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.
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.
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.
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
Update from : The SHINE Humanity / CDRS Pediatric Center and the Civil Hospital Pediatric Ward in Shikarpur, Sindh
The SHINE Humanity / CDRS Pediatric Ward in Shikarpur, Sindh was established on October 1st 2010, and this ward along with the Civil Hospital Pediatric Ward have been supported by the generous donations of SHINE Humanity and Global Giving supporters since the times of the great floods in 2010.
About 800 to a 1000 pediatric patients are treated at these two wards every month.1813 children were provided care during March and April of this year. 47.55 percent of the patients were girls and 52.45 percent were boys under the age of 14. Daily patient data are maintained at this facility and reported to CDRS and SHINE every month.
After a recent monitoring visit,CDRS manager Abaid, reported most of the admitted children were suffering from Diarrhea, Malaria, Malnutrition, Measles and Febrile Fits and they were being ably treated by the doctor and staff appointed for these wards. Funding from our supporters helps pay for the doctor, staff and medicines which are provided free of cost to the patients. But there is a need for more medicines and other supplies to help in the continued management of these children.
We would like to say thank you again to all our supporters and to GlobalGiving for their contributions. We look forward to your continued support in helping us provide the necessary care for the sick and needy children of Shikarpur.
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