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Freedom to...Medical Aid

1500+ global Doctors who volunteer for FREE, over 17 years’ experience, providing quality Medical Aid, surgery to the poorest across the world

How did you feel about your health this global COVID pandemic?

       

Did the Health Service save you or your loved one’s life? 

Imagine a world were health poverty and access to healthcare does not exist, that world is now, ask yourself this question; our life in Western Countries worth more than theirs? 

Save a life……Save all of Mankind

For 17+ years Physicians Across Continents has been saving lives…you can make it part of your legacy 

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This package covers all (£360 or £30 per month) areas of Physicians Across Continents work and more, the ultimate package. Surgical intervention is the last option, but a necessary tool to save lives. Physicians Across Continents Doctors, surgeons and healthcare professionals do not charge for their valuable time or expertise, they are humanitarians.

Physicians Across Continents trained volunteer professional surgeons cover various specialties so that can carry out complex surgeries that are otherwise unavailable, due to the high cost or lack of expertise in that area.

Alongside delivering the surgeries we can train local staff, healthcare professionals thus access to high quality healthcare is still available in-between our visits. Physicians Across Continents aims to improve healthcare systems and to implement self-sufficiency through legacy projects. 

The Prophet  said, “There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) Health and free time for doing good.” 

Al-Baqarah

Access to Healthcare is a universal human right, unfortunately not all people have access. Medical healthcare is a forgotten pillar of charity in Islam and humanity. You may have done a water well, you may also sponsor an orphan every month, built a mosque, fund a hafiz of Quran and provide food aid. But without health you have no wealth…..                

Five Before Five, The Prophet advised to

“Take benefit of five before five: Your youth before your old age, your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty, your free time before you are preoccupied, and your life before your death” – (Narrated by Ibn Abbas and reported by Al Hakim)

Be a life saver, using the Physicians Across Continents integrated and holistic approach our life saver appeal, incorporates our philosophy Prevention | Education | Intervention

Be the prevention by educating healthcare professionals and communities the medical know-how to empower and sustain their communities. Surgical Intervention is the last, but sometimes necessary to save a life.

KEY FACTS

Over 95% of the World’s population has health problems, with over a third having more than five aliments (science Daily. Source. The Lancet)

CATARACT SURGERY

A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye. For people who have Cataracts, seeing through cloudy lenses is a bit like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window. Successful cataract surgery in previously blind individuals can improve a household’s economic status.

1 Cataract

5 Cataract Surgeries

7 Cataract Surgeries

Per Month gets 7 Cataract Surgeries over 12 months

39 Million people around the world are blind, and over 285 Million people are severely vision impaired 

Without proper care millions will continue to live without the gift of sight, even though 75% of all blindness can be cured or treated

Cataract, defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a visual acuity (VA) of less than 3/60 in the better eye, is the leading cause of blindness in the world. It affects approximately 18 million people, 90% of them in low- and middle-income countries. Blindness is both a cause and an outcome of poverty. A recent study in three countries has demonstrated that successful cataract surgery in previously blind individuals can improve a household’s economic status.

39 Million people around the world are blind, and over 285 Million people are severely vision impaired

 This suggests that cataract surgery should be an integral part of strategies designed to reduce poverty. Thanks to improvements in surgical techniques for cataract extraction (e.g., sutureless microsurgery and use of intraocular lenses with a wide range of powers), surgery can be performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia and can restore normal VA almost immediately. It can also be offered much earlier, so that blindness can be prevented even in developing countries, where these techniques are now the norm. Clearly cataract surgery is practiced under very different circumstances in different parts of the world and although its cost varies enormously, it is one of the most cost-effective of all health interventions

Without proper care millions will continue to live without the gift of sight, even though 75% of all blindness can be cured or treated

WHAT IS CATARACT

A cataract is a clouding of the normally clear lens of your eye. For people who have Cataracts, seeing through cloudy lenses is a bit like looking through a frosty or fogged-up window. Clouded vision caused by cataracts can make it more difficult to read, drive a car (especially at night) or see the expression on a friend’s face. Most cataracts develop slowly and don’t disturb your eyesight early on. But with time, cataracts will eventually interfere with your vision. At first, stronger lighting and eyeglasses can help you deal with cataracts. But if impaired vision interferes with your usual activities, you might need cataract surgery. Fortunately, cataract surgery is generally a safe, effective procedure.

PAC has 3 major objectives for this project:

  • PAC aims to conduct simple and complex cataract surgeries for individuals in Sub Saharan Africa
  • Provision of training to healthcare workers at district level to spot the clinical signs indicating cataract and visual impairment issues
  • Blindness prevalence rates vary widely. The major cause is cataract; trachoma and glaucoma are also important causes of blindness. The bulk of blindness in the region is preventable or curable.

£100.00 GBP

Mental Health Campaign

Mental has come to the forefront of many Governments, organisations and individuals the mental wellbeing is as important as a physical, tangible disease and mental health can impact physical health.

The Problem

Lack of access to health services, poverty, food insecurity, unemployment and trauma caused by conflict and displacement are all facts of daily life. Mental health and psychosocial support services help individuals and communities to heal psychological wounds and rebuild social structures in the face of stress and marginalisation.

The Solution

The Solution
Our aim is to help people to rebuild meaning and coherence, relieve stress, and limit the development of further complications, whilst also addressing interpersonal, family, social and cultural issues

Our Approach

A holistic way of working, with your sponsorship Physicians Across Continents will roll out mental health and wellbeing programmes in all of our field offices. Using special designed programmes to tackle the issues in some of most hostile countries in the world. People and children cannot get away from conflict zones, together we can help them manage their mental health to deal with the horrors in front of them and give them resilience in the hope one day things will get better.

Working mainly African countries & with refugees fleeing violence in Syria & Palestine. Our aim is to help people to rebuild meaning and coherence, relieve stress, and limit the development of further complications, whilst also addressing interpersonal, family, social and cultural issues.

£150.00 GBP

Safer Birth

A trained healthcare professional and maternity care facilities would prevent the deaths of millions of mothers and children. Helping mothers across the world, a safe delivery of a child.

£250.00 GBP

Cleft Lip & Palate Surgery

Surgery on children born with a facial disfigurement. which can cause problems eating, breathing and speaking as well as psychological effects such as diminished confidence in terms of appearance and participation.

Cleft lip and cleft palates are physical deformation which occur at the early stages of pregnancy and results in incomplete fusion of the skull. As a result, the child is born with a facial disfigurement which can cause problems eating, breathing and speaking as well as psychological effects such as diminished confidence in terms of appearance and participation. Whilst the need for surgery is paramount, the availability and cost of medical care as well as other expenditure such as travel and accommodation are factors which prevent parents from seeking treatment. This intervention is aimed at those who cannot afford to pay for the operations themselves?

Depending on the severity of the cleft, some children will require ongoing support – such as speech therapy or dental treatment to ensure that each case is as successful as possible. Physicians Across Continents (PAC) has been active in a number of medical initiatives throughout the county. PAC started as an international charity in 2003, and obtained UK registration in 2015. PAC specialises in the provision of medical relief and specialist treatment, as well as providing training and establishing cadres and centers as part of our long-term vision to strengthen healthcare

What are the physical effects of cleft lip and palate?
Children born with a cleft may slurred speech and hearing problems
Can clefts have psychological effects?

In 21st century society, where looks seem to be paramount, ‘looking different’ can cause a severe sense of insecurity and inadequacy.

Cleft Lip & Palate surgery
per month Cleft Lip & Palate Surgery

£400.00 GBP

12-month Birth Programme PRE/POSTNATAL CARE

PRE/POSTNATAL CARE: A holistic approach and 12-month Programme from pre-natal care, a safer birth to the first year of life (postnatal care) of a child & mother. The moment a mother visits us to inform Physicians Across Continents of her pregnancy, she is given a birthing book, a number of pre-natal clinic appointments, scans, vitamin/nutritional supplements, birthing of the child, birthing gift, vaccination for the baby, post-natal care and psychological support (wellbeing of mother and child)

Safer Births

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Mother and Child 24 months – DD for 12 months

A holistic approach and 12-month programme from pre-natal care, a safer birth to the first-year of life (postnatal care) of a child their moth. The moment a mother visits us to inform Physicians Across Continents of her pregnancy, she is given a birthing book, a number of pre-natal clinic appointments, scans, vitamin/nutritional supplements, birthing of the child, birthing gift, vaccination for the baby, post-natal care and psychological support (wellbeing of mother and child).

The safer births programme would help a mother deliver her baby in a maternity hospital, under the support of a medical staff.

KEY FACTS
• A pregnant woman or new-born dies somewhere in the world every 11 seconds (according to the UN 2019)
• Estimated 2.8 million pregnant women and new-born die every year
• 45% of deaths among children under five occur during first four weeks of life (World Health Organisation)
• Prematurity, birth-related complications and neonatal sepsis were the leading causes of deaths among new-born babies in 2015 (World Health Organisation)

£400.00 GBP

Hernia Surgery

A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. In the poorest parts of the world, people do not have a choice but to work with the intense pain. If they do not work, they do not eat or provide for their family. Surgical intervention is needed, you can save them from health poverty, which leads to other forms of poverty for them and their families.

Hernia

BACKGROUND What is a Hernia? A hernia occurs when an organ pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. For example, the intestines may break through a weakened area in the abdominal wall. Many hernias occur in the abdomen between the chest and hips, but they can also appear in the upper thigh and groin areas. Most hernias are not immediately life-threatening, but they do not go away on their own. Sometimes they can require surgery to prevent dangerous complications.

Symptoms of a Hernia

The most common symptom of a hernia is a bulge or lump in the affected area. Patients may find that the lump disappears when they are lying down. They more likely to feel their hernia through touch when they are standing up, bending down, or coughing. Discomfort or pain in the area around the lump may also be present. Some types of hernia, such as hiatal hernias, can have more specific symptoms. These can include things like heartburn, trouble swallowing, and chest pain

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Hernia Causes

Hernias are caused by a combination of muscle weakness and strain. Depending on its cause, a hernia can develop quickly or over a long period of time. Some common causes of muscle weakness or strain that can lead to a hernia include:
• fluid in the abdomen, or ascites
There are also certain things that can increase your risk of developing a hernia.
They include:
• a personal or family history of hernias
• being older
• pregnancy
• being overweight or obese
• chronic constipation
• chronic cough (likely due to the repetitive increase in abdominal pressure) • cystic fibrosis

Training inguinal Hernias

Surgery is the primary treatment for inguinal hernias. It is a very common operation and a highly successful procedure when done by a well-trained surgeon. The goal of either surgical approach is returning the internal abdominal tissue(s) back into the abdominal cavity and repairing the abdominal wall defect. Mesh is commonly placed to reinforce the abdominal wall. Once structures are put into their proper place, your surgeon will close the opening with sutures, staples, or adhesive

£500.00 GBP

Fistula (hole between, vagina & rectum) Surgery

Obstetric fistula is a medical condition in which a hole develops in the birth canal as a result of childbirth or rape. This can be between the vagina and rectum, ureter, or bladder. It can result in incontinence of urine or feces. Complications may include depression, infertility, and social isolation.

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The World Health Organisation estimates that 50,000 -100,000 women develop obstetric fistula every year; and that there are currently 2 million women living with the condition, mainly in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. This debilitating condition is usually caused by an obstructed birth and inadequate access to medical interventions such as a caesarean section. As a result, it is estimated that 90% of women who develop obstetric fistula give birth to a stillborn baby (RCOG). The consequences of living with obstetric fistula are two-fold: First physically, the woman is likely to incur pain and incontinence; either from the bladder or the rectum, and in some cases both. Second, psychologically, these symptoms often mean that women are abandoned by their husbands and families, leading to social isolation. It is estimated 80-95% of all obstetric fistula cases can be resolved with an operation (WHO).

PHYSICAL

The most direct consequence of an obstetric fistula is the constant leakage of urine, feces, and blood as a result of a hole that forms between the vagina and bladder or rectum. This leaking has both physical and societal penalties. The acid in the urine, feces, and blood causes severe burn wounds on the legs from the continuous dripping. Nerve damage that can result from the leaking can cause women to struggle with walking and eventually lose mobility. In an attempt to avoid the dripping, women limit their intake of water and liquid, which can ultimately lead to dangerous cases of dehydration. Ulceration and infections can persist, as well as kidney disease and kidney failure, which can each lead to death. Further, only a quarter of women who suffer a fistula in their first birth is able to have a living baby, and therefore have minuscule chances of conceiving a healthy baby later on. Some women, due to obstetric fistulae and other complications from childbirth, do not survive.

2 Million

Women are estimated to be living with obstetric fistula

PHYSICAL

Physical consequences of obstetric fistula led to severe sociocultural stigmatization for various reasons. For example, in Burkins Faso, most citizens do not believe an obstetric fistula to be a medical condition, but as a divine punishment or a curse for disloyal or disrespectful behavior. Other sub-Saharan cultures view offspring as an indicator of a family’s wealth. A woman who is unable to successfully produce children as assets for her family is believed to make her and her family socially and economically inferior. A patient’s incontinence and pain also render her unable to perform household chores and childrearing as a wife and as a mother, thus devaluing her. Other misconceptions about obstetric fistula are that they are caused by venereal disease or are divine punishment for sexual misconduct. As a result, many girls are divorced or abandoned by their husbands and partners, disowned by family, ridiculed by friends, and even isolated by health workers. Divorce rates for women who suffer from an obstetric fistula range from 50% to as high as 89%. Now marginalized members of society, girls are forced to live on the edges of their villages and towns, often to live in isolation in a hut where they will likely die from starvation or an infection in the birth canal

The unavoidable odour is viewed as offensive, thus their removal from society is seen as essential. Accounts of women who suffer obstetric fistula proclaim that their lives have been reduced to the leaking of urine, faeces, and blood because they are no longer capable or allowed to participate in traditional activities, including the duties of wife and mother. Such consequences highly stigmatize and marginalize the woman, the intense loneliness and shame can lead to clinical depression and suicidal thoughts.

Some women have formed small groups and resorted to walking to seek medical help, where their characteristic odour makes them a target for sub-Saharan predatory wildlife, further endangering their lives. This trip can take on average 12 hours to complete. Moreover, women are sometimes forced to turn to commercial sex work as a means of survival because the extreme poverty and social isolation that result from obstetric fistula eliminate all other income opportunities. With only 7.5% of women with fistula able to access treatment, the vast majority of women end up with the consequences of obstructed and prolonged labour simply because options and access to help is so limited.

PSYCHOLOGICAL

Some common psychological consequences that women with a fistula face are the despair from losing their child, the humiliation from their smell, and inability to perform their family roles. Additionally, a fear of developing another fistula in future pregnancies exists. Obstetric fistula is not only debilitating physically, but emotionally. A woman is presented with an array of psychological trauma that she must oftentimes deal with herself unless provided with ample resources. Oftentimes ostracised by her community, a woman with obstetric fistula tends to face these issues on her own. In a study of “The lived experience of Malawian women with Obstetric Fistula”, the immense psychological trauma is addressed: “For these women, internalizing this constant struggle leads to psychological morbidity.” It was striking how many women discussed constant sadness and giving up hope in their interviews.” Although the psychological impacts center around the woman experiencing the fistula, others around them, and especially loved ones, feel the impact as well. The same study references this: “This attitude was often shared by their family members, both husbands and female relatives.” Women with obstetric fistula face severe mental health issues. Among women with obstetric fistula from Bangladesh and Ethiopia 97 percent screened positive for potential mental health dysfunctions and about 30% had major depression.

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