Else Kröner Fresenius Stiftung

Medical humanitarian funding

The Foundation’s aim in the medical-humanitarian field is to sustainably improve healthcare for people in developing countries.

In addition to direct medical aid for patients and measures to improve local medical infrastructure, the Foundation supports medical training and further education projects in developing countries. Medical “capacity building” is funded at all levels of the healthcare system - from the healthcare worker in remote areas, to the university professor. In this way, the Foundation provides self-help assistance, thus making as sustainable a contribution as possible to improving local medical care.

Helping people to help themselves

Funding is focused on medical training and continuing education - from the healthcare worker in remote areas, to the university professor or university medical specialist. In the long-term, the aim is for local nurses and medical practitioners to carry on the projects themselves. It is therefore essential to create a suitable local environment and to provide incentives to prevent the migration of qualified personnel: by improving the local medical infrastructure, creating local networks and partnering with clinics, universities, businesses and governments. Particular emphasis shall be placed on involving local partners in the planning and implementation of projects, to adapt funding initiatives to the local culture and accelerate their sustainability.

EKFS projects have three objectives: to provide local assistance to as many patients as possible, to train as many qualified medical practitioners, nurses and healthcare workers as possible, and to create an environment that encourages them to stay in their own countries.

Humanitarian award 2017

Else Kröner Fresenius Preis goes to PHASE Austria for improved medical care in West Nepal. Former German Federal President Horst Köhler gives opening address.

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Alternative Nobel Prize

A strong voice from Ethiopia:
Yetnebersh Nigussie, an employee of ”Light for the World”, has been honoured for her campaign against poverty-related blindness. 


Second funding round

BMZ and EKFS announce a second round of funding for clinic partnerships with developing and emerging countries.


Humanitärer Preis 2016

Else Kröner Fresenius Preis geht an Tropenpädiatrie in Tansania, Laudatorin Dr. Auma Obama.

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Zum Internationalen Tag gegen weibliche Genitalverstümmelung am 06.02.2016

Johanniter und EKFS, gemeinsam gegen Frauenbeschneidung in Dschibuti.

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Kooperation mit EinDollarBrille e.V.

Ziel der Kooperation ist die dauerhafte Versorgung der Bevölkerung Malawis mit Brillen.

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Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung vergibt medizinisch-humanitären Förderpreis 2014

Vier Projekte ausgezeichnet, z.B. eine Traumatherapie für syrische Flüchtlinge in Jordanien.


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EKFS im Kampf gegen Ebola

Die Stiftung finanziert mit rund 500.000 Euro zwei große Isolierstationen in der Hauptstadt Liberias.

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