May 2011

Mobile Camps Treat the Most Needy in Thatta

Devastated by floods in August 2010, Thatta, Pakistan is a community in desperate need of rehabilitation. Since the disaster, SHINE Humanity has partnered with CDRS, a community-based Pakistani nonprofit, to establish and manage mobile medical camps which have allowed relief expansion to areas in Thatta where floods consumed entire Union Councils (UC) and other health facilities were nonexistent.

During the period from March 4 through May 15, 2011, 714 patients were diagnosed and received medicine.  Patients were treated for conditions that included skin disease, eye infections and respiratory infection.  In addition to providing medical care,  volunteer medical professionals also educated close to 1,000 people on health precautions.

On-going Healthcare Rehabilitation Efforts

Throughout March 2011, the six SHINE Humanity/CDRS-supported health centers in disaster-affected Pakistan seved 4,984 people.  Patients were treated for conditions ranging from upper respiratory infections to allergies and acute diarrhea. The top three diagnoses included upper respiratory infection(1,218 patients), acute diarhea (874) and acid peptic disease (232).

Since the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the country has received food and medical supplies.  Healthcare facilities also exist but there is a shortage of medical professionals including doctors, physical therapists and health educators.  To help improve healthcare in Haiti, particularly for patients with conditions that occurred as a result of the devastation, SHINE Humanity has designed a volunteer program for medical professionals and is now recruiting qualified team members. The first team is scheduled fly to Haiti in June 2011.

Interested professionals will complete an easy and fairly quick application process and undergo hands-on-training by experienced medical relief staff.

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Local and regional emergency rescue and relief assets are normally capable of dealing with the aftermath of tragic weather events like the most recent deadly tornados currently passing through parts of the Midwest and last month’s destruction through Alabama and southeastern United States. Over the last few weeks, SHINE Humanity staff and board members are monitoring the situation and communicating with contacts on the ground, in the disaster zones.  Should the need arise, SHINE Humanity will make every effort to support these communities in crisis.

Nuzhat with her four-year-old daugther Sadia

Meet Nuzhat, a mother and resident of Chikar, Pakistan, who shared her story with us through SKYPE:

“Sadia was four. One day, she came down with a fever, and as it climbed higher over the period of the next few days, she fainted.  My husband and I were convinced that we were about to lose our little girl. Fortunately, a family member contacted the SHINE Humanity-sponsored Chikar Rural Healthcare Center.  Sadia was admitted and after receiving treatment, she quickly returned to good health. Without their help, who knows what would have happened.”

Sadia’s was lucky. She could have become one of the thousands of children under five who die each day in Pakistan because of lack of access to basic healthcare. Her mother Nuzhat expressed gratitude to SHINE Humanity donors who made treatment for her daughter possible through their funds.   In response to a question regarding living conditions of the surrounding population, Nuzhat explained “most of us struggle to afford food.  Besides this hospital, there is nowhere we can go for treatment. ”

We are glad that Sadia is thriving today and wish Nuzhat and her family, good health and best wishes!

To advance basic mother-child healthcare, SHINE Humanity launched a Mother’s Day campaign that is continuing throughout the year, to secure monthly financial support.  Only $20 a month – the cost of one dinner– enables us to provide access to basic healthcare for 10 patients per month.

Click Here!  to become a recurring donor and help mothers and children like Nuzhat and Sadia retain and expand access to basic healthcare and medicine.

The newly-launched SHINE Humanity Youth Movement held an “Urban Jam” on Saturday, May 14, to raise awareness around Pakistan flood victims.  In an interview, team leader and trailblazer Faizan Mehdi expressed concern that though the devastating floods took place almost a year ago, people in the disaster-affected areas continue to live with hardship each day and he wanted to do something to honor them.  Over 1,200 people attended and close to $12,000 was raised in one night! Thank you Faizan and everyone involved in planning, coordinating and implementing Urban Jam – it is a source of pride to see young people contributing their time and energy, to make the world a better place for all of us!

Ambreen Butt and Tanvir Khan, long time SHINE Humanity volunteers, held a fabulously successful event for Pakistani friends and the MIT community at large.  Featured speakers were Dr. Shahla Haeri, author and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Boston University; Wajahat Ali, journalist and Research Fellow at the New America Foundation; Dr. Nahid Usmani, pediatric oncologist and Associate Professor at University of Massachusetts; SHINE Humanity board member and author Ethan Casey and last but not least, our very own Todd Shea.  In addition to a few hours of music, learning and friendship-building, participants raised $1, 593!