We assist those in urgent need anywhere, anytime, no matter what the conditions, providing lifesaving health care and health care-related emergency services—often within hours.
As conditions ease, we work with local leaders to rebuild stronger. In non-emergency settings, our focus is development. Through our training programs, we pass essential skills into local hands, preparing those in disaster-prone areas to better withstand adversity. Embedding these skills into the community lies at the heart of what we do: build self-reliance. It gives people hit by tragedy a sense of ownership over their own recovery and the ability to shape their own future as they rebuild. And wherever it occurs, it is an investment that benefits us all because it prepares local residents to be their own best First Responders should disaster strike.
Because speed saves lives during the initial hours following a disaster, our Emergency Response Teams deploy fast and begin their lifesaving work immediately, even in the most challenging environments.
Drawing on three decades of experience, our surge capacity includes physicians and nurses trained in emergency medicine together with specialists who provide an array of services ranging from mental health and psychosocial support to technical advice for nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene—all of it to assist those in need.
And that’s just where we start.
We stay on to help survivors build a better future. We work with the community, hire and train local staff, develop partnerships at all levels and evaluate progress to ensure quality. With a staff of more than 8,000 worldwide – 96% of whom are recruited locally – our teams ensure that the knowledge required to prepare for and respond effectively to an emergency remains anchored in the community and residents can better respond should disaster strike again.