IIROSA Executes 285 Health Projects in 48 Countries Benefiting more than 34 Million Patients


Secretary General of the International Islamic Relief organization-Saudi Arabia (IIROSA) Dr. Adnan bin Khalil Basha announced that the Organization has since its inception administered, operated and supported 285 health programs and projects in 48 countries around the world which benefitted more than 34 million male and female patients.

Speaking on the occasion of the  2011 World Health Day falling on April 7, the Secretary General said that the number of IIROSA's  existing fixed health projects is 32 comprising hospitals, health centers, dispensaries, clinics and pharmacies while there are 24  temporary projects and programs consisting of medical caravans, mobile clinics, surgical camps, awareness and environmental health programs benefiting more than 24 million patients.

The World Health Day is this year being celebrated under the slogan: "Antimicrobial resistance: no action today, no cure tomorrow". On this occasion, the World Health Organization (WHO) will launch a worldwide campaign to safeguard HIV/AIDS medicines for future generations.

Dr. Basha said that the health projects implemented by IIROSA have covered countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. "The Organization participated with a number of international organizations such as the WHO and others to carry out health programs in favor of the poor and needy patients without any distinction as to gender, color or creed," he added.

Enumerating the types of health services being provided by IIROSA, the Secretary General said that they consisted of:
-Treating the poor and needy free of charge.
-Child and mother care.
-Follow up of pregnancy cases and giving vaccinations to children.
-Giving out medicines.
-Making various medical examinations.
-Temporary admissions.

Dr. Basha pointed out that IIROSA has conducted heart surgeries and catheter operations for poor and needy children in a number of Arab and Islamic countries including: Yemen, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Pakistan and Kazakhstan with the help of volunteering Saudi specialists and consultants. "More than 400 children, who are unable to bear the high costs of such operations, have benefitted from IIROSA's services in this field. The Organization has also examined more than783 sick children," he added.

The Secretary General pointed out that, within its efforts to fight blindness, IIROSA organized four campaigns for optical surgeries and eyesight corrections in a number of countries including: Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Burkina Faso during which cataract and lens - planting operations were conducted on 2139 male and female patients. "IIROSA also distributed more than 10,000 eye glasses,"  he added.

On the domestic level, the Organization extended  relief assistance to the victims of the flash floods and torrential rains in Jeddah in November 2009. It set up medical clinics in a number of hard-hit areas in which volunteering Saudi doctors worked to provide medical treatment and health care to the victims. It extended medical equipment and medicines to a number of hospitals in Jeddah including the General Eye Hospital, King Saud Hospital and the TB Center. It also provided the Health Welfare Society in Makkah with 32,000 kg of various medicines.

According to the Secretary General, IIROSA contributed in incurring the costs of heart, kidney, liver and eye operations to about 1378 male and female patients in various regions of the Kingdom at the tune of more than SR 5 million.

"Through agreements with a number of hospitals and pharmacies, the Organization provides treatment and medicines to a number of poor and needy patients especially the disabled," Dr. Basha said.

He announced that IIROSA will implement a program to combat blindness in three regions in the Kingdom during which it will conduct eye operations to more than 1500 persons. He added that the Organization will also organize medical campaigns in other regions to cure more than 9,000 patients.
"Out of its noble humanitarian and welfare message, IIROSA constructs hospitals and medical center, provide treatment to the victims of natural and man-made disasters, runs medical caravans to the remote and poor areas, launches awareness campaigns and contribute to the eradication of chronic diseases in many poor countries," Dr.Basha concluded.