The surgery makes regular monthly contributions to the following charitable causes:
- the home hospice charity The Homecoming,
- the programme of aid run by the charity People in Need in the Democratic Republic of Congo (by some measures the world's poorest country), and
- Médecins Sans Frontières.
Our life is a voyage. It has a beginning and also an end, both belonging to this voyage and, to a great degree, determining it. When we have plenty of strength and briskly walk through our life, we know how to be brave and full of joy. But when coming to the world and when leaving it, we usually don’t have much strength. We are fragile. We need those who understand us close by. Hospices all over the world are trying to respond to this ordinary human need for closeness, dignity and understanding.
The Homecoming hospice civic association was established in 2001. Its members are experts in the area of the palliative medicine, people from other professions and important persons of public life, who endeavor to extend and improve the quality of care for dying in the Czech Republic. Activities of the Association focuse on two, self-complementing areas:
- To establish and operate the home care hospice CESTA DOMŮ in Prague, offering concrete help to families, who have decided to care for their dying family member at home.
- To aim to introduce structural social and legislative changes, that would make it possible to extend quality care for dying everywhere in the Czech Republic.
People in Need in DR Congo
People in Need established a permanent mission in DR Congo in the beginning of 2009. The mission operates in South Kivu, a province located in the east of the country. People in Need is working towards improving access to drinking water, increasing the quality of education at primary schools and helping victims of sexual violence. Health care lies at the centre of the People in Need’s attention in South Kivu. Projects focus on primary health care in remote rural regions, improving the quality of preventative medical care, reducing child mortality and improving the health of mothers.
Specific projects include for instance:
- Restoration of health care in the countryside
- Prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS
- Prevention of sexual violence and aid to victims
- School construction and improvement of primary education
We are happy that apart from our regular monthly contributions to People in Need, we also provide services under contract for preventive checkups for employees of the organisation before they depart on missions the world over.
Médecins Sans Frontières
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. Its actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of neutrality and impartiality.
MSF was founded in 1971 and in 1999 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its work in areas of crisis.
Around 2,500 international staff work at any one time on several hundred projects in around 70 countries, and during the course of the year the total number of international staff working for MSF is around 6,500. They are joined by approximately 29,000 local employees.
MSF operates independently. We conduct our own evaluations on the ground to determine people’s needs. More than 90 per cent of our overall funding comes from millions of private sources, not governments. This is what gives the organization its financial and operational independence, allowing it to respond flexibly and highly effectively to acute crises.