"Good health is a crown that only the sick can see."

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Ill Health and the Cycle of Poverty

Good health is the most important aspect of our lives. Our health is the foundation on which we build our world and without a strong foundation everything else crumbles around us.

In many developing countries, ill health is all too common. Unsafe water and poor sanitation alone, kill 4 million people each year. Other factors that seriously affect people are hunger and malnutrition, diseases like Malaria and HIV and a lack of access to decent healthcare.

Aside from causing millions of deaths, ill health causes many other problems for communities around the world. When people are unwell, they can’t go to school, they can’t work and they can’t support their families.

As well as having a detrimental effect on the local level, an inefficient workforce is an obstacle to progress on a much wider scale, which means that the provision of quality healthcare remains out of reach for many. So the cycle of illness and death and the resulting poverty and hardship continues.

Key Facts

Health in the developing world

Only 1/2 of women in developing regions receive recommended medical attention

1 in 7 people have no access to health services

2.2 million children die each year because they are not immunised

Working Across All Areas of Health

There are a myriad of different health issues that are prevalent in different communities. Muslim Hands approaches health with this in mind. As with our work in other areas, we look at health on a case-by-case basis.

In countries like Afghanistan, where the numbers of birth and pregnancy related deaths have been high, we have set up specialised maternal health clinics and trained community workers. In conflict zones like Syria and Somalia, where the infrastructure of healthcare has been damaged, we provide much needed mobile medical units and basic healthcare equipment.

Also for communities like those in rural China, who have no access to the medical care they need, we fund operations and treatment.

The sad truth is that many of the deaths caused by ill health are easily preventable and treatable through simple, effective measures and access to basic healthcare. With so many medical advances, there is no reason why so much of the global population should be left without access to healthcare. This is why Muslim Hands works with communities across the world to help build a fairer future for all.

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Established in 1996, Muslim Hands SA NPC is an aid agency and NGO aiming to help those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty. It is a branch of Muslim Hands UK established in 1993 in Nottingham.