Over the past 12 years, more than 20,000 walkers across the UK have come together for the Gaza Winter Walks, braving the cold to raise over £1 million for our various projects in Gaza.
We are inviting you to take on this challenge again! We will be heading to 4 cities across the UK in February 2020, bringing more families together to raise money for an incredibly important cause.
This year, we are fundraising to train over 100 doctors, nurses and midwives across six hospitals in Gaza to better equip them to reduce infant mortality rates. This training will improve neonatal life support and infection control and help thousands of children get the best start they can in life.
So join us with your friends and family and enjoy this fantastic event full of entertainment and delicious food – it's going to be incredible!
Register today for your FREE fundraising kit and let’s reach that finish line together.
Fundraising Target: £100
Every child deserves to have a healthy start in life. But in Gaza, the violent conflict and ongoing blockade mean that newborns and children don't have access to the medical care they desperately need, costing them their lives. Globally, maternal and infant mortality rates are falling, but in Gaza, the number of deaths has begun to rise in recent years. Gaza has an infant mortality rate of 21.3 per 1000 live births. We must act now to prevent more tragic deaths.
In previous years, the Gaza Winter Walks have raised money for medical equipment and resources to help save the lives of mothers and newborns in Gaza. This year, in addition to fundraising for lifesaving medicines such as antibiotics and pulmonary surfactants, we are also fundraising to train over 100 staff in six hospitals, to better equip them to care for at-risk newborns.
We will be working with our partners on the ground, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), to deliver this training. Your donations will improve medical care, benefit thousands of infants and their mothers, and ultimately save lives.
The programme includes training in Neonatal Life Support (NLS) and Neonatal Safe Transfer (NST) to improve newborns' chances of survival. According to the Ministry of Health, there are around 3,600 high-risk newborns in need of intensive care every year in Gaza - this training will ensure they receive the best possible care in this critical time.
A quarter of deaths in Gaza are due to sepsis, and infants are especially vulnerable to infection. Therefore, doctors, nurses and midwives will also be trained in effective infection control policies and procedures to ensure the hospital environment is as safe as possible for newborns. MAP are highly experienced in establishing this training; since January 2016, they have helped reduce sepsis-related neonatal deaths from 36.3% to 19.7%, and they hope to improve infection control in hospitals even further.
Doctors and other medical staff will also be trained in preventing Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), and detecting it early in premature babies. ROP is a retinal eye disease which can lead to blindness.
Your donations will improve the chances of survival for thousands of newborns and will help them get the healthiest start possible in life.
To support this cause, sign up for our Gaza Winter Walks and walk 5 miles for the children of Gaza!
• Establishing the Psychological Rehabilitation Programme, which helps thousands of children suffering from trauma, anxiety and other mental health problems
• Rebuilding the Al-Durrah Hospital, which was destroyed by conflict
• Partnering with UNRWA to provide ante-natal and post-natal care and equipment to 132,000 Palestinian refugee women
• Building large-scale water purification systems to combat water shortages in Gaza
These are just a few of the health, water and livelihood projects which the Gaza Winter Walk has helped us deliver. On behalf of Muslim Hands and the people of Gaza, we'd like to say a big thank you!
Established in 1993, Muslim Hands is an aid agency and NGO helping those affected by poverty, conflict and natural disaster in over 20 countries worldwide.