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Dear Friends;

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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A total of 30,739 patients have been treated at SHINE’s project sites in Shikarpur, Baldia Town, and Gharo since January 2014, compared to 31,084 patients in all of 2013.
SHINE Humanity has successfully revived primary care services at the Aasra General Hospital, Gharo. There has been a consistent growth in the number of patients at Aasra General Hospital with the number reaching over 2,000 patients per month since March.  Around 50 percent of these are patients coming in for follow-up visits.

Thanks to our dear supporters who enable our physicians to treat a wide array of patients.  Aleem, a 13 year old boy, came in with multiple infected boils and was treated successfully.  Nazeeran, a very poor woman from the neighboring area, is mute and has no immediate family. She came with an ulcerated lesion on the breast that did not respond to initial treatment. Our physician quickly referred her to a tertiary care hospital, where she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has begun treatment with support from the tertiary care hospital’s welfare department and a local donor. She continues to come to the Gharo facility for supportive care between her chemotherapies.
In May, the staff at this facility received cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training by members of the Aman Foundation—a major achievement in this region. Regular ultrasound service has also been restored, with 523 ultrasounds performed since July 2013.
With the support of a short-term grant from the International Pediatric Association Foundation, SHINE Humanity was able to start the Aasra General Hospital Nutrition Program in July for mild to moderately malnourished children.
SHINE’s executive director, Seema Hassan, visited all three project sites in July. She is pleased to inform our supporters on the dedication of the staff, quality of services being provided, and level of patient satisfaction.  The patients offered their thanks and blessings to all our supporters for the charitable services they receive at these facilities.

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Many thanks for your generous support!

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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