At the end of October 2011, as CDRS was concentrating its efforts on deploying its Mobile medical team in the flood affected areas of Mirpurkhas and The Thar Desert in Sindh, CDRS ended its support of the government RHC (Rural Health Center) in Chikar due to new disasters being a priority for CDRS and our donors. CDRS served the People of Chikar Union Council and its surrounding areas with great dedication ever since the earthquake, however it was time for a change as the area had long since normalized from the earthquake disaster of 2005: houses and villages were fully rebuilt, proper roads to Muzaffarabad had been repaired, the people of the area had fully recovered from the earthquake, and for many years they enjoyed excellent free healthcare at the CDRS sponsored RHC. The community health insurance program that CDRS had established in early 2009 to give the people of Chikar an avenue of ensuring a long term, stable and effective health facility for years to come had collected more than 1 million rupees (over $10,000) from patients, however, the vision for the program was never fully realized because only those citizens who needed regular treatment and medicines for chronic ailments would regularly support the program with their monthly payments. Everyone else just continued to expect excellent free medical services without contributing, as though CDRS and its donors could just continue forever supporting 100% of their healthcare needs. With other disasters in the World and Pakistan, You (our donors) wanted your money to go for current missions in the flood areas, and in Haiti and Japan. Utilizing donor money in the best way is always my first priority, so we suspended our operations with an offer to the people of Chikar that we would be happy to come back and formulate a new plan with them and the government if they would be willing to help fund the project. Simultaneously, a new Prime Minister and government had come into power in AJK, so it took a few months before the new officials had settled into their new jobs. When I was finally able to meet the new Secretary of Health for AJK, I asked him about Chikar and he said that they were increasing the government's budget for medicines, supplies and doctor's salaries and so he wouldn't need us in Chikar as much as some areas that were more remote and currently a higher priority for assistance by charitable organizations such as CDRS. He then requested for CDRS to start a project in Leepa Valley, an area of around 60,000 people that is nestled between a 10,000 foot mountain and the disputed border with India (The Line of Control) and only had a small Pakistan Army medical post. CDRS has always coordinated directly with the AJK government on where to operate, so I told him we would support the small facility with some medicines and then, after spending some time their to assess the best way to help, we would consider starting a project there. We have now seen and understood the needs of the area for ourselves and are ready to begin fundraising for a project to support the healthcare needs of families in this very harsh, poor and remote place. As our mission has evolved and grown over the years, CDRS has built a great reputation for 1) deploying mobile medical teams and volunteers, providing logistical support to doctors and medical students coming in from all over the World during the earthquake, IDP and flood disasters, and 2) providing long term rehabilitation to damaged or destroyed healthcare systems (AJK, Swat, Charsadda, Shikarpur), but we also have distinguished ourselves in implementing successful programs for school health and special patients. We plan to greatly expand these programs in the coming months, and are very thankful for the support and faith you have given us which allows us to do such amazing, award winning Humanitarian work. Please see the attached CDRS Newsletter to read about these expanded programs which are changing the lives of children and families for the better, one person at a time.
We would like to wish a very Happy New Year to Global Giving and all our supporters, and to thank each one of you for your unstinting support over the years.
Since 2006, donations from generous supporters (either directly to us or through Global Giving, institutions, and through some community contribution via the self- sustainable health scheme) have enabled CDRS / SHINE Humanity to work in collaboration with the local government of AJK to restructure and scale up the rudimentary health care system that was devastated by the massive earthquake of 2005 and serve a catchment area population of 200,000 residents.
Over this time we have managed over 400,000 patients, mostly women and children, and established a primary care center with urgent care and referral services, ambulance service, a maternity center, dental health services and a well-stocked pharmacy. We have also acquired the necessary equipments, materials and training to set up a laboratory to enhance the scope of medical services provided in the near future.
Besides these direct medical activities we have been involved in supporting health and hygiene education programs in the government and private schools in the area, public health education programs and health awareness fairs, a micro-nutrients program to deal with the inherent nutritional problems and a program to benefit special patients who were suffering from major health problems and needed support with issues such as school fees, clothing, medicines, physical therapy or major medical procedures.
Our activities in Azad Jammu Kashmir [AJK] during October and November 2011 focused on providing on-going primary care through physician consultations and provision of medicines. 650 patients were seen in three health facilities in AJK during this time period. Chest infections, diarrhea and skin conditions were some of the diseases treated along with care provided for chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. 5 babies were delivered at the facility in Chikar in October and ante-natal and post-natal care was provided to these women. Health and hygiene education continued to be promoted as in the past.
In December, after more than six years of comprehensive, compassionate and competent service to the People of AJK, CDRS temporarily suspended day-to-day operations at the Chikar Rural Health Center due to a significant drop in donor funds for AJK since the more immediate flood emergencies in other parts of Pakistan. This drop in funding, along with the community’s failure to pick up the slack by providing internal funding for the Community Based Self Sustainable health Insurance project, resulted in the necessity to make a new partnership agreement with the community and newly elected government health officials of AJK. Once we study the AJK Government’s new health budget for 2012 and re-asses our mission to determine the best and most effective way to utilize the funds we have to continue supporting the neediest and most deserving patients in the community, we will re-start a more streamlined program in February 2012 and keep you informed of our progress.
We would like to reaffirm our commitment to improving the lives of the Kashmiri people and look forward to your continued support in this regard. Once again, we are deeply grateful for all your contributions and support over the years.
On October 19, with the help of GlobalGiving.org and the Safer World Fund, all donations to the Commnity Healthcare for 40,000 Kashmiris willl be matched at 80 cents to every dollar. There are over $100,000 in matching funds available starting at 12:01 am EDT. The matching will continue until 11:59pm EDT or until matching funds run out. Please let friends and family share this opportunity with friends and family. Remember, only online donations (credit card or paypal) are eligible for matching.
As always, thank you for your support in spreading this news about YOUR agency. Meanwhile, SHINE Humanity, along with its field partner, Comprehensive Disaster Response Services(CDRS) continued providing services to Kashmiri communities in Pakistan. Here is a summary of our activity for the month of September:
Chikar: 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: The team carried out health checks and provided medicines to the needy. A total of 155 patients were treated.
Gundi Gran: Our team provided staff salaries and medicines to 290 patients.
In honor of each precious life lost on 9/11, help save an innocent child...
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On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, SHINE Humanity is one of eight agencies selected to win up to $15,000. Please read this letter we received from our team on the ground.
Sep 6th, 2011
"As-salam alaikum (Peace be on You), I am very grateful to inform you that our medical team delivered a baby tonight, Sep 6th, 2011. The condition of the Mother was critical but our team took on the challenge and finally after two hours of great hard work, the medical team of doctors, nurses and lady health workers met success. We saved the baby and the mother! After remaining under observation for two hours, they were discharged.
We distributed sweets in the hospital. The father of baby and their other family members were very thankful to SHINE Humanity and CDRS. Today is a great day of my life. My team saved two lives. I am proud of my team and very thankful to the management I work with for providing medical facilities to the needy communities who are affected by the War on Terror and natural disasters and cannot even pay for their food. Best Regards, Usman Ali Shah, Project ManagerBaghdhere, Swat"
SHINE Humanity has assisted over 250,000 disaster victims with medical and humanitarian needs. Seventy-five percent of them have been women and children. We also support sustainable healthcare projects, led by local community members, in post-disaster Pakistan, Haiti and Japan.
In honor of the thousands of precious lives lost on 9/11 and the darkness that that tragedy cast in all our hearts, donate to SHINE Humanity and help us give the gift of health and life to victims of natural disasters, war and violence. Give now, and as part of the limited time Safer World Foundation (set up to honor the victims of 9/11) Challenge, watch your donation double!
Meet Nuzhat, a Mother and Resident of Chikar, Pakistan- We Spoke to her 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’s 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. ”
SHINE Humanity is glad that Sadia is thriving today and wish Nuzhat and her family, good health and best wishes!
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