Our Impact

We believe that every person has the right to live a healthy life with dignity, and we work hard so that the vulnerable and marginalized people of this world also have a chance to do so.

Whether we are setting up maternal and child health groups in Myanmar, installing an earthquake warning system in West Papua, or building a school in Haiti, there is one thing all of our projects have in common: we work with and for people in need. Almost 90 percent of our nearly 1,000 staff members worldwide are drawn from the communities they serve.

We believe the local population knows best what their needs are and what they want to achieve. That’s why we not only encourage community participation, but we also invite them to share responsibility for the work. Through the projects’ shared ownership, we give the population the know-how they need to carry on independently in the future.

Four Core Areas, One Goal: a Healthy, Dignified Life

Relief, Reconstruction & Rehabilitation

Millions of people suffer from the consequences of natural disasters, conflicts and crises each year. 200 million people are affected on average by natural disasters every year, and millions more are caught in the midst of conflicts and wars. This results in destroyed social, financial and physical infrastructure, displacement, poverty, food insecurity and a disruption of development.

We provide emergency medical aid and distribute food and other needed supplies immediately after a disaster. At the same time, we pave the way for reconstruction efforts and help restore and people’s livelihoods sustainably. Our approach is focused on strengthening local capacities.

Health & Nutrition

Nearly seven million children under five die each year – that’s 12 children every minute. A third of these children die from causes such as malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia – illnesses that can be prevented with access to basic health care. We work to improve health care for people in need – especially mothers and infants – and for strong, sustainable public health care systems. Since a population’s health is also closely connected with its diet, we incorporate nutrition into our health programs, working to prevent and treat malnutrition and increase food security.

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH)

Between 1990 and 2012, nearly 2.3 million people gained access to clean drinking water.

Still, by the end of 2012, 748 million people worldwide were still lacking clean water.

We could save the lives of 5,000 children every day who die from the effects of poor hygiene.

Between 1990 and 2012, nearly 2.3 million people gained access to clean drinking water, and two million to sanitation. Still, by the end of 2012, 748 million people worldwide were still lacking clean water – 90 percent of them living in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia – and 2.5 billion still live without basic sanitation. 82 percent of the people without access to clean water

live in rural areas. Many diseases are caused by poor hygienic conditions and scarce or polluted water. We advocate for the right of every human being to clean water and sanitation, and call on each person to apply basic hygiene principles. If this vision came true, we could save the lives of 5,000 children every day who die from the effects of poor hygiene.

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Diseases, disasters, conflicts, climate change and economic crisis threaten the livelihoods of low-income families all over the world, making it even harder for them to make a dignified living and sustain themselves. With our social programs and income generation measures, we work together with communities to promote the integration of those who are excluded from society, reduce their vulnerability and secure their means of subsistence.

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