Rawa Ikhlaq is ten years old and the first thing you notice when you meet her is herbright endearing eyes which shine despite her pain. She was diagnosed withJuvenile Dermatomyositis which is the inflammation of the muscles and was notable to walk. Today with specialist treatment at Fatima Memorial Hospital withthe support of Arthritis Care Foundation is now able to attend school again.These stories give us hope and the strength to continue with our mission.
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Arthritis Care Foundation established in 2001 in collaboration with Fatima MemorialHospital in Lahore, Pakistanprovides Physiotherapy and Diagnostic supports to deserving patients.
The disease can strike at any time and without proper care can lead to severedisabilities affecting patients for a lifetime. However, today through earlydiagnosis and extensive treatment rheumatologists can significantly helpprevent disability and death in patients suffering from rheumatic diseases.
The challenges faced in Pakistan are the expensive treatments and acute shortage ofRheumatologists in the country. Currently there are about 30 qualifiedRheumatologists for a population of almost 180 million whereas theinternational requirement is 1 Rheumatologists for 80,000 people. Thestaggering figures means that early detection does not take place which furtherhinders helping patients with treatment. The Arthritis Foundation with itslimited financial and human resources try to meet the challenges faced in thesector in our country.
From July 2012 to March 2013, the foundation treated 3804 patients with cost ofalmost 4 million rupees (40,000 USD). This was only possible with the supportof countless who have been kind enough to be a part of this mission inwhichever they can.
The floods of 2011 and 2012 were one of the worst ever experienced in Pakistan since its independence in 1947. It resulted in extensive damage to crops, livestock, infrastructure and human settlements which nearly crippled the country’s economy. In this tragedy nearly 4,000 schools were either destroyed completely or had become dysfunctional for teaching. [i]
After a preliminary damage assessment by a team from the Fatima Memorial Hospital (NUR-FMH) of the worst hit areas such as Dera Ghazi Khan in Southern Punjab, 400 families in flood hit areas were resettled by the NUR-FMH team. The team also provided medical relief, food, shelter and clothing to the flood affected people
Fatima Memorial Hospital than opened a formal school in Habit Mastui – DG Khan in Southern Punjab to address the severe need of an educational structure in in the flood affected areas. Today 200 students attend our school for free from Nursery to Grade 5. Five teachers qualified in the area of primary education have been inducted to provide quality education with instructional standards based on the latest national curriculum.
Teacher’s workshops are conducted 3 times a year for quality control in competencies such as communication skills, conflict management and curriculum planning.
The following charts detail project progression statistics such as teacher qualifications, textbook distribution, andstationary supplies provided so far by NCOP as shown in Tables 1, 2, 3 and 4 below as well as pictorial collage of our projects in figure 2:
Our Mission Continues
The children being educated at Habit Mastui are extremely thankful to their donors who made schooling in a devastated area possible again. We need your help to carry this mission forward and request that you come forward and become a part of this initiative through your donations to educate, empower and to create a better future.
It is our aim that one day these children will stand shoulder to shoulder with children from developed areas and feelempowered by the quality of education provided to them through our humble endeavors.
Education plays a vital role in human capital formation. It raises an individual’s productivity and efficiency, consequently producing skilled manpower that is capable of leading the path to sustainable economic development. Currently Pakistan’s literacy rate is ranked at 113th among 120 nations[i] which has hampered growth in all sectors of society.
Several factors have been identified as responsible for the education problems plaguing Pakistan. These include insufficient funding, lack of adequate implementation programs and teaching methods. This has in turn led to Pakistan showing one of the lowest literacy rates in the world.
Education is a fundamental human right and through the support of our donors in this quarter Fatima Memorial Hospital continues to spread this light amongst those who were deprived of this in the peri-urban areas of Lahore.
Recent glimpses of non-formal educational activities are available with this report
The support of our patrons has made it possible for us to educate over 18,000 children in Pakistan. Today, we request that you come forward and become a part of this initiative through your donations to educate, empower and to create a better future.
[i] Business Recorder,Global Literacy rate, Posted by Imaduddin on Wednesday, 24 October, 2012,http://www.brecorder.com/top-news/1-front-top-news/87662-global-literacy-rate-pakistan-ranks-113th-among-120-nations-.html, Accessed on March, 2013.