Health Programmes

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We work to improve the health of some of the world's most vulnerable communities. Help us to build healthy communities around the world.

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Health Programmes

Islam puts great value on those who care for the sick.

Ibn ‘Umar that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said

“The Muslim is the brother of his fellow Muslim; he does not wrong him or let him down. The one who meets the needs of his brother, Allah will meet his needs. Whoever relieves a Muslim of distress, Allah will relieve him of distress on the Day of Resurrection.”

We’re blessed to have easy access to healthcare. When we have a cold, we can go to the pharmacy, when we have pain, we can visit our local GP and when we break bones or catch a serious illness we can be treated at the nearest hospital.

But in most countries around the world, taking care of your basic health needs isn’t so easy. And for people living in conflict zones or battling hunger, the struggle is even more severe.

It’s important to be in good health – it’s what allows you to go to work, to look after your family and to enjoy celebrations. But at Human Appeal, we also know the importance of prioritising health when disaster strikes. When there’s a flooding, we’re there to mitigate the damage of the floods, and to mitigate the threat of waterborne diseases. When people are fleeing conflict and end up in crowded camps, we’re there to provide them with health check-ups and specialist doctors.

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What are our health projects?

Our work in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Myanmar has supported people fleeing violence.

  • In Syria, we support two women and children’s hospitals, providing free healthcare to up to 100,000 people. We also screen nursing mothers to catch and prevent child malnutrition and provide urgent medical care through mobile clinics, vaccination centres and a specialist
  • In Iraq, we have provided 15,000 people in camps outside of Mosul with access to nurses and specialist doctors including, a gynaecologist, paediatrician, psychiatrist and minor surgery consultant.
  • In Yemen, we provided emergency medical, nutritional and hygiene supplied to children in Al-Jomhouri Hospital in Sa’dah, as well as supplying Al-Sabeen Maternal Hospital in Sana’a with ten incubators for premature babies. On the outbreak of the cholera epidemic in 2017 we provided hospitals and a cholera centre with essential supplies including mattresses, oral rehydration solutions, antibiotics and syringes.
  • In Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, we have established two medical camps, providing healthcare to around 15,000 Rohingya refugees and we provided water and sanitation facilities to over 20,000 people. We also provided hygiene kits, mosquito nets and other essential items to thousands of people in Bangladesh and Myanmar. We also have supported a three-year mother and baby health project in Satkhira, Bangladesh.

Building resilience

We also work in areas that are recovering from conflict and disease or that struggle to access clean water.

Somalia

In Somalia we have improved agricultural lands, provided irrigation channels and pumps to strengthen a community of 1,800 against natural disasters. We also rehabilitated sanitation infrastructure, provided hygiene kits and training, benefiting 17,400 people. In five camps for displaced people, we trained Ministry of Health and camp management staff in hygiene promotion, clean-up campaigns, sanitation in response to the Cholera outbreak.

Pakistan

In Pakistan we organised five free eye care camps for 3,748 people of all ages in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and provided 122 people with the cataract surgery they couldn’t afford. We also screened and educated over 600 barbers and hairdressers in Muzaffarabad for HIV and hepatitis and purchased an ultrasound machine for Deen Trust Hospital in Sahiwal, Punjab. We are supporting long-term solutions to providing clean water in Pakistan by building wells in the drought-prone areas in Sindh, installing water filtration plants and water pumps to benefit tens of thousands of people, and training farmers to grow drought-resistant crops.

Gaza

In Gaza we provided medicine, fuel, chemotherapy equipment and chemical analysis devices, benefitting 68,850 people and we helped to create a children’s ward at the Kamal Adwan Hospital. We have provided clinics and hospitals with clean water via desalination plants, benefitting 100,000 people.

Help provide essential medical care for vulnerable children worldwide.

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