Muhammad is a young man from Kabirwala from the province of Punjab; the 25 year old was diagnosed with Behcets disease. This is an autoimmune rheumatic disease which may lead to blindness and the blockage of veins and arteries. Apart from losing sight it may also cause heart attacks and strokes and mostly affects the young.
Making ends meet was a problem for Muhammad and add to that the expensive treatment required to ensure that the disease remains stable and does not deteriorate further was simply not possible.
Thankfully the disease was diagnosed in time and the ACF was able to fund his medication which costs around PKR 5000 a month. Arthritis Care Foundation (ACF) was established in 2001 in collaboration with Fatima Memorial Hospital in Lahore, Pakistan which provides Physiotherapy and Diagnostic support to deserving patients.
The disease can strike at any time and without proper care can lead to severe disabilities affecting patients for a lifetime. However, today through early diagnosis and extensive treatment rheumatologists can significantly help prevent disability and death in patients suffering from rheumatic diseases.
These stories give us hope and the strength to continue with our mission.
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The story of Najma is a heart wrenching one; a 26 year old married woman from a village near the city of Sargodha in the Punjab province. For the past two years she has been bed ridden as she was in severe pain due to damaged joints. She had been suffering from joint pains for many years but due to the lack of proper care the situation aggravated to such a degree that couldn’t even walk.
Her husband teaches the Holy Quran in the area and earns a meager 15,000 rupees a month (around 140 US Dollars) and proper medical care was just out of reach. Najma had tried local quacks, healers and anybody who she thought will be the answer to her pain but to no avail.
The ACF funded her right hip replacement last year, after which she was able to walk with some support. Arthritis Care Foundation (ACF) was established in 2001 in collaboration with Fatima Memorial Hospital in Lahore, Pakistan provides Physiotherapy and Diagnostic support to deserving patients.
The ACF than also funded her left hip replacement at a cost PKR 200,000 foundation and today by the grace of God she is able to able without any support and is able to live life to the fullest.
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.
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.
With your support there will be many happy Uzmas whose future can be changed permanently for generations to come.
It is not just girls like Uzma who have benefitted from our Center but a countless stream of people from all walks of life and sections of society.
Our Mission Continues
Figure 3- attached illustrates the numbers of various types and volumes of patient flow from 2011 to 2012. It is clear from the diagram below that ‘free outdoor patients general’ are leading with nearly 4,500 treated. This is indeed a monumental achievement!
So we request you to come forward and become a part of this humanitarian movement to work towards theshared goal of reducing this global silent killer known as Arthritis. Your donations will go a long way towards the fulfillment of our collective mission. We need all the help we can get from socially responsible individuals like you.Your contributions will mean a lot to us and even more to the poor Arthritis patients whose lives will be positively changed forever by your gift.
[[II]]Arthritis Care Foundation, Project Report, http://www.arthritiscare.org.pk/index.php?menuid=14&pageid=12,accessed on March 2013.
[iii] HelpingArthritis Patients Fight Disability, Report by Mehr Manzoor, posted Dec. 4th2012, http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/helping-arthritis-patients-fight-disability/updates/,accessed on March 2013.
Fatima Memorial Hospital is continuously striving to employ the latest technology and research to create a future without arthritis. Your donations have a tremendous impact on the lives of millions of people and children who live with arthritis which is one of the major causes of disability.
Pakistan faces a shortage of qualified rheumatologists – for a population of 190 million there is only a handful of rheumatologists available. And FMH is lucky to have a team of top rheumatology consultants. Many patients are undergoing treatment under their supervision and recovering well.
On 12th Oct’12, Fatima Memorial Hospital (FMH) College of Medicine & Dentistry organized a walk Arthritis Walk to mark World Arthritis Day. The walk was a step to create awareness about the disease with an aim to mark solidarity with millions of people living with arthritis all over the world. The ceremony was inaugurated by Ms. Ayesha, who due to rheumatoid arthritis was unable to walk. With the help of on-time diagnosis and treatment she is recovering well and is a ray of hope for many others who suffer from the disease.
With your continuous support, they’ll walk again!
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