May 5, 2021

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis is a very prevalent health condition and it is what is commonly referred to as “joint pain” or more commonly “knee pain”. These are the patients in which the aging process of the joints starts abruptly.

There are two most common types of arthritis; Rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis. The main difference between the two is that osteoarthritis is caused by mechanical wear and tear whereas rheumatoid arthritis is caused when the body’s own system attacks the body’s joints.

There are many factors that cause arthritis such as age, weight, sex, (more common in females) and hereditary factors.

Another factor is diet. If our diets are devoid of calcium and vitamin D, we are inching closer to joint problems. Lack of sunlight exposure contributes to a vitamin D deficiency.

Arthritis causes stiffness, swelling and pain in or around joints and is a recurring disorder which affects around 15 million people in Pakistan. Out of the affected people, 50% are above 70 years.

Currently, due to COVID19, a lot of patients were being not treated in order to avoid contact with Corona Virus. As a result of which the number of patients who require free treatment has risen and the resources at Fatima Memorial Hospital are scarce. This has made it very hard to cater to the patient population which is ratcheting up. The patients flow has increased and there is huge number of patients needing urgent treatment. Keeping in view the above facts, we request our altruistic donors to support us in our cause of making Pakistan free from Arthritis!

With third wave of COVID19 pandemic on the rise, all our resources are being diverted in attending those patients. During these challenging times, we need more support from our donors so that these arthritis patients can also receive medical assistance and timely treatment. Fatima Memorial Hospital has set up a clinic dedicated towards these patients headed by a highly sought after team of Rheumatologists. The team and hospital are dedicated towards providing treatment to these deserving patients. Majority of the patient visiting Fatima Memorial Hospital are underprivileged and cannot afford healthcare facilities. Through your donations, we are able to provide them with treatment as well as medicines.

We urge you to support us to the maximum so that this huge number of patients can receive timely treatment and medical attention.

We look forward to your ever increased support.

Thank you!

May 5, 2021

Cataract! The Blindness

With cataract being the largest cause of blindness worldwide, Pakistan is among few countries, where patients of the medical condition that causes blurred vision have the best access to surgery in the world.

Cataract remains the leading cause of blindness worldwide, accounting for nearly half (47.8 per cent or 17.7 million) of the cases. The treatment is surgical, a highly cost-effective intervention.

The big question is: why do people prefer accessing cataract surgical services at private/charity hospitals despite free services (as the government claims) being available at government hospitals? Is the public health system working efficiently while ensuring value for public money? In the long run, Pakistan’s health sector needs some structural changes to improve governance, accountability and efficiency. It is essential that these changes take place soon, and in a way that ensures health services are affordable and equitable.

Fatima Memorial Hospital has been setting up camps in order to encourage patients to visit and get themselves checked. Looking at the above numbers, the number of patients is on the rise and we are doing everything to treat as many patients as we can especially the non-affording. Fatima Memorial Hospital is a Trust and is highly dependent on donations through which it provides healthcare facilities to the needy. Every year, during Ramadan Fatima Memorial Hospital sets up Free Cataract Surgeries and encourages maximum patients to come for the treatment.

Another concern is to cater patients during these testing times where COVID19 has been on the rise and most of the patients are not getting treatment since they are avoiding visiting the hospitals. As a result of which the number of patients are increasing who now require surgeries. This excess load of patients who are waiting for their surgeries need your support.

We at Fatima Memorial Hospital have set up Eye Clinic with strict SOPs which can cater maximum patients without any concerns of COVID19 spread. However, we require major support from our esteemed donors in order to succeed.

Fatima Memorial Hospital have also taken the initiative of not only creating awareness about the treatment of cataract but it also provides free treatment to those suffering from this painful disease.

As a charitable trust hospital, we are heavily dependent on the assistance of our generous donors who could support it in the pursuit of saving the eyesight of many of the cataract patients.

Your donation will play a major role in the treatment of these deserving patients so please continue your support towards the cause and make a difference.


Thank you.

May 4, 2021

Educating the Deserving!

Pakistan’s literacy rate 57 percent lags well behind its neighboring countries. The primary school dropout rate is 22.7 percent (3rd highest in the region after Bangladesh and Nepal), which is alarming given it as at the stage of formative learning (Economic Survey of Pakistan, 2019-20).The United Nations Global Education Monitoring Report 2016, concluded that Pakistan is 50 years in primary education while 60 years behind in secondary education to achieve the education goals. The number of children at primary, secondary and upper secondary level still from out of school were 5.6, 5.5, 10.4 million respectively. This is an alarming and mind boggling situation for the whole nation. Why this happened? Let us try to find out the answer of the question.

 

The last academic year was a very difficult one for education. Schools were closed in March 2020 and remained shut till September or so. They were again closed in December and then once more about a month ago. Even when open, schools have had to work under strict SOPs. They were asked to have 50 per cent attendance and alternate day classes and to work under other restrictions. Currently with COVID19 cases surging, the schools have been shut down again making it extremely challenging for us to provide education. Private schools have switched to online classes since they have the resources to do so. Whereas in our case, it has become extremely difficult for us to provide education to the poor. However, we are still trying to bring in online system as well as hold classes in open air maintaining social distancing while providing education.

The Covid-19 pandemic is expected to impact us for a long time. Millions of children have no access to school and for our already fragile education system this is indeed an unprecedented situation in the history of education. However, we must embrace this unexpected change and apply an alternate approach to ensure continuity in education.

This shocking statistic and the poor state of Education in Pakistan since the very beginning is the very reason that Fatima Memorial Hospital took the initiative of commencing the NUR Community Outreach Program (NCOP) in the year 1985. The objective of NCOP is to act as a catalyst of change in order to bring about socio-economic development of the underprivileged communities, via an integrated approach to education, healthcare and economic empowerment.

NUR Foundation has been providing education to the underprivileged communities (without any discrimination of age/gender/caste/religion, etc) through its chain of formal and informal schools in underdeveloped and neglected areas of Lahore. Every year, approximately 1800 students pass out from our schools. The current students enrolled in NCOP Schools located in Malikpur/Talwara, Lakhudair, Nainsukh and Gajjumatta total 1476.

In addition to this, NUR Foundation has also started the initiative of Adult Literacy Program in which 30 adult females are currently enrolled. The objective of this program is to provide the basic level of education to adult women who have never been to a school before.

With current Pandemic (COVID19) around, we have more challenges to address. The Rural Areas need more help and assistance, so that our teachers can educate the people about the disease and also keep educating the children on individual basis with all precautions. We are trying our level best to provide education to the deserving children of the community but due to COVID19, it has become increasingly challenging. Keeping in view the current situation, we need your support in order to arrange online sessions for the students, provide them with books, uniforms, as well as platforms through which their education doesn’t suffers.

Your generous support is of immense value to us so we urge you to continue the donation and support us.

Thank you

 
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