In everything we do, we always look to our core values to ensure that we are on the right path.
HUMAN RIGHTS PERSPECTIVE
Every human has equal and inalienable rights. When these rights are respected, individuals are empowered, depending on desire and ability, to contribute to their own development and to that of their families. The inability of nations to respect, protect and fulfil these rights causes a lack of freedom and deprives individuals of the chance to control their own life situation. Hence, when these rights are violated, it reinforces poverty and vulnerability, which in turn perpetuates the root causes of poverty.
The basis of our development work is the fight against poverty. Poverty has many causes, which can be summarised as a lack of freedom, a lack of power and a lack of opportunities for individuals to impact their own life circumstances positively. This may be a matter of inadequate financial resources, a lack of security, education and healthcare, or involve hunger, a lack of clean water or homelessness.
We see individuals as part of a wider context that encompasses community, responsibility and dependence. Family, civil society, the marketplace and the state influence individual choices, opportunities and life circumstances. We are committed to social, economic and ecological development that involves good management of both human and natural resources.
Läkarmissionen’s aid work is based on a foundation of Christian values. Our guiding principles are the equality of all humans, respect for the inherent dignity, common sense and ability of each individual, and the right of all humans to life, liberty and sustainable development.
Good health, or the best possible health, is a fundamental prerequisite for the ability of individuals to achieve their full potential and contribute to the development of society. Investments in human health can therefore be considered as actions that develop society as a whole. The health perspective is closely linked to poverty reduction, because sustainable poverty reduction requires good health. In addition, the best possible health, including the necessary healthcare, food, water, clean air, sanitation, hygiene and medicine, is a fundamental human right. Läkarmissionen focuses primarily on preventative health efforts. In humanitarian aid, health can be a completely autonomous effort.