Islamic Help Pakistan has been providing specialist medical and surgical support to acid burns victims since 2009. Acid burns are painful; burnt and scarred tissue is constricting and restricting of movement of the head, limbs, neck and other parts affected by the attack. In addition, facial burns and scarring have a visual impact on survivors and others that see them. Early surgical intervention is essential and the surgery we have been providing over the last few years, led by world renowned surgeon Dr Muhammad Ali Jawad, has had a significant impact on survivors.
IHP has been working with survivors since 2009 and in 2011 we joined forces with the Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI), an NGO dedicated to tackling acid violence. We provide a package of support which includes reconstructive surgery, rehabilitation and initiatives to assist with the social reintegration of survivors. IHP’s work with survivors of acid violence is highlighted in the Oscar Award winning documentary Saving Face. Directed by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and Daniel Junge, Saving Face profiles two survivors of acid violence in Pakistan. The film has contributed significantly to raising awareness of acid violence and we are glad and proud of being involved in it.
Corrective Surgeries of Acid Victims
IHP has arranged a six days corrective surgery project in Multan from March 17 to 22, 2013. Dr. Muhammad Ali Jawad along with his team from UK had conducted these surgeries in which 7 acid victims were gone through lengthy operations. Earlier a one day examination of acid burns victims were held in Dec. 2012 for the above mentioned surgical programme.
Private screening of the Oscar winning documentary Saving Face
IHP arranged a private screening of the Oscar winning Documentary Saving Face on Dec 18 to create awareness about the acid burn victims in the presence of Renowned surgeon Dr Muhammad Ali Jawad,