UM Healthcare Trust

UM Healthcare Trust aims to provide subsidised and affordable healthcare services to communities in need. Main Objectives: To provide immediate medical care to the needy in best possible way To make use of innovative technologies in extending healthcare services To assist the sick in getting medical services from specialists through the latest tele-medicine technologies To focus on mother and child care To disseminate knowledge and to spread awareness To participate in
Nov 24, 2015

UM Healthcare Trust Updates

 

                                                                              UM Healthcare Trust Updates

 

Disease Trend (October 2014)

In the month of October 2015, a total of 1,558 patients were treated. Of which 288 (18.48%) were male, 653 (41.91%) were Female and 617 (39.60%) were children. The highest number of patients presented with Fever, possibly due to changing weather conditions. Most of the patients with fever were children who are more susceptible to catching cold. Second most common complaint was Respiratory Tract Infections, both Upper and Lower Tract. As with the fever, majority of the patients in this category were also children. The third most common complaint was Gastroenteritis, again more prevalent in children.

The disease trend is consistent with the trends seen in previous years with an upsurge of fevers and respiratory infections with increasingly cold weather. A leading cause of respiratory infections in the area is the practice of in-door wood and dung burning stoves as Gas is not available. In winter, people stay indoor more and get mor eexposure to the in-door pollution, leading to respiratory infections. The cold weather and cramped living conditions also contribute to the spread of disease.

JAROKA Mobile based Tele-Healthcare Solution goes to Badin (Sindh)

After the success of Narowal, our partner organization has started implementing the SMS based Jaroka system in Badin, an impoverished area of Sindh. Our staff members went to train the field workers in June this year and conducted a comprehensive need assessment study in February. After making all the necessary arrangements, the system is now being used in the area.

The Jaroka system allows Community Midwives to register a patient, add complaints and vitals, add status, and get advice from a doctor, all through Text Messages. They can also retrieve patient history and ID, get definitions and symptoms of various diseases and get help with writing commands. Work is also underway to customize the Jaroka app for future use in Badin. The app will be facilitate users who only know the local language (sindhi) by allowing them to read the form and write information in Sindhi. It will also support additional languages. UM Healthcare Trust is hoping to have the app ready by January.

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Aug 21, 2015

Project Report (May to July 2015)

                                                                        Project Updates 

 

In the months of May, June and July, a more than 5,000 patients were treated at the hospital. The top three presenting complaints were Fever, Gastroentritis, and Upper and Lower Respiratory Tract Infections. 

In May, the hospital played host to a team of students. Impressed by the philanthropic work of UM Health Trust, two students of Media Studies at Riphah University, Noman and Rumman, along with their friend Haroon,  decided to make a documentary of our work as their final year project. After conducting the initial work for months, these 3 young students, finally shot the film which includes the services provided by UM Trust, testimonial of patients and local community and interview of our staff members.

I have visited UM Healthcare Trust multiple times and am impressed by the way it is contributing in extending the best possible healthcare to poorest of poor.  Furthermore, I am deeply inspired by the commitment and devotion of the staff and the services being provided at the hospital.I wanted to highlight the same in my documentary.”  – Noman- Riphah University

The trip of UM Trust Hospital was very delightful and we feel very humbled. The staff of the hospital was very helpful and cooperative. The services and treatment by the staff will be respected and remembered all our life.”- Rumman- Riphah University

In July, an evaluation team from Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP) visited the UM Healthcare Trust’s head office in Islamabad as well as the hospital in Mardan as part of the certification renewal process. UM Healthcare Trust was previously certified by PCP which grants it a Tax exempt status as well as certifying that its internal governance, financial management, and programme delivery are up to internationally recognized standards.

Trainers from UM Healthcare Trust visited Narowal and Badin in the month of June to train community Mid-wives (CMWs) on the proper use of our SMS-based mHealth software for a project being implemented in partnership with National Rural Development Program (NRDP). The training sessions included the proper use of various message templates which are used to register patients, add vitals and complaints, and using the SMS-based system to refer patients to doctors and receive treatment plans. Both trainings proved productive and follow-up trainings are scheduled for later in the year.

Apart from these activities, UM Healthcare Trust is currently exploring other avenues to diversify our work and make our telehealthcare softwares available to other organizations working all over the world.

May 5, 2015

Newsletter April 2015

 

                                                         April 2015

 

Health Workers: A Lone Ray of Hope

The Global Health Workforce Alliance has been celebrating April 8-12 as World Health Worker Weeksince 2013 in an effort to recognize the invaluable services of health workers and increase awareness of the issues plaguing them.  Health workers are of paramount importance in developing countries, they’re at the forefront of healthcare and sometimes the only source of healthcare for the disadvantaged populace. In many countries, they endanger their lives to provide healthcare in high risk areas and are sometimes specifically targeted by militants.

LHW providing healthcare worker providing medical services         

LHW providing healthcare worker providing medical services

In Pakistan, 76 lives have been lost in the fight against polio since December 2012, most of them Lady Health Workers (LHWs). Lady Health Workers have been tirelessly providing their vital services in Pakistan since the initiation of the “National Programme for Family Planning and Primary Health Care” in 1994. An LHW in Pakistan has the dual responsibility of providing primary health care and family planning education and promotion, but these services encompass innumerable activities: promotion and provision of immunization, provision of contraceptives, monitoring of various diseases such as TB and Dengue, awareness raising regarding proper nutrition and diseases, emergency relief and many more. <<Read More>>

 

Diabetes: Get Screen 

Sanofi Aventis Pharmaceuticals arranged a medical camp at UM Healthcare hospital on 28th March 2015. The purpose of the camp was to screen individuals for Diabetes and provide them information about the disease. The camp catered to locals starting from 9 in the morning till 3 pm.

Free testing of Diabetes at UM Healthcare Trust

Free testing of Diabetes at UM Healthcare Trust

In addition to screening for Diabetes, the representative of Sanofi Aventis also provided free medicines to those diagnosed along with educating them about diet and exercise. The camp was part of Sanofi Aventis’ on-going campaign to raise awareness of Diabetes in the country, it is estimated that there are 7.1 million individuals with Diabetes in Pakistan and the number is gradually rising. Regular screening can highlight spikes in blood sugar and prevent the development of full-blown Diabetes. <<Read More>>

 

 

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