Emergency opens new HQ to public

NGO Emergency founded in Milan in 1994.

Milan-based non-profit Emergency, which provides medical treatment for the needy in many parts of the world including in war zones, moves into its new offices this week and invites supporters to visit.

From 15 to 17 September, a programme of events will take place in the new headquarters in Via S. Croce 19, located in a disused former school. The object is to present the organisation’s goals and operations, and discuss human rights and the right to health.

“It will be a chance to practice some human rights,” said surgeon Gino Strada, founder of the NGO, “to debate and confront subjects that are often ignored, or just dismissed with a sound-bite on TV talk-shows.”

Although the new offices are strictly administrative, Strada did not rule out the possibility of a new clinic there in the future.

Emergency already operates a mobile clinic in Milan, but is probably better known for its hospitals in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Sudan and Uganda.  Since 1994, it has provided over 8 million people with free, high quality health care.

Emergency designs, builds and manages hospitals for victims of war and surgical emergencies, rehabilitation and social reintegration centres, first aid posts for emergency treatment and basic health centres for primary healthcare. It also trains local staff until complete operational independence is achieved.