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.
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.