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medico international

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.

Medico works ... with partners

The assistance provided by medico is more than the supply of relief goods in emergency situations. We see our work as an element within comprehensive social action that aims at the implementation of the right to health. In this effort we are not focused on short-term "interventionist aid missions". Our concern is to cooperate in a spirit of solidarity and trust with people who are our autonomous partners and anything but mere recipients of aid. Our common point of departure is marked by the political and social aims that we share with our partner organizations in the South. The continuous exchange of experiences, openness in our interactions with the partners and a constant reflection of existing dependencies and individual interests also form part of these aims.

Medico works ... in context

Those who through ignorance of important political and cultural linkages do not understand the root causes of human distress will not be able to react adequately to such distress. Wars and affliction are never a bolt from the blue. They have underlying reasons that must be challenged. Medico adheres to the principle of context-oriented assistance, even though the media at present publicly celebrates mostly direct hands-on support that does not dwell on political issues before getting started. The aim of our efforts is not simply targeted at alleviating humanitarian crises, but at overcoming them permanently.

Medico works ... for change

Any assistance granted to people leaves traces that will remain long after the original intervention. Therefore, assistance aimed at overcoming the status quo presupposes a socio-political vision of a different and more just world. It must develop strategies that can serve as a roadmap. There are no humanitarian solutions to humanitarian crises. We believe that assistance is an element within social action that fights for democracy, social justice and respect for human rights – together with the victims of destitution and despotism.

Source: website of medico international


Medico international, CWGH and Health Poverty Action joined the Medicus Mundi International Network

Amsterdam, 10 October 2012. At the Extraordinary Assembly of the Medicus Mundi International Network, Medico international , the Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) and Health Poverty ... »Read more

Conference Report

Fit for Catastrophe?

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The World Health Organization at the crossroads

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medico international: Supported projects by region

The website of medico international provides an interactive map guiding to descriptions of the current projects of this MMI Network member. (last update of "who works where": January ... »Read more

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Changing track: putting people before corporations

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Annual Report 2017 of medico international

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Global Health Watch 5

For over a decade, Global Health Watch has been the definitive source for alternative analysis on health. Global Health Watch is published by the People’s Health Movement, Medact, medico ... »Read more

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