Primary Health Care

Promoting Health and Providing Health Care

Primary healthcare covers the basic health needs of a population. In most countries with poorly-developed health systems, basic healthcare is offered by nurses in simple health posts.

In the health facilities run by or supported by Johanniter, we provide primary healthcare with a special focus on mother-and-child health and vulnerable groups. In addition, Johanniter offers basic medical care through mobile clinics in conflict areas and following natural disasters.

As part of its new strategy, Johanniter will continuously increase the resilience of health systems in crisis regions by 2025, facilitating access to appropriate and high-quality healthcare. This includes improving the infrastructure of basic health facilities, setting up referral and early warning systems and training medical personnel.

Preventive measures such as health promotion, vaccination campaigns, family planning and nutrition are the focus of our work in health facilities and communities, with the aim of reducing morbidity and mortality in the medium and long term. Johanniter’s activities in the health sector are always closely linked to those in nutrition and WASH.

Guidance Notes

Johanniter are developing guidance notes in the areas Nutrition, Food Security, WASH, Shelter/NFI and Health.  

These are based on the Sphere standards and currently those on nutrition and shelter/NFI are ready.

A one page overview on the Sphere handbook has been developed by the working group and is available in English, French and Spanish.

During the preparation of the nutrition guidelines a summary of all category 1 recommendations of WHO has been developed and can be accessed here.

Further documents will be placed here once they are available.

Your contact person Dr. Oliver Hoffmann

Lützowstr. 94
10785 Berlin