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Nicolas Aschoff

Co-Founder L'Appel Deutschland e.V.


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Nicolas Aschoff is a medical student at the University of Witten/Herdecke who became known throughout Germany after setting up an isolation ward for Ebola infections together with fellow students in Sierra Leone.

Born 1990 in Karlsruhe, Germany, Nicolas Aschoff is visiting Split School of Medicine in Croatia from 2011 until 2012. He has been studying human medicine at the University of Witten/Herdecke since 2012. In July 2014, the 23-year-old is travelling to Sierra Leone for an internship in tropical medicine when the Ebola virus spreads there. Nevertheless, Nicolas continues his internship at the hospital in the city of Makeni and, together with two German fellow students and Dutch doctors, sets up an isolation ward with the simplest means.

For Aschoff, Sierra Leone is not his first stay abroad. In 2011 he does voluntary service and an internship at a hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and the following year at the Children's National Hospital in Washington D.C.

In 2012 he founded the student aid organisation L'Appell Deutschland e.V. together with fellow students to organise projects in the fields of health, education and infrastructure holistically and sustainably according to the needs and necessities of the local people with whom the projects are jointly implemented. Since 2014 he has been the country director of L'Appel Deutschland e.V. in Sierra Leone and in 2019 he was elected board member of L'Appel Deutschland e.V.

In his keynotes Nicolas Aschoff speaks about his projects and experiences. In addition to development aid, the tension between solidarity and fear, as well as the thin line between active helping and fear, is a focal point of his lectures.


  • Development Cooperation and Aid
  • Ebola - Medicine under difficult conditions