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Over 8 million people have received free, high quality health care by EMERGENCY.
One in three was a child.

EMERGENCY is an Italian NGO founded in 1994 in order to provide assistance to the civilian victims of war.


From 1994 to the present day, EMERGENCY has worked in 17 countries, building hospitals, Surgical Centres, Rehabilitation Centres, Paediatric Clinics, First Aid Posts,  Primary Health Clinics, a Maternity Centre and a Centre for Cardiac Surgery. Subsequent to request from local authorities and other organizations, EMERGENCY has also helped to renovate and equip pre-existing health facilities.
Since 1994, EMERGENCY teams have provided assistance to over 8 million people.


Every day EMERGENCY deals with the wreckage caused by war and for this very reason EMERGENCY has always been committed to promoting a culture of peace.
In 1994 EMERGENCY entered the campaign against antipersonnel landmines which brought Italy to ban them.
In 2001, shortly before the war against Afghanistan, EMERGENCY appealed to the Italian people asking them to demonstrate against the impending war with "a white rag for peace" ("uno straccio di pace").
In September 2002, together with other organizations, EMERGENCY launched a huge campaign to prevent Italy from taking part in the war against Iraq.
At the same time, EMERGENCY promoted a nationwide petition campaign called "Stop the war, sign for peace" to ask for the enforcement of Article 11 of the Italian Constitution, which repudiates any act of war. The petition was submitted to Parliament in June 2003.


In 2008, with some African countries, EMERGENCY has elaborated the Manifesto for a Human Rights Based Medicine asking for a medicine based on Equality, Quality and Social responsibility.
EMERGENCY is a recognized charitable organization (1998) and Non-Governmental Organization (1999).


In 2006 EMERGENCY became an NGO partner of the United Nations Department of Public Information.
In 2010, EMERGENCY promoted the manifesto "The world we want", asking for a fairer world.

Since 2015, EMERGENCY is also in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.


In order to support EMERGENCY's goals on a broader international scale, in 2008 the volunteers of the numerous chapters operating throughout the US since 2005 founded EMERGENCY USA.
For the same purposes, EMERGENCY UK was founded in November 2007 (visit EMERGENCY UK website). EMERGENCY Japan started its activities in early 2011, as well as EMERGENCY Switzerland, which later became EMERGENCY Switzerland Foundation. EMERGENCY Belgium and EMERGENCY Hong Kong started activities in 2013.