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Jun 25, 2015 7:05 EST

Abid Memorial Hospital: TO SAVE THE LIVES OF THESE NEW MOTHERS AND BABIES IN THE KASHMIR

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 25, 2015

Abid Memorial Hospital

Approximately 142,773 babies were born in 2013 in Pakistani Administered Kashmir. Based on local registration records:-

6274 babies died within 28 days of being born (Neonatal mortality)

538 new mothers died within 7 days of giving birth (Maternal mortality)

PLEASE HELP US TO SAVE THE LIVES OF THESE NEW MOTHERS AND BABIES IN THE KASHMIR

In 2012 we opened the Abid Memorial Hospital in Dadyal in Pakistani Administered Kashmir. Our new hospital was built and equipped with money that we raised from private donations (supplemented by Income Tax rebates from the British government) and a valuable grant from Birmingham City Council. It currently has 56 in-patient beds and a very busy Outpatient’s Department. Poor and needy people who need medical care are treated at the Abid Memorial Hospital free of charge and priority is given to people with the most serious illnesses and injuries.

In Pakistani Administered Kashmir women’s death in childbirth is a serious problem. Also the number of new born babies dying is higher than almost anywhere else in the world. Non-existent pre-natal advice, lack of scans (e.g. Ultrasounds) and heath checks on pregnant women are some of the reasons for this. Another is the absence of medicines, blood transfusions and professional medical care from midwives and doctors during and immediately after labour. In Europe, East Asia or North America nearly all of the women’s and children’s lives would be saved. This is a terribly sad and unnecessary situation for the women and children of Dadyal in the 21st Century. In these circumstances new facilities at the Abid Memorial Hospital are very badly needed. Please help us to provide them.

Your donations will be invested to:-

  • Build and equip a new Paediatrics Ward
  • Build and equip a Maternity Ward including a Delivery Room with modern resuscitation equipment and incubators for babies who need them.
  • Buy new medical equipment including Ultrasound Scanners and Defibrillators.
  • Expand the Abid Memorial Hospital’s existing Phlebotomy Service (blood testing and transfusions). For example by buying new specialist refrigerators and blood testing equipment.
  • The roads in Dadyal are very poor so a 4X4 ambulance equipped with some lifesaving equipment will also be purchased.
  • Help towards the new ward’s running costs for several years

THESE DEATHS ARE AVIODABLE – PLEASE MAKE A DONATION TOWARDS OUR APPEAL TO HELP US TO SAVE THEM

The figures shown below illustrate just how unfortunate new mothers and their babies are in Pakistani Administered Kashmir to the rest of the world.

Neonatal mortality rate is the number of neonates (new born babies) dying before reaching 28 days of age, per 1,000 live births in a given year.

Country

2000

2011

2012

2013

United Kingdom

3

3

3

3

United States

4

4

4

4

Pakistani Administered Kashmir

44

43

43

44

Somalia (Worst)

49

48

47

46

Singapore (Best)

1

1

1

1


Estimates developed by the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UNICEF, WHO, World Bank, UN DESA Population Division) at www.childmortality.org

Maternal mortality ratio (MMR) is the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. (This normally including the number of women dying within 7 days of giving birth but varies in some countries.)

Country

2000

2010

United Kingdom

8.4

8.2

United States

16.6

11.5

Pakistani Administered Kashmir

541

376

Italy (Best)

7.4

3.9

Afghanistan (Worst)

1575

1261

 

The main causes of women’s death as a result of childbirth in Pakistani Administered Kashmir are said to be:

Cause

Treatment / Prevention

Abortion

Use of sterile medical instruments by trained medical personnel and / or drugs to induce Labour

Puerperal fever / Toxemia

Sterile linen and dressings during Labour. Broad Spectrum Anti Biotic drugs after Labour

Hemorrhage

Blood clotting drugs, blood transfusions, skilled stitching of torn and damaged skin after Labour

Preeclampsia

Drugs to reduce high blood pressure during pregnancy

Source: CIA World Book 2011

THE COST OF DRUGS NEEDED TO TREAT THESE CONDITIONS IS QUITE LOW AND IN MOST CASES WOULD BE LESS THAN £15 PER WOMAN.  –  THAT’S JUST £15 TO SAVE A NEW MOTHERS LIFE. PLEASE GIVE A DONATION TOWARDS OUR APPEAL AND BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU HAVE DONE.

It’s reasonable to say that in 2015 Neonatal Mortality and Maternal Postnatal Mortality rates in Pakistani Administered Kashmir are 100 years behind Western Europe and North America.

To make matters worse, Pakistani Administered Kashmir has been devastated by 2 natural disasters in recent years.

In 2005 an earthquake killed at least 100,000 people and left another three million people displaced, with widespread devastation. Reconstruction of the national infrastructure is still underway. Then in 2014 severe flooding devastated large parts of the country leaving several medical facilities devastated by floodwater.

Pakistani Administered Kashmir’s healthcare infrastructure is overwhelmed and unable to cope. Thousands of babies and hundreds of mothers are dying unnecessarily because of this situation.

Currently the entire population of 4.6 million people is served by only one government funded adult tertiary care hospital, one paediatric hospital and one women’s care hospital. These hospitals are understaffed and undersupplied with insufficient stocks of clinical supplies and medication.

PLEASE HELP US TO SAVE THE LIVES OF THE NEW BORN BABIES AND THEIR YOUNG MOTHERS BY GIVING A DONATION TOWARDS OUR APPEAL.

You can find out more about our appeal by visiting our Web Site: www.abidwelfare.org.uk 

Or please telephone us on +44 121 772 0152

If you would like to donate by posting us a cheque our address is:

Abid Welfare

115 Sommerville Rd

Small Heath                           

Birmingham

B10 9EX

UK

[email protected]

Abid Welfare is a Registered Charity in the UK Number: 1125363

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