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Yesterday evening EMERGENCY was at another TIJ EVENTS
concert!

The artist was Peppe Voltarelli and volunteers Ilaria and Stefano managed to snap a couple of pictures!

Thank you TIJ Events for another fantastic evening, thanks to our amazing volunteers who helped raise money and awareness for EMERGENCY UK and thank you Peppe Voltarelli for providing us with an evening of great entertainment! 
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Join us tomorrow at 14:30 for our Monthly Volunteer Meeting!

At the start of the meeting, we will be screening a 30 minute video that shows EMERGENCY's work in Sierra Leone and demonstrates the fragility of the health system in the country. The film was made by WAYout, a small NGO that trains street youth in the arts.

When: Saturday 4th October 
Time: 2:30 pm 
Location: CAN Mezzanine, 49 - 51 East Road, N1 6AH
Meeting room: Conference room A on the lower ground floor

We look forward to seeing you there!

http://www.wayoutarts.org/
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"Last week, we received a 2 year old boy, unconscious with cerebral malaria. We submitted him to antimalarial therapy and towards the evening, when he was finally stable, we decided to transfer him to Ola During Children Hospital because our centre was completely full. Upon arrival, we found the gate closed and we were told there was nobody there. So we brought the child back to our hospital" writes Luke, Program Coordinator in Sierra Leone.

The Ebola emergency has completely devastated the hospitals in Freetown. At the Connaught hospital, only the emergency room is working. The Children Hospital is closed: the staff are frightened of contracting the virus so they have stopped showing up to work.

EMERGENCY's Surgical and Paediatric Centre in Goderich, and our newly opened Treatment Centre in Lakka are currently the only functioning hospitals in the city.
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Less than 48 hours after the opening of our specialised treatment centre in Lakka, SierraLeone, 4 ‪#‎Ebola‬ patients have been hospitalised, and 5 patients are in isolation and waiting for tests results.

Every day in ‪#‎SierraLeone‬ more than 20 people fall ill with the disease: the #Ebola epidemic does not stop.

YOUR HELP IS IMPORTANT: SUPPlORT OUR WORK IN SIERRA LEONE WITH A DONATION ONLINE: http://bit.ly/1lPbFzX
EMERGENCY UK is a UK based organization devoted to the promotion of a culture of solidarity, peace and respect for human rights. EMERGENCY UK provides support to projects that offer free, high quality medical and surgical treatment for the victims of war and poverty.
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Keep up to date with Emergency UK with our weekly brief

https://medium.com/@EmergencyUK/emergency-uk-weekly-brief-24-01-2015-f3af2dd89ddf
‘We should not become complacent… the fight is not yet over’
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The following post is written by Sara Bangura Radigheri, one of our nurses who works in our hospital in Sierra Leone.

"Many people don't understand why I stay here despite everything. I believe everyone has the right to healthcare, without discrimination. That's why I do this job. Ebola is a terrible disease, but with the right care it can be treated.

If this epidemic had broken out in the Western world, everyone would be active in fighting it and the patients would receive the best care. Here it is not so. People were simply being abandoned. Nobody invested resources or energy to curb the epidemic, because they thought it was a problem restricted to Africa only.

Well, it's not like that, as you can see. It's reaching you as well now.
Of course I'm scared, of course. But I think these people have the right to be treated like everyone else.

I'm afraid. But I stay. EMERGENCY stays.

Because somebody has to do something. We stay here to defend you, as well. Because this is not just an African problem anymore.. it is everybody's problem.

We are as scared as you are ... but instead of closing our eyes and pretending not to notice, we are trying to do something."
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On 7th October 2001, the latest war began in Afghanistan.
Thirteen years have passed, and it's not over yet.
It was supposed to “defeat terrorism”, but the world is no safer now than it was then.
It was supposed to bring “peace, freedom and safety”, but you only have to look at our hospital registers to see that this is not the case:

Between January and July of this year, Emergency took in 2,608 war casualties and treated 5,581 wounded at our First Aid Posts.
In Kabul, 20% of the victims were under the age of 14.
In Lashkar-gah, 1 in 3 casualties was under the age of 14.
13% of the wounded were women. 

Emergency has been working in Afghanistan since 1999, and has always said that war doesn't resolve problems; once again, that's all too clear. How many more victims do we still have to count before this is realised?

“It’s easy enough to dismiss pacifism as naïve. But nowhere does it appeal more strongly to reason than among the wounded and the maimed. At EMERGENCY’s hospital in Kabul, it’s not unusual to find Afghan national security forces recovering in the same ward as Taliban insurgents, and after a while, the ideas that make enemies of the two men lose their relevance. 

Nearly everyone who works at EMERGENCY opposes not just the war in Afghanistan but war in general. If they didn’t feel this way before they arrived at the hospital, they inevitably come to before they leave.”

Read a New York Times article about EMERGENCY’s work in Afghanistan: “the Kabul hospital that treats all sides”: 

http://nyti.ms/1qnF9R5 #ThrowbackThursday
There is one hospital in Kabul that treats anyone, from any side, no questions asked. The horrors of the war blow through its doors every day.
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EMERGENCY's Port Sudan Paediatric Centre has been awarded the Zumbotel Group Award in London! This architectural award honours works of exceptional innovative content, design, technology and construction; works that promote sustainability and humanity in the built environment.

According to the Jury, EMERGENCY's hospital is "exceptional," and it "interweaves high aesthetic standards with the use of innovative and efficient solutions for the use of resources, with greater attention to the environment and the creation of better living conditions."

Click here for more details about the hospital: http://bit.ly/1mubmum
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EMERGENCY OPENS SPECIALISED TREATMENT CENTRE IN SIERRA LEONE TO COPE WITH INCREASING EBOLA EPIDEMIC. 

More than 1,500 people in Sierra Leone have contracted Ebola and more than half of them have died. 500 new cases have come to light in the last 3 weeks alone, and everyday, more than 20 people fall ill with the disease.

To cope with this situation, EMERGENCY has just opened a treatment centre for Ebola patients in Lakka, a few kilometres from the capital of Freetown.

"We decided to open this centre because the epidemic shows no sign of stopping: the positive cases can only increase and more health care personnel, isolation wards and beds are needed to treat them" says Luca Rolla, EMERGENCY coordinator in Sierra Leone.

The first patient was admitted just 4 hours after the Centre opened: she's an 18 year old girl, who came on her own initiative.

Emergency has purposely set up a structure made available by the local health ministry. It's sub-divided into a waiting room, a triage area, a 10-bed isolation area for suspected cases, a 12-bed treatment area, a disinfection area and a mortuary. There's also a service area with changing rooms, a storeroom, a laundry and kitchens. 

About 110 people are working at the Lakka Centre; these include doctors, nurses, logistics managers, auxiliaries and cleaning staff. The international personnel come from Italy, Serbia, Spain and Uganda.
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