Thanks to your continued support around 5,500 patients receive quality care each month at the three charitable healthcare sites supported by SHINE. Here’s another story about how your contributions help people who most need it. This past summer an energetic twelve year old boy named Irfan came to our clinic in Gharo complaining of pain and swelling in both of his wrists after falling from a tree he was climbing. Thankfully with the help of our generous donors we were able to provide him with top medical care and provide some relief to his family who’s already struggling financially on an unstable income. Irfan’s father is a day laborer and his mother is a housewife who stays at home looking after her five other children. Without support from our clinic, Irfan’s family could not have afforded to pay for his medical expenses. Our physician referred him to a specialist where his x-ray showed a fracture of the left wrist. SHINE helped cover the cost of his visit and the necessary medications and supplies amounting to about $9.00. Please continue to help patients like Irfan by supporting SHINE Humanity in its endeavor of helping people who are most in need.
Skin diseases are one of the commonest conditions treated by the physicians at our Gharo facility. On Sunday May 17th, SHINE Humanity organized a Free Skin (Dermatology) Camp held by Skin Specialist, Dr. Seema Sherali of Karachi.
A total of 149 patients were treated for common skin conditions such as fungal infections, rashes and scabies. An unusual case was a young farm worker, Iqbal, whose foot was injured by a tractor who had developed maggots Inside his wounds because he was too poor to pay for a doctor’s visit. He was referred to the surgeon at Aasra Society’s clinic who cleaned and dressed the wound and advised medications and daily dressing. He has been visiting the SHINE clinic daily and his wound is healing nicely.
The colorful clothings of these patients belied their true poverty and the reason for festering wounds in some of the patients. All patients were treated free of charge and given a supply of the required medicines.
Dr. Sherali also trained SHINE’s physicians in recognizing and treating these simple and complex cases using cost-effective measures. Eye Specialist, Dr. Shehla Dareshani and SHINE’s Director, Dr. Seema Hassan, also attended the camp.
Around 28,000 patients have been treated at our three project sites this year. We thank you for your support in helping the most needy.
Last year, because of donors like you, almost 60,000 patients in Sindh received essential health care. This is twice as many as were served in the preceding year illustrating the continued need for our charitable service in underprivileged areas. Most of the individuals and families who come to our primary care clinics in Gharo and Baldia Town or the Pediatric wards in Shikarpur face multiple financial and social hardships in addition to common health ailments like malnutrition anemia, diarrhea, dehydration, respiratory conditions and hypertension.
Your donation helps fund reliable high quality lifesaving medical care such as treatment of severe dehydration from diarrhea, breathing treatments for asthma attacks, and critical medicines such as antibiotics for infections and treatment for controlling high blood pressure.
Patients like Ibrahim, a young boy of 7, are referred out to secondary or tertiary care centres when needed. Ibrahim recently came to our Gharo facility with high fever, vomiting, and symptoms of pneumonia. He had been to another general practitioner in the area with no relief. His younger brother had died of similar symptoms last year. When he came to us, he was severely dehydrated and needed to be hospitalized for treatment with fluids and antibiotics. Since we do not have overnight services, we transported Ibrahim to a local government hospital after initial management and provided the medicines he needed while in hospital. He returned to us for follow-up care once he was discharged 3 days later and now is fully recovered.
In January, SHINE’s advisor, Dr. Naghmana Shafi, returned to Karachi to train new groups and monitor the progress of our “Helping Babies Breathe” neonatal resuscitation training program.This is an educational initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics, aimed at saving newborn lives during the “Golden Minute,” through simple neonatal resuscitation techniques in resource limited settings.
Dr. Naghmana Shafi has conducted a number of workshops in Karachi at the Dow University of Health Sciences/Civil Hospital, Jinnah Sindh Medical University, APPNA Institute of Public Health, National Institute of Child Health-Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, Sobhraj Maternity Home, Indus Hospital, Murshid Hospital and Memon Hospital. To date, she has trained 450 doctors, medical students, midwives, midwifery students, nurses, nursing students, paramedics, lady health visitors and 200 master trainers who will continue to train others in this field. Workshops were conducted both in the local language, Urdu, as well as English. She has also donated Training Kits to all these institutions.
We are deeply grateful for your support in our achiements and look forward to your continued support in the future.
We are extremely grateful to you for your continued support of our beneficiaries. Here is a short story of how your contribution helps the neediest whom we serve:
One of our patients, Qamar, had been involved in a serious accident that resulted in a lower right leg fracture. His wife took him to a government hospital all the way in Karachi, where he received surgery and an external fixator to hold his fractured leg. However, this couple had been struggling financially and could not afford to return to the city to continue his treatment. After a few months of going untreated, Qamar's leg had worsened to the point where he was unable to walk.
Desperate for help, his wife came to SHINE Humanity at Aasra General Hospital in Gharo begging our staff to treat her husband. The following day, our ambulance arrived at the poor couple's home and transported Qamar to SHINE Humanity's project facility. Upon removing his old, dirty dressings, our staff at SHINE saw that his wounds were infected, the leg was swollen, and that he was also complaining of excruciating pain at the fracture site. Our staff immediately cleaned the infected area, applied new dressings, and provided medications to relieve the swelling and pain.
With regular treatment and monitoring at SHINE’s facility, Qamar's wounds gradually healed and the swelling subsided. Eventually, our staff decided it was time to remove the external fixator after consulting the surgeons at the government hospital,Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center [JPMC]. The staff arranged for the procedure to be done at JPMC, after which he returned to our facility where we provided him with crutches for walking. Since then, Qamar continues to show great progress and can now stand and walk all on his own. Qamar and his wife are extremely grateful for SHINE’s compassionate staff and prompt care, because without it, Qamar may have never been able to walk again.
As 2014 comes to a close, we thank you for helping patients like Qasim and numerous others and look forward to your continued support in 2015 and beyond.
We wish you and your loved ones a Happy Holiday season and good health, joy, peace, and prosperity in the year ahead.
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