MHW Earthquake Nepal May 2015

The forces of the MHW, which have been on the ground since May 1st, have come away with the horror yesterday. Again, the earth trembled and that was still very violent: with a strength of 7.2 on the Richter scale, the quake was measured with epicenter east of Kathmandu. Again, over one thousand injured and many dead are to be lamented.

Head of Operations Josef Riener: “The situation for the survivors is dramatic. Hardly anyone is afraid of further aftershocks, even in the damaged houses. There are still many international helpers on the ground and the necessary reconstituted medical help in so-called health points works according to circumstances well. The lack of infrastructure is still problematic to reach remote mountain villages and the coming monsoon. For the rainy season many damaged houses have to be repaired and equipped with new roofs. For 100 € we are able to provide a roof of approx. 16 m² to a family! ”

On the basis of urgently needed help on the ground, the MHW will continue its deployment with ASB Styria until at least 23.05. to assist local helpers in the provision of health points and emergency shelters. The refurbishment of Orphan Welfare Home will continue. Urgently stable tents, tarpaulins and corrugated iron coverings are needed in order to equip the lodgings in a monsoon-friendly way. On site, the relevant materials are transported to the assigned emergency shelters in consultation with the Ministry of Health (MoHP).

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Since 1 May 2015, the 5-person team of the MHW has been deployed in Kathmandu and the surrounding regions. The earthquake has hitherto demanded about 8,000 deaths and more than 14,000 officially registered injured persons (a tendency to rise further). Over 100 aftershocks were recorded, including a tremor of 6.7.

Since the arrival, the coordination team registered at the UN-OCHA and the Nepali Ministry of Health (MoHP) has been carrying out investigations into the disaster area, providing numerous injured people on site.

In talks with the official bodies and local organizations, it is confirmed that the supply of relief supplies is now mainly related to tents, food and drinking water. Support for reconstruction is also urgently needed.

In the Phungstsok Choelling Monastery, which has been transformed into a temporary camp, the team supports daily the medical care of the injured (including numerous children). Apart from that, the medical assistance on site is normalized, with the main focus now being on the establishment of so-called health points. These are mobile health centers, where the persons concerned are, for example, Medicines can pick up or a wound care takes place. Also, a “home care system” for simple health problems, such as diabetes or fever is so secured. The MHW has the official order of MoHP to build such a health point in Panchkhal / Kavre (town with 22,000 inhabitants) and to operate with local forces.


On May 7th, the MHW sent four more helpers to Nepal, in parallel to further projects. This includes an orphanage project in Kathmandu, which still serves as a BoO (Base of Operations) for our team. This has not been overthrown by the earthquake but is still heavily drawn. Parts must be repaired and electricity and water pipes are also damaged. It is impressive how the staff of the orphanage can deal with this situation “positively” and “positively” in order to provide the children with a loving and secure home. Is a local relief organization (Orphan Welfare Home), which has a state recognition in Nepal.


There are 15 places for the children. At present, 12 children aged between 5 and 16 are cared for. There are two nannies in the house, so children from 2 years can be accommodated.

In addition to building the Health Point, the MHW will also support this orphanage. The goal is to increase the capacity and to give a home to five other orphans whose parents died in the earthquake in the short term.


Press Release

The Medical Disaster Relief Agency Germany is in use

Munich, 05.05.2015. Since 1 May, the MHW team is helping in Kathmandu.

According to the current situation report, the earthquake has so far claimed over 7,500 dead and more than 14,000 injured – over 100 aftershocks were recorded, including a tremor of 6.7.

The coordination team of the MHW has been conducting investigations in the disaster area at the UN-OCHA and the Nepalese Ministry of Health (MoHP) for 4 days, providing injured people on site. In talks with the official bodies and local organizations, it is confirmed that the supply of relief supplies is now mainly related to tents, food and drinking water. Support for reconstruction is also urgently needed. In the Phungstsok Choelling Monastery, which has been transformed into a temporary camp, the team supports daily the medical care of the injured (including numerous children). Otherwise, medical assistance in the country is about to normalize and go into the hands of the local health care system. The local structures are supported by the MHW.

Further planned procedure: Parts of the 5-member coordination team will be replaced on 09.05.2015. The mission is to explore further follow-up projects and orphanages. From May 6, 2015, a health care center in the Sunkhani region will be established by the MHW. Further assistance, e.g. Distribution of food and supplies are planned in consultation with local authorities.

The team is supported by the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB) Styria and Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen e.V. from Frankfurt am Main.


MHW Earthquake Nepal April 2015

Yesterday, the first MHW team reached Kathmandu at 23:00. The second team from the MHW is on its way to Kathmandu. The third team is waiting for his bet.

The MHW prepares a major aid transport, which is deployed from Frankfurt and flies with the third team to Kathmandu. MHW will support hospitals and orphanages on the spot. There are many injured children and many homeless people.

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A medical team of doctors and rescue assistants of the MHW, a total of 12 men, have flown to Nepal. The flight is paid by Thai Airways. The flight went directly to Kathmandu.

A financial support is urgently needed for this relief effort. As an emergency aid, 40,000 euros are needed for a longer deployment.

Many parts of the country are not yet available and the MHW team has to improvise to get there. The MHW needs your help, because the extent of the disaster is great! The Help Children Foundation provides financial support. We ask everyone to help the poor people who have been overwhelmed by this natural catastrophe. Thank you.

MHW Syria 2014

MHW supports aid convoys for Syrian refugees

Since 2013 the MHW has been supporting Syrian refugees in the large camps on the Turkish border. Under the leadership of the organization Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen e.V. (LOG) and with the support of the Federal Foreign Office, the largest aid group in Europe at the end of 2013 from Frankfurt am Main to the Turkish-Syrian border.

In Syrian refugee camps, where more than 2 million people, including many children with their families, need urgent help, catastrophic conditions are still prevalent, and it is still a priority to provide people on the ground by delivering vital medicines, tents, blankets and Food.

In total, LOG invested 14 semitrailers for the transport of the 300 tonnes of goods worth EUR 4 million in 2013. It took 4000 kilometers to Gaziantep to cope with it. The MHW organized the procurement of four almost new-quality Mercedes Sprinter hospitals through LOG worth about EUR 100,000, which are now used in the refugee camps. In the third quarter of 2014, the MHW will once again support an aid group with vital aid supplies. Transport vehicles for the helpers in the refugee camps. The Syrian refugees continue to need our help urgently.

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Auxiliary supply for Italian earthquake victims May 2012

Friends in need are friends indeed

Since the severe earthquake in Emilia Romagna at the end of May 2012, more than 10,000 people live in the affected regions of the Italian disaster relief camp or do camping in front of their houses.

A return to normality out of sight in the disaster areas. At least for 6 to 8 months they will not be able to return to their homes. Particularly in the historical centers, the damage to buildings is enormous. Many areas are still sealed due to the considerable risk of collapse.

In order to support the affected citizens on the ground, the MHW sent a relief convoy to the disaster area near Modena in a joint action with “Wings of Help – Luftfahrt ohne Grenzen (LOG)” and “@ fire-International Disaster Protection”. The aim was to organize the camps of the Italian Red Cross (Croce Rossa Italiana / CRI) in Concordia and Capri, where the relief supplies can be distributed to the needy.


In total, the transport consisted of two 40t trucks, which were equipped with blankets, tents, food, water and many other items of daily necessity. We received a great deal of support from the Help Children Foundation, which supported the convoy and provided us with Bastel as well as school supplies for the affected families.

Help for Somalia June 2011

Help Children Foundation supports work of MHW

Millions of people are suffering from the Horn of Africa under the extreme drought. The result is a dramatic famine, which is particularly true of Somalia.

The MHW Germany is working together with SOS Childrenvillages, as well as supplies for the clinics in Mogadishu, Afgoye, Baidoa and the Feldklinik in the refugee camp Badbado.

In the clinics more than 170,000 pregnant women, mothers and children are taken and treated every year.

In the current famine they now have a particularly important function, since from now on the distribution of food and different medicines can be organized and ensured.

A mobile medical team commutes between the clinics to provide care in Mogadishu and the underserved areas. The three clinics
gynecological examinations, post-natal care, surgical procedures and general medical care.

Like before, a quarter of the population of Somalia is fleeing from hunger and thirst and a real improvement in the situation is not yet foreseen. In the field-hospital in Badbado, 250 patients are treated every day, most of them being infants and pregnant women.

The therapeutic nutrition center now has sixty beds to treat the most severe cases of malnutrition with special food.