Few days back I read a blog at UM Healthcare website, “UM Saves life of expecting mother and her baby”, and it really touched me as it is similar to what my family had experienced a year back when trying to save the life of my father.
How can I just forget that tragic day when my father became the victim of inefficient and disorganized healthcare system in the country? I along with my parents was visiting our family friends in another city. On our way (Upon reaching Jehlum, GT Road) my father suffered a massive heart attack. He was feeling pain in his legs and lower back. Since it was daytime, around 1:20 pm and we were in city, we were optimistic that we will be able to acquire good emergency medial care but It turned out that WE WERE COMPLETELY WRONG.
First, we went to a medical hospital, which apparently looked like an organized building with excellent facade. To my dismay, there was NO medical setup to tackle emergency cases. To make it worst not even a single staff personnel was present at the information/registration counter. After running around finding the staff member and nearly begging in front of them for help, I managed to arrange a bed for my father and after which he was given few injections and medicines. His condition kept deteriorating and the pain seemed not to subside. No doctor was available let alone cardiologist. We decide to arrange an ambulance to shift him to civil hospital, which proved to be even the bigger challenge. Just to hire a single ambulance, we had to rush to get the reference of local political person. No one bothered to care about the immense pain and tension we were going through. This took us about an hour to sort the issue and to get an ill-equipped ambulance. << read more>>
I had heard about UM Trust health care couple of times through different sources but had never realized that how unique and zabrdast facility it could be until my recent visit to the facility.
On a Saturday morning, I joined UM team from Islamabad office for a day trip to the rural Mardan. On our way I was reminded that UM Trust was established and registered in May 2004 in the memory of Mrs. Umrana Mumtaz who died of cancer in 2003 as part of her will so therefore the medical checkup and facilities offered to the poor people of the area is totally free. The moment we entered the building which is almost 30 minutes drive from the Mardan city, I could see that mostly people belonged to the rural surroundings of the village. There were a large number of women and kids waiting for their turn in the waiting hall.
Patient waiting at Amphitheater UM Trust Hosptial
Masoor Ali (Volunteer UM Trust) spending day with Children at UM Trust
We were given a tour of the hospital and I was amazed to see how clean and systematic it was. Secondly, it is very technological advanced be it the internet facility, their online Medical Record system or automated medical lab with state of the art laboratory equipment. The staff seemed very committed and patient in dealing up with the patients and one of the staff members shared that on average they get around 110 patients every day.
Well-equiped Medical Labortary at UM Healthcare Trust
I am totally inspired by the UM health Trust, their dedicated staff and the amazing work. It is certainly one of the best facilities for the deserving people in such a rural place. I wish I could speak the local language (Pashto) and could talk to the people there for more insights but I could see their satisfaction and trust on UM hospital. I had really good experience and got a lot of inspiration from UM Trust. I wish the team all very best and much success in their journey of community help and support in the health sector.
Written by:- Masoora Ali – A volunteer with UM Healthcare Trust
“ Its Free and anyone from the village can use it even at homes, agriculture fields, farms and streets” — Ashfaq Khan, emphasizing on the benefits of Hotspot Internet
So the Exciting News is that Hotspot Internet is available for free of cost to the hospital staff as well as local community of village Zahidabad. It is broadband Internet via satellite (donated by Cybernet in 2006), which is transported to Zahidabad village using Nano Station 2 equipment.
Satellite at UM Trust
Having Hotspot Internet at rural area offers enormous potential for communication and collaboration, as more and more people are able to connect to it easily. Its like a whole new world is open to them. Local community is exploiting this opportunity for educational and learning purpose where as small Children are also using it to play games.
“ It is amazing to see how fast a five years old kid in rural learns the functionality of mobile phone and uses Internet to download games and educational material”- Atif mumtaz, Jaroka project Director
Hotspot Internet available at UM Trust
This technology is also offering more flexibility for UM Trust operations in the field such as remote data collection and monitoring programs, remote treatment of patient and disease surveillance.
Newsletter February 2012
“Some 30,000 women die each year due to pregnancy complications and 10 times more women develop life-long, pregnancy-related disabilities. About one quarter of all children suffer from low birth weight due to maternal problems and 10 percent of those born do not reach their first birthday.”
- Source CALL – Communication & Advance Linguistic Links.
Glimpse of year 2011
We are pleased to share that year 2011 proved a significant year for UM Healthcare Trust as we continue to provide support to our mission for providing better healthcare to the poor and needy in best possible ways. We are extremely appreciative to our team, funders, donors and volunteers for helping us in making it this far. The snapshot of major activities of year 2011 is as follow:
This year we have treated over 30,000 patients at our facility, making it an average of 2,500 patients monthly. Majority of the patients were women (51%) and children (30%).read more
Rural women and their struggle for healthcare
Even though most women in the urban areas of Pakistan have access to medical facilities, the health indicators of women in Pakistan are among the worst in the world; predominantly due to the large rural female population struggling for healthcare facilities. The low level of overall healthcare standards in the country that stem from this disparity can be attributed to a number of factors.read more
Newsletter January 2012
“UM Healthcare, which provides health care to a region of 180,000 people–it’s the sole facility there. I was moved by the difference that he has made, and how cheaply he has done it….”
Steven Ketchpel- author of Giving Back and Reuters Digital Vision Fellow Stanford.
Proud to Sustain Kidney Transplant patient
“We were extremely relieved to see our daughter getting better after so much suffering and I prayed to God for her long life”, reflects Hina’s father.
For six year old Hina Akram from Sadiqabad, Mardan, life changed when she was diagnosed with renal failure in April 2004. Unlike her peers in the village who have hardly seen life outside their neighborhood, Hina now visited nephrologists in the city often. There she received medication to ameliorate her pain and to treat her oedema, insufficient growth and other symptoms. Her father, Muhammad Akram, began to worry about his finances while he struggled to provide his daughter the expensive but necessary healthcare.read more
Giving Back features UM Trust
We feel delighted to share that UM Healthcare Trust got featured in , ” Serving Patients for $2 each in Pakistan”, in the blog GIVING BACK.
The author, Steven Ketchpel ( a Phd in Computer Science and Reuters Digital Vision Fellow at Stanford University), comprehensively describes the healthcare and relief work UM Trust is doing and its impact on saving lives of regular patients as well as the IDPs (2009) and flood victims (2010) in Pakistan. Most of these patients survive less than $1 a day salary and have seen doctor first time in their life.read more
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