When a public health disaster occurs, we immediately engage our emergency relief resources:
- Supplies and equipment
- Operating missions
- Monitoring of after-effects
- Transportation of injured children to France
- Studies into the setting up of hospital facilities
Our most recent missions: Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan
In 2014, we reacted to the disaster faced by the population of Iraqi Kurdistan. We quickly brought injured children to France and put in place measures to improve admission for intensive care at the Erbil children’s hospital. At the beginning of 2015, we started paediatric surgery missions.
The war in Syria is one of the latest public health disasters we have had to combat. According to the UNHCR, 2.5 Million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries since March 2011. In 2012, at the request of the United Syrian Medical Bureau, we undertook an exploratory mission to Jordan. We were able to evaluate the medical needs of child refugees and organise the first flights to France.
We are continuing this work with the Jordanian organisation for orthopaedic and heart surgery mission.
- Libya – March 2011: we sent surgeons to help children affected by the disaster.
- Haiti – January 2010: our teams of surgeons brought assistance to the injured.
- Sri Lanka – June 2009: at the request of the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, our medical experts worked at a camp to assist Tamil refugees.
- Gaza – January 2009: emergency help to injured children without access to treatment.
- Lebanon – August 2006: we sent medicines and equipment to hospitals in the centre of the conflict.
- Tsunami – January 2005: in partnership with the Hôpitaux de Paris-Hôpitaux de France foundation, we sent medical and hospital equipment to India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. We also set up a programme to rebuild and equip destroyed schools.