The Pediatric Hospital wards of poor countries cannot provide necessary or adequate health care for babies and newborn babies, due to the lack of medical and diagnostic equipment. This lack of equipment leads to delays in diagnoses and therefore, in obtaining the correct care and therapeutic operations.
Unfortunately, it often happens that a seemingly trivial disease, if not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner, can be fatal or cause chronic disorders that affect either the mind of the child at the time, or later in life. Moreover, in Pakistan, there is a problem of inter-marriage between related families, which is promoted for religious and social reasons. Because of marriages between first cousins (which is a pre-Islamic tribal tradition for preserving family wealth and benefit from the fertility of the daughters) the incidences of genetic diseases, such as thalassemia, sickle cell disease, deafness, muteness, etc.., is very high. In many cases, if these diseases were diagnosed in time and, above all, at the pre-natal stages, they would cause less suffering for both the child and his or her family.
Another scourge of poor countries is represented by the many incidents in which children are forced to grow up in environments not suited to them. Often the assistance that the hospital can give a child is often limited to trying to avoid lethal complications. However, in the cases of eventual amputations, it is highly improbable that prosthetics are given to the child to make his or her childhood easier, simply because the hospitals are not well-enough equipped.
To improve the lives of children affected by these diseases, to gradually reduce the infant mortality rate, and to ensure that a possible amputation is not a cause for further physical and psychological suffering, the charity CHILDREN FIRST provides poor, sick, and/or mutilated children with orthopedic implants and hearing aids. It also provides the ill-equipped pediatric wards of hospitals in poor countries with diagnostic equipment, incubators for premature babies, ventilators, ultrasound scanners, audiometers(OAE) and equipment for audiological screening (ABR), ensuring that the equipment works on-site, and also giving instructions to the medical staff as to its correct use.