Medical Projects :
Healthcare: The Trust has historically received a wide range of appeals for medical assistance, which owing to the conflicts around the world is increasing almost exponentially. It is the innocent people who sadly fall victim to this violence. At the Trust, we believe everyone has the right to be safe, healthy, skilled and equal, and we are committed to achieving this.
1. Medical Referral Programme, Iran:
The Trust has been working with IRAC in Tehran providing medical care for Afghani and Iraqi refugees, and patients arriving in Iran for treatment. One of the reasons for the refugees not repatriating is lack of medical facilities in their respective countries, and so they remain in Iran hoping somehow to raise the money for treatment. This program needs monthly funding of £7-9,000.00 to treat an average of about 100 patients. Treatments range from routine medical care, to life saving procedures. Over four and a half thousand patients have been treated on this program since it began in October 2005.
This 12 year old Afghani boy lost his leg in rocket fire, and was fitted with a prosthetic limb on the MRP.
2. Cluster Bomb Victims, Lebanon: In association with The Philanthropic Association for Disabled Care in Nabatieh, LFT is assisting patients who have sustained horrific injuries as a result of the war in 2006. These projects are often coupled with micro-finance projects to enable the patient to earn their own income. Children who are treated on the program would then be able to return to school if their injuries were preventing them from doing so. These operations have transformed the lives of those that have been treated.
4. Assistance to Amputee Victims, Tanzania: Last year LFT started working with a Tanzanian partner organisation IZAAS to provide artificial limbs for young amputees from Tanzania. In the rural regions, dreadful accidents occur frequently as a result of any heath and safety measures. These frequently involve children who. Due to a lack of sophisticated medical services, limbs need to be amputated. After saving their lives by amputating the diseased limb, the amputees are left to fend for themselves. They are unable to afford the cost of an artificial limb, and most are reduced to becoming beggars. One of the most tragic cases was a ten year old girl Bibiana who had lost both her parents to AIDS. Both her, and her younger sister are albinos, and so their family were especially protective of them to keep them out of harm’s way. However one night after the children and grandmother had gone to bed, an intruder viciously cut off Bibiana’s right leg above the knee. Such crimes are committed by the Black Magic Devil Worshippers, a cult whose members believe that after using the body parts of albinos in their magic rites, they will strike gold or diamond mines. This little girl’s life changed dramatically after treatment was provided in Nairobi, where there is a centre for artificial limbs. Through IZAAS, LFT has received a number of appeals for amputees, as well as assisting children with cancer and congenital heart defects.