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Fighting Malaria in Sierra Leone

Posted by on Thursday, July 16, 2015 in Hina Khan

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Our commitment to healthcare and women’s empowerment lives on through our newly constructed Fatmata Maternity Center. This facility was opened in April 2014 in a rural village in Sierra Leone in the Pujehun district. Since our opening we have seen and treated more than 5,000 patients and helped to deliver more than 100 babies in a safe, comfortable and hygienic environment.

Hina Khan, Senior Board Member and Public Health expert, took a deeper dive into statistics from our center to bring you this report.


 

Disease Burdens across categories: Women in comparison to men bare a greater disease burden across all three age groups. Malaria has the greatest disease burden across all three age groups. ARI/Pneumonia has the second highest disease burden for the adult and children < five age groups. Typhoid fever has the second highest disease burden for the adolescent population.

What is startling to read is that the highest overall burden of disease is on the children under five population. The burden of disease on the children under five years of age is nearly 1.5 times higher than that on the adult population and is roughly six times higher than the disease burden on the adolescent population. These children are the most vulnerable and often times unable to communicate the root of why they are feeling the way they are. Many of them come to our center malnourished, further leaving them exposed to dangerous diseases and infection.

As mentioned, Malaria continues to be our biggest battle across all three population subsets (child, adolescent and adult).

In January 2015 we treated a total of 55 cases, but by June the total number of treated cases escalated to 134. To give you a better perspective of how swiftly this disease spreads, from January all the way through June, the total number of Malaria cases treated at the maternity center has risen to 542 (this number includes cases from all three population subsets). This is 25 percent of all cases treated at our center.

Symptoms of Malaria range in severity beginning from fever, chills, body aches but can quickly lead to mortality, if left untreated. And all of this begins with the bite of a mosquito.

So, essentially all we have to do is prevent these mosquitoes from reaching people, right? Not as simple as it sounds. Sewage water, floods and public restrooms create massive breeding grounds for these dangerous little creatures. Though every mother receives a net to protect herself in the home, we cannot enforce the use of these. Repellents are available but extremely expensive.

To give you perspective of what a threat this is; Since the Ebola outbreak began in February 2014, around 300,000 people have died from Malaria (more than one million people every year). The Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) estimates approximately 150 people a month die of Malaria in Sierra Leone.

Stay tuned, we’ve got a lot of work to do ahead of us and will need your support!

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Dining to Donate

Posted by on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Thaakat’s friends at a locally owned-and-operated IT company in New Jersey, Process Stream have partnered with Applebee’s and Rose Group Dining for an initiative designed to support charitable projects in Africa. The program, called “Dining to Donate,” is a longstanding program of Applebee’s.

By dining in at a local Applebee’s in New Jersey on Tuesday, July 21 you can help support our global projects. 10% of your total bill will go to support the Konadu Basic School in Ghana and the Fatmata Maternity Center in Sierra Leone. The donations would go towards continuing to provide an enriching education to village children at Konadu, and continuing to support the obstetric and postnatal care of women in remote areas at the Fatmata Maternity Center.

The two participating Applebee’s restaurants are:

3330 Brunswick Pike ~ Lawrenceville, NJ
333 State Highway #33 ~ Hamilton, NJ

*Dining to Donate meals can also be ordered for takeout.


You must have the flyer with you in order for us to receive donations (available here).

Come out and enjoy a meal while helping the cause!

Thank you to our Thaakat friend Mariam Mirza for organizing this!

 

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Protecting the Right to Learn

Posted by on Friday, May 15, 2015 in Nudrat Zoha

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Thaakat Foundation has partnered with the One Ummah Foundation and Idara-Al-Khair Welfare Society to make our campus safer than ever.

On December 16, 2014, Pakistan and the rest of the world witnessed one of the most tragic events in history. The Peshawar school massacre shook the world, leaving over 130 school children martyred and their families broken forever. This attack is marked as the deadliest terrorist attack to ever occur in Pakistan.

A school is a safe haven for many parents. Every morning parents say goodbye to their children and leave them in the hands of one of the safest institutions to help their children learn and grow. When attacks occur in such ‘safe’ places, it leaves thousands concerned and even discourages many parents from sending their children to school.

Thaakat Foundation has been working hard for years to build and maintain our campus with Idara-Al-Khair Welfare Society, in the slums of Karachi, Pakistan. Our purpose has always been to provide education to those who deserve and need it most. The students at our campus and their parents alike, all have dreams – dreams of moving past their difficulties and growing up to pursue meaningful careers and lives, to be able to escape poverty by the single most powerful tool known to us: education. Currently our school has over 550 students of which 40% are young girls.

When the Peshawar attack occurred, we were immediately concerned about the safety of our students and faculty at Kachra Kundi. We wanted to assure the community, parents and our donors that we are doing our best to protect the right to learn for these children. The One Ummah Foundation has partnered with us to sponsor the safety and security of our students and staff. Their donations have helped us to begin the construction of a boundary wall to surround the campus as an additional security barrier. We hope that with measures like ours and the continued support of education throughout the country, we never have to witness such a tragedy again. We wish for all students to continue to prosper in peace and love. Thank you to One Ummah Foundation and all of our donors.

Please donate generously to help us fund the completion of this wall.

You may donate here or donate on One Ummah Foundation’s website

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