Improve Health for Mothers & Children in Pakistan

 
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Mar 19, 2013

Beneficiary Story

Maham
Maham

Maham [ Name changed] , a 24 month old toddler with Down Syndrome, was admitted to the pediatric ward of  R.B.U.T Civil Hospital in Shikarpur in February. Her family is very poor; their daily income is only 200 rupees (about  $2) and she is the youngest of 9 siblings. Maham was admitted to the hospital with a fever, cough and breathing difficulties, and her condition was steadily increasing in severity prior to her admission at the hospital. While at the hospital, she was diagnosed with  malnutrition and acute  bronchial pneumonia, and consequently admitted to the stabilization center for nutrition and treatment of her pneumonia  . There she was given much love and care. The support SHINE gave to Maham and her family helped them gain hope where they had none. Thankfully, Maham is now recovered and is happily back home.

Thank you for   helping  us in the care of Maham. Please continue to support our cause so that we can keep helping  the many others like Maham  who are admitted to the ward everyday. 

Maham with her mother
Maham with her mother

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Jan 14, 2013

Measles Outbreak in Sindh, Pakistan

Child admitted  with measles
Child admitted with measles

 

Dear Supporters of SHINE Humanity; 

There has been a  recent large outbreak of measles in Pakistan with  a few associated deaths. [http://dawn.com/2013/01/11/nearly-2-9m-children-given-measles-vaccination-under-crash-program/.]. Measles is a common childhood illness, easily prevented by timely vaccination. 

Shikarpur is one of the worst affected districts during this outbreak. SHINE Humanity is  dealing with the surge in the number of children  admitted  with measles at the pediatric wards in the R.B.U.T Civil Hospital Shikarpur through the generous contributions of our donors. SHINE is working closely with the World Health Organization[WHO],  UNICEF, and the government’s District Health services to ensure that all children admitted to the wards are getting the treatment they need. The government has stepped up the immunization program and  besides providing the medical treatment , SHINE staff members are educating the community to get their children vaccinated for all  preventable childhood illnesses and not to wait too long to  bring their sick children to the hospital. 

We ask for your support  to help us deal with this present crisis,  and to help increase our community based outreach for prevention.

Child admitted  with measles and body rash
Child admitted with measles and body rash

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Nov 26, 2012

Shikarpur Update

Flooded Street in Shikarpur
Flooded Street in Shikarpur

Project Report: Shikarpur, Sindh

This summer, our project area in Shikarpur, Sindh was affected by floods again, for the third year in a row,  but mercifully the devastation caused was much less than the previous two years.  

However, the need for  our services at the Pediatric ward of the Civil Hospital in Shikarpur remains critical. The number of children admitted to the ward has increased over the past two months from an average of 900 per month to around 1300  a month. Most of the children were admitted for the treatment of diarrhea, malaria or respiratory infections. The flooding has left many families with few resources to provide food for their children. As a result, malnutrition is commonly seen in our pediatric wards. 

 As winter approaches we would like to implement measures to reduce the risk of respiratory infections in the children by optimizing the immunization rates and educating the families on ways to minimize the risk of spreading infections. 

SHINE Humanity is very grateful to you for contributing through Global Giving. Your donation has enabled us to continue serving in this area since the floods in 2010.  Your contributions help in the provision of medicines and to supplement the salary of the dedicated staff at this facility. The charitable care provided in this unit eases the burden on the families that are plagued by an endless cycle of poverty exacerbated by repeated flooding of their land. 

In this season of giving, we ask you to please give generously for the continued care of the children of Shikarpur and we thank you on behalf of SHINE Humanity and our beneficiaries in Shikarpur.


Physician attending to children at Civil Hospital
Physician attending to children at Civil Hospital
Child admitted with diarrhea
Child admitted with diarrhea

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Sep 18, 2012

SHINE Humanity/ CDRS Projects Update- July & August 2012

Newborn baby at the Swat Facility
Newborn baby at the Swat Facility

 Thank you for helping SHINE Humanity and CDRS treat  12322 patients at the Charsadda, Swat and Shikarpur Healthcare facilities in July and August 2012.  7283 [59%] of the patients were children, 4223 [34%] were women and 816 [7%] were males. 

 With your support, ten normal and healthy babies were delivered at the Swat Maternal and Child Healthcare facility  during July and August,  bringing the  total to 27 babies delivered at this center since it started operating a year ago. We are happy at reaching this milestone,   since delivering babies at home has been the cultural norm in this region. This facility  has been supported by a grant from  International Development and Relief Foundation, individual donors,  and Global Giving and has served 36,482 beneficiaries, mostly women and children  from Aug 18, 2011 to Aug. 31st.2012. Most of the patients at the Swat facility  have been treated for upper respiratory tract infection,  acute diarrhea, urinary tract infection, aches and pains ,acid peptic disease, anemia and hypertension. Our recent testing of the drinking water  in Swat found the samples to be contaminated and we are advising the  residents on how to make their water safe for drinking; thus expanding our patient care to a population-level of service.

 The Charsadda Community Clinic continues to provide primary care and urgent care services to  the flood affected area of Charsadda. The Clinic has been moved to another location nearby and served 3954 patients in July and August. 90 percent of these beneficiaries were women and children mostly suffering from diarrhea, respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, skin infections, injuries and wounds.  

There has been a rise in the cases of diarrhea and suspected malaria at the SHINE Humanity/CDRS pediatrics ward in Shikarpur during these summer months when 1891 children were treated. With the departure of the other nonprofit organization that was supporting the nutrition requirements of the malnourished children, we have undertaken the care of these children as well  and seek your help in providing the best care possible for all the beneficiaries we serve. 

We would like to thank you once again  for supporting our projects aimed to improve the health of  Mothers and Children in Pakistan.

Child admitted with Gastroenteritis - Shikarpur
Child admitted with Gastroenteritis - Shikarpur
Child admitted with malaria  - Shikarpur
Child admitted with malaria - Shikarpur
Child admitted with malaria and fits- Shikarpur
Child admitted with malaria and fits- Shikarpur
Child admitted with Injuries- Shikarpur
Child admitted with Injuries- Shikarpur

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Jul 24, 2012

Beneficiary Story- Muniba

Muniba Sultan
Muniba Sultan

On a recent hot day in July, three year old Muniba was brought to our Charsadda outpatient facility by her mother and aunt. Her family could not afford to take her to the private healthcare centers for the treatment she needed. Muniba had diarrhea with blood in the stools, fever and mild dehydration. She was promptly examined by our doctor and started on the medicines she needed and was sent home as soon as she was stable and better. 

Muniba is just one of the many patients who are provided care at our  facilities in Swat, Charsadda and Shikarpur with your support. In May, 6446 beneficiaries received treatment at these facilities, where most patients  came in with  diarrhea, malaria, malnutrition, measles, febrile fits or gastritis.  With the onset of summer we are seeing more of diarrheal diseases at our centers as opposed to respiratory infections which are common in winter.

 In this dire economy, your contributions help us in keeping our doors open for children like Muniba and countless others who are grateful for the services we provide. In turn, we are deeply grateful for your generosity and look forward to your continued support

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Seema Hassan

Tustin, California United States

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