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.
What are our health projects?
Our work in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Myanmar has supported people fleeing violence.
We also work in areas that are recovering from conflict and disease or that struggle to access clean water.
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.
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.
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.