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

 

We are thrilled to be part of Global Giving’s first ever Pro-Rated Bonus Day which happens to be right around the corner from Mother’s Day on May 13th. With the $75,000 they have already committed, Global Giving will match each and every online donation made to Shine Humanity and other participating organizations for 15 hours, 9am EDT-12am EDT.

Our primary mission remains to make advances in mother-child health, hygiene, and nutrition in disaster-hit Pakistan by revitalizing healthcare facilities. This year we are aiming to raise enough money in order to better serve mothers and their children in Pakistan, where maternal deaths and infant mortality are high due to the lack of quality facilities and services. With your help, we can improve primary and preventative care for the most destitute women and children and make this the best Mother’s Day’s for these families.

All of the matching will be determined on a pro-rated basis, where the percentage matched is based on the total amount raised, so let’s get the most out of this as possible!

Please visit the leader board at this website to check the status of the matches and stay posted on the progress of the day. And most importantly, be sure to spread the word so you can maximize our chances to make a difference!

SHINE Humanity is happy to announce our second food drive, SHINE on Hunger 2015 in part with Second Harvest Food Bank. During our last Food Drive we were thrilled you helped us generate about 520 pounds of food which in turn provided over 400 meals for the needy. Let’s collect 1,000 pounds this year and make it the most successful drive yet!

It may be tough to imagine as Orange County is rated as the 36th most affluent counties in the nation, but more than 400,000 people are at risk of going to bed hungry each month. Do your part to help alleviate hunger in your area by donating some of the items listed below and spreading the word to friends and family.

Extend your helping hand out to those in need in your community by dropping off some items to one of the addresses listed below between May 1-June 1. And PLEASE, NO EXPIRED ITEMS!

Fizza Ashary

2 Japonica Dr. Irvine, CA 92618

(949) 394.0016

Shaheen Awan

58 Lakeside Dr. Buena Park, CA 90621

(714) 396.2928

  • Peanut or Other Seed Butters
  • Canned Vegetables (low sodium)
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Rice (brown)
  • Canned Fruit (packed in water or juice) or Natural Applesauce
  • Dried or Canned Beans (low sodium)
  • Whole Grain Cereal (low sugar)
  • Canned or Boxed Soup (low sodium)
  • Whole Grain Pasta
  • Canned Meats & Fish (in water)
  • Healthy Snacks such as low sugar granola bars, raw nuts or dried fruit.

Personal Care Items:

  • Diapers
  • Soap
  • Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
  • Toilet Paper

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the Shine Humanity office at (714) 665-2400.

In 2007, the World Health Organization (WHO) established World Malaria Day as April 25th, in an effort to educate communities in hopes to better understand the devastating disease. Implementation of strategies to control malaria in endemic areas as well as introducing activities for the community to partake in involving preventing and treatment of malaria stand at the heart of this effort. Although malaria is now both preventable and treatable, 3.3 billion people in 126 different countries are at risk of malaria and around 660,000 people are killed each year by its calamitous wrath, equating into one life every minute. Thankfully, deaths in Africa, the most hard-hit area by malaria, have been reduced one third and worldwide one fourth which is attributed to a wide scale amassing of political will, funds and technical expertise over the past ten years. We can say gratefully that over a million lives have been saved from malaria, most of them being children under 5 years of age. Now, fifty countries are on track to reduce their number of malaria cases by 75% this year.

However, there are several challenges facing improvement in terms of prevention and treatment. Inadequate resources are often the biggest difficulty in diseases such as this one, as funding must increase in order to protect the advancements made thus far.

For millions, malaria day is every day. Each waking hour is a battle against this killer disease. Pakistan is considered a high-risk country for malaria, so it’s very relative to our efforts at Shine Humanity. The impact malaria has on communities exemplifies the reasons behind the importance of quality health care which we aim to provide.

Do your part by looking into this year’s malaria campaign and educating yourself and others about what’s going on around the world. See how your help can play a role in the battle against malaria.

During National Public Health Week which started yesterday, we celebrate World Health Day today which was first championed by the World Health Organization over 60 years ago. In efforts to draw attention on a worldwide basis to a subject of major importance to global health, the WHO chooses different topics each year that effect everyone’s life. This year the focus is on food safety, which has been made a very serious issue as the effects of globalization have changed the way we receive food, how it is made, and where we get it from. Changes in food production, distribution, and consumption are considered new threats to food safety and more are still emerging as globalization expands. Other threats include changes in the environment, new pathogens, and antimicrobial resistance. National food safety systems are challenged as travel and trade are increasing, which increases the likelihood of contamination that can potentially spread internationally.

According to APHA, each year 2 million lives are lost due to unsafe food. Over 200 diseases are linked to food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemical substances. The majority of people will experience some sort of food borne disease at some point in their lives. This is why it is crucial that we take any steps possible to help educate ourselves and others about the ways we can prevent eating food that isn’t safe. We should be able to feel certain the food on our plates is safe, but we all must practice awareness. For starters, follow these Five Keys to Safer Food published by the WHO:

  • Key 1: Keep clean
  • Key 2: Separate raw and cooked food
  • Key 3: Cook food thoroughly
  • Key 4: Keep food at safe temperatures
  • Key 5: Use safe water and raw materials.
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