All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights (Art. 1).
Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care (Art. 25).
In accordance with The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Paris, December 10th, 1948), EMERGENCY recognizes the “right to be cured” as a basic and inalienable human right.
EMERGENCY works to implement Human Rights based Health Projects, according to the principles of equality, quality and social responsibility (EQS).
EQUALITY. Every human being has the right to be cured regardless his economic and social condition, gender, race, language, religion and opinions. Standards of health care, set by the progress of medical knowledge, should be delivered equally and without discrimination to all patients.
QUALITY. Quality systems are based on community’s needs, up to date with the achievements of medical science, and not oriented, shaped or determined by lobbies and corporations involved in the health industry. Quality systems strengthen and generate human and material resources.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. Governments should have the health and well being of their citizens as their priority, and allocate adequate human and financial resources.
The services provided by Health Systems and humanitarian projects in the health sector must be free of charge for all.
Since its foundation in 1994, EMERGENCY establishes, manages and advocates the implementation of EQS based Health Projects.
These principles were stated in a Manifesto for a Human rights based medicine, that was created in May 2008 at a meeting on the health sector in Africa run by EMERGENCY in Venice. There were the Ministers of health from eight African countries who were involved in the creation of this document.
Thus far, the Manifesto has been undersigned by: Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda.