Gino Strada, the founder of Emergency, died

Gino Strada, the founder of Emergency, died

Gino Strada

The doctor and philanthropist was 73 and founded the international NGO with his wife Teresa Sarti in 1994

(photo: Marco Cantile / LightRocket via Getty Images) Corriere della Sera reports that Gino Strada, 73-year-old founder of NGO Emergency, passed away on 13 August. He founded the most famous Italian health care and culture NGO together with his wife Teresa Sarti in 1994, and since then Emergency claims to have treated more than 11 million people in 17 countries around the world.

Precisely on 13 August , Strada had signed an analysis article for La Stampa on the turbulent situation in Afghanistan.

Gino Strada was born in Sesto San Giovanni, in the province of Milan, on 21 April 1948 and graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the State University of the Lombard capital, before specializing in emergency surgery. In the 1980s, Strada lived for four years in the United States, completing his training as a surgeon, with a special focus on heart and heart-lung transplant surgery techniques at the Universities of Stanford California and Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. . The experiences abroad continued at Harefield hospital in the United Kingdom and at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.

In 1988 he made available his experience in emergency surgery to assist war wounded, working with the International Red Cross of Geneva in Pakistan, Ethiopia, Thailand, Afghanistan, Peru, Djibouti, Somalia and Bosnia. 1994 was the year of the founding of Emergency, together with his wife Teresa Sarti (who passed away in 2009) and some friends: "An independent and neutral association created to bring high quality and free surgical and medical care to the victims of wars, of anti-personnel mines and poverty ”, as described on the official website, currently unreachable probably due to an update due to the disappearance of the founder.

Friends, my dad #GinoStrada is gone. I embrace you but I cannot respond to your many messages (thank you), because I am here: where we have just given a rescue and saved lives.

That's what he and my mom taught me.

Strong hugs to everyone and everyone.

- Cecilia Strada (@cecilia_strada) August 13, 2021

Gino Strada and Emergency's first field project was in aid of Rwanda during the genocide, followed in Cambodia up to Afghanistan in 1998, with the inauguration of a surgical center for war victims in Anabah, in the Panshir Valley. The seven years in the Central Asian country led to the opening of three hospitals, a maternity center and a network of 44 first aid posts. In the new millennium, Gino Strada opened the Salam Center with Emergency in Sudan, the first cardiac surgery center with totally free service in Africa, a continent where Emergency has also been present in Sierra Leone since 2001 for the Ebola emergency and where Strada arrived in 2014.

In total, Emergency intervened in 19 countries (including Italy) and took the front line at home to raise public awareness, for example with the campaign Outside Italy from the war against participation to the war in Iraq. Among the most recent initiatives, the Manifesto for a medicine based on human rights in 2008 to claim a health based on equity, quality and social responsibility, which paved the way two years after the foundation of Anme (African Network of Medical Excellence - Healthcare network of excellence in Africa).

Among the awards received by Gino Strada, in 2015 the Right Livelihood Award - otherwise known as the alternative Nobel Prize - and the Sunhak Peace Prize, awarded to recognize personalities that have contributed to peace and human development.

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Gino Strada has died

(ANSA) - ROME, AUG 13 - Gino Strada, the founder of medical-aid NGO Emergency, had died at the age of 73, sources close to his family said on Friday.    A surgeon, Strada worked in many conflict zones for the Red Cross before founding Emergency with his late wife Teresa Sarti in 1994.    Emergency has treated over 11 million people in 19 different countries since then.    It currently operates in Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq, Italy, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Uganda, and Yemen.    'Defend mankind and its dignity always and everywhere - this is Gino Strada's most beautiful message and we must never forget it,' Health Minister Roberto Speranza said via Twitter.    European Parliament President David Sassoli hailed Strada as a 'maestro of humanity'.    He also quoted Strada, saying 'if any human being is suffering at this moment, if they are ill or hungry, this regards all of us, because ignoring a person's suffering is always an act of violence and one of the most cowardly'. (ANSA).   


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