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HEALTH CARE IN THE THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES

Good health is essential to living a happy and fulfilling life but for thousands of people living in some of the poorest regions within the developing world, access to good healthcare, clean water and sanitation feels like a distant dream.

Due to lack of resources and planning, many third world countries are unable to put in place a proper health infrastructure. This results in the citizens suffering and a general decline in public health. Even in many developing nations, the level of health care is different depending on geographic location, socioeconomic class and landscape. In rural areas, the hospitals are far and few, often lacking in basic supplies and medicines.

Health care is also not free and often costly. In communities where people do not have money to feed their families, health care is not a priority. The people, no matter their health, will put off visiting a doctor in favour of putting food on the table for their family.

Malnutrition weakens the immune system, which in turn makes a person more susceptible to diseases and infections. As a result, life expectancy is a lot lower in marginalised, poverty stricken areas. Infant mortality rates, and deaths during child birth are also high.

Heart disease, tuberculosis, water related diseases, lung and kidney disease are still the top killers in many of these countries. In countries like Pakistan, efforts are still on-going to eradicate polio. Due to a lack of awareness, a lot of uneducated people opt out of giving their infants the essential vaccines needed.

OUR PROJECTS

From installing water wells and hand pumps to up-to-date sanitation facilities and launching community initiatives, we are driving forward projects to protect and improve daily life and health within communities in Sudan, Somalia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia and Nepal.

Our approach is to focus on the hard to reach areas and set up free medical camps there. This ensures all the community members can get a general consultation, advice and medication for their needs. We also routinely conduct eye check-ups and provide cataract eye surgeries to the needy. Our other projects involve providing wheelchairs and ambulances to hospitals.

CATARACT EYE SURGERY

When it comes to vision, 90% of the world’s visually impaired live in developing countries. Pakistan is one of these countries where despite best efforts, eye care still poses a big test. Due to a stressful lifestyle, poverty, lack of care, population growth and ageing, vision related diseases have increased.

With an increase in diseases like diabetes, cataracts and retinopathy is on the rise. A lot of times, diseases can be detected in early stages and swiftly treated to avoid blindness or worsening of conditions, however without proper eye care services available, people are unable to get a timely diagnosis and treatment.

80% of blindness is curable and can be treated effectively using low-cost surgery. But most of these sufferers come from poverty-stricken and marginalised areas and are unable to pay for the treatment.

Sight restoration not only impacts the individual’s life but also helps the family. Post-surgery, individuals are able to return to work, studies, support their families, and contribute to the management of the household.

To date, we have provided vision corrective eye surgery to hundreds of people, thanks to our generous donors.

Free eye camps

You can sponsor an eye camp from £1200 and help many get their first prescription glasses and see the world more clearly. In a typical 1 day free eye camp, we examine over 100 patients and provide them with free glasses and any medicines required.

These patients are then treated at a later date for their cataract and so far we have treated 100s with the help of our generous donors, Alhamdulillah!

Cataract Eye Surgery

You can also donate £45 for a cataract eye surgery which will help cure blindness of a needy patient. Cataract or curable blindness can be treated,

in most cases, with a single surgery and from just £45 someone can get back their eyesight. Sight restoration not only impacts the individual’s life but also helps the family. Post-surgery, individuals are able to return to work, studies, support their families, and contribute to the management of the household.

MEDICAL CAMPS

Al Mustafa works closely with needy communities in rural areas of Pakistan where lack of healthcare facilities makes the lives of the poor even more challenging. Public health facilities are insufficient and those families who hardly earn their daily food, when face a health issue, look up to the generous in the community for help as they do not have the resources to even pay for the basic medications, let alone the high charges of privately run hospitals.

With the help of our generous donors, ATI organises 1 day, 2 day and 3 day medical camps where free health checks are carried out and medicines are provided. As a first step, with the help of our local contacts we identify those in need of urgent medical attention and prepare the list of patients to be served in the camp.

A suitable location for the camp is identified. In a typical 1 day camp, we usually have a team of 10 which includes 2 experienced doctors, one of them a child specialist and the other a general physician, and up to 8 nursing and administrative staff. They normally serve up to 250 patients on a single day. We are also planning to introduce Hepatitis screening in our medical camps this year.

You can sponsor a 1 day camp from just £800 and help over 200 needy people. As all the patients we serve are ‘Masakeen’ (needy) you can donate your Zakah towards this project and increase the blessings for yourself and your family Inshallah!

MOBILITY PROGRAM

There are 650 million people in the world who have some form of disability. The majority of these people belong to under developed countries. The United Nations estimates that this number will increase rapidly from 2020 onwards due to conflict and war, terror attacks and an escalating vulnerability to natural disasters.

According to the UN, Pakistan has an approximate 3.2 million disabled people, out of which 20% have a physical disability. Women and children also make up a sizeable amount of portion in this and face the worst vulnerabilities.

It is our goal to maximise efforts in providing these people with proper care and resources needed to live an independent life. Even today, there is a lot of social stigma attached, where the disabled individuals are shunned, neglected and not provided resources to have control of their life. They also often suffer biased treatment and miss out on education, jobs and prospects that would help them build a better future. Our regular distributions around the year provide wheelchairs to 100s and it cost only £80 each.

You can help change a disabled person’s life by donating a wheelchair. Help us improve someone’s life, donate a wheelchair today!

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