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.

19,000 children under age 5 will die of mostly preventable illnesses.

Pakistan ranks 154th out of 195 countries in terms of quality and accessible healthcare facilities.

A common misconception is that healthcare services in the public sector are free of charge to Pakistani citizens. This is not the case, as 78% of the population continues to pay for healthcare out of their own pockets.

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 thousands 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:

  • Maternell, neonatal and child health
  • Nutrition
  • Water and sanitation

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.

Child survival

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.