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.
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.
Our Head of Operations Dr. Yaşar Bilgin
His awards and honors:
TDG works with a small core team of employees who have been involved in TDG e.V. for years. Depending on ongoing projects / model projects, specific new project employees are then sought.
Board members of the Turkish-German Health Foundation e.V.
Dr. Y. Bilgin
Prof. Dr. H. U. Klör
Dipl. oec. troph. A. Gediz