SHINE Humanity recognizes the difficulty patients have in accessing healthcare in rural areas and in order to address that problem we have collaborated with Sehat Kahani ( a leader in this technology) in Pakistan to expand services to this underserved population, launching our first remote telemedicine clinic in Tando Hyder, Hyderabad Sindh.
Patients are screened by qualified nurses and have access to a physician remotely through the internet. Using specialized software specifically developed by Sehat Kahani, these physicians provide the necessary expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of these patients.
Since the opening of this clinic, we see an average of 300 patients per month around 85% of whom are women and children.
This clinic operates in an area where having access to a qualified physician is a rarity. It is serving the needs of a population that had until now been left at the mercy of undertrained physicians or even quacks.
SHINE Humanity in collaboration with Sehat Kahani is using technology to positively impact the lives of patients. This is the way of the future, especially in underdeveloped countries where there are not enough doctors willing to serve in rural communities.
We are very grateful to our donors whose support allows us to treat patients at our telemedicine clinic.
Perveen* visited SHINE Humanity's Gharo clinic accompanied by her 2-year-old daughter Nefeesa*
Nafeesa was running a fever and was highly irritable and uncomfortable. Her mother told the doctor that she had blister-like symptoms on her torso and they were causing so much of an irritation that Nafeesa could neither sleep nor eat properly.
Not having much disposable income, Perveen had initially tried home remedies, when those only made matters worse she had taken her to some quacks close to her village in interior Sindh. When the blisters showed no signs of subsiding she ultimately brought her daughter to our clinic in Gharo.
At the clinic, The doctor diagnosed her with a skin condition caused by bacteria. An all too common ailment afflicting children living in close, cramped and squalid conditions. The child was prescribed free medications to treat the blisters and antibiotic creams to bring the infection under control. At the followup visit, Nafeesa was responding well to treatment and already seemed more comfortable.
If Perveen had been living in a large city like Karachi and had the means to access quality healthcare, her daughter would not have suffered for so many days, instead, her condition was exacerbated because of lack of access to a qualified doctor
That is why we are so grateful to our donors who provide us with the opportunity to serve patients like Nafeesa and her mother. These underserved people deserve access to quality healthcare as much as their brothers and sisters living in big cities.
In April of 2019, SHINE Humanity took a 40 member Medical Mission to Skurdu in Northern Pakistan. During the 4-day camp, the team saw over 4,000 patients and performed over 100 surgeries. Many of these surgeries literally transformed the lives of the patients.
This is the story of Asad Ali, a 6-year-old boy who lives in a small village nestled in the Skardu valley surrounded by majestic snowcapped mountains.
One day, Asad Ali was playing with his small siblings in his modest home. His mother was busy making food for the family on the rudimentary stove in the corner of the room. The log burning stove was blazing hot when Asad Ali accidentally fell and his hand crashed into the burning flames. The family was poor and though they tried to get treatment at the local clinic, there were never enough funds to take him to a plastic surgeon in a big city.
Upon hearing that a medical team of surgeons had arrived in Skardu, Asad Ali's father brought him to the hospital He was operated upon and finally after two and a half years of living with pain and disability, Asad Ali regained the use of his hand. This transformative surgery was just one of the many that our doctors performed during the camp.
Though SHINE Humanity's core mission continues to be providing primary healthcare to the underserved, a mission like this has enabled us to touch the lives of a vast number of people who would otherwise not have had access to specialized quality care.
We look to you, our donor to keep supporting our cause so we can continue to help patients like Asad Ali.
Nawaz is a 46-year-old man who comes to SINA/SHINE Health Center for routine consultations and to pick up medications for his diabetes. He sells children’s suits on the streets and in special bachat bazaars to cater to his family’s basic needs. However, Nawaz’s family often struggles to make ends meet with his meagre earnings.
Nawaz is highly grateful to SINA/SHINEfor enabling him to seek healthcare at a very low cost since, without this, he would not have been compliant with his medication at all due to unaffordability. In addition, the clinic in Baldia Town is only a short distance from his house, which also proves to be highly convenient.
The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) has estimated that the global number of people with diabetes will be more than double over the next 25 years and the developing world would bear an increasingly larger burden of the disease in this period. South Asia and Pakistan, in particular, are considered one of the areas of highest increase in projected numbers.
What these numbers mean is that people like Nawaz will find it more and more difficult to treat and manage this debilitating disease unless they are able to access free quality primary care. Your donations will allow us to keep educating people about preventive and management measures so that they do not suffer the dire consequences associated with diabetes.
Our culture encourages us to respect and support our aging parents but ever so often we find senior citizens left to fend for themselves. Amna Bai is one such unfortunate person:
Amna Bai is 83 years old. She lives alone and works in a factory to support herself financially since her four children have abandoned her completely. She is frail and weak but tries her best to be regular at her job. She does not make enough to afford proper meals so she eats a simple meal once a day. She often feels lethargic and listless. She has a host of other age-related health issues. Had it not been for the presence of SHINE Humanity / SINA clinic in her locality, she would not have been able to afford visits to a doctor. At SHINE Humanity supported SINA clinic, she is provided quality primary health care and free medications, because of which she is able to continue working and supporting herself. The convenient short commute to the clinic is an added advantage as she cannot afford to spend money traveling to the government hospitals located in the center of town.
Amna Bai's story is not a dramatic one, but it highlights an issue that is very pertinent in these present times. Amna Bai is a simple woman who at her age should not have to contend with doing physical labor to feed herself. That she has to provide for herself at this age is, unfortunately, a sad reality. When the State is unable to step in to support it's senior citizens, it is left to institutions like SHINE Humanity and SINA to provide a much needed service that helps her take better care of her health.
Please continue to support our organization so that we are able to help more and more senior citizens like Amna Bai.
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