2011 Begins On A Positive Note!
SHINE Humanity volunteer has a "positive experience" visiting flood affectees
Dr. Ayesha Simjee, an opthamologist from Southern California, has volunteered her services in over 25 countries. She recently returned from Pakistan where she provided basic emergency eye care to the Pakistan flood victims. Although she was saddened by much of what she saw she found the overall experience to be a positive one. She recounts details of her trip below.
Surgical Eye Expedition in Santa Barbara California has arranged most of my trips to perform eye surgeries abroad. They do not support natural disaster relief work, but because of my 20 year association with them, they did provide me with many supplies for my trip including; antibiotics, eye drops and other basic emergency eye care supplies. SHINE Humanity was the receiving organization that provided logistical support for me in Pakistan. Many of the other supplies I needed I acquired on my own
It was quite a struggle for me to get to Pakistan. I arrived four days passed my scheduled arrival date, because it was difficult for me to attain a visa.
When I finally arrived in Islamabad I was met by a SHINE Humanity agent. We had little time to waste, so we immediately set off on a three hour drive to the SHINE Humanity facility in Charsadda, KPK.
In Charsadda SHINE Humanity connected me with the non-profit Sarhad Rural Support Program (SRSP). I was warmly received by their agent Khalid Jaan. I stayed with his family during the three days that I worked in Charsadda. After that I went to six villages. We visited a different village every morning. I saw 70 to 100 patients every day. Most of the patients had eye infections due to contamination from the flood waters. Most infections were treatable, but if those infections had been neglected, then it would have had a negative impact on the patient's vision.
I also saw patients with Glaucoma and Cataracts. These problems were not related to the floods, but it was clear to me that most of these people had never had any eye care prior to my visit.
On of the challenges for me was the language barrier. Most of the locals spoke Pashtu or Punjabi. SRSP helped me by always providing me with a social worker/interpreter who accompanied me on all my trips.
Because of the volume of patients that I was seeing every day I quickly ran out of supplies, so I bought local supplies. I was shocked to see that medicine that costs $40 here in the U.S. only costs $.50 in Pakistan.
It was very sad to see so much devastation, and what it has done to the people of Pakistan, but over all I had a positive experience. I was so well received by all of the organizations that hosted me, by the social workers that assisted me, and Khaled Jaan and his family. Most of all I knew that the patients appreciated my help.
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We are pleased to announce that the new Chikar Rural Healthcare Center is open, and serving the needs of the local community. The new center has two buildings - the first with over 7,000 sq ft includes multiple exam rooms, an ultrasound room, a dental facility, isolation facilities for patients with Tuberculosis and Leprosy as well as a government pharmacy. The second building is of similar size and includes three inpatient wards, a delivery room and a minor operating theatre. Both Buildings are wheelchair accessible.
Thanks to your contributions, our efforts to build a sustainable healthcare program for Kashmiris affected by the 2005 earthquake have been so successful that we are implementing a similar program for victims of the 2010 floods. Close to 20 million men, women and children in Pakistan - who were displaced after the massive flooding in August - are now returning to their homes to find lands water-logged and houses, schools and businesses destroyed. Poor mother and child health is a major concern in Pakistan, and will now worsen due to poor living conditions and inadequate food supplies.
SHINE Humanity’s strategy is to revitalize healthcare infrastructure in disaster-affected areas. We work with credible partners to rehabilitate facilities, train local medical staff, put in place efficient management systems, and build sustainable healthcare initiatives. SHINE Humanity is running the pediatric ward of a district hospital in Shikarpur (Sindh), a mother-child center in Charsadda, and supporting similar initiatives in flood-affected areas of Swat and Neelum Valley.
This Holiday Season, become a donor with SHINE Humanity, and your contribution will advance mother-child health in disaster-affected Pakistan. Donate now, and you have the option of sending a token of our appreciation to family and friends. Make a $30 donation and receive a mug. Make a $50 donation and receive a pair of scented candles. Learn more by visiting us on Global Giving at http://goto.gg/7004 .
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Dear Friends and supporters,
So much has happened since the last time you heard from us, we barely know where to begin. First and foremost, Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS) is now an affiliate of Sustainable Healthcare Initiatives Now Empowering Humanity (SHINE HUMANITY). SHINE HUMANITY is a US-registered nonprofit, and is leading the effort to raise funding and awareness for CDRS activities in Pakistan and all across the world. Please direct your inquiries and support to SHINE HUMANITY. To visit us on the web, please go to www.shinehumanity.org.
Haiti Mission Wrap-up
With the help of your generous support, SHINE HUMANITY/CDRS was able to concluded a very successful and productive mission in Haiti. Overall, the multi-agency effort that we were an integral part of was able to render help to over 15,000 patients and deployed over 250 doctors and medical personnel from the United States. A total of $213,000 was raised and spent over the eight week period. Of this a close to $100,00 came from individual donors, while the balance was raised through institutional sources. Ninety-seven per cent of the project expenses were spent on direct program cost, two per cent on capital expenditure and one per cent on administrative costs.
Sustainable Healthcare Project Update
With the end of the Haiti mission, we have shifted our focus back to Pakistan. Overall, CDRS has now served over 400,000 patients since the agency first launched the earthquake relief clinics in March 2006, at the cost of $1.80 per patient. The central lynchpin of our operations is a Community Healthcare Empowerment Project, a community funded health insurance initiative that would give subscribers access to emergency and primary care at a minimal contribution of $0.30 per per person per month. The long-term goal is to reduce dependency on outside funding and give the community control over its own healthcare destiny.
So far, close to 10,000 individuals have enrolled or renewed in the program since inception in Fall 2009. A team of five community mobilizers are visiting village by village to explain the project to the 55,000 Kashmiris living in 64 villages covered in the pilot phase.
While community funding now covers a substantial part of the monthly operating budget, we still need your help to cover the on-going shortfall, as well as to support families too poor to contribute; as well as to help set up a radiology and laboratory project and unroll a high-tech suite to our programs and services ( i.e. e-records, telemedicine, data-mapping, etc.) Our goal is to raise $340,000 annually to underwrite the cost of field operations and support a presence in the US, and we need your help to get us there.
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SHINE HUMANITY in the News
Todd Shea was a recent guest at University of Washington, South Asia Center. Here is a report on the event:
PAKISTAN-BASED “GO-TO GUY FOR DISASTER RELIEF” VISITS UW
By Ethan Casey
“Todd Shea, who responded to the devastating 2005 earthquake in mountainous northern Pakistan and now runs a hospital there through his organization SHINE Humanity, spoke on May 25 in the Walker Ames Room in Kane Hall as part of the Henry M. Jackson School’s Global Focus series, and met with the UW Pakistani Students Association. His visit was hosted by the South Asia Center at the Jackson School.
Shea's promising career as a singer-songwriter was interrupted by the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. In New York to play at the famous CBGB nightclub – a gig that never happened – instead he emptied his musical equipment from his van, drove to Chelsea Piers, and asked how he could help.”
To read more, go to http://jsis.washington.edu/soasia/wsar2010/sheavisit.shtml
On Saturday, June 19th, 2010, Todd will be a speaker at the Pakistan American Public Affairs Foundation (PAKPAC Foundation) conference on “Understanding Radicalization and De-radicalization” in Hartford, Connecticut.
Also, look out for the Washingtonian Magazine (www.washingtonian.com) July issue - it features Todd Shea and the efforts of the team behind SHINE HUMANITY.
Till next time!
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