In the former Soviet region of Central
Asia, many young nations are working to fortify new democracies and restore their cultural and religious heritage. As Central
Asian leaders pave new roads for their society, the people continue to struggle against natural dangers, poverty, and the
technological disadvantages of developing nations.
- In 2001, MWC initiated what has become an ongoing campaign for
Central Asia. To date, we have conducted several independent efforts to supply local hospitals with much-needed medical equipment
- In April 2001, MWC Executive Director Dr. Tasneem Firdaus Shamim
personally delivered over $10,000US worth in opthamological supplies to Tashkent University Hospital.
- In November 2001, MWC delivered over $150,000US in general hospital
supplies, collected in large part from American Muslim women in the medical profession.
- Most recently, MWC delivered over $180,000US in emergency medical
supplies to address the severe drought suffered by the people of the Aral Sea region.
Central Asia continues to be a target for MWC’s relief
efforts. For more information on our campaigns and how you can help, please visit our Web site at www.mwcoalition.org. If
you are a health professional, please read our detailed “Needs Assessment for Cemtral Asia (2002).”
The conditions of the refugee camps in Afghanistan and drought-stricken
regions of Central Asia recur repeatedly as people are forced to endure hardship and times of crisis. Diseases like malaria
and typhoid are characteristic, and children are always the greatest sufferers in such times.
The Muslim Women’s Coalition is building
bridges with indigent populations every day. Being on the ground affords us the personal contact and flexibility we need to
truly address the issues faced by people in need. In Mysore, India, MWC has established an educational institute called “Turabi
Manzil,” designed to provide low-income women and children with training and technical skills to help them thrive in
the evolving Indian economy. Turabi Manzil was made possible with the cooperation of Azam Baithul Maal and the Mysore Educational,
Social and Cultural Organization (MESCO).
In 2001, thousands of Afghans were displaced
by the war against the Taliban. Safely relocated in refugee camps in Northern Afghanistan, the Afghans were soon beset by
hunger, illness, and risk of exposure. Afghan children were quickly identified by the world’s relief community as being
at particular danger under camp conditions.
In response to the emerging crisis, MWC launched a nationwide fundraising campaign
in order to purchase the blankets, sanitary and medical supplies of greatest need to the refugees. In collaboration with the
Uzbekistan Red Crescent Society, which had exclusive access to deliver supplies through the Friendship Bridge with Afghanistan,
we were able to provide over $200,000US in emergency medical supplies to the suffering refugees.
MWC is happy to have been
able to aid the Afghans in their time of need. With your support, we can respond more quickly and more effectively in times
of crisis. Please read “How You Can Help,” at the end of this leaflet.