Due to the huge number of Rohingya refugees fleeing the violence in Myanmar to neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh there has been a multitude of health concerns, not only due to the injuries sustained due to violence but also as a result of overall lack of proper medical care. Their concerns include a lack of safe drinking water, a lack of proper sanitation, malnutrition and overcrowding meaning there has been an outbreak of many diseases. Many of the refugees now living in the Bangladesh refugee camps are also pregnant women or have recently given birth therefore in need of specialist care.
The health clinics that were already there could not cope with the high number of refugees needing medical attention so we have reacted to this emergency situation and opened a World Care Foundation Medical Camp in Bangladesh. It provides primary healthcare services, antenatal and postnatal Care. A volunteer said: “On the day when we arrived they had seen 133 patents, just in that day alone. Seeing the register really gave us a feeling of relief knowing so many are being helped daily. The medical camp is a vital source of basic medical care.”
World Care Foundations’ Hope Centre was launched in January 2018 in Lebanon in response to the ongoing crisis. This is a very important project as there are now almost a million Syrian refugees living in Lebanon including over 300,000 children. This means that one in four people in Lebanon is a Syrian Refugee. With limited funds if any at all it is almost impossible to find a safe place for refugee families to live as well as providing food, clothes and education for their children.
Our volunteers from Glasgow, Livingston and Edinburgh travelled out to open the centre and were welcomed by some of the beautiful children. Volunteers described this as a crucial housing project which provides vital support as without this, the only other option is to move back into camps or live in extremely poor conditions.
We have been able to house 21 families in the Hope Centre including over 40 children. The residents include widows, single mothers, orphans, elderly and some with ongoing medical needs.
Thousands of children saw horror unfolding in their homes in Myanmar and they fled to safety in Bangladesh after walking through jungles and hills for days. They fled without the protection of their family or community and become caregivers to younger siblings or other children overnight. It has been reported that just under 10,000 Rohingya children have lost both their parents meaning siblings are having to care for one another at as young an age as 9.
The World Care Foundation Balukhali Orphanage is a house to 52 orphans, who live there and also acquire basic informal education. It provides all other needs for children such as food, health care and clothes.
A volunteer who visited the orphanage said “The best part was seeing the children immediately wear the clothes and shoes that we distributed. The smiles came back, just like any child they wanted to try their new clothes.”
Congratulations to you all on the launch of a very special new centre for the protection and development for street children in Karachi Pakistan. This is a very heart-warming and a high impact project which will provide upskilling, educational development, communication skills, basic relief, psychological support, confidence building, career support and many more vital services especially an opportunity for the children to have a time to become children via fun activities and visiting play areas etc.
Grateful to all donors and volunteers for their amazing support. This is only possible with your help.
World Care Foundation team is really humbled at the launch of our weekly foodbank project. This adds to our current free Foodtable (soup table) project that runs every Monday thus extending our support projects for the benefit of the local community.
This project features provision of essential food items and other items of need. Recently we also distributed thousands of pounds worth winter clothes to the homeless brothers and sisters in Edinburgh.
The foodbank works on a structured referral system through partner agencies, GP’s, social services, Police and other bodies. We also offer a self-referral service for anyone who is in the process of getting referred or is caught in any misfortune.
Our donations come from individual public, businesses, volunteers, cash donations and other food outlets.
We take pride in helping fellow humans at their time of need. The whole relationship is that of “here for you as needed”. The beneficiaries not only benefit from food but the warm and caring company of volunteers.
We invite more volunteers to join us in this crucial project. A small commitment of time can make real difference.
Donations can also be made (cash or food items).
Donations can be made online at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/wcffoodbank
For more information to volunteer or to donate items please contact
Step in my Shoes started by Lorraine, is a project that provides shoes essentially for refugees but also destitute human beings all over the world.
Having spent time in Greece volunteering for the lifeguard team ‘A Drop in the Ocean’, Lorraine was struck by how, when refugees are pulled out of boats and rescued from the sea, they start their new lives with nothing but their wet clothes.
On the shores of Lesvos, Lorraine improvised by drying children’s feet before putting them in sandwich bags and then putting their feet back in wet shoes to begin their onward journey to Germany, Sweden and beyond. Often, shoes had gone overboard and the refugee children stepped onto the stoney beaches with bare feet.
Step in my Shoes intends to ask every person in the UK, who is able, to donate one pair of shoes- literally to allow small children, women, and men who are fleeing from war and distress to ‘step in my shoes’.
It is not often we see such a life-changing humanitarian crisis and find a way to give such personal, crucial help. Shoes should be sturdy and suitable for walking long distances in bad weather: trainers, boots etc, and, if possible should be tied together with laces or tape/elastic band. Notes should not include personal addresses but plenty of love, encouragement, and friendship.
Please, for a moment, step in a Syrian child’s shoes and allow them to step forward in yours.
In return, we will package, transport and deliver the shoes and we will send you photo messages of
We are also extending this project to cover other places of need.
Step In My Shoes project in the news:
We have a designated task force that responds to the emergency needs of individuals or communities exposed to dire conditions. We provide emergency support, food, shelter, water and medical equipment or any other items of need as required depending on individual needs ne it for those forced into homelessness and left destitute by war, oppression, natural disasters and any other unfortunate circumstances.
Millions of Syrians have suffered war and displacement, adjustment to a new way of life can be unimaginably hard, especially in the case of families where family members have suffered disability or severely injured. We fully support such families covering their accommodation and living expenses, thereby easing their burden of distress considerably. This also includes many families that are extremely desperate for help and support due to a variety of reasons. We will extend this care to other countries and places of need.
MEDICAL CENTRE FOR SISTERS IN PAKISTAN
The first phase of our first ‘care health centre’ has been launched. Called ‘a sister’s wish’, this particular phase is completely dedicated to the health and welfare of women in Pakistan.
As you know the main target audience for our medical facility is poor and less privileged in rural areas of Pakistan. However, even within the poor, perhaps the most vulnerable population is that of women. The health of families and nations is interlinked with the health of women. The health of women can have serious implications for the health of her children and family. If the women are healthy they will produce healthy children and they may be in a position to take care of the entire family health, so we can say that healthy women are the sign of a healthy family and healthy nation.
Many organisations raise women’s health awareness but do not provide them with a safe environment, medical services and family planning. A large number of women in Pakistan die every year because of unavailability or lack of access to health facilities and those which are available are of poor quality. The most serious health issue for women is complications during pregnancy which takes the lives of thousands every year.
Pakistan ranks third highest in the world with the number of maternal deaths. There are many factors responsible for such problems. However, more important is the lack of resources even for those who wish to seek treatment. The tribal and rural concept of home deliveries is another reason why patients remain undiagnosed of medical complications and later on suffer for the remainder of their lives.
It is, therefore, no surprise that we have dedicated the first phase of our very first medical project to our sisters and mothers in Pakistan.
Our focus will be in five key areas.
Reproductive health would be the key area with particular focus on ante and post natal care, avoiding maternal complications by early detection and referral to secondary care for complicated pregnancies for selected patients. The tribal and rural concept of home deliveries are another reason why patients remain undiagnosed of medical complications and later on suffer for the remainder of their lives. So, providing a safe environment and training of community midwives is also something we plan to achieve in longer run.
Cancer screening: Pakistan has the highest cancer rate in Asia and unfortunately it seems to have higher incidence in women. Often, late presentation due to social reasons precludes effective treatment in most cases; therefore a culture of early cancer detection would be one of our key areas.
Medical care: Providing free care for early diagnosis and treatment of all other common medical issues like diabetes, hypertension etc and communicable diseases like TB and hepatitis will be provided synchronous with rest of the target population.
Malnutrition: Due to multiple child births and poor socio economic backgrounds, malnutrition remains a common issue which subsequently leads to poor child health and growth stunting.
Last but not least is the psychological support addressing the common mental health issues which are highly prevalent in Pakistani population.
As a rough estimate, we need to raise at least quarter of a million pounds (£250,000) to successfully raise and run this phase and will need all the help and support you can offer. Please donate at our dedicated donation page as instructed below and spread the word to your friends and family especially in Pakistan.
Dr Ali Zahid.