Sustainable Surgical Care: Else Kröner Fresenius Award for Development Cooperation in Medicine 2022

The award is endowed with 100,000 euros. This year the award honors projects on the topic of “Sustainable Surgical Care.”
Sustainable Surgical Healthcare: Else Kröner Fresenius Award for Development Cooperation in Medicine 2022

The award acknowledges outstanding projects which contribute toward improving medical healthcare in developing countries along with those persons from organizations who are responsible for the projects.

Applications were encouraged which involve successful projects from OECD DAC-listed countries that are based on partnership and demonstrate how surgical healthcare can be improved within the scope of bilateral advanced training. This is intended to be borne by local partners while exhibiting that respective healthcare structures are integrated into it. In doing so, both the enhancement of competencies on the part of medical personnel and improvement of the surgical infrastructure and care are essential. The partnership ought to strengthen surgery as an essential element of local healthcare.

of all illnesses
on a worldwide scale must be treated surgically


To be understood under “sustainable surgical healthcare” are activities designed to be implemented on a long-term basis and carried out in direct cooperation with local hospitals and physicians. The goal thereby is to make sustained primary surgical healthcare and aftercare accessible to all social strata of the population, and above all include rural regions.

5 bn.
people - esp. in resource-poor countries -
have no access to primary surgical healthcare

This year's winner has already been determined.

The Else Kröner Fresenius Award for Development Cooperation in Medicine 2022 goes to:

Award winner: Sr Rita Schiffer

Gynecologist and Medical Director of Attat Hospital, Ethiopia (Medical Mission Sisters)

Award-winning project: Sustainable surgical care in Attat, Ethiopia

Attat Hospital was founded in 1969 by the Missionary Medical Sisters. The hospital is located 200 kilometers southwest of the capital Addis Ababa, in Gurageland, one of the poorest regions of Ethiopia. The facility serves as a drop-in center for the catchment area of about one million people. The main causes are problems with pregnancies and births, infectious diseases, malaria and acute illnesses requiring surgical intervention.

Look forward to detailed background information about the awardee and gain deeper insights into the award-winning project at the award ceremony: 

Date: Friday, 14th of October 2022, 6 p.m.

Where: KOSMOS Berlin, Karl-Marx-Allee 131A, 10243 Berlin

Queries: Sarah Pohl, +49 6172 8975-10 or

Keynote: "Improving surgical outcomes globally" - Professor Andrew Leather | Director King‘s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships
King’s College London

Dr Bärbel Kofler, Parliamentary State Secretaries at the German Development Ministry, gives the welcoming speech about “Better health systems for women – the key to sustainable development”.

Participation is only possible through prior registration. An invitation shall also be sent seperately prior to the event.