Thank You for Helping Pakistan's Flood Victims
As we wrap up our project, Give Health Services to Pakistan Flood Victims (#6047) on Global Giving, we sincerely thank you for your dedication and generous contributions to SHINE Humanity for helping the flood victims of Pakistan.
Pakistan suffered devastating floods of historic proportions in 2010 followed by lesser degrees of flooding in 2011 and 2012. With the prompt help of our Global Giving supporters and that of other individuals and organizations, such as International Development & Relief Foundation, we were able to provide emergency medical and humanitarian relief during the acute phase of the disaster followed by provision of medical care through clinics and a hospital in the rehabilitation phase. Our Global Giving supporters donated a total of $274,056 throughout the duration of this project.
Your contributions have enabled us to help over 140,000 beneficiaries in the flood affected areas of Pakistan since 2010, with the provision of food packages, hygiene kits, livelihood support, and medicines as the needs arose. As the need declined in other areas and the victims returned to their homes, we focused our efforts at our facilities in Charsadda [KPK], Swat [KPK], and Shikarpur [Sindh] following initial services at multiple centers in all four provinces in 2010. Over 50,000 beneficiaries have received medical treatment, including outpatient and urgent care services, during 2012.
SHINE Humanity is continuing to provide support for the treatment of sick children admitted to the R.B.U.T Civil Hospital in Shikarpur, a flood affected area, where we have been helping since 2010. Around 1000-1200 sick children are admitted for treatment at the Pediatric Ward each month. Most of the children suffer from diarrhea, respiratory tract infections, anemia, and varying degrees of malnutrition. Besides the provision of free medicines, we aim to improve the health of the children through education of the mothers, ensuring all children are immunized, and providing nutritional support for the children who need additional supplements. The people of Shikarpur have suffered from flooding in their area for three years in a row, impeding their ability to move ahead from the devastation in a meaningful way. We ask you to please continue supporting our efforts for the needy people of Pakistan by contributing to our Global Giving project “Improve Health for Mothers & Children in Pakistan (#7004)”. As 2012 draws to a close, please make a tax-deductible contribution through Global Giving to help our project beneficiaries.
We thank you for all your help in the past and look forward to your continued support. SHINE Humanity wishes you and your loved ones a happy, healthy, and prosperous year ahead.
A 22 year old young man came to our Bagh- Dheri, Swat Healthcare center on August 24, 2012, complaining of fever with chills and shivering, vomiting and generalized weakness. Prior to coming to our facility, he had been to other general physicians and had been treated with antibiotics without any resolution of his symptoms.
On examination he was found to have an enlarged liver and spleen besides a temperature of 102o F. On investigation, he was found to have malaria for which he was given the appropriate anti- malarial medicines with tips on future prevention for himself and his family. This young man hails from a poor family and he was very happy to finally be diagnosed correctly and to be given the treatment free of cost. We are equally happy to have served him in getting better.
The SHINE Humanity-CDRS Healthcare facility in Bagh Dheri completed one year of services for the needy people of Bagh Dheri and the surrounding mountainous region of Swat, on August 18, 2012. This facility was set up to provide primary care, urgent care and maternity and child care for the disaster affected people of this area with funding from International Development & Relief Foundation and individual donors who have given directly or via Global Giving. We have served 35,532 beneficiaries during this year. 46 percent of the beneficiaries have been women and 45 percent were children. We are encouraged by this high percentage of female patients which denotes the confidence of the people of this patriarchal society in our services.
We would like to thank all our supporters once again for their generous contributions during the year and we look forward to your continued support for the people of Swat and our other service areas.
Appeal for the SHINE Humanity/ CDRS Pediatric Ward in Shikarpur After volunteering with the SHINE Humanity Flood relief team in Shikarpur, Sindh, with her colleague Dr. Sara Khan in early 2011, Dr. Aliya Ali commented about not expecting "mother/child health getting better" soon [Global Giving March 2, 2011; Report]. Most of the cases they saw were women and children. So, with the aim of continuing to serve the children of the disaster affected area of Shikarpur, and with your generous contributions, we were able to transition out of flood-related medical camps and provide support for the Pediatric unit and the SHINE Humanity/ CDRS Pediatric Ward at the R.B.U.T district hospital in Shikarpur, where we are providing quality care for 800-1000 children every month. These children, whose parents cannot afford much, are admitted for a variety of diseases, some minor and others life threatening - diseases ranging from measles, tetanus, malaria, anemia, malnutrition, respiratory infections and an increase in the number of cases of diarrhea with the onset of summer. Now, we are facing a crisis as support from other sources are being withdrawn and the need for continuing our services has grown. We appeal to you once again for helping the sick and needy children of Shikarpur - - $20 will pay for the medical care for 1 child requiring simple treatment at the hospital - $50 will pay for two weeks of nutrient-packed meals and milk to be given to patients discharged from the malnutrition wards - $200 will pay the 30 day salary of one medical technician or pharmacist - $500 will pay for the 30 day salary of one pediatric doctor or nurse trained in neo-natal care - $1,500 will pay for running the wards for a month We ask you to please give generously to help us keep the children's wards running- a recurring donation from you will ensure us of the continuation of services. Thank you so much for your support.
12 year old Shah Bibi, from Kalakot, was admitted to SHINE Humanity’s urgent care facility on June 13, with fever, diarrhea and vomiting and was found to be lethargic and dehydrated due to acute gastro-enteritis. She recovered soon after administration of intravenous fluids and other necessary medications. She was sent home with instructions to continue antibiotics and oral rehydration salts.Shah Bibi is just one of the total of 4000- 5000 patients that are seen monthly at the Shikarpur, Bagh-Dhere [Swat] and Charsadda clinics. All medicines are provided free of cost to the patients who belong to lower socio-economic backgrounds and reside in the flood-affected areas where SHINE Humanity continues to serve in partnership with Comprehensive Disaster Response Services [CDRS]We would to thank GlobalGiving and all our supporters for their contributions and ask for you to continue to help these victims of the floods who are still suffering from the impact of the 2010 and 2011 floods. Thank You.
While the flood waters have receded, and the seasons have changed, and many of the flood victims have gone on to settle into their new lives after the devastating floods of 2010 and 2011 , we continue to see a need for our healthcare services in the flood affected areas of Charsadda, Swat and Shikarpur where SHINE Humanity has been serving with its affiliate, Comprehensive Disaster Response Services [CDRS], during and after the floods.
With the help of Global Giving, IDRF and individual donors we are serving an average of about 4000 beneficiaries per month at these facilities. 90 percent of these beneficiaries are women and children who come in mostly with the complaints of a cold, chest infection, diarrhea or skin conditions. Those who can afford it are charged a very nominal fee, but all are given free medicines and medical supplies when needed. The doctors and staff continue to educate the patients on health and hygiene issues.
Patients like Mohammed Khan , a daily wage earner and father of five children, was very grateful for the free service when he suffered a bout of diarrhea and had to miss a day’s work. The staff’s attention to his needs made him tearful.
Twelve-year old Jawairya came in to the same facility with a high fever of 1040 F and a cold. The fever resolved after cold water sponging by the staff and fever-reducing medicines. She was sent home with medicines for the fever and cold and her mother was equally grateful for the quick resolution of her symptoms and the medicines she could take home.
As with most disasters, our reserves have dwindled with fewer contributions coming in. We will continue to serve patients like Mohammed Khan, and Jawairya, and all those who come to us till we have the funds available for these sites and we are asking for help from our generous contributors, who have given so openly during and after the calamity.
As always, we are deeply grateful for your contribution and ask for your continued help in keeping our facilities running.
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