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                                                         April 2015

 

Health Workers: A Lone Ray of Hope

The Global Health Workforce Alliance has been celebrating April 8-12 as World Health Worker Weeksince 2013 in an effort to recognize the invaluable services of health workers and increase awareness of the issues plaguing them.  Health workers are of paramount importance in developing countries, they’re at the forefront of healthcare and sometimes the only source of healthcare for the disadvantaged populace. In many countries, they endanger their lives to provide healthcare in high risk areas and are sometimes specifically targeted by militants.

LHW providing healthcare worker providing medical services         

LHW providing healthcare worker providing medical services

In Pakistan, 76 lives have been lost in the fight against polio since December 2012, most of them Lady Health Workers (LHWs). Lady Health Workers have been tirelessly providing their vital services in Pakistan since the initiation of the “National Programme for Family Planning and Primary Health Care” in 1994. An LHW in Pakistan has the dual responsibility of providing primary health care and family planning education and promotion, but these services encompass innumerable activities: promotion and provision of immunization, provision of contraceptives, monitoring of various diseases such as TB and Dengue, awareness raising regarding proper nutrition and diseases, emergency relief and many more. <<Read More>>

 

Diabetes: Get Screen 

Sanofi Aventis Pharmaceuticals arranged a medical camp at UM Healthcare hospital on 28th March 2015. The purpose of the camp was to screen individuals for Diabetes and provide them information about the disease. The camp catered to locals starting from 9 in the morning till 3 pm.

Free testing of Diabetes at UM Healthcare Trust

Free testing of Diabetes at UM Healthcare Trust

In addition to screening for Diabetes, the representative of Sanofi Aventis also provided free medicines to those diagnosed along with educating them about diet and exercise. The camp was part of Sanofi Aventis’ on-going campaign to raise awareness of Diabetes in the country, it is estimated that there are 7.1 million individuals with Diabetes in Pakistan and the number is gradually rising. Regular screening can highlight spikes in blood sugar and prevent the development of full-blown Diabetes. <<Read More>>

 

 

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                                             Project Updates 

 

Disease Trend For November 2014

November 2014

In the month of November, a total of 1565  patients were treated. Off which 262  (16.74%) were male ,  624 (39.87%) were Female  while 679 (43.38%) were children.

In November as the weather went dry so diseases of respiratory system were on raise. Beside it Gastroenteritis and other Pathogenic disease were observed mostly.

Patients and patients attendants are advised for wearing stuffs of cold weather and avoid contaminated water and food etc.

 

Diesease Trend for December 2014

 

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In the month of December 2014, a total of 1661 patients were treated. Off which  308 (18.54%) were male ,  603 (36.30%) were Female  while 750 (45.15%) were children.

 

Welcome to Team

We welcome Dr. Muhammad Kashif for joining us as a Medical Officer at UM Healthcare Trust. He has done MBBS from Peshawar Medical College, and completed his House job from Mardan medical Complex. We wish him <<read more>>

 

 

 

 An elderly patient giving his regards to the staff for giving him quality treatment.

“We thank the Almighty for his blessings that made us work through days and nights to win the trust of people living in the rural Mardan. We appreciate the faith of our donors that kept us going. We pay our gratitude to the staff whose dedication made this possible and the community to not only believing in us but letting us help them towards making a healthy Pakistan.” – UM healthcare trust

An elderly patient giving his regards to the staff for giving him quality treatment.

Extending our SMS (Mobile Services) to Narowal, Punjab
Female patient waiting at UM Trust

We are thrilled to announce that UM Healthcare Trust and National Rural Development Program (NRDP), a non-profit development advocacy and humanitarian organization committed to working with marginalized and vulnerable people and communities to unlock their potentials for a sustainable change…  Read more

 

 

 

Celebrating Big Day
 Kids coming in to the hospital were given candies and cookies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is a moment of great pride great gratitude that we have successfully treated  more than  200,000 patients ( 53% females and 27% females)  at UM Healthcare Trust Hospital. Through consistent hard work of our team and support from our donors and friends we have managed to  provide affordable healthcare to the local communities in more than 56 adjacent villages around Zahidabad, Mardan,KP… Read more

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Seeking Healthy Behavior through FUN

This is the first time I ever got this incredible opportunity to attend an awareness session on health issues. I learned so much form this session and would definitely bring my sister-in-laws next time any awareness sessions are arranged.” – Participant.

“Can you (session facilitator- Lubna Khan) visit us every week so that we can learn more about our and family health? We want to seek more knowledge through these kinds of sessions” – Women Participant

 

Awareness session at UM Trust

Awareness session at UM Trust

For the first time, UM Healthcare Trust and Right To Play (www.righttoplay.com ), a global organization that uses the transformative power of Play  and Sport to educate and empower children facing adversity, arranged an event under the theme “Small bite, Big Threat” for community women and children at UM Trust’s Amphitheater.  The major objective of the event was to sensitize community women and children on adopting the healthy life style and preventive practices to avoid vector borne diseases. The event witnessed the participation of over 40 women and more than 70 children from various age groups and backgrounds.

During the first hour of event, an interactive awareness session was conducted with women by Right To Play’s team members- Lubna Khan, Rubina Khan and Shabana. The team followed the participatory approach to involve women in health related discussion. The major points discussed were the symptoms, side effects and preventive care related to vector borne diseases. Within five minutes of session, women felt comfortable and willingly shared their case studies with facilitators.

 

 

awareness session for female patients and community women

Awareness session for female patients and community women

“I had so much fun today. I will play these games with my siblings and friends at our village and show them how easy hand washing can be” – Hina

“We shall be strong if we do not get sick, and we would not get sick if we would wash our hands before eating anything. And we can beat all the other kids in cricket.” says Hamza to his brother.

Hamza happy after participating in fun game

Hamza happy after participating in fun game

To engage children and to teach them about importance of healthy behavior, Right To Play held fun-based sport and play based activities with children. The most amazing aspect of Right To Play’s game is their Reflect-Connect-Apply (RCA) approach which they applied after each game with all children. After each game through RCA session, children were asked to share their experiences (Reflect) and what they have learned (Connect) and key messages about the health which they will adopt in future (Apply). This approach actively involved children in the games conducted at UM Trust. Following games were played with the children:

  • Doctor Doctor (Activity) for Children
  • Flu Bug
  • Mosquito Tag
  • Wash your Hand
Fun health games with children

Fun health games with children

 

Children enjoying health game

Children enjoying health game

Children playing "Wash your hands"-health game

Children playing “Wash your hands”-health game

Overall the event was very productive.  Participants especially women individually thanked  Right To Plays team members and UM Healthcare Hospital management and requested to hold more of such workshops.

 

Disease Trend Analysis:

 

During the past quarter, UM Healthcare Trust continued to serve the deserving people of Rural Mardan, KP and provided them with primary healthcare with all its determination.

In February 2014, a total of 1649 patients were treated in UM Healthcare Hospital in which 17.88%  were men, 46.75% were women and remaining 35.35% were children.

Disease Trend February 2014

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Myths Proved False 

“It was astonishing to find out that Wi-Fi was available free of cost at UM Trust. Furthermore, the hospital management is offering it free for students, rural health workers and communities so that they can stay connected with outside world while living in the remote area” – Mariam Mustafa

At nursing counter patient’s vital are taken by nurse and entered into an Electronic Medical Record (EMR). Here, I saw many female patients comfortably getting their vitals measured and recorded by a male nurse. Keeping in view the culture of KP, I never expected it. I feel proud that my myth proved wrong.”- Mariam Mustafa 

                                                   Mariam interviewing female patients

                                                              Mariam interviewing female patients

I have recently joined UM Healthcare Trust as a Program Coordinator and it was my very first visit to Mardan district and to UM Healthcare Trust Hospital. Like every other common Pakistani citizen, I have some built-in assumptions about the rigid culture of rural areas of KP and a charity hospitals (mostly called ghost hospitals) running at remote locations. To be honest, I was quite scared of going into a rural location in KP due to the security situation in the country and the stories I had heard from people and media.

In order to witness the reality especially with respect to healthcare in the field, I joined my team members to visit UM Trust on 14th February, 2014. During the whole journey, I thought of UM Healthcare Trust as a small typical rural primary healthcare facility  but on reaching the hospital it felt as if I have jumped into completely different and advance healthcare world.  Close to entrance there is a built-in Amphitheater in hospital which serves multi-purpose. Mostly training are held at this theater and at the same time it serves as the waiting area for females while  male patients usually wait  for their turn in lawn or waiting room .

Female patients waiting at Amphitheater at UM Trust

Female patients waiting at Amphitheater at UM Trust

“ Every single person working in the hospital is a true example of empathy. They are truly committed and available for the core cause of UM Healthcare Trust Hospital.”- Mariam Mustafa

First Myth – No queue culture in rural areas

Read full story at : http://www.umtrust.org/event/myths-proved-wrong/

 

Disease Trend of January 2014

District Mardan, KP, is known for its hospitality, despite of the fact that most people living in the rural areas are below poverty line. Most of them earn through agriculture and yet earn less than $1 a day.

UM Health Trust is providing them basic and sustainable healthcare by providing consultancy, basic examination and medication to more than 150-200 patients daily.

                                     January 2014

In the month of January 2014, a total of 1615 patients were treated.

Among those 363 (22.47%) were male patients, 679 (42.04%) were female patients and 573 (35.47%) were children.

Most of the patients showed symptoms of encountering infectious agents due to change in climate. Poor hygiene practices and low habitual standard of living resulted in many Gastroenteritis cases.

Patients suffering from Dyspepsia were also observed with elevated digestive enzymes.

District Mardan, KP, is known for its hospitality, despite of the fact that most people living in the rural areas are below poverty line. Most of them earn through agriculture and yet earn less than $1 a day.

UM Health Trust is providing them basic and sustainable healthcare by providing consultancy, basic examination and medication to more than 150-200 patients daily.

In the month of January 2014, a total of 1615 patients were treated.

Among those 363 (22.47%) were male patients, 679 (42.04%) were female patients and 573 (35.47%) were children.

Most of the patients showed symptoms of encountering infectious agents due to change in climate. Poor hygiene practices and low habitual standard of living resulted in many Gastroenteritis cases.

Patients suffering from Dyspepsia were also observed with elevated digestive enzymes.

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UM Healthcare Trust

Islamabad, Punjab, Pakistan
http://umtrust.org

Project Leader

Shamila Keyani

Islamabad, Pakistan

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