Partners

BBC Media Action

The charity uses the power of media to help transform lives in some of the poorest parts of the world – using media to inform, connect and empower. They create broadcast and non broadcast content around themes such as Health, Livelihoods, Humanitarian Response and Governance. In Sierra Leone they create radio programmes to provide life-saving information during the Ebola crisis. The aim of this programming in any location and any language is to harness media to bring about lasting change to people’s lives in some of the poorest and least privileged parts of the world. Although receiving major funding from the likes of the UN, USAID, the UK Department of International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the charity is developing a new strategy of working with corporate partners, in particular for its work in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Current corporate partners include Atos, Barclays, Cisco, Deloitte, Facebook, Fujitsu and Getty Images...and now also Brussels Airlines.

Plan Belgium

Founded over 75 years ago, Plan is one of the oldest and largest children’s development organizations in the world. We work in 51 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plan aims to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of deprived children through a process that unites people across cultures and adds meaning and value to their lives. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations. Find out more on www.planbelgique.be or www.planbelgie.be.

Doctors Without Borders

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. Brussels Airlines and MSF Belgium are working hand in hand in the Ebola affected countries.

Airlink

Airlink is a non-profit organisation that connects the aviation industry with humanitarian initiatives. Airlink provides humanitarian relief worldwide by connecting nonprofit organizations with commercial airlines to provide air transportation for response teams and aid cargo. Today, AIRLINK’s network consists of over 20 international airlines and 50 NGOs. Since its inception in 2009, AIRLINK's airline partners have been active during a number of rapid onset disasters. In addition, AIRLINK's airline partners have assisted many organizations in addressing ongoing issues in the developing world, such as access to clean water, food, shelter, medical aid, and education. Bernard Gustin is member of the Airlink’s Advisory Council. www.airlinkflight.org

Mamas for Africa

The non-profit organisation Mamas for Africa (MFA) was founded in December 1999. It established a unique cooperation between Belgian and African women in order to help African women improve their situation and those of their children and family. The goals of MFA’s projects in the “ Region des Grands Lacs” are diverse. First of all, combat poverty and provide in the basic needs of African women by developing initiatives in the fields of agriculture, cattle, vegetables or fruit farming, fishing and sewing workshops. Furthermore, improve medical treatment and make it accessible to everyone. And above all, relieve the distress of violated women and girls through psychological aide, medical care and financial support for their reintegration in society MFA realizes its projects thanks to courageous and enthusiastic women and, of course, with the aid of generous donators.

Aviation Sans Frontières Belgium

Since 1983, Aviation Sans Frontières Belgium (ASF-B) has been providing air support to humanitarian missions. Thanks to the organisation’s use of light aircraft, which makes it possible to land on and take off from the most rudimentary of runways, ASF-B has been able to operate in difficult-to-access conflict areas, especially those in Africa, thus reaching isolated communities, including victims of violence, war, poverty and sickness. As a non-governmental organisation, ASF-B is a neutral and independent entity staffed by volunteers in various positions. Pilots, logistical support, escorts, etc., dedicate a large part of their free time to support missions. Furthermore, ASF-B also provides an escort service for sick children requiring urgent medical care.

International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR)

INCTR focuses on cancer in developing countries, mainly in Africa. The organisation runs programs on clinical research, palliative care, pathology, pediatric oncology that encompasses psychosocial support, and foundational programs (training local professionals, providing educational tools, developing human resources via partnerships and introducing aspects of cancer control, e.g.early diagnosis into community health centers.). INCTR has projects in Kenya, Uganda, Cameroon, RDC and Senegal. Their headquarters are based in Brussels.

Centre for Children in Vulnerable Situations (CCVS)

The Centre for Children in Vulnerable situations (CCVS founded in 2008) is a unique partnership between 3 Belgian universities (VUB, Universiteit Gent and KUL) that aims at improving the psycho-social well-being of children in vulnerable situations in the South, especially focusing on child-soldiers.

European Foundation For Angolan Promotion and Development (EFFA)

The European Foundation for Angolan Promotion & Development is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the development of Angola, particularly in the fields of education, vocational training and medical assistance. With the active support of the Belgian Society of Neurosurgery, in February a campaign was launched against hydrocephalus in newborn babies - a condition which causes fluid to build up inside the skull thus leading to brain swelling. There are plans for other missions to be carried out regularly and young Angolan neurosurgeons will be invited to Belgian hospitals to improve their knowledge.

Chaîne de l'Espoir

Chaîne de l'Espoir is a not for profit medical organisation specialized in children surgery. In addition to sending medical volunteers to various African countries, they also fly children to Belgium for surgery that cannot be done in their country of origin due to a lack of technical or financial means. Chaîne de l’Espoir Belgique currently has projects in Benin, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Senegal.

Medics without Vacation

Medics without Vacation, a Belgian ngo, comprises about 600 doctors and nurses. During their holidays they spend two to three weeks treating patients in African hospitals, helping people who otherwise have no chance of recovery. Every week more than two teams leave for Africa. Medics without Vacation is active in Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon.

Mercy Ships

Since 1978 Mercy Ships has operated five hospital ships in 53 countries and 2.5 million people received assistance including 47.000 surgeries on board. The Africa Mercy is the world's largest charity hospital ship and is crewed by 450 volunteers of more than 40 countries. All volunteers work for free and pay their own travel & accommodation cost. A new hospital ship has been ordered to be deployed on the African continent.

Memisa

Memisa is a Belgian ngo whose main purpose is to provide essential, quality and appropriate care, particularly for the most disadvantaged people, without distinction of race, religion or political persuasion. For Memisa the gradual transfer of responsibilities to promote local autonomy, is central. Therefore they work together with reliable local partners.