In many parts of the developing world healthcare remains inaccessible, or at best basic and insufficient. Access to healthcare becomes a more acute problem following a natural or man-made disaster. Islamic Help Pakistan provided primary health care services to 206,896 patients in all flood affected areas of Pakistan through different health interventions. WHO has acknowledged IHP services in its health Bulletin 20 and 22.at that point the field hospital becomes indispensable.
IHP set up field hospitals in Sindh immediately after Pakistan floods of 2011 and were able to treat 5,500 people for various respiratory infections, skin disease, diarrhea and malaria. Similarly IHP established a fully functioning Diarrhea Treatment Center DTC at Sukker Civil Hospital with the support of Indus Hospital Karachi. IHP also set up a feeding Center at Jati Thatta to provide stabilization to malnourished, weak and critically dehydrated cases. We have also established a 100 bed multi-purpose hospital in Kot Addu, Muzaffergarg in partnership with UK based iNGOs.
However, some of the healthcare needs of the communities we work with are best dealt at the level of disease prevention. Key to this is information and education about preventing disease. Therefore, in Sindh, Pakistan, we have, under the Dadu WASH Project, held workshops on water use, water borne diseases and hygiene. We have also distributed hygiene kits to promote health and wellbeing.
Islamic Help Pakistan also work with survivors of acid attacks and those born with cleft lips and palates. We provide a package of support to survivors of acid attacks including medical treatment.