SHINE Humanity

Mission: SHINE Humanity's mission is to provide compassionate and sustainable preventive and primary healthcare to the underserved by collaborating with key partners. Goal SHINE Humanity's goal is to improve the health status of underprivileged and crisis-stricken communities by providing support for: Sustainable, affordable, and quality healthcare services. Under-funded and/or damaged public healthcare infrastructure. Staffing, resource, and management gaps in the healthcare system. Comprehensive training and public education campaigns. Communities to manage and fund their own long-term healthcare needs.
Sep 12, 2014

Project Update : SHINE Humanity -Aasra General Hospital, Gharo

Aleem Before Treatment
Aleem Before Treatment
SHINE Humanity has successfully revived primary care services at the Aasra General Hospital, Gharo. There has been a consistent growth in the number of patients at Aasra General Hospital with the number reaching over 2,000 patients per month since March. Around 50 percent of these are patients coming in for follow-up visits and over 80 percent of the patients are women and children.

We offer our heartfelt thanks to our dear supporters who enable our physicians to manage a wide array of patients from simple cases to more complex ones needing referral.  Aleem, a 13 year old boy, came in with multiple infected boils and was treated successfully. Nazeeran, a very poor woman from the neighboring area, is mute and has no immediate family. She came with an ulcerated lesion on the breast that did not respond to initial treatment. Our physician quickly referred her to a tertiary care hospital, where she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has begun treatment with support from the tertiary care hospital’s welfare department and a local donor. She continues to come to the Gharo facility for supportive care between her chemotherapies.
In May, the staff at this facility received cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training by members of the Aman Foundation—a major achievement in this region. Regular ultrasound service has also been restored, with 523 ultrasounds performed since July 2013.

With the support of a short-term grant from the International Pediatric Association Foundation, SHINE Humanity was able to start the SHINE Humanity - Aasra General Hospital Nutrition Program in July for mild to moderately malnourished children.

In July, SHINE’s executive director, Seema Hassan, visited all three project sites in Sindh. She is pleased to inform our supporters on the dedication of the staff, quality of services being provided, and level of patient satisfaction. The patients offered their thanks and blessings to all our supporters for the charitable services they receive at these facilities.
Aleem After Treatment
Aleem After Treatment

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Jun 12, 2014

SHINE Humanity Update

Staff providing care to Shams and Najma
Staff providing care to Shams and Najma

Dear Friends;

We are proud to announce that our proposed Nutrition Program at the  Aasra General Hospital made SHINE one of the fourteen organizations to receive a grant from the International Pediatric Association Foundation in April. SHINE Humanity started services at the Aasra General Hospital on April 17th 2013 to provide outpatient primary healthcare, urgent care, Mother and child healthcare services, and health education for disease prevention. This short-term nutrition program is being  added  with a purpose to assist 27 malnourished children meet their supplement requirements and achieve a healthy growth. We aspire to expand on this program to provide nutritional supplements to more eligible children.

To further enhance the  care for our patients, the staff at the SHINE Humanity -Aasra General Hospital have received cardiopulmonary resuscitation [CPR] training from the trained and  experienced providers of Aman Foundation. This is a big accomplishment for SHINE because we are now one of the few facilities in Pakistan with staff properly trained in CPR which will make a difference between life and death of our patients in an emergency situation.

This year, we are set to help more needy patients than in 2013, as a little over 20,000 patients have already received care at SHINE’s project facilities from the beginning of January until the end of May.  

We need your continued support to help us provide basic care to children like Shams and Najma who are neighbors belonging to very poor families. Both had high grade fevers and were brought in by their kind neighbors as their fathers could not forgo a day’s wages to take them to a physician. After initial laboratory tests, cold sponging and fever relieving medicines was provided by our staff which helped bring down their temperatures to normal. They were sent home after a few hours of observation and no recurrence of fever.

Many thanks for your generous support;
From : The SHINE Humanity Team

Aman Staff Providing CPR training
Aman Staff Providing CPR training
Children in the waiting area of the Gharo facility
Children in the waiting area of the Gharo facility

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Mar 18, 2014

SHINE Humanity Update

Child with  fever and infection- Shikarpur, 2014
Child with fever and infection- Shikarpur, 2014

Dear Friends and Supporters of Improving Health for Mothers & Children in Pakistan;

Your continued support of our project has helped in the treatment of over 6000 patients this year,  and we thank you greatly for this support.

Project Report : This has been a harsh winter in much of Pakistan and most of the patients came to seek care for colds and respiratory infections.  The number of children admitted at the children’s ward in Shikarpur was much less this January and February as compared to the previous year when the area was affected by an outbreak of measles.             In Gharo and Baldia Town, the physicians have been treating patients that come in for routine primary  care as well as those who come for care for their chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Recently, a poor, young woman came to the Gharo facility after having been to other physicians and no relief of her symptoms. Our physician spent time listening to her complaints and after examination  and tests  diagnosed her as suffering from depression related to extreme stress.  She is better with the medications prescribed and has been referred to specialists for further evaluation.                          
Four Board members and a number of SHINE’s supporters visited the Gharo facility during the past 3 months.  All reported satisfaction with the services being provided and provided suggestions on further improvement of services which  will be implemented as we move forward.

Jinnah Sindh Medical University - Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) Institute of Public Health: This past December SHINE Humanity was invited to speak at the Jinnah Sindh Medical University - APPNA Institute of Public Health’s  Inaugural Symposium “Building the Link between Health Care Providers and Communities” in Karachi. Dr. Salman Naqvi, Chairman of SHINE presented “ Is it time for Public Health Programs in Pakistan? SHINE Humanity- Aasra General Hospital, An NGO’s  initiative in Gharo, Sindh. He highlighted the many steps being taken by SHINE with respect to services being provided and measures for disease prevention.
Training Sessions: In late December 2013, SHINE’s advisor Dr. Naghmana Shafi, an esteemed pediatrician, traveled to Karachi, Pakistan to conduct a number of training sessions aimed at preventing unnecessary deaths among newborn babies.  The Helping Babies Breathe Workshops or HBB is a neonatal resuscitation program  for saving a newborn's life during the first minute of  its birth  called the  “golden minute”. This program is easy to teach and low cost and works especially well in underdeveloped countries as Pakistan, for training and empowering midwives, traditional birth attendants and lady health visitors as well as doctors and nurses. In countries like Pakistan where more than fifty percent of the deliveries are conducted  at home or in facilities with the bare minimum of pediatric resources this program can save millions of lives. Dr. Naghmana trained 217 doctors, medical students, nurses and paramedics. 94 of these trainees will go on and continue to train others.

We thank you again for being a part of our work and ask you to consider becoming a monthly donor to help us expand the outreach of our services.

Sincerely;                                                                                                                                                                                The SHINE Humanity Team.

Young patient - Gharo, Mar. 2014
Young patient - Gharo, Mar. 2014
Child being examined - Baldia Town, 2014
Child being examined - Baldia Town, 2014
Dr. Salman Naqvi - JSMU - APPNA Dec. 2013
Dr. Salman Naqvi - JSMU - APPNA Dec. 2013
Dr. Naghmana Shafi - Training session HBB
Dr. Naghmana Shafi - Training session HBB

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