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.
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.
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.
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.
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>>
Disease Trend For November 2014
In the month of November, a total of 1565 patients were treated. Off which 262 (16.74%) were male , 624 (39.87%) were Female while 679 (43.38%) were children.
In November as the weather went dry so diseases of respiratory system were on raise. Beside it Gastroenteritis and other Pathogenic disease were observed mostly.
Patients and patients attendants are advised for wearing stuffs of cold weather and avoid contaminated water and food etc.
Diesease Trend for December 2014
In the month of December 2014, a total of 1661 patients were treated. Off which 308 (18.54%) were male , 603 (36.30%) were Female while 750 (45.15%) were children.
Welcome to Team
We welcome Dr. Muhammad Kashif for joining us as a Medical Officer at UM Healthcare Trust. He has done MBBS from Peshawar Medical College, and completed his House job from Mardan medical Complex. We wish him <<read more>>
“We thank the Almighty for his blessings that made us work through days and nights to win the trust of people living in the rural Mardan. We appreciate the faith of our donors that kept us going. We pay our gratitude to the staff whose dedication made this possible and the community to not only believing in us but letting us help them towards making a healthy Pakistan.” – UM healthcare trust
An elderly patient giving his regards to the staff for giving him quality treatment.
We are thrilled to announce that UM Healthcare Trust and National Rural Development Program (NRDP), a non-profit development advocacy and humanitarian organization committed to working with marginalized and vulnerable people and communities to unlock their potentials for a sustainable change… Read more
It is a moment of great pride great gratitude that we have successfully treated more than 200,000 patients ( 53% females and 27% females) at UM Healthcare Trust Hospital. Through consistent hard work of our team and support from our donors and friends we have managed to provide affordable healthcare to the local communities in more than 56 adjacent villages around Zahidabad, Mardan,KP… Read more
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