The worldwide need for humanitarian relief has risen dramatically in recent years. Numerous long-running armed conflicts and the increasing occurrence of extreme weather events have led to a situation in which over 160 million people worldwide are frequently dependent on humanitarian assistance.
Johanniter is active in regions affected by crises and conflicts giving special attention to supporting refugees and internally displaced people. Another important field of work is the provision of assistance following sudden-onset natural disasters as well as disasters in which the effects only become evident over a longer period, such as droughts. Therefore, the primary goal is always to ensure the survival of affected people and to help them to live safely and in dignity after such events.
Particularly in the aftermath of sudden natural disasters, the first priority is often to secure the immediate survival of a great number of people. This is only possible if qualified and well-coordinated relief ison hand quickly. In order to meet this need, Johanniter has obtained the classification as Emergency Medical Team (EMT) from the World Health Organization. This allows us to provide qualified emergency relief within a global coordination mechanism, whenever and wherever it is needed, in situations where local capacities are overstretched to cope with a disaster.