Health Programme

Over the past 12 months IDEALS have continued to develop its collaboration with other health organisations, with Mr Andrew Ferguson our Technical and Medical advisor utilising his experience to help manage CAMP’s health programme in Pakistan. The following commentary is a summary of the projects he has been involved with:

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Sun 04 Nov 2012

IDEALS Involvement in the Care of Disabled in Gaza

The picture heading this article was painted by Mark a severely disabled 52 year old man. Despite being in a wheel chair and unable to speak he portrays his vibrant personality with the dynamic painting. He contributes much to the lives of those who know him --especially his family. Mark is fortunate to live in a country which expresses its civilisation by caring for him as well as possible. Unfortunately chronically disabled individuals or those with continuing disease are the hidden victims of war.

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Thu 01 Sep 2011

Scholarship for a British medical student to visit Gaza

IDEALS was approached by a third year medical student enquiring about the possibility of visiting Gaza on one of our routine visits. The student has an eclectic interest in medicine and was not simply interested in seeing the effects of war. He was able to accompany Dr Andy Ferguson and John Beavis in July 2011 and was present as arrangements were made for the charity's involvement in care for the chronically disabled.

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Thu 01 Sep 2011

Thank You and Well Done to the Nano Challengers

Ably led by Richard Cruttenden a group of young men planned and executed a journey by Nano Cars from the Taj Mahal, Agra to Trafalgar Square. They braved the roads of northern India and then Iran before entering Turkey and then Europe via Greece. Richard and his colleagues volunteered to collect sponsorship for this journey for IDEALS. We are delighted to report that over ten thousand pounds has been raised. IDEALS is grateful for their tremendous efforts

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Sun 20 Jun 2010

Chile Earthquake: Mantanzas Appeal

On the 27th February 2010, Chile was hit by a massive earthquake, the 5th most violent ever recorded. The small coastal tourist town of Matanzas was devastated by the violent tremors and the subsequent tsunami

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Wed 24 Mar 2010

Support For Health Clinic in Jalozai Refugee Camp, NWFP

In Mid December 2009 we received an appeal from CAMP to support their work of running a HEALTH CENTRE in the Jalozai refugee camp, which provides comprehensive primary health care services for 17,500 people displaced by the ongoing conflict in FATA and NWFP.

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Sun 10 Jan 2010

Dr Andy Ferguson Works in the North West Frontier, Pakistan

IDEALS is very fortunate to have the voluntary services of Dr Andy Ferguson who combines his busy General Practioner work in Sheffield with world wide humanitarian assistance. Andy is qualified in Public Health and Family Medicine as well as holding the Diploma in Tropical Medicine.

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Sun 10 Jan 2010

Midwifery Training Progresses Well

The training of student midwives from the FATA and NWFP border regions began in April 2009 and progresses well, with the first exam results demonstrating a generally high level of performance. All 15 of our trainees have successfully negotiated the

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Sun 10 Jan 2010

GAZA

In August 2009 IDEALS Trustees Sir Terence English and John Beavis visited Gaza on behalf of PTC UK and supported by Medical Aid for Palestine MAP. The purpose was to meet with members of the medical profession and assess whether PTC was suitable for the area. We were greeted with enthusiasm and as well as deciding that a system of PTC would be of great value we also decided that there was much else that IDEALS could do to support these highly professional people. The memories of the Sarajevo siege were revived as it became obvious that the severe plight of the Gazans was matched by their determination to "carry on regardless".

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Fri 01 Jan 2010

Care in the community

Andy Ferguson the Technical Director has identified a need for the IDEALS to cooperate with the Al Asdiqaa Association (AAA) in order to assist with the care in the community of children with cerebral palsy and other neurological and musculoskeletal conditions.

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Tue 01 Sep 2009

The First Step Towards Helping Mothers and Babies in FATA

After many months of negotiation a midwifery course entirely supported by IDEALS began in early April 2009. In FATA one in ten children die in infancy (UK=1/200) and one in two hundred mothers die in pregnancy or childbirth (UK=1/8,000). Current midwifery services are almost non existent.

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Tue 05 May 2009

FATA Doctors Now Qualified to Train Others in PTC

The Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) in the north west of Pakistan, bordering Afghanistan, has been a site of increasing violence. This situation has been met head on by IDEALS with the establishment of a training project in Primary Trauma Care (PTC). The work has progressed despite increasing danger to all participants as the security situation has deteriorated. Seventeen selected doctors were brought from the Agencies to Peshawar on February 8th 2009, to be trained as instructors in PTC.

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Tue 17 Feb 2009

New Bedadi Village is now complete

Over 3 years after their homes were destroyed in the earthquake of October 2005 the villagers of Bedadi have at last moved into their new homes. There have been many difficulties to overcome. But despite the great delays, the village was finished to a very high standard of construction at the end of January 2009, a view that was recently echoed by a senior inspector from the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority.

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Tue 17 Feb 2009

Presentation of Trauma Kits to FATA Hospitals

At a ceremony in Peshawar in November 2008, kits designed for the initial care of trauma victims in hospital were presented to representatives of the FATA agencies. The first FATA training courses for doctors in Primary Trauma Care (PTC) were in December 2007 and January 2008 when the feed back from the delegates emphasised that there was a severe shortage of basic equipment for treating trauma cases. It was, therefore with considerable pride that the chairman of IDEALS, John Beavis, presented the first two of, hopefully, many such kits to representatives of FATA and surgeons from the Bajaur and South Waziristan Agencies.

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Sun 30 Nov 2008

Construction of New Bedadi Village Progresses A Pace

Construction is now underway on 26 plots at the new Bedadi village with ten plots nearing completion. As much of the work as possible is being undertaken by residents of the village; from skilled joinery and masonery to basic labouring.

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Wed 17 Sep 2008

Bedadi Child Health Project

As a result of the comprehensive survey conducted at the Bedadi tented village site in NWFP, Pakistan last year we identified a number of children with significant health problems, including severe malnutrition, anaemia and visual impairment. Since then all these children have been assessed and investigated by child health and eye specialists in nearby Mansehra, receiving drug treatment and corrective glasses as needed.

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Sun 20 Apr 2008

BEDADI VILLAGE CONTINUES

The first footings of Bedadi village houses have been dug and the walls are now beginning to rise above the ground. The villagers are full of hope for the future. As well as the buildings, training is taking place in various skills for the young men of the community. It is hoped that John Beavis will visit the village in May when we can officially open the first unit and see the first families properly housed after two and a half years living in tents.

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Fri 04 Apr 2008

Primary Trauma Training on the Afghan/Pakistan Border Area Has Started

On December 4th 2007, 21 doctors from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) attended a Primary Trauma Care (PTC) course at Gandhara University, Peshawar. Unfortunately four doctors were unable to reach the city because of Taliban road blocks in the Bajour agency. This course was entirely free to all the delegates and completely financed by IDEALS, including all transport and accommodation. It was administered on our behalf by our local NGO partner CAMP. The instructors were local Peshawar doctors, who volunteered their time. The facilities of Gandhara University Medical School were made fully available for the course. With this event the full circle has been completed because the first PTC training course took place at Gandhara University in 2004.

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Sat 15 Dec 2007

The Building of Bedadi Village Has Begun!

After months of preparation and despite delays in local administrative planning, IDEALS, with local partner CAMP, has appointed a site engineer and work has commenced on construction of a village to house families left destitute and homeless after the earthquake of October 2005. They have spent this time living in tents; initially at the original site and then on land purchased for them by IDEALS.

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Fri 14 Dec 2007

Medical Survey

Dr Andy Ferguson, IDEALS Project Manager and Medical Advisor recommended that we should conduct a survey of the New Bedadi children and the results were very interesting

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Wed 10 Oct 2007

Aid for Gaza

In the summer of this year IDEALS was alerted by Dr Judith Darmandy and Sally Fitzharris to the plight of three young Gaza amputees. Although they had undergone some rehabilitation treatment in Israel they were now back in Gaza and their follow up treatment is now very uncertain.

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Tue 09 Oct 2007

News from Bedadi

After many months of repeated assessment of the house designs, ERRA (Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority), has approved the construction of the new Bedadi Village in North West Pakistan. The villagers have now been living in tents since October 2005 and they greeted the news that we are due to start construction with great joy.

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Tue 09 Oct 2007

Burns Unit at Karachi

Burns injuries are the commonest cause of death in children throughout the world and early correct treatment will alleviate the suffering and prevent death in many patients. Sadly, many doctors are not properly trained in simple but effective methods of treating burns. IDEALS is, therefore, proud to have supported Professor Shariq Ali, Director of the Burns Unit at Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi in his quest to develop high standards of treatment in Pakistan and throughout the world.

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Sun 07 Oct 2007

North West Frontier of Pakistan/Afghanistan Border North West Frontier

After four years of preparation, the first Primary Trauma Care course for doctors from the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan (NWFP) will take place in Peshawar on 3rd and 4th December 2007. The delegates will be brought in from the tribal areas and a full PTC training will be given thus emulating the work that began in Peshawar in 2003 and has since spread around the rest of Pakistan.

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Sun 07 Oct 2007