Our New Mobile Clinic in Iraq

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In Iraqi-Kurdistan, we’re currently waiting for the new refugee camps to be opened in Qoratu and Tazade where we will be treating the camps’ inhabitants at our two new health clinics. In the meantime, our staff are traveling around in our new mobile health clinic to provide treatment for the Iraqi refugees living in the Salah-Aga area (about 200 families) and in the village of Qoratu (roughly 100 families). The mobile clinic was donated by the World Health Organization to the local health authorities, who tasked EMERGENCY with running the clinic.

In Iraq, the lack of medical access for refugees continues to be a humanitarian emergency. More than two and a half million refugees are in the country because of the fighting. The hospital system is unable to guarantee even the minimum conditions of hygiene, water availability, and water quality. Committed to helping address this crisis, we continue to treat refugees and IDPs at our two health clinics in the Arbat camp.


To help deliver free, high standard care to refugees in Iraq and people affected by conflict all around the world, click here to donate now.

Celebrating the Contributions of our Volunteers this National Volunteer Week

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Today is the start of National Volunteer Week dedicated to inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. EMERGENCY USA is using this week to show our appreciation for our volunteers across the nation and their contributions to our work of promoting human rights and delivering healthcare to those affected by conflict around the world.

Looking forward, volunteers and friends of EMERGENCY USA are hosting some exciting events in 2015:

April 18 – Chicago – War & Peace: Never Ending Wars and Public Health, forum exploring the health consequences of war and how to approach conflict prevention

May 2 – Seattle – Run to Save a Life 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser

May – Bay Area – Kathy Kelly speaking events

May 28 – LA – Deep Melodies One Harmony concert and benefit

July 10-12 – LA – National Volunteer Conference

September – National – Under One Blue Sky 2015, annual kite flying event


If you are interested in volunteer opportunities and events in your area, click here to get involved.

Join us in Chicago on April 18 for War & Peace: Never Ending Wars and Public Health

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Join us in Chicago for our April 18th forum, War & Peace: Never Ending Wars and Public Health, where we will explore the health consequences of war and how to approach conflict prevention.

Hosted by Chicago’s EMERGENCY USA group, with support from the Public Health Student Association and Voices for Creative Non-Violence.

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War & Peace: Never Ending Wars and Public Health
9am – 4pm, April 18
UIC’s College of Nursing Conference Center
845 S Damen
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60612

Schedule:

9:00 Registration
9:20 Welcoming Remarks
9:30 Keynote Speaker: Rory Fanning
10:30 Break
10:45 Within the Eye of the Storm film screening & discussion
12:00 Lunch — Food will be provided
1:00 Panel Discussion on Never-Ending Wars
2:00 Break
2:10 Keynote Speaker

More about the presentations

Keynote Speaker:  Rory Fanning, will read from his memoir Worth Fighting For which chronicles the physical, emotional, and political journey of war

Film Screening: Within the Eye of the Storm, a documentary by Shelley Hermon on the personal consequences of the Gaza conflict. Discussion follows with Granit Amit and Kristin Szremski.

Panel Discussion: “Never-Ending Wars” with nurses Ellen Kennelly and Emmy Malloy, Patrick Kennelly from the Marquette Center for Peace, and Buddy Bell from Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

Veteran Panel Discussion: David Giffey, Ray Parrish, and Iris Madelyn

Performance: Pachacamak Folk, a Chicago-based non-profit celebrating peace and unity through Andean folk dance and music


If you are interested in volunteer opportunities and events in your area, click here to get involved.

Ousman’s Journey to Our Hospital in Bangui

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Ousman and his father Adou
Photo credit: Marta SOSZYNSKA/MSF

The Central African Republic (CAR) is among the least developed countries in the world. It is ranked 180 out of 186 countries in the UNDP Human Development Index (HDI). Life expectancy at birth in CAR is 43.7 years. Access to basic healthcare services is minimal, and there is a true lack of personnel with adequate training to run the existing medical facilities in the country.

Our Bangui Pediatric Center opened in 2009 and is part of the EMERGENCY Regional Health Program for Africa consisting of a network of facilities providing free of charge pediatric health care in the region. The Center is open 24 hours a day, and offers health assistance, and health and hygiene education to children up to the age of 14.

Unfortunately, recent violence has only made accessing care more difficult. It took over a month for eight-year-old Ousman to reach MSF’s facility in Bria, during which an infection in his knee had spread to his entire leg. Ousman is now doing better and has been transferred to our Pediatric Center in Bangui.


To help more children like Ousman receive the lifesaving care they need, click here to donate now. 

Celebrating our Local Staff this World Health Day

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This World Health Day we’d like to acknowledge the local staff from the five countries we’re currently operating in who make our programs possible. These are people who work continuously to provide free, high standard care to their communities and strengthen health access in their home countries.

Monjama and Salamatu Monjama went from Ebola patient to Ebola Fighter at our Treatment Center in Lakka, Sierra Leone. Monjama and other survivors are working at the Lakka Center and using their positive stories of survival to connect with these patients.
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VILLAGE-VOLUNTEER “EMERGENCY has given us the means; now I want to do my part and put into practice all that I have learned” –Ali, Village Volunteer who completed our health promotion training course in the Mayo camp in Sudan
Afghan surgeon Dr. Shah Wali talks to VICE News (full documentary) about the violence sending patients to our Lashkar-Gah Surgical Center
Health worker at our Pediatric Center in Bangui, Central African Republic

To support our local staff and help deliver high quality healthcare free of charge to people all around the world, click here to donate now.