Understanding healthcare in the developing world
The deadly link between poor health and poverty
One of the main causes of poor health is poverty. The lives of vulnerable communities around the world are at risk every day, simply because they are too poor. Poorer communities often lack adequate sanitation and clean water, and families often cannot afford basic food and are more susceptible to diseases like malaria and HIV.
When they do get sick, these families are too poor to access decent healthcare and are often not able to afford the right medication to treat their ailments. Poor health claims the lives of millions, but it is also a major catalyst for other worries too.
When children are unwell, they cannot go to school to learn, and when adults are unwell, they cannot work and make a living to support their families. This not only has a detrimental effect locally, but an inefficient workforce is an obstacle to progress on a much wider scale.
The sad truth is most deaths caused by ill health are preventable, yet in most cases, the cycle of illness and death as a result of poverty continues from generation to generation. We live in a world where medical breakthroughs are made every day. There is no reason why so much of the global population should be left without access to healthcare.
How We Are Helping Achieve a Fairer Future for All
Rapid Response During Global Pandemics
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unimaginable impact in almost every country, but in countries ravaged by conflict and disaster, the situation is even worse. Despite the challenges, we are responding to the pandemic by distributing isolation packs and medical kits to those most in need. Our teams are also generating awareness and education about personal hygiene to avoid the virus from spreading further.
Long Term Solutions
As well as building specialist clinics for neglected communities or mobile medical units in conflict zones, we also spend time training local community workers to be able to provide long term care for patients. When we provide urgent healthcare equipment, we make sure that locals know how to operate them correctly and education communities on ways to stay healthy.
Through our Gift of Sight program, we provide optical checkups, medication and cataract surgery to young children, women, and men in Mali and Pakistan. Our eye clinics make these treatments readily available to all, with those who would otherwise be unable to afford healthcare benefiting from the free services
How You Can Help
Muslim Hands is an international aid agency and NGO working in over 50 countries worldwide to help those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty. Muslim Hands USA is a registered charity with the Internal Revenue Service (Charity Registration No. 27-4155655).