Today, as we celebrate World Humanitarian Day, we pay tribute to the spirit of volunteer service and all of those—many of whom have been negatively impacted by humanitarian crises–who have given back to humanitarian efforts across the world. Today, make the choice to give back like those who have inspired this day by giving back. Whether it be joining a local non-profit, donating to a charity, or practicing random acts of kindness, realize your potential in helping others. Now, more than ever, people everywhere are facing heightened adversity in numerous ways. Disaster, disease, hunger, and homelessness are just some of the issues people face everywhere. Donating just a small amount can go such a long way. With your help, we can contribute to the effort in aiding others who are experiencing these issues. Take today to give back and inspire others to do the same.

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Check out what others are doing to give back by visiting WorldHumanitarianDay.org.

SHINE Humanity Ramadan appeal

There is an old saying that you can give a man a fish and feed him for a day; but if you teach that man how to fish, you can feed him for a lifetime. What can one do, however, once all the fish are gone?
This is where your donations become crucial. Your support provides the safety blanket for the needy when there are no fish in the pond.
In this month of spirituality and generous giving, please give your Zakat/ Donations to help our needy patients in Gharo, Shikarpur and  Baldia Town. Between 1000 -2500  patients are treated at each of these facilities per month – all of them could use your help!

We wish you and your loved ones a very Blessed Ramazan.

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                     Please make your zakat / tax-deductible donation by clicking on the Donate button

Thank You!

On Sunday May 17th, SHINE Humanity organized a Free Skin (Dermatology) Camp held by Skin Specialist, Dr. Seema Sherali of Karachi. All patients were treated free of charge.

A total of 149 patients were treated for common skin conditions such as fungal infections, rashes and scabies.

  • A farm worker whose foot was injured by a tractor and 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.
  • 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 ED, Dr. Seema Hassan also attended the camp.

Patients in the waiting area Technician cleaning a patient's foot before dressing Patients at the registration window A young patient Dr. Seema Sherali with physicians and a patient A female patient with infected foot wounds A patient with relatives A young girl with skin infection

Today we observe World No Tobacco Day 2015, which is recognized world-wide as a means to encourage a 24-hour period from every form of tobacco consumption. What is more, the day is meant to bring attention to the global prevalence of tobacco use and the severe health effects. Each year, 6 million deaths are attributed to the use of tobacco, which includes 600,000 people who are non-smokers effected by being exposed to the deadly habit through second-hand smoke. The World Health Organization (WHO) created the day in 1987 in an effort to galvanize the public to spread awareness about the risks and outcomes of tobacco use. Furthermore, they hope to bring about policies within the government to effectively reduce tobacco consumption.

So what can you do to help? First off, if you use any form of tobacco, look into the resources your health provider or community offers to help people quit. Most of us are aware of the adverse effects of tobacco. Spreading the word and educating others about these effects as well as the social and economic impact stands as one of the most important things we can all take part in. You can also advocate for WNTD 2015 by joining the awareness-raising campaign and utilizing social media to provide messages and advice that WHO issues in order to reduce the use of tobacco.

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Dr. Aziz with Ramazan - Gharo

Dr. Aziz with Ramazan – Gharo

Gharo

Ramazan is 7 years old and had been suffering from high fever with episodes of vomiting and other symptoms in late January. His parents took him to a general physician in Gharo who tested him for malaria, which turned out to be negative. The medicines he prescribed did not help control Ramazan’s fever.

After three days, his parents brought Ramazan to SHINE Humanity’s Primary Care clinic where the physicians diagnosed him to be suffering from typhoid fever. After initial management for his fever, Ramazan was referred out to Civil Hospital, Thatta where he remained admitted for 5 days. Ramazan was symptom free after a week. His family was very grateful to the staff of SHINE Humanity for their help in referring him to the Civil Hospital and providing the medicines while he was admitted there.

Roohi Lal - Baldia Town

Roohi Lal – Baldia Town

Baldia Town

Roohi Lal is a 60 year old widow and mother of nine children (seven daughters and two sons. She lives close to SINA Clinic – SHINE Humanity Centre in Baldia Town, which is a 15 minute walk from her home.

Tragedy struck Roohi Lal 20 years ago when her husband passed away. Following the traumatic event, her eldest son also passed away. Her surviving children are all married and her other son does not work and therefore cannot support her as expected in the local culture. Roohi Lal therefore has no one to take care of her. The community she lives in is kind enough to help her out financially.

Suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes, Roohi Lal has been visiting the clinic for the last 5 years. A Zakat eligible patient, she is extremely grateful to the SINA – SHINE Humanity Centre for providing her with quality treatment at a nominal cost.

Uzair - Shikarpur

Uzair – Shikarpur

Shikarpur

Uzair is an eight month old boy who is one of eight children. His parents are very poor, making approximately 7500 Pakistani rupees, less than $75/month.

Uzair was brought to the clinic after having a fever for three days and becoming nonresponsive. When he arrived at the clinic, he was found to be very pale and gasping for breath. A blood test revealed severe anemia and dehydration. Uzair was admitted to the stabilization center where he was emergently given intravenous fluids and blood as well as life-saving antibiotics. Five days later Uzair was well enough to be discharged home. The medicines and team of doctors, funded by SHINE are what made the difference between life and death for this little boy.

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SHINE Humanity Projects:

SHINE Humanity treated over 17,000 patients at Shikarpur, Baldia Town and Gharo during the first quarter of 2015, averaging close to 6,000 patients per month. As in previous years, the majority of the patients are women and children.

SHINE Humanity’s Board Members, Dr. Faisal Khan, Dr. Salman Naqvi, Dr. Seema Hassan and advisor Dr. Farzana Naqvi visited the project sites in Gharo and Baldia Town in early April of this year.

Most patients seeking care at these three facilities are very grateful for the work SHINE Humanity is doing in their communities because they are extremely poor and cannot otherwise afford medical services. Many have expressed that it is not just the medical care that they receive which is important to them, but also it is the respect they receive from SHINE Humanity staff that they appreciate the most.

We are pleased to announce that SHINE Humanity has successfully revived primary care services at the Aasra General Hospital in Gharo and has gained the trust of the community served. AASRA Society, the owners of this facility, have now started regular surgical services on Sundays, thus providing the next level of care for this community.

Today we acknowledge mothers all around the world whom have carried us, given birth to us, and have nurtured us to grow. Mother’s Day stands as a day of recognition for all of the strong women in the world who have given life; without them none of us would be here. Love from a mother is incomparable to anything else, and this is why we reserve this day to show our gratitude and thanks to them.

The role of a mother cannot be underestimated, and her good health is essential for the well-being of her children. Shine Humanity understands the importance of a healthy mother, which is why we make it our purpose to help mothers in need of quality health care. Whether it be an ultrasound or a simple check-up, every step of the way counts and the doctors at Shine Humanity’s clinics are there to make sure everything goes as safe and comfortable as possible.

Celebrate this year’s Mother’s Day by remembering the women in your life who have made this world a better place by sharing their love with all of us. Whether it be your wife, grandmother, aunt, or friend, make sure you let them know how important they really are.IMG_0760

 

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