Improve Health for Mothers & Children in Pakistan

Aug 30, 2011

Six year-old Burn Victim on the Road to Recovery

Shabana at home carrying for a younger sibling
Shabana at home carrying for a younger sibling

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. 

Shabana undergoing reconstructive surgery
Shabana undergoing reconstructive surgery
Shabana is making a speedy recovery
Shabana is making a speedy recovery
Jun 1, 2011

Access to Heallthcare Saves Four-year old Sadia

Meet Nuzhat, a mother and resident of Chikar, Pakistan, who shared her story with us through SKYPE:

“Sadia was four. One day, she came down with a fever and as it climbed higher over the period of the next few days, she fainted. My husband and I were convinced that we were about to lose our little girl. Fortunately, a family member contacted the SHINE Humanity-sponsored Chikar Rural Healthcare Center. Sadia was admitted and after receiving treatment, she quickly returned to good health. Without their help, who knows what would have happened.”

Sadia was lucky. She could have become one of the thousands of children under five who die each day in Pakistan because of lack of access to basic healthcare. Her mother Nuzhat expressed gratitude to SHINE Humanity donors who made treatment for her daughter possible through their funds. In response to a question regarding living conditions of the surrounding population, Nuzhat explained “most of us struggle to afford food. Besides this hospital, there is nowhere we can go for treatment. ”

We are glad that Sadia is thriving today and wish Nuzhat and her family good health and best wishes!

To advance basic mother-child healthcare, SHINE Humanity launched a Mother’s Day campaign that is continuing throughout the year, to secure monthly financial support.  Only $20 a month – the cost of one dinner– enables us to provide access to basic healthcare for 10 patients per month.


May 2, 2011

Become a Recurring Donor in Honor of Mother's Day

Camp resident on a cold day
Camp resident on a cold day

Dear SHINE Humanity Supporter:

Each day in Pakistan, thirty nine women die of childbirth complications and 1,440 children under the age of 5 die because of lack of access to basic health care.   Did you know that for only $20 a month - the cost of one dinner - SHINE Humanity can provide access to basic healthcare for 10 patients? 

SHINE Humanity depends on your generous support to make sure that mothers and children living in poverty, whose lives have been further devastated by earthquakes and floods, continue to have access to basic healthcare and medicine, each month.  Help us lower the maternal-child death rates by continuing access to basic medical care and medicine by signing up for a recurring donation!  A recurring donation is easy to set up and automatically goes to your credit card each month so you can help provide a steady income for SHINE Humanity without having to worry about making separate donations each month. 

By signing up for a recurring donation now, you can help us get an additional $1,500 through Global Giving's Recurring Donation Campaign!  We need at least ten new recurring donations before the end of the day Friday, May 20 EDT in order to be eligible for additional grants between $500 and $1500.

Sign up for a recurring donation here:  Be sure to click on the "monthly recurring" option below the large orange "donate" button.  Read instructions for setting up a recurring donation here. 

Thank you for your support this Mother’s Day and continuing throughout the year!  With your help, SHINE Humanity is Lighting the way forward………


Best wishes,

Laila Karamally

Chief Executive Officer

A child playing in her flood-affected neighborhood
A child playing in her flood-affected neighborhood
Mothers with children waiting in line
Mothers with children waiting in line
Watching her child receive care
Watching her child receive care


Apr 15, 2011

A Little Special Care



Every so often we come across a patient whose need goes beyond the care that our facilities can provide.SHINE Humanity adopts these patients under the banner of “Special Patients”.
Shabana is a six year-old burn victim. She comes from a family of 15 people, and they all live in a one room tent.   SHINE Humanity is helping care for Shabana’s medical needs, but we are also helping to rebuild the family home as a safe and hygienic environment will contribute to Shabana’s recovery as well.
Mohammed Saeed Awan is  on a a weekly dialysis routine, but he needs a kidney transplant. Mohammed’s family members wanted to donate, but they were either too weak or did not match his blood group. In addition the surgery can only be done in Karachi, but Mohammed resides in Kashmir. SHINE Humanity has stepped in by helping Mohammed’s father, so that he will be healthy enough to donate to his son. SHINE is also covering the cost of accommodation, food and transport for Mohammed, and some of his family members to Karachi.
Qavi Khan is a nine month old boy from Kashmir who has a hole in his heart. Qavi requires surgery, but he is too weak to survive the trauma of surgery. Unfortunately poor living conditions and severe weather have worsened Qavi’s health and he suffers from pneumonia.  SHINE Humanity doctors are monitoring Qavi’s condition and providing him with medicines and nutritional milk, so that he becomes strong enough for heart surgery.
Nausheen is a paraplegic who lost the use of her lower limbs when she was shot in the spine. The injury not only left her paralyzed, but emotionally scarred. SHINE Humanity is helping Nausheen with her medical needs. We have also given her a job as a receptionist in our office in Islamabad. The joy that she gets from her work helps her physically and emotionally far more than any medical aid.

Mar 2, 2011

Volunteers Changed After Visiting Pakistan


"Seeing things like that changes you..."


Dr. Aaliya Ali


Dr. Aaliya Ali, a pediatrician from Whittier, California and  Dr. Sara Khan an internist at San Antonio Hospital in California traveled to Shikarpur, Sindh eight weeks after the floods began in Pakistan to volunteer at SHINE Humanity’s pediatric facility in Shikarpur District Hospital. 


Dr Aaliya Ali: I think that Sara and I were good combination I am a pediatrician and she is an internist, which is an adult doctor. We traveled to a different village every day, and saw anywhere from 200-300 people. I focused on the children, and Sara focused on their mothers. About one-third of our patients were children. What we encountered most was extreme malnutrition in women and children. Obviously for young children a mother’s health is tied to the child’s. It was difficult to see these malnourished mothers trying to care for their children.

In the pediatric ward in Shikarpur, I saw children who had extreme dehydration, permanent liver failure and meningitis. In the United States, these children would be in the Intensive Care Unit. SHINE Humanity is their  only lifeline.  So many of the diseases we saw could have been prevented if the patients had received proper primary care. I saw  one year-old twins who were severely dehydrated and anemic. Due to the help that we were able to provide,  they went home with their mother.  I saw two children die while I was there was well. It was very tragic, because if those children had been brought to a hospital sooner they might have survived.

SHINE is doing a wonderful job to educate the people in these remote areas about proper hygiene. For instance, many of the women rub cow manure on their baby’s umbilical cord,    because they think that it will cause it to fall off faster. A little education will help to remove these practices that are so harmful to children.  

I do not see mother/child health getting any better. Most of the people in these areas are farmers and their main staple was rice, but the rice fields won’t dry out until March or April, so this year’s harvest is lost. The next few months will be  difficult.


Dr. Sara Khan: I had previously traveled to Haiti with SHINE Humanity, so I was not new to working in an area devastated by a natural disaster. On the other hand going to Pakistan was much more emotional for me, because I grew up in Pakistan. These people who were already very poor, had lost the very little they had. I was happy to help in whatever way I could, and I have to say the SHINE Humanity support team that we worked with which included volunteers, a pharmacist, and a paramedic, were some of the best people I’ve ever worked with.  

The majority of our patients were children, because they were the ones that were hardest hit by the floods. The adults we saw had chronic problems. They had probably not received proper medical care throughout their lives, so for them just to have access to doctors was a big deal.

One of the cases that affected me most was this young woman who had a chronic medical problem. I went back to the basics. I figured out that this woman needed blood, but we couldn’t find the right blood. The SHINE Humanity team rallied together and donated their own blood. They saved that woman’s life, and helping her made my trip worthwhile.

This experience was real eye opener. You go to a place where people don’t have enough to eat, and there is a whole generation of children who are malnourished. You can tell their parents what the problem is, but there is nothing they can do to help their own children. Seeing things like that changes you.

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