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.
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.
Dear Supporters of Mothers and Children in Pakistan;It has been a busy and exciting last few months for us. Thanks to the support of all our generous donors, our new project, the SHINE Humanity- Aasra General Hospital in Gharo, started operating on the 17th of April and we have been treating a steadily increasing stream of patients. 3324 patients have been treated at this facility tiil the end of August. As in the past, most of our patients [ 88 percent] have been women and children. We are providing outpatient primary care services with an emphasis on disease prevention. All children are questioned about routine childhood immunizations and referred to the Expanded Program for Immunization nearby, in cases where they haven’t been vaccinated. Would-be mothers are given complete antenatal checkups and followed up on vaccinations, nutrition and supplement requirements to ensure a safe pregnancy and healthy outcome. We have partnered with the nonprofit, Husaini Hematology and Oncology Trust, to provide quality assured diagnostic laboratory and blood transfusion services.Another 267 beneficiaries were treated at an outreach medical camp in Babra on the 8th of July. There are no healthcare facilities in this village, so, the villagers were very happy to receive this service at their doorstep. More camps are planned for the future.
Chewing tobacco is a huge problem in this area, as it is most other areas of Pakistan, leading to one of the highest incidences of oral cancer in this region. Our staff members question the patients on this practice and educate them on the harm caused by it and the need to quit.This summer, Gharo and its surrounding areas were also affected by heavy rains and ensuing problems. There were no reported deaths or major disease outbreaks in the area. However, in mid-August, we arranged for the transport of patients from the catchment village of Sultanabad, as soon as we heard that a lack of transport was hindering their ability to seek help for those suffering from diarrhea and similar problems. These villagers were long time users of Aasra’s services and had now moved to higher ground, because of the flooding around their huts. 54 patients including men, women and children were treated at the SHINE Humanity- Aasra General Hospital’s outpatient clinic and transported back to their settlement.In July, we undertook the co-support of Sina Health & Education Welfare Trust’s charitable primary and preventive health care clinic in Baldia Town, Karachi. With the ever rising level of living expenses, this clinic serves to alleviate some of the healthcare burden of the low income beneficiaries who visit this clinic. This clinic also provides psycho-social counseling, and laboratory, ultrasound and Xray services. 3280 patients were treated at his facility in July and August, and another 712 were provided diagnostic and other services such as nebulization. 312 patients received preventive care for diabetes and hypertension during these two months. SHINE is continuing the support of the Pediatrics wards at the R.B.U.T Civil Hospital in Shikarpur where 9835 children have been treated from January to August 2013. We are continuing to work alongside WHO and UNICEF for providing the nutritional and medical care for children admitted with severe malnutrition. This summer we had two new air conditioners installed in the wards to overcome the intense heat in this area. These air conditioners were donated very generously by a couple of our California supporters.Thank you for enabling us achieve all of the above with your love and kind support. We are truly grateful to you and Global Giving for helping us improve the health of our beneficiaries in Pakistan, and we ask you to please consider becoming a monthly supporter for the thousands of beneficiaries who need medical care which is usually prohibitively expensive for them because of their limited resources and competing daily expenses.
Sami is a 3 month old baby who was admitted to our pediatric ward at R.B.U.T Civil Hospital,Shikarpur on June 12,2013. He is the third child of his parents, who are too poor to seek his treatment elsewhere. Sami was severely malnourished and had acute watery diarrhea and a respiratory infection. The staff in this unit provided timely and appropriate treatment for his diarrhea and respiratory condition and started him on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) protocol for the management of his malnutrition. Sami was sent home on the 17th when he was stable and better. Besides providing medicines free of cost in this unit, SHINE Humanity is collaborating with UNICEF and the World Health Organization for the management of children admitted with malnutrition. Diarrhea and respiratory illnesses are two of the commonest conditions encountered at our healthcare facilities. These illnesses can be prevented by water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) measures - we are educating the parents of the children admitted at this hospital and the patients at our other facility in Gharo,Sindh regarding preventive measures for these illnesses.Sustainability is one of the most pressing issues facing the WASH sector today. Because of this, we have endorsed the WASH Sustainability Charter- a common set of principles that outline the vital importance of sustainable measures. As a result, SHINE Humanity has earned a One Star Sustainable rating and we are featured on the SustainableWASH.org website.
We, at SHINE Humanity, are truly grateful for your continued support, since 2010, for the children being treated at the pediatrics ward of the R.B.U.T Civil Hospital in Shikarpur, and ask for your help at this project site and for the Mothers and Children at our new healthcare facility in Gharo,Sindh.
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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.
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