The team at GHRF is funding a medical community centre in Lahore, based in the village of Bedia. The village has a population of around 12,000 people, and this clinic is going to be free for them to use. A community centre is also going to be built on top of the clinic, and this is where we’ll train people in lifestyle-changing skills. This is the main part of our medical charity work, and it’s where we’ll base ourselves to carry out cataract operations and more. The cost to construct the centre is £16,000, so please donate as much as possible so that we can finish the clinic quickly.
Single Eye (£15)
Double Eye (£30)
Cataracts occur when there is a build-up of protein in the lens that makes it cloudy. This prevents light from passing clearly through the lens, causing some loss of vision. Since new lens cells form on the outside of the lens, all the older cells are compacted into the centre of the lens resulting in the cataract.
Over the next 20 years it is estimated that the world’s population will increase by about a third. This growth will occur predominantly in developing areas, and during the same period the amount of people over 65 will more than double. This ‘‘greying’’ of the population will occur in both developing and developed countries.
If nothing changes this could lead to a doubling in the amount of cataract, visual morbidity, and need for cataract surgery. There are currently more than 20 million people with severely reduced vision as a result of cataract, and this is likely to be close to 40 million by the year 2020 (World Health Organisation).
We’re working in partnership with a local medical centre in Fasalabad to conduct 200 eye operations in the coming months. Please donate generously towards this project.
According to Save the Children, Pakistan has the highest rate of first day death and stillbirth in the world. 40 babies out of 1,000 are stillborn, and more than a million babies a year die within 24 hours of birth. We’re looking to fund an ultrasound machine for a mother and maternity clinic in Gujranwala. This is to benefit a deprived community, and it’ll provide a valuable service to those in need. The machine costs £3000, so please give generously.
Living with a disability is difficult enough, but adding poverty to the equation means that hardships increase. In developing countries disabled individuals often face serious adversity, and according to the World Health Organization at least 81 million people in Africa alone are affected by some form of disability. The fact is that, in sub-Saharan Africa specifically, the majority of disabled people have inadequate or no access to healthcare, rehabilitation, support and assistance, education, or employment.
Over the last year we’ve provided wheelchairs and tricycles to those in Pakistan to aid with mobility. To change someone’s life, donate today to pay for a wheelchair (£60) or a tricycle (£100).