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Medical mission was a joint project between Baitulmaal and IMANA Medical Relief

ADEN, YEMEN, November 28, 2019 — Nearly 1,000 Yemenis received healthcare assessments, treatments and prescription medication in Aden, Yemen, as part of a joint medical mission with Baitulmaal, a Texas-based international humanitarian aid organization, and IMANA Medical Relief, an Illinois-based humanitarian medical association.

Six doctors saw 890 patients and ran 130 lab tests during the 4-day mission. Doctors reported that most patients were women and children. Conditions treated include hypertension, diabetes, parasitic infections, malnutrition and wound care.

“Many of the patients we saw knew they were dealing with a healthcare condition that needed attention,” said Dr. Ismail Mehr, IMANA Medical Relief chairman and lead doctor for the Yemen medical mission. “They just simply could not afford medication.”

Dr. Mehr said his team provided three months worth of medication to those in need, which he said should last them until the next mission arrives. In total, the mission provided more than $100,000 worth of medications to Yemenis who would otherwise not have access to these life-saving drugs.

Doctors who participated in the Yemen mission are:

  • Dr. Ismail Mehr
  • Dr. Kanwal Chaudhry
  • Dr. Henna Patel
  • Dr. Saqiba Khan
  • Dr. Labib Syed
  • Dr. Faiz Hussain

Baitulmaal representatives said that basic healthcare is often a casualty during civil conflicts. Mazen Mokhtar, executive director of Baitulmaal, said that war-damaged medical facilities, people being displaced and widespread poverty have created a deadly situation for millions of Yemenis.

“More than 16 million Yemenis need basic healthcare,” said Mokhtar. “It’s a shame that treatable illnesses, like cholera, are killing killing people in Yemen and will continue killing people unless we do something.”

Mokhtar encourages people concerned about the wellbeing of internally displaced people in Yemen to donate generously at baitulmaal.org/donate.

Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya and Pakistan.

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