children die from preventable diseases every year
Cataract is the leading cause of blindness and visual impairment in the world (WHO)
Children suffer from from TB and quarter a million die from it yearly
QUALITY HEALTHCARE IS VITAL TO FIGHT POVERTY
Communities hit hard by crises and conflict often suffer challenges and limitations that lead to a deterioration in the quality of healthcare. Shortages of essential drugs and medical supplies, poor functionality of outdated equipment, and crumbling hospitals and clinics make accessing quality healthcare almost impossible.
Additionally, high healthcare costs and restrictions on movement in some countries make vulnerable patients rely on smaller hospitals and medical centers that have very few resources. Illnesses and diseases affect people’s ability to work; UHR strives to build healthy communities around the world.
What We Do
UHR’s health program focuses on delivering emergency medical shipments and equipment, surgical treatment of preventable diseases like cataract; as well as rapid needs assessment of epidemic outbreaks and effective intervention to stop the spread.
VISION 2020 - CATARACT EYE SURGERIES MISSION
It is estimated that there are up to 82,000 children with non-traumatic cataracts in East Africa, with approximately 19,000 new cases each year. In 2020, United Hands Relief sent medical missions to Ethiopia and Kenya to perform 400 cataract eye surgeries on patients in need.
The Gift of Mobility
“I can finally go to school on my own. My ill father does not have to carry me every day to school anymore. I am so thankful.”
Hospital beds & Medical Supplies for Kenya
Many clinics and hospitals in the suburban areas of Kenya suffer with medical supplies and hospital beds shortages. UHR partnered with MedGlobal and sent a shipment of supplies that was requested by NGO’s in Kenya.
Emergency Medical Shipment to Lebanon
After the explosion that shook Beirut, UHR shipped its first medical shipment of emergency health kits to Rizk Hospital. Each health kit helped 10,000 people. Each kit includes pain medication, gauze, surgical instruments, gloves, masks, sterilizers and more.
With the support of individual donors and corporations, UHR is able to improve conditions and provide resources to hospitals and clinics in Palestine, Jordan, East Africa, and other countries. UHR distributes millions of dollars worth of vital medicines, medical equipment, wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, and other healthcare supplies.
Treatment of preventable disease is one of the most effective ways to lift people out of poverty, especially for vulnerable communities in refugee camps. Cataract Eye Surgeries missions in East Africa is one of UHR’s priorities to help the elderly and children regain their vision and confidence to approach economic and social opportunities.
Vision & Hearing Screening
Sensory inputs of vision and hearing during early childhood development are of paramount importance regarding education. Early detection of sensory impairments is essential for a child’s development and academic success. In Gaza, UHR arranges for vision & hearing screening days for children in need to identify any sensory difficulties early on in life.