To our cherished friends,
In 2014, The CDRS Team again proved to be a small organization of great value to Pakistan. We have once again demonstrated our effectiveness in tough conditions and challenging environments during times of great hardship and need.
In 2015, CDRS continues a mission begun in July 2014 to support the overburdened healthcare system in District Bannu in partnership with Imran Khan Foundation and the KPK Health Department. The IKF and CDRS joint mission adopted the Ghori Wala Rural Health Center and is also sponsoring The Pediatric Care Unit at Women & Children Teaching Hospital in Bannu in collaboration with the Pakistan Pediatric Association. IKF and CDRS have outfitted these facilities with new medical equipment, provided a continuous supply of much needed medicines, upgraded and repaired electrical wiring and crumbling infrastructure, and bolstered existing staff with additional doctors and medical personnel to address the ongoing needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Locally Affected Persons (LAPs) brought on by the conflict in North Waziristan. Our Mobile Health Units (MHUs) continue to monitor the health status and needs of the communities residing in and around District Bannu, visiting 78 villages and camps in 43 union councils during the past six months. The focus of the MHUs is delivering first aid and primary healthcare, as well as prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, to people who lack basic necessities and otherwise do not have access to adequate basic health services. In summer the weather is extremely hot in Bannu and extremely cold in the winter. Children, pregnant mothers and the elderly are extremely vulnerable in these difficult conditions, so our focus is on serving them. Since this mission began, CDRS medical staff has provided free care and medicines to thousands of suffering Human Beings, managing 54,930 patients from July 6 to December 31 2014 (81% were females and children under 15).
In September, another emergency struck Pakistan when large floods hit Punjab Province and AJK. CDRS and IKF again collaborated to deploy five medical teams with doctors and paramedics in the most badly affected districts, providing free medical care and free medicines to 52,437 patients from September 19 to December 31 2014 (71% were females and children under 15).
CDRS has continued operating a Mother & Child Health Center in Northern Swat in partnership with Medical Aid to Pakistan (UK) and United Muslim Relief (USA). This facility serves the primary healthcare needs of the entire community with special focus on the healthcare of expecting / new Moms, infants and children. In 2014, 73 babies were born at the facility, and 504 women received antenatal care (care of mother and infant before birth), while patients suffering from dental diseases, infections, acute diarrhea, anemia, skin diseases, hypertension, etc. were able to get the treatment and medicines they needed.
While the management of our healthcare facilities and mobile medical teams remains our primary focus at present, CDRS remains committed to other noble causes and serving whenever needed.
- In March of 2014 TJ Shea led our relief mission to Thar Desert, collaborating with volunteers from Karachi to bring several truckloads of food, water and medicines to communities who were suffering from drought conditions.
- In June and July of 2014, CDRS volunteer Shanzay Pervaiz helped establish our new youth platform, CDRS Youth, by organizing and mentoring student volunteers, delivering food to orphanages and poor villages, traveling to Northern Swat to deliver medicines and organize our pharmacy and initiating a drive to collect and deliver relief goods to Bannu in support of the displaced people of North Waziristan.
- CDRS has worked to improve the general living conditions of residents in remote villages as well. Earlier this month, we collaborated with Mariam Issa and Pervaiz Lodhie to organize the distribution of 40 portable solar-powered “Roshni” LED lights (created by Pervaiz and his company Shaan Tech) to a remote mountain village named Gohori in Neelum Valley in AJK. These high efficiency lights last 8-10 hours at full intensity and an incredible 80 hours at 1/4 strength. The lights will save poor families money used for batteries and candles and allow for safer conditions for activities at night in an area where there is no other source of electricity.
- CDRS has started a new project, “Women’s Empowerment Project through Social Entrepreneurship” with world-famous designer Maria B to provide women in poor and remote villages with an opportunity to earn a good living and support our Humanitarian projects with their embroidery and handicrafts.
- CDRS is assisting Naya Jeevan with logistics support in their efforts to provide long-term mental health services for children and families traumatized by the brutal terrorist attack on the Army School in Peshawar.
Please feel free to contact CDRS CEO Todd Shea or CDRS Outreach Director TJ Shea if you have any question or would like to volunteer with CDRS or assist our efforts in any way.
A HUGE THANK YOU to all of our individual and organizational supporters and donors whose faith and generosity have given the CDRS Team the strength we need to succeed in our Humanitarian mission. You are always in our hearts and in our prayers.