Through our Medical Goods-in-Kind Program, UMR provides hospitals and clinics with essential medicine, medical supplies and equipment. We work alongside fellow humanitarian NGOs to help them provide medical solutions at minimal costs. As well as working on short term medical interventions we also have a number of long term medical programs.
We have supplied medicine and supplies to a number of countries including Ghana, Sierra Leone, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Philippines, Nigeria, Bosnia and Chad.
In the last 15 years, there has been a significant improvement in global health statistics, however there is still a lot we need to do. In sub-Saharan Africa, a child is 8 times more likely to die before their fifth birthday than a child in Europe. In maternal health: low income countries have fewer than 2 nurses per 10,000 people, compared to high income countries where there is an average of 90 nurses per 10,000.
Whether it’s a cataract operation in Bangladesh to help an elderly man see again, or a maternal health clinic in Nigeria to provide a pregnant mother with the comfort and support that all our mothers deserve, your donation will help improve lives and potentially save them as well.
Conflict in Western Darfur, Sudan has increased the number of people streaming into refugee camps. There are approximately 1,873,300 Internally Displaced People (IDP) in Sudan, a significant number of them in Darfur, where there is limited access to health care. UMR is working alongside the WHO and UNICEF to implement a joint emergency health intervention in an effort to improve the dire health status of war- affected people in El- Geneina. To date 48,872 outpatients have been seen in the El Reyed and Abuzar camps and a further 30,000 IDPs have been seen in the Terbaba region.
Cardiovascular diseases and diabetes are highly prevalent amongst Palestinians and are a large and rising burden estimated to account for a large proportion of all deaths in the population. The large shortage of medication means that many patients have no access to treatment. In Gaza, the blockade imposed by Israel means that essential medications and supplies are running short in Gaza, despite the massive demand due to the constant rounds of violence. UMR is working alongside the Palestinian Health Ministry, the Palestinian Red Crescent and WHO to stock existing medical centers in the West Bank and Gaza with both medical supplies and medicine to treat both injured Palestinians and chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis and heart disease. Last year alone, these medical shipments collectively served over 221,000 beneficiaries.
Nigeria has some of the worst maternal health statistics in the world. We are equipping and stocking a number of delivery rooms in primary health care facilities in order to enable them to provide comprehensive obstetric care. The project is in the Sumaila local Government which falls in the Wudil Zone of Kano State, Northern Nigeria. The health care facilities that house these delivery rooms will now be able to perform key preventive maternal health screenings for antenatal and postnatal periods as well as conduct child birth delivery. The project includes the recruitment and training of medical staff and the training of traditional birth attendants on how to identify potential complications and refer pregnant women to the newly equipped delivery rooms.
Working both with our field office in Jordan and with partners inside Syria we have sent a number of medical shipments to assist the people of Syria. As well as sending medicine to tackle chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure, we supply essential medical supplies including syringes, aluminum canes, crutches, hip arthroscopy kits, oxygen masks and surgical packs. Over 100,000 Syrians benefited from these shipments last year.
Thousands of hospitals and clinics have been vandalized and looted in CAR. Refugee camps and makeshift shelters in neighboring countries – especially Cameroon which houses more than 240,000 CAR refugees – are overcrowded and under-resourced, with food and water scarcity and risk of disease and epidemics. UMR is working with an international coalition of charities and organizations to deliver aid and alleviate the suffering of thousands of CAR refugees and those displaced in CAR itself. UMR has committed to supplying medication, medical supplies and essential equipment to the medical center in Garoua Boulai camp in the Cameroon. This clinic serves not only the 1500 refugees in the camp but the thousands living in the area.
Well over half a million people in Bangladesh are blind due to cataract. Cataract accounts for up to 73.39% of blindness in Bangladesh but the lack of ophthalmic personnel to provide screening and treatment coupled with a shortage of facilities in rural areas means that many cases go untreated. With one simple procedure their eyesight can be restored. Working with partners on the ground we are providing free cataract surgeries in rural Bangladesh.