MMI Network Members:Pluralism, expertise, engagement

In 2019 the Medicus Mundi International Network has 21 members, based in 12 countries (Austria, Belgium, Benin, Germany, Italy, Kenya, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe), two members (ACHAP and EPN) being international networks themselves. The Network’s joint expertise is based on the “field” experience of its members and the members’ partners. The pluralism of the members’ approaches to international health is an important asset of the Network. Together they have knowledge of all aspects of health policy and cooperation, primary health care and emergency aid.

GERMAN MEDICAL AID ORGANISATION ACTION MEDEOR E.V.
The charitable, non-governmental organisation action medeor e.V. was established in 1964 to provide basic drugs and medical equipment to people in developing countries. Since then, action medeor has been supporting more than 10,000 hospitals and health posts in 140 countries worldwide with essential and vital medicines. In co-operation with experienced local non-governmental organisations, action medeor handles its own health care projects in Asia, Latin America and Africa. In these projects, action medeor for example supports the establishment of healthcare services, the education and training of local health personnel or the improvement of water and sanitation conditions.

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AFRICA CHRISTIAN HEALTH ASSOCIATIONS PLATFORM (ACHAP)
The Africa Christian Health Associations Platform (ACHAP) is a networking forum for Christian Health Associations and Networks from Sub-Saharan Africa. The forum has been established through the inspiration and support of World Council of Churches. The core functions of the forum are coordinated by a Secretariat Office hosted by the Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK) in Nairobi. The forum’s core mandate is to facilitate networking and communication among Christian Health Associations (CHAs) and to create a stronger voice in advocacy. Various Christian Health Associations in Africa have a form of Christian Health Association or a Faith Based Group.

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ASSOCIATION DES ŒUVRES MÉDICALES PRIVÉES CONFESSIONNELLES ET SOCIALES AU BÉNIN AMCES
AMCES is a Beninese NGO founded in 1985. The association is open to all participants interested in the developing of privately-owned and non-profit public health care in Benin.
The members of AMCES are a dynamic and motivated group of private health centers, open to dialogue and flexible to adopt management techniques and new strategic approaches. All have in common a desire to implement health measures to benefit all people without distinction. Moreover, AMCES is particularly concerned for those segments of the population which are marginalized in this regard.

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CORDAID
The Dutch NGO Cordaid combines more than 100 years’ experience and expertise in humanitarian aid and structural poverty eradication and is one of the biggest international development organizations with a network of almost a thousand partner organizations in 22 countries. Cordaid’s mission is to reduce fragility and the vulnerability of people where it is most needed and most difficult: in fragile and conflict-affected societies.

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COMMUNITY WORKING GROUP ON HEALTH
The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) is a network of civic/community based organizations who aim to collectively enhance community participation in health in Zimbabwe. The CWGH was formed in early 1998 to take up health issues of common concern. Over the years the CWGH has positioned itself as a voice in the health sector and built community power, organizing involvement of communities in health actions within their communities and around Primary Health Care, whether within the community on environmental health, or mobilizing resources to support health centres. These are being done through community level initiatives with limited external support.

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ESCUELA ANDALUZA DE SALUD PÚBLICA (EASP)
The Andalusian School of Public Health (EASP, by its Spanish acronym) is a state-owned company operating under the Ministry of Health from the Regional Government of Andalusia, established to coordinate and develop training, consultancy, and research within the Andalusian Health Service (SAS) but also at national and international level in the fields of public health and health services management. Its current fields of work encompass social and health management, welfare and equity strategies and policies, public health, integrated network of health services, migrants and refugees health, effective development cooperation in health and global health governance. EASP’s gathers faculty and independent international experts on health policy, health system’s development and development cooperation, and is a WHO Collaborating Center.

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EMERGENZA SORRISI – DOCTORS FOR SMILING CHILDREN
From 1 January, 2013 Smile Train Italia N.P.O. has changed its association’s name becoming “Emergenza Sorrisi – Doctors for Smiling Children”. Emergenza Sorrisi – Doctors for Smiling Children is an Italian organization that inherits and enhances the wealth of experience gained from Smile Train Italia in its five years of humanitarian activity. This change is related to the choice of becoming in effect an autonomous and independent association broadening our mission in different areas of health and social intervention.

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ECUMENICAL PHARMACEUTICAL NETWORK (EPN)
Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network is a Christian, not for profit, independent organization committed to the provision of quality pharmaceutical services as a means to achieving global goals and targets on health and access to medicines. EPN is a worldwide network of associations, institutions, and individuals who have an interest or are involved in the delivery of just and compassionate quality pharmaceutical services.
EPN’s strategy seeks to strengthen the Church pharmaceutical sector and enhance interventions that improve people’s access to quality pharmaceutical services, informed by EPN’s experience of supporting church pharmaceutical systems for over two decades.

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HEALTH POVERTY ACTION
Health Poverty Action’s role is to strengthen poor and marginalised people in their struggle for health, prioritising those missed out by almost everyone else.
Health Poverty Action sees itself as having been born out of the primary health care movement, a few years after Alma Ata.

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ITM – INTERNATIONAL HEALTH POLICY NETWORK
Launched in 2009, the International Health Policies Network (IHP Network) is an initiative of the Health Policy Unit at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp (ITM). The Health policy unit of ITM is involved in teaching, research and service provision with partners in Low- and middle income countries on themes such as health policy analysis, global health governance, health financing, human resources for health, health systems development, health in fragile states and the reform of international health cooperation.

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MEDICO INTERNATIONAL
Medico international struggles for the human right to the best possible access to good health. In doing so we support local partners, primarily in Africa, Asia and Latin America, in their endeavours to create the economic, social and cultural conditions which allow each person to attain the highest health standard possible. In particular medico stands by those who are in situations of emergency and in poverty, including refugees and the victims of war.

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MEDICS WITHOUT VACATION
Medics without Vacation comprises about 600 doctors and nurses. During their holidays they spend two to three weeks treating patients in African hospitals. Helping people who otherwise have no chance of recovery. Every week more than two teams leave for Africa. Our teams bring bandages, instruments and medication but also medical equipment
Medics without Vacation develops long-term collaborations with partners. Our partners are hospitals and care centres in 5 African countries offering the best possible care to their patients in often difficult circumstances.

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MEDICUS MUNDI ITALY
Medicus Mundi Italy is a Nongovernmental Organization (NGO). Founded in Brescia (1968) as a non-profit making association, it is specialized in health cooperation. Medicus Mundi Italy aims at promoting peoples health by planning and implementing health activities, both in structural development and emergency situations. Medicus Mundi Italy fosters the quality and efficiency of local health services by supporting primary community based health care, creating appropriate health structures and training doctors, nurses and technical staff. Medicus Mundi Italy has full respect for local cultures and its projects always express the requests of local communities which participate from the beginning in planning and implementing the activities. Medicus Mundi Italy is independent from any particular religion or political ideology and cooperates with many local governmental and non-governmental institutions in the spirit of partnership.

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FEDERATION OF MEDICUS MUNDI SPAIN (FAMME)
The Federation of Medicus Mundi Spain (FAMME) is a non-profit organization of international solidarity, with an internal federal structure. The organization remains independent of any public institution or any other economic, religious or political group of interest. FAMME is made up of independent associations that act with autonomy but they share a common vision and proposals.
In 1991, The Prince of Asturias of Concord Award recognized the commitment that FAMME has, since 1963, with the defense of the health as a basic component of the Human Rights. Its work is based in the promotion of the Primary Health Care and the defense of a public health system that guarantees the equity and universality of quality health care to all people, regardless of race, sex, religion or economic status. FAMME also works in building a global citizenship that has to be committed, informed and trained in the exercise of their rights, especially in the right to health.

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MEDICUS MUNDI SWITZERLAND. NETWORK HEALTH FOR ALL
Medicus Mundi Switzerland is the network of Swiss organisations working in the field of international health. Medicus Mundi Switzerland promotes the sharing of knowledge and know-how among its members and partners and the development of joint positions and strategies.

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MEMISA
Memisa promotes quality basic health care. The main purpose is to provide essential, quality and appropriate care, particularly for the most disadvantaged people, without distinction of race, religion or political persuasion. This is achieved through sustainable development programmes, small-scale initiatives and emergency aid in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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plan-g
Partnership for Global Health, operates as a foundation of the Catholic Church in Austria (Diocese of Feldkirch) in the health sector of development cooperation. Established in 1958, plan:g follows a rights-based, participatory approach and specialized on change management consulting in health institutions, and programs. plan:g’s mission is to overcome stigmatizing diseases of poverty, and to contribute to a sustainable development of the health sector (health for all).

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REDEMPTORIS MISSIO
The humanitarian aid foundation Redemptoris Missio – Medicus Mundi Poland has been established in the year 1992 at the Medical Faculty, Poznan. Although it deals mainly with the Polish Catholic missions abroad it acts irrespective of religion, nationality, age and gender. It has three basic aims: training doctors, nurses, students and missionaries in basic elements of tropical medicine and global health; offer to the missions a personal support (medical doctors, nurses, students) as well as a material support (medicines, dressings, medical information); propagate information on missionary activities and developing countries problems among the students and in the society at large.

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WEMOS
Wemos envisages a world in which every person can realize his or her right to the highest attainable standard of health. Millions of people in developing countries are trapped in the vicious circle of poverty and ill health. Wemos wants to break this and structurally improve the health situation in developing countries.

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