At Doctors Worldwide, our mission is to serve communities in need so that they can build healthier and happier futures. We believe that good health enables people and communities to define their own future. Without good health, a parent cannot take care of their family, nor can a child meet their full potential. As a result, communities miss out on a chance to grow and contribute to their collective wellbeing. Access to quality healthcare is not a privilege, it is a human right, and we work towards making that a reality, especially for the most vulnerable communities.
Our hunger is temporary. For others, it is their daily reality.
Every day during the month of Ramadan, muslims from all over the world look forward to breaking their fast. They feel pangs of hunger and think about what food they will eat first. For those of us who are certain we will have food on the table at the end of every day, we are fortunate and blessed. But for millions around the world, hunger does not end at meal time or Iftar (the time when muslims break their fast). Around 45% of deaths among children under 5 years are linked to malnutrition, and across the world, 462 million adults are underweight (WHO, 2020).
Although during Ramadan many people fast every day for the entire month, for those who experience chronic hunger, this is their daily reality. This spring, share your meal/Iftar with someone in need.
In Pakistan, we are offering essential nutrition through our sustainable food programme, which provides up to 100 meals a day for widows, orphans, destitute families and Afghan refugees via the hospital canteen.
Lack of adequate nutrition contributes to the biggest killer of children globally and in Pakistan: pneumonia. Our Pakistan project is sustainably funded by donations from you, as well as through funds raised by the hospital canteen, which offers subsidised meals for hospital staff and visiting patients and their families. With a massive 1+ million Afghan refugee population in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and the Hospital being close to the borders of Afghanistan and Kashmir, the canteen is a lifeline for local Pakistanis and refugees experiencing chronic hunger and nutritional deficiencies. The environmental and sustainable approach of the canteen also means that there is zero waste, zero plastic bags and reusable utensils and cutlery, thus contributing to the overall climate impact and the environment they live in.
Find out more about the Pakistan Project: https://doctorsworldwide.org/project/pakistan
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