As in many developing countries, maternal and child health issues are some of the commonest cases we deal with at the Shikarpur, Charsadda and Swat facilities served by SHINE Humanity and its affiliate, Comprehensive Disaster Response Services [CDRS]. Around 15000 beneficiaries have been provided medical care during the first quarter of this year. Between 80-90 percent of these beneficiaries have been women and children.
During these winter months, the medical and paramedical staff at these facilities have dealt with a surge in the cases of respiratory tract ailments and have provided the patients with medications, oxygen and nebulization as needed. One of the patients at the Pediatric ward in Shikarpur was 6 month old Ab Ghafoor, who came to this facility on the 27th of February, with a high fever and symptoms of a respiratory tract infection. She was treated for her symptoms and sent home after her condition improved. Ab’s family home was damaged during the floods in 2010 and her father earns about $2.20 per day at a Tandoor [bread-making site], hardly enough for a family of 12 that he supports. Ab’s family decided to bring her to this facility as they live nearby and knew they would get free, quality care.
Two-year old Manahil’s family lives under similar constrained circumstances and she was brought to the Charsadda facility that is supported with funding from individual donors, Global Giving and IDRF. Manahil [photographed with her mother] has asthma and the free medical care she gets at this facility helps ease the burden on her family.
We are very grateful for all our contributors who help us in caring for these and numerous others. Our funds are running low and we look forward to your continued support in the coming months. Thank you for all your help.
We would like to wish a very Happy New Year to all our supporters and the staff of Global Giving and thank each one of you for your unstinting support for our humanitarian work.
October’s Field Report (Pakistan)
Chikar and Namhoter, Azad Kashmir: Our teams carried out basic health checks and provided medicines to patients. A total of 491 patients were seen, about 43 percent of whom were children.
Shikarpur, Sindh: This tertiary care center provides in-patient care to acutely ill children. In October, we treated 1,389 children for gastro-intestinal and respiratory illnesses.
Swat, Khyber Pakhtunwa: With the help of our key donors, Canadian-based International Development and Relief Foundation and our ground partner Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS), the full service mother child health center is now in its third full month of operations. The women and children here have access to Outpatient Care, Emergency Care, a Pharmacy, a Safe Birth Center, a Laboratory, and Ultrasound facilities. A total of 1,986 patients were taken care of, at the facility in the month of October.
Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunwa: A new Community Healthcare Center opened its doors in Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunwa. The Center is a collaboration between SHINE Humanity, IDRF and HEART Canada with CDRS as the implementing partner. The building was ready to be handed over by the owner on Oct 19th. The equipment, medicines, stationery, furniture and the patient beds were delivered shortly after. We were successfully able to open Outpatient Services here on October 26th and started providing medicines and initial checkups to the patients right away. By the end of the month a total of 400 patients were seen. The patient load is proved to be more than what was anticipated.
Sindh Flood Mobile Medical Team: Throughout the month of October, SHINE Humanity and its implementing partner CDRS have been providing mobile medical services to recent flood affectees in Sindh. This follows earlier food distribution effort in September. The flood medical team has conducted medical camps in the following districts: Tando Allahyar, Tando Muhammad Khan, Hyderabad, Badin, Jamshoro, Mirpur Khas, Sangar and Umar Kot in the last one month and treated 5,325 patients.
SHINE Humanity and it's affiliate, comprehensive Disaster Response Services [CDRS], would like to wish a very Happy New Year to all our supporters, and the staff of Global Giving, and we would like to thank each one of you for your unstinting support for our humanitarian work.
A Life Saved in Swat
Date: November 22, 2011 Time: 10AM Patient Name: MAAZ Age: 3 yrs Weight: 18/Pounds Location: Yaka Swat Chief Complaint: Breathing difficulty for 1 day.
Dr. Sher Comments: Patient name Maaz resident of Swat belongs to poor family presented to us with complain of breathing difficulty from one day at 10 am. According to the parents, Maaz is asthmatic from one and half year. On presentation Maaz was quiet, serious with bluish lips, lethargic, exhausted, mild dehydrated and was not able to talk; the respiratory rate was over 60/ min and the heart rate was 160/min. This was acute emergency. We started to nebulize the patient with ventolin and oxygen inhalation, steroid medication and also we rehydrated him with IV fluids. With nebulization and oxygen inhalation, the condition of the patient improved. We kept the patient in the hospital for one day and after fully recovery, we discharged him. We saved the life of this child with the help of supporters and staff of CDRS, SHINE Humanity, and IDRF.
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SHINE Humanity, alongwith its field partner, Comprehensive Disaster Response Services(CDRS) continued providing services to disaster-affected communities in Pakistan. Seventy-five percent of our patients are women and children. Here is a summary of our activity for the month of September:
Post-Earthquake Rehabilitation Projects
Chikar, Azad Kashmir: During the month of September our teams were able to treat 1,832 patients in Chikar. They also spent on medicines, staff salaries, hospital repair, ambulance repair, incentives for government doctors, utilities and management.Team members were able to treat a number of patients when an outbreak of gastro-intestinal epidemic hit a village. These patients came with severe dehydration and diarrhea from Danna and Andra Seri, Sulmia. There was not any other facility nearby to respond quickly and abruptly, without our presence in Chikar, these patients would not have made it to the DHQ Hattian Bala. Our staff quickly and efficiently responded to the epidemic and dealt with the situation with commitment. We also followed up with a Emergency Response Team dispatched to the village to treat severe dehydrated patients who were in danger. These patients were were provided proper medical care for three days and were kept under observation.
Namhother, Azad Kashmir: The team carried out health checks and provided medicines to the needy. A total of 155 patients were treated.
Gundi Gran, Azad Kashmir: Our team provided staff salaries and medicines to 290 patients.
Flood Rehabilitation Projects
Shikar Pur, Sindh: Our focus is on providing child health care and medicines here. We were able to treat a total of 1,213 children in the Shikar Pur District Hospital Pediatric Ward.
Swat, Khyber Pakhtunwa: In September, we treated 2,429 patients.We have improved our services for Swat. The new Labor Room is well-equipped with incubators, baby warmers, suction machines and all other necessary equipment and supplies. We have started providing 24 hours service and were able to retain patients in our female and children wards. We have also been able to install power generator to cover electricity break down.
Shabana was only six years old, when in December 2010, she was severely burned by fires that caught her small house in the remote, rural village of Chasahe, Khyber Pakhtunwa. To make matters worst, rising flood waters forced Shabana and her adoptive family of parents and eleven siblings to move into a tent camp in Hisara. Still, Shabana is a lucky little girl. Her family cared about her and brought her to the attention of SHINE Humanity's medical team in Charsadda, KPK.
Five surgeries later, and Shabana is on the road to recovery. She still needs plastic surgery. SHINE Humanity (with the help of its implementing partner CDRS) is making arrangements for her treatment at Al Safia International Hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan. We wish Shabana and her family all the best.
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