Our Valuable Donors,

Thank you for helping us complete one year of service at the SHINE Humanity- Aasra GeneralHospital in Gharo. April 17th was the milestone day for this achievement; we have accomplished many goals that would be impossible without your assistance. Within the last year, 15,367 patients were treated in Gharo, 88% of which were women and children. We provided outpatient primary care, preventive care, antenatal services, referrals,  pharmacy and laboratory services ever since we started the facility and have added on ultrasound services during the course of the year.

In the first quarter of 2014, 12,151 patients were treated at our three project sites: Shikarpur, Baldia Town and Gharo. Out of those treated, 2,742 children were from the Children’s Wards in Shikarpur and 4,590 children were from the Sina Primary  Healthcare Clinic in Baldia Town.

We write to ask you to support our organization this year with a donation to our fundraising campaign with Global Giving’s “Bonus Day”. Global Giving will be matching up to 30% of the total donation per donor, with special prizes for the organization with the most received donation or unique donors. The event will start on Wednesday, May 7 at 6:00 AM PDT and will end on Wednesday, May 7 at 8:59 PM PDT, or when funds run out.

Our organization’s ability to continue to operate is due to a large amount of your generous support over the past few years. We hope to count on you for your participation with “Bonus Day”, thank you in advance for your consideration.

Donate here: http://www.globalgiving.org/donate/7112/shine-humanity/

 

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Jinnah Sindh University – Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) Institute of Public Health

This past December SHINE Humanity was invited to speak at the Jinnah Sindh Medical University – APPNA Institute of Public Health’s Inaugural Symposium “Building the Link between Health Care Providers and Communities” in Karachi. Dr. Salman Naqvi, Chairman of SHINE presented “Is it time for Public Health Programs in Pakistan? SHINE Humanity- Aasra General Hospital, An NGO’s initiative in Gharo, Sindh. He highlighted the many steps being taken by SHINE with respect to services being provided and measures for disease prevention.

Training Sessions

In December 2013, SHINE’s advisor Dr. Naghmana Shafi, an esteemed pediatrician, traveled to Pakistan to conduct a number of training sessions aimed at preventing unnecessary deaths among newborn babies. The sessions were held from December 23 to December 29 in Karachi. The Helping Babies Breathe Workshops or HBB is a neonatal resuscitation program during the first minute of a child’s life called a “golden minute”. This program is easy to teach and low cost and works especially well in underdeveloped countries as Pakistan. The program is aimed at teaching midwives, traditional birth attendants and lady health visitors as well as doctors and nurses. In countries like Pakistan where more than fifty percent of the deliveries are at home or in facilities with the bare minimum of pediatric resources this program can save millions of lives. Dr. Naghmana trained 217 doctors, medical students, nurses and paramedics. 94 of these trainees will go on and continue to train others.

SHINE Humanity Benefit Gala February 2014

SHINE Humanity held a successful gala on February 2nd at the Richard Nixon Library to raise funds for its current projects.

The Valentine-themed event was well-attended by long term supporters of SHINE. Dr. Durainaz Farooqui was the emcee for the night. Dr. Salman Naqvi, Dr. Seema Hassan and Azhar Hameed spoke of the accomplishments and needs at SHINE’s projects in Gharo, Baldia Town and Shikarpur.

We thank all our guests who attended and gave so generously.

SHINE Humanity – Project Report

In January, 3531 patients were treated at the Gharo, Baldia Town and Shikarpur healthcare facilities supported by SHINE. This has been a harsh winter in much of Pakistan and most of the patients came to seek care for colds and respiratory infections.  The number of children admitted at the children’s ward in Shikarpur was much less this January as compared to the previous year when the area was affected by an outbreak of measles.

Three Board members and a number of SHINE’s supporters visited the Gharo facility during December and January. All reported satisfaction with the services being provided and provided suggestions on further improvement of services.

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This year, over 30,000 underprivileged people have benefited from our  healthcare services in Sindh, Pakistan -  88 percent of them were women and children.

We thank you on behalf of  the SHINE Humanity team &  all our beneficiaries, and wish you and your loved ones a very Happy New Year filled with peace, love, joy, good health, and prosperity!

Please support our cause  by  making  your tax deductible donation for 2013 before the year runs Click on the Donate button below  to give now:

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SH Season's Greetings 2013-2014

Wishing all our friends a very Happy Holiday season and a Merry Christmas to all celebrating this special day. May your new year be filled with peace, love, joy, good health, and prosperity!

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Over 27,000 patients have been able to avail reliable and quality healthcare services at the three facilities supported by SHINE in Gharo, Shikarpur and Baldia Town  from January till the end of  October 2013.
While  we have  many success stories related to the timely and thorough care for our patients, there are some very sad ones highlighting  the need for our services. One such case is of  a little five year old  girl who was brought to the SHINE Humanity – Aasra General Hospital in  early November with  complications from dengue fever which hadn’t been diagnosed by the clinician’s she visited previously. She was brought to our facility by her mother and grandfather as she was bleeding from her orifices. Our staff quickly did the minimal required to stabilize her, collected some funds for this poor family for their stay in the city,  and had her and her family members transported to the Children’s Hospital in Karachi. Unfortunately, she passed away the next day and the grandfather called our project manager to let him know, and also to thank the staff for all they did. Lack of awareness and a lack of resources combine to limit the care available for the poor.  We are working towards  limiting  these gaps not only by treating the patients but also by providing education at an individual level.

Among our other recent achievements is the agreement to collaborate with  The Association of Mothers and Newborns [AMAN], a Karachi based nonprofit organization,  to work towards the achievement of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals of  improving  maternal and newborn health and  reducing  maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality in underprivileged areas of Sindh.

The World Health Organization [WHO] estimates that each year about 1 million newborns  die  because of  difficulties in breathing immediately after birth. Many of these deaths can be averted by  having skilled attendants at birth trained to provide neonatal resuscitation through a simple method.  SHINE’s supporter, Dr. Naghmana Shafi Farrukh is  set to  conduct a series of such training sessions using the “Helping Babies Breathe”  methodology, during her trip to Karachi in December.

Announcements:

SHINE Humanity’s Annual Benefit Gala will be held on the 2nd of February , 2014 at The Nixon Library and Museum in Yorba Linda to help raise the much needed funds for  SHINE’s current projects.

The team at SHINE Humanity wishes  all its supporters a very Happy Holiday season and thanks you for your continued support.

Make your tax deductible donation for 2013 before the year runs out by  clicking on the Donate button below :

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October 2013 Update

Aasra General Hospital

Since April, 5,224 beneficiaries have received treatment at the SHINE Humanity- Aasra General Hospital in Gharo.  As in the past, most of our patients [88 percent] have been women and children.

Our staff is quick to provide help in the case of emergencies. For example, 75 year-old Usman arrived in our clinic after being severely wounded by a donkey cart. The doctors and staff were quick to provide him with first aid and referred him for further treatment at a  specialty center.

In late September, a 30 year-old woman was brought to the clinic with signs ofsevere dehydration related to diarrhea and vomiting. The patient’s family was poor and came here because they had heard about our services. Our team quickly got together and provided her the necessary treatment which saved her life.  Many a life is lost in these rural areas when the patients have no resources to get to a proper healthcare facility in time.

We continue to provide outpatient primary care services with an emphasis on disease prevention and would-be mothers are given complete antenatal checkups and followed up on vaccinations, nutrition and supplement requirements to ensure a safe pregnancy and healthy outcome. Besides diagnostic laboratory services, we are also providing blood transfusions in partnership with Husaini Hematology and Oncology Trust. Patients with eye diseases that cannot treated at our facility, are referred to the Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trusts’s [LRBT] Eye Center nearby.

SHINE Humanity Pediatrics Wards R.B.U.T Civil Hospital, Shikarpur

SHINE is continuing the support of the pediatrics wards at the R.B.U.T Civil Hospital in Shikarpur, where 11,437 children have been treated from January to September 2013.

In order to combat the high rates of diarrhea, our manager, Suneel, continues to educate the parents on how to make water safe for drinking and to bring the children to the hospital at the first signs of dehydration. We are continuing to work alongside WHO and UNICEF for providing the nutritional and medical care for children admitted with severe malnutrition.

This summer we had two new air-conditioners installed in the wards to overcome the intense heat in this area. These air-conditioners were generously donated by a couple of our supporters in California.

Sina’s Primary Healthcare Clinic, Baldia Town

In July, we undertook the co-support  of Sina Health & Education Welfare Trust’s charitable primary and preventive health care clinic in Baldia Town, Karachi. With the constant increase in the cost of living expenses, this clinic serves to alleviate some of the healthcare burden of the low-income families that visit this clinic.  The clinic also provides psycho-social counseling, and laboratory, ultrasound and x-ray services. 6,898 patients have been treated at this facility since July. They were provided diagnostic and other services such as nebulization as well as preventive care for diabetes and hypertension when needed.

Announcements

We would  like to inform you of of Dr. Anne Walker’s resignation from SHINE’s  Board of Directors in September. Anne has been a source of support and guidance for our projects and  we wish her the very best in her future endeavors.

  We would also like to announce  the addition of Mr. Azhar Hameed to our Board of Directors.  Azhar is the Founder, President and CEO of Etilize, Inc. and shares our passion for serving the underprivileged. We are excited to have Azhar’s expertise as we move forward.

Thank you so much for enabling us to provide medical care to so many beneficiaries in Sindh, Pakistan.

We are grateful for your continued support and ask you to please consider becoming a monthly donor to help the thousands who need essential primary care but cannot access it because of the expense which is usually prohibitive for their limited resources and competing daily vital needs

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This summer, many areas of Pakistan suffered flooding again  for the fourth year in a row, resulting in the death of more than 140 people and displacement of thousands of people from their homes.

Gharo and its surrounding areas were also affected by the rains and ensuing problems. There were no reported deaths or major disease outbreaks in the area, however,  in mid-August, we arranged for the transport of  patients from the  catchment village of Sultanabad, as soon as we heard  that a lack of transport was hindering their ability to seek help for those suffering from diarrhea and similar problems. These villagers were long time users of Aasra’s services and had now moved to higher ground, because of the flooding around their huts.   54 patients including men, women and children were treated at  the SHINE Humanity- Aasra General Hospital’s outpatient  clinic  and  transported back to their settlement. This has earned us the gratitude of these beneficiaries for helping them in their hour of need. In turn, we are very grateful to our donors who continue to support our mission.

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