In 2009, CDRS successfully managed 82,822 patient contacts. These include 57,706 patients managed at CDRS managed Rural Health Centers and Basic Health Units in remote areas of District Muzaffarabad and Poonch, 29,922 patients from our 3 month emergency response to the Swat IDP Crisis, emergency medical camps treating acute victims of water borne disease outbreaks, emergency response to coastal Sindh to provide medical services to Monsoon Victims, Eye Camps, Dental Camps, School Health Programs (in Muzaffarabad and with Developments In Literacy (DIL) in rural areas around Rawalpindi) and deployment of mobile medical teams to very remote and underserved villages. 75% of our patients were females and children.
(Please refer to the two attached supporting documents for further details of patient contact and diagnosis statistics)
In 4 years of CDRS operations since the end of the emergency phase of operations for the October 8, 2005 earthquake, CDRS has successfully managed 350,151 patient contacts at a cost of $630,779.09, or $1.80 per patient contact. We have kept costs down because we live amongst the people, buy most of our supplies and food locally and rent local jeeps to go where we need to go. This provides economic benefit to the communities we serve, in addition to the healthcare benefit, therefore we have become an important and trusted part of the community. We don't spend the funds you generously donate on expensive vehicles and fancy offices, CDRS is a no frills charitable oganization that concentrates on being effective at providing competent and compassionate primary and emergency healthcare services to our beneficiaries in rural, remote and moutainous villages in Pakistan. We are loved and respected and wanted by the communities we serve, so we have no need to spend a dime of your money on security.
The next update will focus on the successful start of our new CDRS Community Based Self Sustainable Healthcare Project. This project is a social health insurance mechanism which partners the local community with the local government health ministry at the facility level to internally raise the funding needed to build and sustain an effective health facility for decades to come. The idea is to make CDRS irrelevant to the provision of primary healthcare in these areas as soon as possible. We want to create an effective system that can sustain itself even if CDRS must leave due to lack of funding available due the recent downturn in the world economy or need to respond to other disasters. Our implementation of this project is beginning to see very positive results. The data trends are both heartening and energizing, and will be included with the next report. Until then, Thanks for supporting our efforts!
God Bless You and Yours,
CDRS / SHINE PAKISTAN (Comprehensive Disaster Response Services AND Sustainable Healthcare Intiatives Now Empowering Pakistan)