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    Helping the Sick and Disabled

    Abu Darda Radiallahu ‘anh reported that the Messenger of Allah Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, ‘Seek among weak ones, for you are given provision and help only because of the weak amongst you.’ (Abu Dawud)

    Conflict, weak central governance and international neglect have led to a health crisis in Somalia. Hospitals and health centres are oversubscribed yet underfunded, understaffed and underequipped. Many patients are therefore forced to suffer the crippling effects of disability and illness with little or no support.

    The Baidoa TB centre was founded in 2000 and alhamdulillah, given its hugely limited resources, is doing an outstanding job in treating poor rural persons afflicted with tuberculosis. Every morning around 150 Somalis from rural villages in Bay and Bakol arrive at the centre to be treated. Some of these patients are so poor however that the prescribed medication has little effect, given that they have no food or water with which to take the tablets. Somalis describe tuberculosis as the poor man’s disease.

    UWT staff, upon visiting the centre, decided to distribute kitchen and wash utensils to patients who’d received their treatment and were going home. One hundred and fifty five patients were targeted, the majority of whom were female.

    It is worth noting that 74 poor and deserving families were also included in this distribution. These families were chosen from several villages surrounding Baidoa and were living in the lap of poverty with little in the way of food and possessions.

    Case Study: Ishak Ali Mohamed
     

    Ishaq has been taking medication for his TB for 5 months now. Originally from the village of Yurkud which is around 120kms away from Baidoa, Ishak has seven children – 4 boys and 3 girls. His family is poor and eat only once a day. Ishak’s wife, Fatuma, has nothing to send to her husband who is in Baidoa receiving his treatment. When she can, she does visit Ishak on occasion. Ishak was very happy with his new utensil set and was looking forward to sending it to his wife who will no doubt make much use of it inshallah.

    UWT will always try its best to help the marginalised and ignored; those with little voice; and who are stoic and steadfast in their struggles with this dunya. It is why UWT, in whichever country it administers work, will always extend a hand to the disabled community inshallah.

    Alhamdulillah, 55 disabled residents of Baidoa also received kitchen and washing sets. Each disabled person brought his/her family to UWT’s distribution centre for collection. These families have to tend to the disabled member 24 hours a day and as such cannot really earn or acquire a better standard of living for themselves. These utensil sets will ease a difficult daily existence for them inshallah.

    Case Study 1 : Mohamed Adam Unow
     


     

    Young Mohamed is blind and mentally disabled. His mother told UWT staff that in his first year of childhood, he caught measles. Failing to be treated he lost his eyesight. A few months later he lost the ability to concentrate and remember. Inshallah the large utensil set will ease Mohamed’s mother’s daily routine as she tends to Mohamed’s needs.

    Case Study 2: Mohamed Adam Abdi
     

    Mohamed Adam Abdi, 5 years old, was born healthy but by the will of Allah lost his eyesight a little later.  His mother, speaking to UWT staff said, ‘I ran everywhere for him in order to acquire medicine. Up until two years ago, I visited many doctors. For the past two years however we have had income problems so now I worry about his daily food needs. There is no one who helps us except Allah.’ She continued, ‘Mohamed would go to formal and Quranic schools but he became disabled. This was given by Allah and no one can prevent it.’ UWT ask Allah to ease the difficulties of Mohamed and his mother and keep them steadfast in this life inshallah.

    Case Study 3: Hussein Iman Adan
     

    Twenty six year old Hussein became disabled in his early years of childhood. He requires attention 24 hours a day but his parents have now become old. Hussein’s father is an elderly man with no job while his mother spends much of the time trying to get enough food for the day. His mother mashallah remains steadfast and says that though she is tired, she hopes to pass the test Allah has decreed for her inshallah.