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Life Support for Civilian War Victims

Emergency is an independent and neutral humanitarian organisation founded in Italy in 1994 to provide free high-quality medical and surgical care to victims of war, land-mines and poverty. From 1994 to the present day, Emergency has worked in 16 countries, building hospitals, Surgical Centres, Rehabilitation Centres, Paediatric Clinics, First Aid Posts, Primary Health Clinics, a Maternity Centre and a Centre for Cardiac Surgery.

Over 7 million patients treated for free

Subsequent to request from local authorities and other organisations, Emergency has also helped to renovate and equip pre-existing health facilities. Emergency promotes a culture of solidarity, peace and respect for human rights. Since 1994 almost 7 million people have received free, high quality health care from Emergency, who are continuously addressing the needs of victims of war across the world.

Emergency in Afghanistan

Forty years of war in Afghanistan has left millions of innocent people dead or badly wounded. The need for healthcare is at an all time high as civilian mass casualties continue to rise. Since 1999, Emergency has been active in Afghanistan and has built and managed a Surgical and Medical Centre and a Maternity Centre in the Panjshir Valley, a Surgical Centre in Kabul, a Surgical Centre in Lashkar-gah, a network of First Aid Posts and Health Centres and a programme of medical assistance to the inmates of the largest prisons in the country.

Emergency in Iraq

Iraqi people are fleeing their homes in response to ISIS attacks. Over 3.3 million people in Iraq are now without a home, and have resorted to seeking refuge in IDP camps around the country, many of them in the ‘safe’ Kurdistan region. This combined with the influx of refugees from neighbouring countries means the pressure is on for NGOs such as Emergency to provide care for those who would otherwise have none. Returning home is not an option with the threat of land mines and other IEDs that have been left behind.

Emergency in the Mediterranean

Tens of thousands of migrants are fleeing their countries and arriving in Italy each day. Statistics show that 9 out of every 10 children are travelling unaccompanied, making them vulnerable to exploitation. Emergency and other NGOs are faced with the task of rescuing those who have been lost at sea, and bringing them safely to land in Italy. Without this work, it is unclear how many of these innocent people would have lost their lives to this ‘dead sea’.

Emergency Team in Iraq
Head Nurse


Having worked with Emergency as a nurse in the war surgeries in Kabul and Lashkar-gah, Giulia transferred to Iraq to become head nurse of the three primary health clinics in Arbat.

Program Manager


Giacomo's experience he gained working with Emergency in Afghanistan prepared him for the role of program manager of the humanitarian response in all three clinics in the Arbat area.

Healthcare Promoter


After fleeing his home in Syria ahead of ISIS attacks, Hussain arrived at Arbat refugee camp where he proceeded to find work with Emergency. Health promotion involves providing advice about healthcare to those around the camp who may need it.

Logistician Assistant


When Murat's hometown of Sinjar was taken over by ISIS, he managed to escape to Ashti IDP camp, where he and his family now live. Murat began working with Emergency as a logistician assistant, where he helps to ensure the clinic is run smoothly.

Emergency’s Mission


Every human being has the right to be cured regardless of his economic and social condition, gender, race, language, religion and opinions. Healthcare standards, set by medicine progress, must be delivered equally and without discrimination.


High quality health systems must be based on community’s needs, up to date with the achievements of medical science, and not oriented or determined by lobbies and corporations.

Social Responsibility

Governments must have health of citizens as a priority and allocate adequate human and financial resources. Services provided by health systems and humanitarian health projects must be accessible to and free for all.


Surgical Centre for war victims

Opened: April 2001

Activities: Surgical Centre for war and landmine victims.

Facilities: Emergency department, outpatient department, 2 operating theatres, sterilisation, intensive care unit, surgical wards, physiotherapy, radiology, laboratory and blood bank, pharmacy, classrooms, playroom, auxiliary facilities, maintenance.

No. of beds: 90

Local staff: 227

As of December 2014:

Admissions: 23,414

Outpatient consultations: 98,476

Surgical operations: 29,902


Surgical Centre for war victims

Opened: April 2001

Activities: Surgical Centre for war and landmine victims.

Facilities: Emergency department, outpatient department, 2 operating theatres, sterilization, intensive care unit, sub-intensive care unit, surgical wards, physiotherapy, CT scan, radiology, laboratory and blood bank, pharmacy, classrooms, playroom, auxiliary facilities, maintenance department.

No. of beds: 95

Local staff: 293

As of December 2014:

Admissions: 32,997

Outpatient consultations: 94,771

Surgical operations: 43,229


Surgical Centre for war victims

Opened: February 1998

Activities: Prostheses and orthoses production, physical rehabilitation, vocational training for the disabled, setting up of workers’ cooperatives.

Facilities: Physiotherapy, indoor pool, orthopaedic workshops, vocational training workshops, technical and auxiliary services.

No. of beds: 41

Local staff: 74

As of December 2014:

Patients treated: 8,058

Physiotherapy sessions: 44,993

Upper limb prostheses: 930

Lower limb prostheses: 7,035

Orthoses: 903

Trainees graduated: 510

Cooperatives set up: 320

Cardiological examinations: 385


Rescue and care at sea

Began: 2014

Activities: Working with the Migration Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) aboard their vessel the ‘Topaz Responder’ as part of a new search and rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea

Aim: To rescue migrants at sea and provide them with immediate medical treatment on board, providing post-rescue medical assistance and cultural mediation for migrants brought aboard the ‘Responder’

Facilities: 52 meter long ‘Responder’, equipped with two high-speed rescue boats, a crew of 20 highly trained staff (search and rescue personnel, doctors and nurses), and a fully equipped clinic.

No. of staff: 6

As of June 2016:

No. of migrants saved: >20,000

Future work: Going out beyond the coast, directly into the sea, to assist all those in need