Improve Health for Mothers & Children in Pakistan

 
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Dressing Qamar
Dressing Qamar's wound

Dear Friends;

We are extremely grateful to you for your continued support of our beneficiaries. Here is a short story of how your contribution helps the neediest whom we serve:

One of our patients, Qamar, had been involved in a serious accident that resulted in a lower right leg fracture. His wife took him to a government hospital all the way in Karachi, where he received surgery and an external fixator to hold his fractured leg. However, this couple had been struggling financially and could not afford to return to the city to continue his treatment. After a few months of going untreated, Qamar's leg had worsened to the point where he was unable to walk.

Desperate for help, his wife came to SHINE Humanity at Aasra General Hospital in Gharo begging our staff to treat her husband. The following day, our ambulance arrived at the poor couple's home and transported Qamar to SHINE Humanity's project facility. Upon removing his old, dirty dressings, our staff at SHINE saw that his wounds were infected,  the leg was swollen, and that he was also complaining of excruciating pain at the fracture site. Our staff immediately cleaned the infected area, applied new dressings, and provided medications to relieve the swelling and pain.

With regular treatment and monitoring at SHINE’s facility, Qamar's wounds gradually healed and the swelling subsided. Eventually, our staff decided it was time to remove the external fixator after consulting the surgeons at the government hospital,Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center [JPMC]. The staff arranged for the procedure to be done at JPMC, after which he returned to our facility where we provided him with crutches for walking. Since then, Qamar continues to show great progress and can now stand and walk all on his own. Qamar and his wife are extremely grateful for SHINE’s compassionate staff and prompt care, because without it, Qamar may have never been able to walk again.

As 2014 comes to a close, we thank you for  helping patients like Qasim and numerous others and look forward to your continued support in 2015 and beyond.

We wish you and your loved ones a Happy Holiday season and good health, joy, peace, and prosperity in the year ahead.

Transporting Qamar to JPMC
Transporting Qamar to JPMC
Qamar receiving crutches from the SHINE Team
Qamar receiving crutches from the SHINE Team
Qamar starting to walk again!
Qamar starting to walk again!

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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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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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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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Child with a cold, Gharo
Child with a cold, Gharo


Dear Supporters of Mothers and Children in Pakistan;

As the year comes to a close, we at SHINE Humanity would like to wish you and your loved ones  a very Happy Holiday season and a  New Year  filled with peace, love, joy and health!

Your contributions have been vital in helping SHINE treat almost 30,000 patients from January to November of this year with a wide array of services.


2013 has been an eventful year for SHINE, with our focus transitioning  to provide primary and preventive  health care for  underprivileged communities in Sindh, Pakistan.
We initiated  these services along with antenatal and postnatal care at the SHINE Humanity - Aasra General Hospital outpatient clinic in Gharo. The colorful clothing and smiles belie the abject poverty many of the people of this area  suffer. This is reflected in the rapid increase in  number of patients being treated at this charitable  facility to  7607 by the end of November.  88 percent of these patients have been women and children. Another 267 beneficiaries  were treated at a medical camp in the nearby village of Babra in July. The five most commonest ailments treated so far are respiratory infection, diarrhea, dyspepsia, skin infections and anemias. Many of these conditions can be prevented, and we are educating the patients on an individual level for now. We have also started mHealth services by making use of mobile phones to connect our staff with a skin specialist in Karachi for  her assistance in the management of patients with skin problems.
Apart from  providing urgent care for minor cuts and wounds, we have established  referral lines with specialty centers  in the city for our patients. Other services such as D&E and blood transfusions have also been provided for the patients who have needed these.

Over 8000 patients have been treated at Sina’s Health Education & Welfare Trust’s Primary Healthcare clinic in Baldia Town since  we started the co-support  of this clinic in July. This is a poor to low income neighborhood of Karachi. With a dismal economic situation, it is difficult for the common person to make ends meet and the cost of healthcare has become prohibitively expensive for many of the residents of this megacity. Prevention of communicable and noncommunicable diseases is a major hallmark of the services provided at this facility.


We are continuing the support of the children’s wards at the R.B.U.T. Civil Hospital in Shikarpur where 13800 children have been treated this year. With the kind support of one of our donors we have had  two new airconditioners installed in the wards to help overcome the oppressive heat. This year we have also been more active in educating the parents of the children to ensure all children receive their vaccinations and are brought to the hospital before they get very sick. Sadly most of the deaths at these facilities occur because the children are brought in too late for any chance of survival.                                                                                       SHINE’s advisor, Dr. Naghmana S. Farrukh, a pediatrician,  is  set to  conduct a series of training sessions on neonatal resuscitation to prevent needless deaths among newborns, during her trip to Karachi in December.


Among our other achievements lately is our agreement to collaborate with The Association of Mothers and Newborns [AMAN], a Karachi based nonprofit organization to work towards the achievement of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals of  improving  maternal and newborn health and  reducing  maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality in underprivileged areas of Sindh.

We could not have achieved these milestones  without all the support we get from you.We would like to thank you again for your faith in us, and sincerely hope that you will continue to support us in the coming year as well. Please give as generously as you can to help the Mothers & Children in Sindh, Pakistan.

Child with grandfather - refd to  Children
Child with grandfather - refd to Children's Hosp.
Mother with Child  -
Mother with Child -
Child under treatment - Shikarpur
Child under treatment - Shikarpur
Nurse with patient receiving bld transfusions
Nurse with patient receiving bld transfusions
Sina
Sina's Primary care Clinic

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Seema Hassan

Tustin, California United States

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