Mother & Child Healthcare Facility in Bagh Dheri, Swat completes one year of service.
SHINE Humanity would like to thank all its supporters who have contributed so generously in helping us achieve the important milestone of one year of service in Bagh Dheri, Swat, We look forward to your continued support in the future.
Following an initial livelihood support project in Swat after the 2010 floods, SHINE Humanity and Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS) felt the need to extend their services and expertise by setting up healthcare services for the needy and underserved rural population of this mountainous region.
The Mother & Child Health Centre started operating on 18th August 2011, in collaboration with SHINE Humanity [SH], Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS) and Begum Effendi Group of Hospitals (BEGH) with a generous grant from International Development & Relief Foundation as well as some additional funding from our
As of August 31, 2012, the center has treated 36,482 beneficiaries. Most of the patients were treated for respiratory tract infections, acute diarrhea, urinary tract infection, aches and pains, acid peptic disease, anemia and hypertension . Those who can afford it are charged Rs. 30 [ less than 5 cents] for physician visit and an additional small charge for lab tests. Standard and high quality medicines are provided free of cost. Free ambulatory referral service to the local Tehsil or District hospital is provided to all the patients who are referred out.
The majority of our beneficiaries have been women [46 percent] and children under the age of 14 [45 percent]. In addition, 27 normal and healthy babies have been delivered at the Center during this period. This seemingly small number of births is a mjaor feat for us because delivering babies at home has been the cultural norm in this patriarchal society. Three percent of the outpatients were females who came for antenatal care. This has been achieved through the hard work of our staff through education of the people on ways to make pregnancies and deliveries safer.
This facility also has a laboratory for routine lab tests, an EKG and Ultrasound facility and a well stocked pharmacy.
Community Outreach Services were provided via two mobile camps set up in the villages of Gujjar Kally Brakhe and Adam Shah in November 2011, allowing for extension of services to 673 persons. There was also a two day medical camp at the Bagh Dheri Healthcare facility in June, 2012 in collaboration with the specialists at Khyber Medical College , Peshawar. This provided services for 850 beneficiaries.
SHINE Humanity’s Board Member, Dr. Anne Walker, conducted a one-day training workshop for the Lady Health Workers and staff of the Swat and Charsadda Facilities in July in Islamabad. She has been instrumental in helping us find solutions to the high rates of diarrhea in the Swat area, by helping to get the drinking water around the Bagh Dheri facility tested and providing the information on how to make the water safe for drinking. This has been one of our first implementation of healthcare services on a larger, population- based level.