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 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.
Heavy earthquake in Haiti
On 12 January 2010, Haiti was haunted by a major earthquake. From one second to the next, one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere has been thrown into chaos. More than 100,000 dead and thousands of injured were to be lamented. More than one million people lost their homes at this time. Just a few hours after the disaster, the MHW began sending a 22-person USAR (Urban Search And Rescue) team to search for and rescue victims of technical equipment and medical equipment. In cooperation with international teams, the MHW team participated in the search for buried victims in the capital, Port-au-Prince, as well as in the medical care of injured in the border town of Jimani (Dominican Republic) and in the hospital Milot. For sustainable disaster relief, the MHW has been providing on-the-spot emergency rescue vehicles to emergency incarceration vehicles established in March 2010 in order to support the emergency medical structures in the country, and promotes drinking water production, which is of paramount importance due to the outbreak of cholera drinking water treatment plants.
Cyclone Nargis rages in Myanmar / Burma
According to the Cyclone “Nargis” in 2008, the destruction in Myanmar (formerly called Burma or Burma) was great. Thousands of people were killed, and especially in the Irrawaddy Delta hundreds of thousands lost their belongings. The MHW is involved in a sustainable project by providing boats and fishing nets to the affected families as an aid to self-help in the Delta. Thus, their livelihood, the fishing, can secure themselves. Each boat is designed to accommodate up to six families. The construction of the boats is carried out by local craftsmen, thus ensuring the sustainability of the project. On October 22, 2010, a further devastating cyclone “Giri” came into Myanmar, which once again caused enormous damage in Myanmar and thus underlined the importance of further aid from the MHW in the country.
The MHW is a non-profit organization of nationwide leading private rescue companies from the field of emergency rescue as well as cross-industry cooperation partners from all over Europe who have set themselves the goal of providing rapid and unbureaucratic help in the event of a catastrophe. MHW is currently internationally involved in disaster relief projects in Burma and Haiti.