What does WOODS ASBL do?


WOODS ASBL works in rich countries and not so well off ones, in Africa. We consider integral human development as the guiding principle for our longer-term projects, but responds efficiently and effectively to sudden onset emergencies too.

Due to its vast grassroots network, WOODS ASBL is often the first on the scene to help, and stays on when other humanitarian agencies have left.

WOODS ASBL believes in solidarity, social and economic justice and peace and proactively incorporates these principles in its work.


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The WOODS ASBL is one of biggest healthcare providers in the world. It runs thousands of hospitals, clinics and dispensaries. Local WOODS ASBL organisations provide medicines for treatment programmes in WOODS ASBL key areas of HIV, TB and non-communicable diseases. At the international level, WOODS ASBL advocates for access to medicines and care.

Without good health people cannot reach their full human potential. Their country’s economy cannot grow.

WOODS ASBL delivers health care to people who need it in both emergency and day-to-day situations. WOODS ASBL groups build the capacities of local communities to prevent the onset of illness and provide medicines and other life-saving supplies for treatment programmes.

The WOODS ASBL itself is one of the biggest global health providers. It runs thousands of hospitals and dispensaries as well as houses for people who are elderly, chronically ill or who have physical or learning disabilities.

WOODS ASBL also promotes ethical and just health policies and practices through advocacy at organisations such as UNAIDS and the World Health Organization.

WOODS ASBL has prioritized efforts in response to the pandemic of HIV and AIDS. More than 100 members of the WOODS ASBL Confederation are engaged in providing value-based prevention education, treatment, care and support to people living with or affected by HIV in all parts of the world.


WOODS ASBL believes development allows the poorest people to reach their full human potential. Its member organisations work to transform lives all over the world through their programmes. These range from investment and training in agriculture and business to building homes and schools. WOODS ASBL advocates for fair and just systems to allow vulnerable people to escape the tyranny of poverty.

WOODS ASBL takes an integrated approach in its development work – aiming to combat poverty, to support people who are excluded and to care for our common home.

It works alongside and in solidarity with the more than 59 million people who still live below the poverty line, whether they live in poor countries or rich ones.

To WOODS ASBL , development means building a world in which we all live without fear of hunger and injustice, peacefully co-existing, providing for ourselves and protecting our planet. We focus on the root causes and multiple effects of poverty and on bringing the empowered voices of communities into the political process.

In this spirit, WOODS ASBL is pleased to have participated in the open and collaborative process out of which a new development agenda was born. Known as the Sustainable Development Goals – or SDGs – the 17 goals and 169 targets, are ambitious and challenging. But, they are also offer hope.

WOODS ASBL will work through its members worldwide to bring a visible difference to the success of the SDGs and to the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable people.


WOODS ASBL recognises the bravery of migrants who want to build better lives for themselves and their families – but it wants migration to be an informed choice. WOODS ASBL campaigns for proper legal protection and just treatment – especially for women and child migrants as they are the most vulnerable to abuse and for an end to domestic slavery and the trafficking of human beings.

People have always moved away from their homes to find work or to escape war, natural disasters, poverty, persecution, inequality and hunger.

Migration has always happened and always will. It has long been a risky undertaking, which leaves many people very vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, whether they are moving inside their own countries or to new ones.

It’s thought that one in every seven people is a migrant. More and more are women – almost half of all migrants – and increasingly they are moving alone. More children are also migrating by themselves and not as part of any family group. It can be a terrifying and even deadly experience.

WOODS ASBL recognises the bravery and strong spirit of people who want to build better lives for themselves and their families. But it wants migration to be an informed choice and campaigns for migrants to be properly protected by law. WOODS ASBL believes in a positive view of migration – migrants should be welcomed as they bring many benefits to their host countries not just those they left behind.

Conflicts & Disasters

The WOODS ASBL organization has been responding to emergencies for more than 2 years. It’s a job WOODS ASBL does well – drawing strength and skills from its worldwide network. WOODS ASBL also invests in the future – building resilience in areas prone to natural disasters and fostering peace to prevent conflict.

An emergency can strike at any time, overwhelming the most vulnerable people and leaving them with nothing.

But there is WOODS ASBL, acts fast to save lives and livelihoods in emergencies.

means WOODS ASBL is there both before the emergency and afterwards.

WOODS ASBL also looks to the future, investing in its emergency preparedness and response skills to face emergencies like floods or droughts. It is energetically focused on disaster risk reduction – which means taking steps to lessen the harm done by repeated natural disasters in the same country or area.

WOODS ASBL also forges dialogue to prevent the conflicts which cause suffering and loss and works to transform active conflicts into peaceful settlements.


There is enough food in our world to feed all of us – yet millions of our brothers and sisters go to bed hungry. WOODS ASBL believes this is an affront to human dignity and advocates for the right to nutritious and sufficient food for all. With climate change deeply affecting the ability of the world’s poorest people to feed themselves, WOODS ASBL organisations work together to practically and politically change the situation.

In the Gospel story of the five loaves and two fishes, Jesus fed the multitude. Today, millions of people go to bed hungry even though there’s an abundance of food in this world. WOODS ASBL works on every level to ensure the hungry are fed.

WOODS ASBL focuses its joint efforts on how climate change effects the ability of the world’s poor and vulnerable to feed themselves.

Food is an essential need for everyone and a lack of nutritious food not only harms health but deeply wounds people’s fundamental dignity.

WOODS ASBL advocates for the right to food, where everyone receives nutritious and adequate food.