October 2011

Tees for Japan- Thank you Kamiu, Wyatt & Emily!

Three friends have developed an initiative to raise funding to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  They raise funds through selling uniquely designed tee shirts and they have selected SHINE Humanity, as the organization to benefit from all sales of the shirts.   Their initial donation of  $575 will be made by the end of November and all future sames will be directed to SHINE Humanity efforts in Japan.  This is a brilliant and heart warming example of friends putting their minds, energy and resources together and contributing to fellow human beings.  To learn more about Tees for Japan, go to www.teesforjapan.com.  Thank you Kamiu, Wyatt & Emily!!!

Over the past two months, SHINE Humanity, together with its field partners, Kokoro Wellness Network(KWN) and Primary Care Action Team (PCAT) in Ishinomaki, Japan, have been conducting a Mental Health Project for victims of the Japan Tsunami 2011. It has been six months since the Tsunami struck the coast of Japan and caused widespread destruction in places like Ishinomaki. Our services have been directed at those displaced by the tsunami and currently living in shelters and temporary housing.

Our initial goals were to provide mental health services to victims and first responders of the Tsunami in Ishinomaki. We hoped to be able to directly address and treat post-traumatic stress (as evidenced by fatigue, depression and other psycho-somatic symptoms). The team had intended to use a public education campaign and direct counselling to accomplish these goals.

The Japanese culture sees the expression of stress or grief as a sign of weaknesses and the village where we are based is not used to hosting foreigners. As a result, we have introduced counseling techniques which are more culturally appropriate (music, art, massage, etc.) and we have incorporated case work(we connect clients to the resources they need) as a way of reaching the population where they are. For many, they are still physically in  and in the process of rebuilding their lives, homes and livelihoods; it will be some time before they can start processing the trauma they have faced.

To address physical dislocation of the target community, the ground teams has sought permission to conduct workshops and group sessions in a number of cafes established in recently as temporary housing complexes.

We have made several training videos available on YouTube at no cost.  We will also try to hand out physical flyers and brochures that alert people to the symptoms and treatment for PTSD-related illnesses. The team is still exploring the possibility of distributing DVDs with public service messages to be played in locations where communities gather.

The target population remains the residents and first responders in Ishinomaki who were impacted by the Tsunami.

  • A total of 630 people were served in the first five weeks, including 205 males, 418 females, 7 children and 11 families.

As a result of the activities improvements can been seen gradually. Target groups such as the nurses are opening up slowly and the communication with them is much smoother now. The group activities are successful as participants seem to enjoy them a lot!  The mental health professionals have adopted the role of reducing anxiety and frustration around transition and to helping dislocated families  prepare for transition.

To extend services, we are currently searching for additional local, Japanese partners on the ground, if you or an organization you know are interested, kindly contact us at info@shinehumanity.org.

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The goal of this project is to establish a Community Care Clinic in Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunwa, a township in Pakistan devastated by the 2010 floods. The objective is to provide primary and preventive care care services to under-served communities living in the vicinity, especially in the tent city that has sprung up close to the potential site. The objective also is to improve health services and subsequently the quality of life of these individuals, especially the women and children who are the most vulnerable and who have been impacted by natural disaster and political conflict. The building we have identified has several rooms, regular utilities supplies, is on the main trunk line, and is adjacent to a refugee camp where over 1,500 people have set up temporary shelters.

SHINE Humanity specifically is working on the following activities:

  • Rent a temporary site to open a community clinic
  • Recruit medical and support staff to run the clinic
  • Procure supplies and equipment needed to provide for patient care and operate the facility
  • (By 10/10) Open a walk-in clinic for a period of six months, providing primary and preventive care services between 8 am till 4 pm, 6 days a week
  • Establish a 24-hour urgent care facility and minor OT to handle trauma, injuries and other emergencies
  • Provide daily management, monitoring & oversight of staff and supplies at the facility
  • Collect patient data and financials so as to evaluate the overall success of the project for the duration of the six months

Who will benefit from our venture?

We expect being able to treat between 100 to 130 low income patients a day. This is projected to reach approximately 15,000 patients over the a six month period. Approximately 80% of these will be women and children. These patients are expected to come from all over Charsadda, but most heavily from the tent village that has been established across the street from the site location.

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SHINE Humanity, along with its field partner, Comprehensive Disaster Response Services(CDRS) continued providing services to disaster-affected communities in Pakistan. Here is a summary of our activity for the month of September:

Post-Earthquake Rehabilitation Projects

Chikar: During the month of September our teams were able to treat 1,832 patients in Chikar. They also spent on medicines, staff salaries, hospital repair, ambulance repair, incentives for government doctors, utilities and management.

Team members were able to treat a number of patients when an outbreak of gastro-intestinal epidemic hit a village. These patients came with severe dehydration and diarrhea from Danna and Andra Seri, Sulmia. There was not any other facility nearby to respond quickly and abruptly, without our presence in Chikar, these patients would not have made it to the DHQ Hattian Bala.

Our staff quickly and efficiently responded to the epidemic and dealt with the situation with commitment. We also followed up with a Emergency Response Team dispatched to the village to treat severe dehydrated patients who were in danger. These patients were were provided proper medical care for three days and were kept under observation.

Namhother: The team carried out health checks and provided medicines to the needy. A total of 155 patients were treated.

Gundi Gran: Our team provided staff salaries and medicines to 290 patients.

Flood Rehabilitation Projects

Shikar Pur, Sindh: Our focus is on providing child health care and medicines here. We were able to treat a total of 1,213 children in the Shikar Pur District Hospital Pediatric Ward.

Swat, Khyber Pakhtunwa: With the help of our grantor, the International Development and Relief Foundation, We are providing mother and child healthcare in Swat. In September, we treated 2,429 patients.We have improved our services for Swat. The new Labor Room is well-equipped with incubators, baby warmers, suction machines and all other necessary equipment and supplies. We have started providing 24 hours service and were able to retain patients in our female and children wards. We have also been able to install power generator to cover electricity break down.

Abaid ur-Rahman
Team Leader

The Mobile Medical Relief Mission (MMRM) started its efforts to treat flood victims on October 1, 2011. The MMRM strives to provide immediate health services and medicines to the flood victims of Sindh. Thus far, the mission has carried out ten successful camps and has treated over 2,000 patients. Medical camps are located at Tent House, Sabzi Mandi and Tando Allahyar.

The Mobile Medical Team includes two doctors, four paramedical staff and one volunteer. Patients are first diagnosed by the doctor and are provided with a prescription slip. Next, patients are guided to the paramedical staff for further services and free medicines. Flood victims are also given guidance on disease and infection prevention, along with treatment. Women and children are being checked by a different doctor than those treating male patients. According to the treating doctors, the most commonly-found diseases and infections include: Gastroenteritis, Malaria, Conjunctivitis, ENT Infections, hematological diseases and skin infections.

Last Thursday, GlobalGiving announced a soft-launch of their mobile giving program that will allow YOU to donate $10 to SHINE Humanity right from your cell phone! The $10 will be charged to your phone bill and the donation shows up immediately in GlobalGiving’s system. Today is the full-fledged launch of this fantastic and easy opportunity to show your support.

So you must now be wondering, “How can I take advantage of this new donation option?”

Every project has its own project ID number, and every non-profit has one as well. SHINE Humanity is currently accepting donations for four projects whose ID numbers you will find listed below. Once you have that number, you can do the following to donate:

Step 1
Donor texts:
GIVE [PROJ. ID] to 80088
Auto Response: To confirm your $10 donation to GlobalGiving reply with the word YES. Info? Visit: mGive.org/T or txt HELP. Msg & Data Rates May Apply.

Step 2
Donor must respond with: Yes
Auto Response: Thanks! $10 charged to your phone bill. Txt GIVE up to 3x for GG donations. Info? Visit mGive.org/T or txt HELP.STOP to end. Msg & Data Rates May Apply.

Auto Response: Reply with YES for GlobalGiving Alerts to find out how your donation is used! Up to 4 msg/mo. Info? Txt HELP, to end txt STOP. Msg & data rates may apply.

Remember that your participation is a pledge but will become an actual donation once you have paid your phone bill in full. Don’t forget! To keep a track of your donations, the mobile phone bill can act as a receipt, or a full mobile donation report can be viewed and printed at mGive.org/receipt (or mGive.org/r).

SHINE Humanity’s Project ID Numbers

If you wish to support mother-child health for 40,000 Kashmiris, text GIVE 1700 to 80088.
If you wish to give health services to Pakistan flood victims, text GIVE 6047 to 80088.
If you wish to improve health for mothers & children in Pakistan, text GIVE 7004 to 80088.
If you wish to give medical aid for 15,000 Sindh flood victims, text GIVE 8853 to 80088.
For general support to SHINE Humanity, text GIVE 7112 to 80088.

Thank you so much for all of your support. Give the service a try, tell your friends & family, and give us feedback!

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