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Do You Remember Mamadou from Guinea?

We received a very special photo from Guinea!

Songs of Hope: A Benefit Concert for Afghanistan

An unforgettable night of traditional Afghan music.

A Network of More than 40 Facilities

In 21 years, our clinics have provided over 5 million outpatient visits and more than 120,000 ambulance transfers.

With the Help of EMERGENCY I Managed to Find My Way

At ‘Best Shoes’, Ako ensures a dignified life for him and his family. Ako has been living with a severe disability since he was 11: he lost his left hand, part of his right hand, and one eye completely due to a landmine. “I was a child. I was returning to my village, Gawrade, together…

“We had a Long History of Treating War Wounded.”

Year 23 of EMERGENCY’s commitment to Afghanistan begins.

We Will Make The Right to Treatment a Real, Universal One – and a Precondition of Peace.

We want to go on providing a practical response to the needs of the most vulnerable among us, and we will.

Our Paediatric Centre in Port Sudan Celebrated 10 Years of Activity.

“For this special birthday, I express a single wish: to continue to be there, to be able to treat more and more children.”

EMERGENCY and Ogilvy Ask Us To Reflect on the Consequences of War Through the Eyes of Those Who Experienced It.

Just like every year, EMERGENCY and Ogilvy are back with a wish for the year ahead.

May It Be a year of Peace, Not War.

This is the story of a mother and her tough decision.

Peaceful Greetings from Everyone at EMERGENCY.

We wish all those celebrating a very happy festive season.

Let’s Channel the Holiday Spirit into One of Solidarity

Everything has changed in Afghanistan.

A Vital Delivery in Afghanistan.

Caring means not forgetting those in need.

International Migrants Day 2021

Continued division and the fortification of borders will never be the answer.

“They Trust Me.”

For many women here, Florence is like a mother, a sister, an aunt.

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.

There are striking parallels between COVID-19 and another deadly pandemic: HIV.

“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.”

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 the photo we took with him: standing with a new prosthesis, his hand over his heart.

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.

G20 Flash Mob Unleashed by Activists from Oxfam, EMERGENCY and Amnesty International, Members of the People’s Vaccine Alliance.

This was an appeal to world leaders to suspend monopolies on Covid vaccines and allow them to be produced in low-income countries, where just 1.8% of the population are currently vaccinated. Italy has made its stance clear and is taking courageous and genuinely effective action to get universal access to vaccines.

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’. Located in the capital of Asmara, this is the country’s main public hospital.

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.

EMERGENCY, the international organisation that has provided free, high-quality healthcare to over 11 million people around the world, has released a new project entitled Afghanistan20.

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

20 years on, EMERGENCY’s hospitals across the country have treated thousands of war victims. 

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

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.

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…

Gino Strada. 1948-2021: The New York Times Obituary

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

EMERGENCY: 115 Patients Hospitalised At Our Kabul Surgical Centre


“Our Beloved Gino”.

He was 73 years old and spent his life making the world a better place.

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. Fighting is now worsening inside the city centre.

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.

World Health Summit Africa Regional Meeting 2021

We invite you to attend.

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.

“Why Global Surgery? Why Now?”

To work globally, surgery needs a global approach.

“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

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

This Is Our Daily Reminder that the Conflict Rages on.

Our hospitals are constantly busy.

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:…

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. NATO forces will follow suit and return home. EMERGENCY has been present in Afghanistan since 1999, running a network of hospitals and healthcare clinics that have treated over 7 million patients so far. We have seen the impact…

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”

Miyam Ahmad is a 49-year-old father of three, left wounded by an explosion that struck his face, abdomen and chest almost 20 years ago


The EMERGENCY UK volunteers group invite you to join them on an epic, 6,707km journey in support of EMERGENCY’s projects in Afghanistan! Join MOVE for EMERGENCY, the new virtual challenge event where you can cycle, run, swim, walk or move any way you like to help Team EMERGENCY get from London to Kabul. Taking part…

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.”

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.

“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

We’ll only be a few minutes, just enough time for a sip of hot coffee, or jebena as it’s called here, named after the ceramic cup which it is made and kept hot in.

“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. 

Cooking Class with Masterchef Professional Danilo Cortellini

Learn to cook an Italian festive dish with Masterchef Professional Danilo Cortellini to support EMERGENCY UK.

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.

BBC 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.” Dr Gino Strada, founder of EMERGENCY, spoke to BBC World News about our COVID-19 response in Calabria, Italy.

COVID-19 Response: Nobody Left Behind

The medical crisis that has affected Italy in 2020 is beginning to leave another crisis in its wake. A new poverty is becoming a daily reality for many people. Large families, old people living alone, poor young people and workers in the industries hardest hit by the crisis have found themselves struggling to feed themselves and…

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.

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.”

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020

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

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.

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

We must unite to defeat all these crises, in the name of a better world for all based in the principle of equality.

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”.

Two 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.

EMERGENCY and Open Arms Rescued 83 People in the Mediterranean Sea

EMERGENCY is in charge of medical treatment on the ship, and duly gave all of them check-ups.

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

Saleh has survived numerous attacks in the past; the one on his office last year killed 20 people.

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. London-based social enterprise Ishkar has launched a photography print sale fundraiser in support of EMERGENCY’s projects in Afghanistan. The images have been generously donated by internationally-renowned photographers and depict moments of normality and extraordinary beauty in Afghanistan, a country that…

Today We Proclaim: Never Again.

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.

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”.

Mayo is a refugee camp on the outskirts of Khartoum. EMERGENCY runs the only free clinic here, providing paediatric care in an area home to around 300,000 refugees and IDPs. Since 2005, our staff have worked tirelessly to provide high-quality medical support to children, alongside antenatal care and screening programmes for malnutrition. Malnutrition is widespread…

What the Eye Sees, the Heart Keeps.

Ache is 14 years old. She arrived at our Salam Centre for Cardiac Surgery in Khartoum on Valentine’s Day, just a few weeks before COVID-19 turned into a real medical crisis for the whole world. To get from Chad to Sudan, Ache hopped on a plane alongside her brother who wanted to be by her…

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

“What I hope to bring back with me is the patience and composure of the Sudanese people. What I am sure of is that I will always remember the gratitude of the patients here, although all I’m doing is simply what is needed, helping people access their human right to medicine, nothing more.” Iza is…

The Important Work That Mona and Hana Do Every Day

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.

Alessandro is an intensive care nurse. After 4 years working in the UK, he felt like he needed a new challenge and decided to join EMERGENCY. In Sudan, he takes care of children in the ICU ward. “I am always touched by the dignity and the strength they show in there”. For us, treating patients…

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

#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.

United, we come together on World Refugee Day to put forward concrete and far-reaching demands in order to change the attitude towards migration in Europe.  

Goodbye Doctor Anton.

We will miss you Dr Anton.
Goodbye Doctor.

…”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.


EMERGENCY has been present in Kabul since 2001 with a Surgical Centre providing treatment to war victims.

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

We’d like to introduce you to Dahen.

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.

‘Who ever would’ve thought I’d be treated by EMERGENCY in Bergamo?!’ said Elio to me last week. He’s a patient in the intensive care ward at the field hospital that we helped build and run in Bergamo, northern Italy. And thinking about it now, on EMERGENCY’s 26th birthday, I don’t believe any of the people…

“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) -affiliated hospital

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.”

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.

The Roses are Blossoming in Anabah

Monika is the Medical Coordinator of our  Anabah Maternity Centre, in Afghanistan. She is also a mother, and today she wanted to share this letter with us.

Mother’s Day 2020

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

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

On this special day, the beginning of Ramadan, our president Rossella has a message to all Muslims around the world. We join her and say: Ramadan Kareem!   May the spirit of fraternity and commitment encouraged by the holy month be an example to us all as we face this global challenge. Let’s work towards…

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.


Starting today, we will be at the frontline, committed to treat anyone in need”.

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 support.

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

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

Homeless people, migrants living in shelters, seasonal workers living in shacks. At the moment we are doing our best to help the many people at risk from two things – being ill and being abandoned,” says Rossella Miccio, President of EMERGENCY.

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

Information is crucial for people like them, who often lack access to basic information provided by the Ministry of Health on how to prevent contagion.


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.

Scientific contribution is not only a matter of research and numbers, but also sharing expertise among colleagues.


“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…

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…

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…

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

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

“Let’s look forward”. That is what we tell our patients every day, encouraging them to take back the life that war has snatched away. We help them to do just that.


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 trusted in myself and EMERGENCY but I admit, it wasn’t easy at the start.

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

“Alhamdulillah,” Samad’s colleagues say in unison. “Thank God” indeed, that they are here and alive.

International Disaster Relief Expo 2019

On Wednesday 4 December, EMERGENCY was delighted to participate in a panel discussion at the 2019 International Disaster Relief Expo in London. Organised by Crisis Response Journal, the session focused on humanitarian responses in disaster contexts, and the impact of people working in areas affected by conflict. Michela Paschetto, a member of EMERGENCY’s Medical Divison…


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,…

This Is The Desperation That Europe Continues To Ignore

This is the desperation that Europe continues to ignore.

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.…

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.…

Zakhem Exhibition: A Huge Thank You

Behind this glass... Up and down these stairs... We spent an exciting week in the heart of Shoreditch, London, in the name of art, Afghanistan, war, and healthcare. All topics that EMERGENCY cares about and focuses on in its daily promotion of a culture of peace, which enabled an enlightening collaboration with the photographer Giulio…

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

This gives us the greatest satisfaction.

“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…

ZAKHEM | WOUNDS: WHERE HOME COMES HOME. A Photographic Exhibition by Giulio Piscitelli

EMERGENCY is proud to announce that Giulio Piscitelli’s award-winning photographic exhibition Zakhem | Wounds: When War Comes Home is coming to London.

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.


“EMERGENCY is greatly concerned about the news of yet more attacks in an area that we know very well”-. Rossella Miccio

World Mental Health Day

Violence leaves scars. Not only physical, but mental ones too. We witness this first-hand at our clinics in southern Italy, where we offer free psychological support. Many of our patients there are migrants who have endured unimaginable suffering on their journey: the effects of war and violence are deep and profound. #WorldMentalHealthDay is an important opportunity…

Port Sudan: A Typical Saturday

An example of our focus on outreach can be seen in Port Sudan, where we have set up initiatives for the village population with the purpose of educating and raising awareness about good dietary and hygiene practices. Every Saturday, thanks to our partnership with some locals, we identify the most needy areas and organise meetings…

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.

Sierra Leone: “Let’s Not Forget Senesie and Her Story”

The last thing we want is to see her again in the hospital; she belongs amongst other children, living the life that every child like her deserves.

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

2019 marks the 41st year of war in Afghanistan. The country has been devastated by a continuous war that has caused enormous damage, millions of casualties and an even higher number of internally displaced people and refugees. The war has seriously damaged the country, including the national health system. The condition of women, in particular,…

Sudan: …Waiting For The Next Call To Come

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

Gina Portella of EMERGENCY–NGO said:
Low-medium income countries (LMIC) have increased risk factors for communicable diseases that lead to extensive antibiotic use often without medical control and subsequent resistance.

01/09/2019. Teresa and EMERGENCY

“If everyone of us did our bit, the world would be a better place without us even realising it”. Teresa Sarti Strada Today we remember Teresa, EMERGENCY’s first President. There’s a thread that links Teresa to all the people you see on these pages. That thread is her commitment, hard work, attention and passion, which…

‘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

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.