To receive free medical care during our Annual Free Eye Camp back in March 2015, eighty year old Mrs Ghulam Fatima attempted to walk the 9 mile journey to Alma Bi Hospital. Understandably, after 4 miles she felt she could not continue. Her journey resumed with the help of a kind-hearted local man who drove her to the hospital. Within only 4 hours she had an eye operation done, that would not only be beneficial to Mrs Fatima, but also to her family and community.
Shabaz and his mother made the journey to the Alma Bi Hospital 2014 Eye Camp. Shabaz’s mother had been caring for her sixteen year old son, but when she was informed that his diminishing eyesight would result in blindness, she made the trip to Hafizabad.
Shabaz was diagnosed with bilateral congenital cataracts. Congenital cataracts are responsible for nearly 10% of all vision loss in children world wide. If cataracts affect a child’s vision, they can slow down or stop their normal development of sight. They can also profoundly impact learning ability and personality. This ultimately affects a child’s entire life and the lives of their family and community.
Through the generosity of all of the patrons, the Alma Hospital Trust was able to organise for Shabaz to have the operations required to regain his vision.
This 10 month old boy had an inguinal hernia that was operated on during the March 2013 surgery camp. This condition is quite common (about 1% of male births) but it's so easily operated on in the west that we think nothing of it. However, left untreated, the condition will worsen to the point of life threatening sepsis. Without these services the outlook for poor children like this is rather gloomy.
Annual Free Eye Camp
Since 2007, The Alma Bi Hospital has made an enormous difference to the lives of thousands of poor people. During specialist eye camps patients sometimes travel as far as 200 miles to receive free treatment they can’t find anywhere else in the country.
Giving birth in a place like Hafizabad can be a very risky endeavour. Without any access to maternal healthcare, any complication that may occur whilst delivering a baby at home, even some which would be treated routinely in any hospital in the UK, pose a real threat to the lives of both the mother and the child.
When Ameera came to the hospital in 2011, she was heartbroken because another hospital had turned her away and told her one of her babies was dead in the womb. Few hours later though, assisted by the doctors and nurses at the Alma Bi Hospital, she would give birth to not one, but two healthy baby boys.