Our Foundation:

We are a non-profit organization that has been promoting, supporting and supporting initial training and pre-vocational support for people with a migration background in non-medical, medical areas for 30 years and support programs and monitoring. In particular, this also includes subject-specific language preparation courses or accompanying support courses, which serve as the basis for training. Since 2008, the Turkish-German Health Foundation has been increasingly involved in language support for migrants. Furthermore, the TDG e.V. trains specifically-oriented mentors or pilots whose standards are developed as part of pilot projects. In addition to the headquarters in Gießen, there are also other branches in Germany and Turkey. The association also works closely with national and international health and social organizations.

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Our History

Turkish and German medical professionals, as well as other active people, founded the Turkish-German Health Foundation in 1988 in Frankfurt am Main. The reason for the foundation was our medical observations and experiences in the Medical Clinic III and the polyclinic of the University Clinic of the Justus Liebig University Gießen. Due to language difficulties, a lack of intercultural competence and often also a lack of empathy, there were communication deficits in the doctor-patient relationship, which affected the diagnosis. Different prevalence of diseases was striking, for example the number of heart attacks among Turkish men was both more frequent and ten years earlier than among German men. TDG e.V. was able to use scientific studies to correct the pain in the abdominal area, which was diagnosed as psychosomatic by migrants and allegedly caused by homesickness. All of this prompted us to establish a clinical-scientific focus area at Medical Clinic III and Polyclinic in Gießen. Among other things, this migrant medicine was awarded the Hessian Integration Prize 2005 by the Prime Minister of Hessen. In the following years, our engagement was extended to the areas of education, social affairs and integration. In these areas, we carry out self-developed projects and measures that complement each other through a holistic, goal-oriented approach and increase their effectiveness.


Yaşar Bilgin was born in Mersin in Turkey. Upon completion of the Tarsus American College, he came to continue his study in Germany. He studied Medicine and Philosophy at the Justus Liebig University in Gießen. After finishing his medical studies, he completed medical training to become a specialist in internal medicine and cardiology in the Kerckhoff Clinic of the Max Planck Society and the University Clinic in Gießen. He worked as a cardiologist at the Louisville Humana Heart Institute in Kentucky. In 1991 he received the title of lecturer from Istanbul University and in 1998 he was awarded the title of professor in cardiology by the Onsekiz Mart University Çanakkale. He has also had German citizenship since 1991.
He is head of the „Health and Migration“ working group at the University Clinic in Gießen and Marburg. Dr. Bilgin is the founder and chairman of the Turkish-German Health Foundation and chairman of the Avicenna Prize Association and co-founder of the German Islam Forum.
Dr. Bilgin is a member of the Scientific Council of the American Heart Association, member of the „Forum against Racism“ of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, member of the Intercultural Council in Germany eV, member of the Integration Advisory Board of the Hessian State Government and the Federal Government, member of the Board of Trustees Avicenna-Studienwerk, founding member of Working group „Migration and Public Health“ of the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration and Honorary Member of the „Honorary member of advisory board of Turkish citizens abroad“. He is also a board member of the Dogus Foundation University in Istanbul and a board member of the Presidium of Bilim University in Istanbul. He is married and has two children.

His awards and honors:

Board members of the Turkish-German Health Foundation e.V.

2. Chairman
Dr. Y. Bilgin
Prof. Dr. H. U. Klör
E. Külahci
Dipl. oec. troph. A. Gediz
Sabine Gerbich

Goals and Tasks of our Organization

As recognized experts for interculturality, we are open to all migrants, not just those of Turkish origin – even if the traditional name of our association says otherwise. We are politically independent and fulfill our tasks in the field of health, integration and education in Gießen, Hessen and all of Germany.\

We participate in regional and national associations and organizations. We respect the dignity of our clients and participants and support them with regard to special biographical features and impairments.


In addition to professional training and further education, we always promote the acquisition of social skills and the ability to think and act in a tolerant and responsible manner. We also support the development of our clients‘ existing resources.


We support the motivation to learn and work through a socio-educational concept. Action-oriented and practice-oriented projects enable the participants to establish social relationships and thus facilitate sustainable integration into their work lives.


Through successful learning, we create the expansion of the participants‘ individual ability to act and the opportunity to master the challenges of professional practice and everyday life. The design of leisure opportunities in sporting and creative-artistic areas supports this process.


We teach on the basis of the approvals granted by the chambers and other competent bodies in practical education and training. A high level of professionalism, social competence and the individuality of our employees contribute to the acquired quality standard, which is further developed through accompanying training and qualifications. Relationship work and individual support for the participants are the basis of successful learning.


We secure the necessary individual funding for each participant on the basis of our concept, which has been tried and tested over many years. Our well-founded input analysis enables a good start for targeted, self-determined and individual career path planning or for flexible preparation for the job market and comprehensive support for our clientele.


In addition to training and further education, school social work, child and youth welfare work in accordance with the Child and Youth Welfare Act, we organize school internships and cross-age offers in projects and in public relations, advice for people with and without a migration background in all situations.


We are oriented towards the development trends of the labor and education market and the needs of our clientele.


We enable people with a migration background access to work life while factoring in their social and familial environments.