that all your loved ones will still be there.


Still more than fifty new cases of Ebola every week in Sierra Leone.


Hard winter in ‪#‎Sudan brings an increase of patients at EMERGENCY’s Paediatric Centre.


After two weeks of treatment, Lionel and Christian finally recover.


“To treat an Ebola patient and to live in a community affected by Ebola is, of course, a risk.”


Luca Rolla: We take care of children in a country where it is forbidden to hug each other.

Afghanistan: NATO’s combat mission officially comes to an end

EMERGENCY’s three hospitals in Afghanistan have admitted more than 14,000 injured by bullet, more than 7000 injured by explosion and more than 4000 injured by landmines


With quality and professionalism, Ebola can and will be defeated.


“We must face Ebola in a rational way, being aware of all the risks, but, crucially, being convinced of the importance of the work we do.”


Damage to the EMERGENCY hospital where 20 casualties were taken after the attack: 6 were declared dead on arrival.


“We can’t let anything stop us: the work we do here is too important for my people, for my country.”


Yye Kargbo is 74 years old and she has an extraordinary strenght: she survived Ebola.


His condition was very bad but after 3 weeks of suffering Momo won his battle.


EMERGENCY is planning another Ebola treatment centre in collaboration with the Government of Sierra Leone and DfID.

EMERGENCY’s Port Sudan Paediatric Centre awarded the Zumbotel Group Award in London

EMERGENCY’s Port Sudan Paediatric centre wins architectural award in London

Central African Republic update: injured children arrive at our Bangui centre

CAR Crisis: Massacre of Muslim children

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