Internationaler Hilfsfonds e. V.


ul. Shevchenko, 28
480021 Almaty
Tel: 69-63-60, 69-17-28
Fax: 69-66-96

This group, meaning "International Help Foundation" is based in Germany with branches throughout the world, including offices in Kazakstan and Ukraine. The foundation offers assistance to victims of natural disasters, nuclear testing, and political repression through provisions of financial, humanitarian and medical aid.

The foundation's office in Kazakstan combines this material support with educational programs, professional training, and cultural exchanges. It works to foster public awareness of issues that impact citizens' health and living standards. In 1993, the foundation organized a group of Australian journalists to film a documentary about the environmental and health consequences of nuclear tests in Semipalatinsk. The foundation is in the process of creating a treatment center for pregnant women whose health has been affected by nuclear tests in Semipalatinsk, and medical services to treat mothers and children with viral hepatitis.

The group publishes the University Herald for Al-Farabi Kazakh State University, and the magazine of the Kazakh Academy of Medical Sciences Klinitsist. In its own monthly bulletin, the foundation publishes information about healthcare, education, science, education and environment in Kazakstan. Proceeds from these donations have been directed to orphanages in Semipalatinsk and Almaty.

A print version of much of the information contained in this Central Asian Third Sector Organizations section can be found in Civil Society in Central Asia (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999).

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Last updated:    November 1998