On World Health Day today, Muslim Aid has called upon governments to take stronger action in addressing the global health challenges affecting poor communities across the world.
Supporting this year’s theme, Antimicrobial resistance and its global spread, a Spokesperson for Muslim Aid said: “We support the World Health Organisation (WHO) in its work to combat drug resistance. As global urban populations increase, the rise of incurring infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria is becoming hard to tackle due to their multi-drug resistance. This threatens the effectiveness of antibiotic and antiviral medicines which are widely used in humanitarian emergencies and meeting the health related UN Millennium Development Goals.”
Annually, around 440,000 new cases of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis cause at least 150,000 deaths worldwide. Muslim Aid’s health programmes include running primary health clinics, mother and child centres and treatment of patients suffering from water-borne diseases.
Muslim Aid is committed to improving the health of communities in developing countries in order to support them towards social and economic progress. A large part of Muslim Aid’s grants in kind has comprised of medicines delivered to the most disadvantaged communities affected by conflict and disaster. Muslim Aid has also provided medical equipment and pharmaceutical products for humanitarian intervention in Gaza and Libya, breast cancer awareness workshops in Iraq and Lebanon and maternal healthcare in Sudan, Senegal and the Gambia.
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