Supporting communities in crisis, wherever they are.

We go the extra mile to reach people in isolated and hard-to-reach places. From the swamps of South Sudan to the remote peaks of central Afghanistan, we go far to help those caught in ‘forgotten’ crises.
Europe & Central asia
Yemen
While similar crises fight for the world’s attention, millions of children and mothers in Yemen are fighting for their lives in the shadows. Medair is responding with life-saving nutrition services.
Europe & Central asia
Ukraine
When conflict erupted in 2022 and sent millions of families fleeing for their lives, Medair was there within days to welcome them with open arms and meaningful support.
Europe & Central asia
Syria
More than 12 years of conflict and a deadly earthquake in 2023 have had devastating effects on communities in Syria. But we are determined to help rebuild by restoring health services, safe water sources, and shelters for those in desperate
Africa
Sudan
Violent clashes erupted once again in April 2023 around the capital, Khartoum. A staggering 4 million people fled their homes in just the first 100 days. Now, Sudan is once again in a full-blown humanitarian crisis and needs support to surv
Africa
South Sudan
When the road stops, we keep going. Our teams travel by boat, canoe and plane to the most isolated and hardest-to-reach communities in South Sudan, cut off from vital services like health care, nutrition, and water.
Africa
Somalia
Medair has been responding to crises in Somalia since 2008, helping some of the most isolated communities access health care and safe water and protecting women and children from violence.
Europe & Central asia
Lebanon
Since the beginning of the Syrian Crisis, Medair has been a lifeline to Syrian refugees in Lebanon as they struggle to rebuild their lives after surviving a civil war. We care for families by helping them meet their most urgent needs for fo
Europe & Central asia
Afghanistan
Medair has been responding to the effects of crisis in Afghanistan since 1996. While the country remains in crisis today, we do not lose hope for a peaceful and flourishing future for the people of Afghanistan.
Africa
DR Congo
After decades of instability, DR Congo is still in the throes of crisis. Yet, Medair has stayed the course for more than 25 years to help save lives and strengthen communities.
Africa
Madagascar
Since 2002, Medair has helped communities in Madagascar strengthen their resilience to climate disasters while helping to improve and restore access to safe drinking water.
Africa
Kenya
The Horn of Africa is experiencing its worst drought in more than 40 years. Medair’s nutrition outreach teams are travelling to northern Kenya’s most remote villages to save lives from malnutrition and disease.
Europe & Central asia
Jordan
Since the beginning of the Syrian Crisis, Medair has been a lifeline to Syrian refugees in Jordan as they struggle to rebuild their lives from the ground up.
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Africa

DR Congo

After decades of instability, DR Congo is still in the throes of crisis. Yet, Medair has stayed the course for more than 25 years to help save lives and strengthen communities.

Kenya

The Horn of Africa is experiencing its worst drought in more than 40 years. Medair’s nutrition outreach teams are travelling to northern Kenya’s most remote villages to save lives from malnutrition and disease.

Madagascar

Since 2002, Medair has helped communities in Madagascar strengthen their resilience to climate disasters while helping to improve and restore access to safe drinking water.

Somalia

Medair has been responding to crises in Somalia since 2008, helping some of the most isolated communities access health care and safe water and protecting women and children from violence.

South Sudan

When the road stops, we keep going. Our teams travel by boat, canoe and plane to the most isolated and hardest-to-reach communities in South Sudan, cut off from vital services like health care, nutrition, and water.

Sudan

Violent clashes erupted once again in April 2023 around the capital, Khartoum. A staggering 4 million people fled their homes in just the first 100 days. Now, Sudan is once again in a full-blown humanitarian crisis and needs support to surv

America

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Europe & Central asia

Afghanistan

Medair has been responding to the effects of crisis in Afghanistan since 1996. While the country remains in crisis today, we do not lose hope for a peaceful and flourishing future for the people of Afghanistan.

Jordan

Since the beginning of the Syrian Crisis, Medair has been a lifeline to Syrian refugees in Jordan as they struggle to rebuild their lives from the ground up.

Lebanon

Since the beginning of the Syrian Crisis, Medair has been a lifeline to Syrian refugees in Lebanon as they struggle to rebuild their lives after surviving a civil war. We care for families by helping them meet their most urgent needs for fo

Syria

More than 12 years of conflict and a deadly earthquake in 2023 have had devastating effects on communities in Syria. But we are determined to help rebuild by restoring health services, safe water sources, and shelters for those in desperate

Ukraine

When conflict erupted in 2022 and sent millions of families fleeing for their lives, Medair was there within days to welcome them with open arms and meaningful support.

Yemen

While similar crises fight for the world’s attention, millions of children and mothers in Yemen are fighting for their lives in the shadows. Medair is responding with life-saving nutrition services.

Oceania

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Past countries

Albania

Medair worked in Albania in 1998 and 1999.

Angola

Medair's engagement in Angola occurred in 2002 and later in 2018-2019.

Armenia

Medair extended support to Armenia in 1993 and 1994.

Bangladesh

Medair operated in Bangladesh in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2018, and 2019.

Central African Republic (C.A.R.)

Medair operated in C.A.R. in 2014.

Chad

Medair operated in Chad in 1994 and later in 2013.

Chechnya

Medair operated in Chechnya in 1995, 1996, and 2004.

Ecuador

Medair operated in Ecuador in 2016.

Haiti

Medair worked in Haiti from 2008 to 2009, 2010 to 2012, and 2016.

India

Medair provided assistance in India in 2001.

Indonesia

Medair operated in Indonesia from 2006 to 2007 and later from 2008 to 2009, 2010 to 2012, and 2018.

Ingushetia

Medair provided assistance in Ingushetia in 1996.

Iran

Medair provided assistance in Iran in 2003.

Kosovo

Medair operated in Kosovo in 1998 and 1999.

Liberia

Medair worked in Liberia in 1991.

Mozambique

Medair has been active in Mozambique since 2000, with ongoing operations until 2019.

Myanmar

Medair worked in Myanmar in 2016.

Nepal

Medair worked in Nepal from 2014 to 2015 and later in 2016 and 2018.

North Ossetia

Medair was involved in North Ossetia in 1995 and later in 2004.

Pakistan

Medair's involvement in Pakistan spans from 2005 to 2007 and later from 2016 to 2017.

Philippines

Medair started working in the Philippines in 2013 and has ongoing operations.

Rwanda

Medair provided assistance in Rwanda in 1994.

Sierra Leone

Medair provided assistance in Sierra Leone from 2014 to 2015.

Sri Lanka

Medair worked in Sri Lanka in 2004.

Turkiye

Medair began providing humanitarian aid in Turkiye after the earthquakes in 2023.

Uganda

Medair started working in Uganda in 1989, with operations continuing until 1990. We returned in 2000 and operated until 2003.

Vanuatu

Medair provided assistance in Vanuatu in 2015.

Zimbabwe

Medair operated in Zimbabwe in 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011-2012.

Stories from around the world

Browse our latest updates and stories directly from the countries where we work.

Celebrating 28 years in DRC

Medair's impact on the Congolese health system.

Restoring Health and Hope in Somalia

Medair provides free health services and Child-Friendly Spaces in Somalia, restoring hope and health to vulnerable communities.

Essential services in an overlooked tragedy

Bringing Hope and Aid to Sudan's Forgotten Communities

Frequently Asked Questions

Explore answers to commonly asked questions about Medair's mission, operations, and how you can support our humanitarian efforts.
Where does Medair operate?

Our international headquarters are located in Switzerland, where Medair was founded in 1989, with two shared service centres in Kenya and Lebanon, and six affiliate offices in France, Germany, South Korea, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Medair currently responds to humanitarian needs in 13 countries and has worked in 45 countries since 1989.

How can I get involved in Medair's work?

We depend in every way on your support through donations, prayer and the time you can give us. If you would like to become a volunteer, make a donation, form a partnership with us, or find out how to pray for our work, visit the Get involved page for more information.

What sort of projects does Medair do in the countries where you work?

Medair targets the most urgent needs in times of crisis, including water and sanitation, nutrition, health, and shelter. We also use cash assistance, where appropriate, to enable people to use the money to meet their priority needs while keeping the local economy going. The populations we work with are often traumatised and need to be cared for, which is why we provide mental health care and psychosocial support.

Is Medair involved in long-term development projects?

Our mission is to respond to urgent humanitarian needs arising from natural disasters, epidemics and conflicts. However, for communities to become more resilient, they need to be better prepared and have the right resources to withstand future threats. That's why we train communities and hire local staff to strengthen their skills in dealing with emergencies.

For example, in areas prone to climatic disasters such as Madagascar. We have also developed an early warning system to help communities prepare for and cope better with cyclones, and have trained local staff to ensure that drinking water supply systems are not contaminated.

How does Medair ensure accountability and transparency in its operations?

We are transparent about our finances and are committed to using funds as efficiently as possible. Internationally, 90.5% of the money raised is allocated directly to humanitarian aid projects and 9.5% is spent on administration and fundraising. We have received certification for the Fundamental Humanitarian Standards for Quality and Accountability (CHS), a sign of the level of excellence of our programmes. We actively and transparently adhere to our code of ethics and protection policies.