Principles of work

Principles of work

Principles of work

Principles of work

Our principles of work


Our work stands for tolerance and respect for cultural and social diversity. The German Doctors e.V. is a private charity without any political or religious ties.

  • Our work bears testimony to the value and dignity of every single individual.
  • Our work is an example of solidarity with other people.
  • We respect cultures and religions.
  • We aim to give the best possible medical care to every poor and sick person who turns to us.
  • We are impartial in regard to political and religious beliefs.


The German Doctors has physicians working in eight projects on the Philippines, as well as in India, Bangladesh, Kenya, and Sierra Leone. Between two and eight doctors work in each project. There is also a dentist on each of the medical teams on the islands of Mindanao and Mindoro (Philippines).

The German Doctors bases its approach on the World Health Organisation’s definition of health: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.“
The German Doctors provides basic medical care and aims to prevent diseases. We combat the illnesses accompanying poverty, such as tuberculosis, and tropical diseases like malaria. We understand health to be a holistic concept, which is why we promote health care by training patients. The German Doctors also provides specialist advice on medical products, for instance on quality assurance for drugs and pharmaceuticals.

Working Principles

The German Doctors cooperate with other organisations to ensure that our work is firmly imbedded in the basic local facilities. We have thus managed to establish a network of reliable and dedicated partners.

These partners together with the local staff form a vital connecting link with the patients. They speak the same language, and since they often come from a similarly humble background, they are familiar with the patients’ living conditions and culture. The training which the German Doctors gives to the staff is regarded as a contribution towards development in the countries where we work. We attach importance to working on par with the patients, which is why our doctors live in the same localities as the patients while working abroad.

German Doctors help worldwide

We believe in the right of every human being to get medical care no matter their origin. Therefore our volunteer German Doctors offer medical treatments in developing countries for the poorest of the poor. Whether people infected with HIV, undernourished children deficiency syndromes or people with chronic diseases, we help everyone who needs help.

Our doctors work during their annual leave or retirement for a period of six weeks and waive any compensation. More than 7000 missions with more than 3200 doctors were completed since 1983.