Project #6331

Make Healthcare accesible to poor via Technology

by UM Healthcare Trust
A picture of one angle of the lab
A picture of one angle of the lab

During the mentioned months from April to June of the year 2016, UM Healthcare Trust Hospital was able to treat more than 5700 patients out of which on average 40% were females and 40% were children and the remaining were male patients. In these super hot months of the year with very little rainfall and fluctuating levels of electricity and water in the villages, top common illness in patients were Fever, Gastroenteritis and Respiratory tract infections. 

A case worth mentioning came up in June of a twelve year old girl named Anila who had developed a skin disorder. She had white patches all over her skin especially on her face, hands, feet and arms, those parts of the body that were usually uncovered and exposed to the sun. Other parts of the body also had patches and spots such as her nostrils, armpits and even around her eyes. All these patches caused her discomfort because of how they appeared, emotionally and physically in terms of the patches being itchy. 

Anila was brought to the UM Healthcare Trust Hospital by her parents to get her checked and see if some sort of treatment can be provided. Their financial situation, as it is for most people in the nearby villages, is not of the mark so they can't take Anila to the city or provide any high cost treatment. Our doctors examined and diagnosed her with Vitiligo which happens in different extents of how widespread it gets on the body. With Vitiligo other complications can occur such as autoimmune disorder when our own immune system starts to suppress our functioning cells. Dr. Tahir at the UM Healthcare Trust Hospital discussed this case in detail with a dermatologist and started the treatment for Anila. They prescribed a syrup for deworming purposes and a topical cream to apply all over the patches for pigmentation purposes.

This is a slow treatment but the doctors are very hopeful that Anila will fully recover and proceed to better stages. Anila has been prescribed weekly visits for follow up purposes and to make sure she's using all the medications in the right manner. All this treatment is free of cost and the medicines are provided at subsidized rates. When she was checked after one week, Dr. Tahir quotes that there was a 1% improvement and he is very confident that she will improve with every passing day! 

Secondly, we would take this opportunity to mention a case of another patient who is 60 year old lady, Nasima Bibi, who came to the hospital complaining of chest pain in the first week of May. The doctors referred her to the city complex so she could get checked by a cardiologist and get her ECG done as the UM Hospital's ECG machine was unavailable. Nasima had a history of diabetes along with hypertension which makes her case slightly more critical and according to the doctors her tests and treatment should be done with no delay. So meanwhile before sending her to the city complex, blood tests were performed in order to check her lipid profile.

When the results came in and on analysis, doctors came to the conclusion that the patient has aschemic heart disease where the heart in not getting sufficient blood to perform all actions. When Nasima bibi went to the city complex, the cardiologists gave the exact same diagnosis. This was a delighting moment for the doctors and the staff that with the resources and circumstances they are operating in, they are producing good results without any compromise on the patients health. 

Patient at registration
Patient at registration
Two little patients waiting to get checked
Two little patients waiting to get checked

In the month of January, February and March more than 4,500 patients were treated at the UM Healthcare Trust Hospital. The top three illnesses for the stated months were Fever, Upper/ Lower Respiratory Tract Infection followed by body ache. And majority of the body ache patients suffered from back ache. 

In February, during our visit to the hospital we saw and experienced the care and treatment provided to a year old boy named Sanaullah. Sanaullah belongs to a family where the head of the family earns not more than Rs. 300 on days that he's called on to work. With this level of monthly income basic necessities which include adequate nutrition, healthy living, sufficient clothing in regards to the weather and even education fall under luxury for them and if fulfilled are a great privilege to them. 

Sanaullah was sick for over a month, and the unawareness and poverty caused his mother not to take him to any medical facility to get him checked. Since he was being fed bread dipped in tea and minimal solid food, the little boy was malnourished and his Iron level was so low that the child had become anemic. His health had deteriorated so rapidly that he was just a weak body of bones with his skin wrinkled and puffed up around the belly. However when he was brought to the hospital, doctors diagnosed him with Kwashiorkor which is associated with protein deficiency. As a result doctors prescribed multivitamins, Iron tablets and antibiotics to cure his chest infection which were all available at the hospital's own pharmacy free of cost. In addition, a ten day follow up was set to monitor Sanaullah's health and progress so he can become one healthy baby.  

Along that, to attain a healthy clean society awareness sessions were held in regards to health hygiene, handwashing and proper use of food products. The approach adopted for the awareness sessions is that there are three sessions in a day once every month so those who miss out on the morning session can attend the one after. And these sessions are held in the amphitheatre in the hospital area. Looking at statistics in the month of January, over 350 and in February 400 people attended the health hygiene awareness sessions.

In the month of March, another very interesting story came to the front when a resident from a nearby village with the name of Luqman started to walk on his own legs. Luqman, 22, had become partly paralyzed that some parts of his body were completely immobile. His treatment overall took a while, about a couple of months. In the beginning Luqman was brought to the hospital on his father's back and shoulders as his health did not allow him to move much. But, with continuous therapy along with supplements, milk and ensure he has now become mobile! Luqman is gradually getting better and better but the greatest part is he walks on his own legs. 

We as a team are continuously working hard to make the previous initiatives better and take new initiatives to focus and target on issues that still need attention. 



                                                                              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.


                                                                        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.


                                                         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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UM Healthcare Trust

Location: Islamabad, Punjab - Pakistan
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Project Leader:
Shamila Keyani
Islamabad, Pakistan

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