Dr Sven Sievers awarded the Federal Cross of Merit

Former Cargo Human Care chairman honoured for commitment in Kenya

Last Saturday, Dr Sven Sievers, founder member and former second chairman of Cargo Human Care e.V., was awarded the "Cross of Merit on the ribbon of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany" in Neustadt an der Weinstraße for his voluntary commitment to Kenya. Professor Dr Hans-Jürgen Seimetz, President of the Neustadt-based Structure and Approval Department South (Neustadter Struktur- und Genehmigungsdirektion Süd), handed over the award to the former Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Hetzelstift Hospital.

Dr Sven Sievers and Lufthansa Cargo MD-11F Fleet Chief Fokko Doyen founded the humanitarian and medical aid project in 2007. He was committed to humanitarian aid in Kenya from the outset and played an important role in designing the Cargo Human Care Medical Centre in 2008. "Together with his fellow campaigner Fokko Doyen, he won many supporters and specialist German doctors over to the cause", was how Peter Gerber, Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo, explained the honour. "Thanks to his many years of real commitment he has proven to be a worthy representative of our country."

Until 2013, Dr Sievers was the second chairman of Cargo Human Care and was then named honorary chairman of the association. Over the years, Dr Sievers flew on board Lufthansa Cargo freight aircraft to Nairobi more than 80 times to help out with the work on the ground.

Cargo Human Care supports more than 20,000 medical examinations in Nairobi every year. The organisation's second largest area of activity is the Mothers’ Mercy Home in Nairobi, which offers more than 115 orphans a home and a future. The work is supported by Lufthansa Cargo in terms of finance and logistics.