19,000 children under age 5 die of mostly preventable causes
Today, nearly 19,000 children under age 5 will die of mostly preventable causes, such as diarrhea, malaria, and pneumonia. Islamic Aid focuses on child and maternal health, using basic medicines, supplies, and interventions to prevent and treat illnesses at the community level.
Poor health and poverty go hand-in-hand.
Hunger is a problem that affects everything for the world’s poorest people. It prevents children’s brains from developing fully, causes physical stunting and inhibits their immune systems.
Access to healthcare
Islamic Aid believes that good health and access to healthcare are fundamental human rights. The overall goal of Islamic Aid health programme is to improve the health of the world’s poorest people and ensure that they have access to food. Islamic Aid nutrition programmes work to prevent malnutrition and ensure that those who do suffer can gradually recover to full health.
Islamic Aid priorities
In tackling hunger, Islamic Aid aims to transform the lives of those living in poverty. Every year, Islamic Aid helps improve the health of thousnads of poor people. Islamic Aid work is guided by a health policy. For the most part, Islamic Aid works on improving health through primary healthcare in emergency, rehabilitation and development situations specifically focusing on the following three areas:
Maternal, neonatal and child health
Islamic Aid aims
Islamic Aid is working towards a world in which no one dies for want of safe and nutritious food. Our work with women and children focuses on proper nourishment during the crucial 1,000 day period from pregnancy to age two. Islamic Aid combines it’s expertise with local knowledge to help people develop their own lasting solutions.
How Islamic Aid tackling the problem
Millions of children die before their fifth birthday because of poor nutrition, inadequate sanitation or lack of access to healthcare. Islamic Aid tackles these problems by:
Teaching parents and health workers how to spot and prevent malnutrition in children under five
Training birth attendants on safe deliveries
Educating women on caring for infants
Running supplementary feeding programmes to treat malnourished mothers and children
Providing people with access to clean water
Educating communities on good hygiene, reducing the spread of disease
Millennium Development Goals
Islamic Aid is committed to achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals which include affirming the right to good health and providing adequate food for all. Islamic Aid plans to do this by supporting the development of sustainable healthcare systems in the areas where we work.
Islamic Aid child survival programmes draw on over 1o years of experience of our work in health in Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Palestine and Sri Lanka. Read about the impact these programmes are having on the lives of millions of children.
Through long-term health care and education programmes, as well as immediate medical assistance in emergencies, Islamic Aid programmes create long term and lasting change.
Please support Islamic Aid work to help improve the health of the world’s poorest people.
How your zakat (zakah), sadaqah and other donations help in healthcare
Being a Muslim charity committed to upheld the sharia laws in everything we do, Islamic Aid spends your zakat (zakah), sadaqah, Sadaqh Jarya, Waqaf funds, Riba (interest money), Saqaqah Sacrifice and other donations as prescribed by Islamic laws.