Medair

Medair

Chemin du Croset 9, Ecublens, CH-1024, Switzerland

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Medair helps people who are suffering in remote and devastated communities around the world survive crisis, recover with dignity, and develop skills to build a better future. www.medair.org

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Mission Our official mission statement:

The mission of Medair is to respond to human suffering in emergency and disaster situations by implementing multisectoral relief and rehabilitation projects in a compassionate and serving attitude, inspired by its Christian ethos.
Description

Medair's areas of core competency are emergency relief and rehabilitation.

Emergency relief: When a sudden crisis hits or a natural disaster strikes, Medair teams respond rapidly to help save lives and reduce suffering.

Rehabilitation: Once emergency relief needs are met, we work alongside vulnerable communities to sustain lives and help restore essential services and infrastructure.

Medair's values:

Compassion
We desire to relieve human suffering in times of crisis, disaster and conflict. We seek out people who are the most vulnerable, come alongside them and offer practical support through relief and rehabilitation initiatives.

Hope
We seek to bring hope to people devastated by crisis and caught in apparently hopeless situations. Together with the communities we serve, we strive to make sustainable improvements and increase their capacity to build a better future.

Dignity
We believe that each person has been made in God’s image and is therefore uniquely valuable and worthy of the highest respect. Consequently, we reach out to all those in need, irrespective of their race, gender, religion, age or nationality. Wherever possible we personalise our assistance, taking individual needs and circumstances into account, and respecting the dignity and independence of the people we serve.

Accountability
We are committed to employ best practices in our management and operations, pursuing excellence in all we do. We make ourselves accountable to our supporters, our staff, and those we serve, and seek input from them to help us improve our activities and procedures.

Integrity
We strive to live out our values and principles consistently at every level of the organisation, and in every location – from the remotest team to the international headquarters. Our desire is that as we work together in teams, our attitudes, words and actions will be true to Medair’s vision and character.

Faith
We are motivated to care for those who suffer because we follow Jesus Christ, w

Awards Medair's ISO 9001:2008 quality certification denotes that Medair consistently provides effective relief and rehabilitation services for the well-being of its beneficiaries.
Founded 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland
Products Medair's areas of expertise are health and nutrition; water, sanitation, and hygiene; and shelter and infrastructure.

Health and Nutrition
Providing and supporting primary health care services
Emergency responses to disease outbreaks
Emergency responses to the needs of displaced populations
Maternal and child health programmes
Preventing and treating acute malnutrition
Emergency and integrated nutrition programmes and food distributions
Vaccinating for routine coverage and outbreak response
Health and hygiene promotion
Distributing mosquito nets (preventing malaria and other diseases)
Capacity building of communities and local health staff and systems
Supportive supervision, training, and monitoring of clinics and staff
Baseline surveys and rapid health and nutrition assessments
Care for victims of sexual violence

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
New water supplies: drilling boreholes, digging wells, installing hand-pumps, protecting springs,
harvesting rainwater, installing gravity-fed systems and tap-stands
Constructing household and institutional latrines
Hygiene promotion: protecting and drinking safe water, hand-washing, hygienic latrine use, and safe stool disposal
Training and capacity building of village hygiene promoters, water-user committees, and pump mechanics
Rehabilitating and maintaining existing water points and water treatment plants
Constructing elevated hand-pumps for disaster risk reduction in flood-prone areas
Emergency water trucking
Installing/operating emergency water treatment systems
Providing and promoting household water treatment
Community Approaches to Total Sanitation (CATS) programmes
Installing hand-washing and bathing facilities
Solid waste collection campaigns and solid waste disposal
Baseline surveys and rapid WASH assessments
Assessing and monitoring water quality and groundwater table levels

Shelter and Infrastructure
Distributing and constructing emergency and transitional shelter
Distributing essential non-food items (bla
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