The new year brings the continuing challenge of building a charity hospital in Muzaffarabad, in Pakistan administered Kashmir. Once the necessary paperwork had been given due diligence by the Pakistani and Kashmiri authorities we have been carefully trying to select the right contractors for the important job of construction. However we soon realised that this would be too expensive. Therefore in order to ensure that all funds are used on the hospital project and the fact that we are a 0% administration charity the pace of the project has been slower than we had ideally preferred.

Thankfully, you would have been receiving the regular emails from the MDAUK News desk to keep you updated with the project and  you would have seen our progress. I have made numerous visits to the facility and am due to go again very soon
as the project is at a critical and important stage. You will see from the pictures attached that the foundation stage is almost complete and soon the structure will start to take shape. I personally negotiated a consignment of steel for the facility.
Now that the project has started to take on momentum, we need your help more than ever before. We are focusing on constructing a part of the front of the facility so that at least some clinical work can begin. Secondly I will be working in Pakistan undertaking charity surgical work aiming to impact women’s health in Pakistan,  an area which is rather neglected. Further, MDAUK team members are focusing on providing a clinic in Mirpur for the needy. Canadian doctors have taken on fundraising for the project for Feb 2010.

More than ever, and especially at this critical juncture, I must ask for your help in this project. Please support us as much as you can. Please log onto to the website and register the emails addresses of friends so that we can keep all past and future supporters of the project abreast with developments. The website will be undergoing important changes over the next few weeks as a means of communicating. As we are a 0% administration charity, we undertake all the admin, site visits and charity work in our own time and our own expenses and therefore we are dependant on your good will and generosity.

I must thank all our donors, supporters and workers without whom this all would not be possible.

With kindest regards and best wishes for 2010.

At your service

Dr Iftikhar
Consultant Surgeon and Chairman
Midland Doctors Association UK

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