Year End Report:
Shikarpur, Sindh. In the summer of 2012, Shikarpur and its surrounding areas was affected by floods for the third year in a row adding to the misery of an already devastated population. Over 10,000 sick children have been admitted for treatment at the Pediatric Ward of the R.B.U.T. Civil Hospital this year. Most of the children suffered from diarrhea, respiratory tract infections, anemia and varying degrees of malnutrition.
SHINE Humanity is continuing its support for this facility with the aim of improving the health of the children through education of the mothers, ensuring all children are immunized, and providing nutritional support for the children who need additional supplements.
Rahib Amro, Sindh. SHINE Humanity is partnering with APPNA [ Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America] for monitoring the construction of 100 houses for the flood affected victims of Rahib Amro village in Sujawal, Sindh. 40 houses have been completed so far and the owners have moved into these newly constructed brick structures which have replaced their mud and thatch homes.
Bagh Dheri, Swat: The Mother and Child Health Center in Bagh Dheri, Swat completed one year of service in August,2012. This project was supported by individual donors and a grant from International Development & Relief Foundation.
Over 36,ooo beneficiaries from Bagh Dheri and it’s surrounding villages have been treated at this facility since it opened in 2011. Most of the patients were treated for respiratory tract infections, acute diarrhea, urinary tract infection, aches and pains, acid peptic disease, anemia and hypertension. 27 normal and healthy babies were also delivered at the Center during this period.
Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Charsadda Community Clinic in Mohalla Mirzagan,Charsadda started operating on Oct.26,2011 and provided a continuum of outpatient services that was initially started after the floods in 2010 at a different location. This outpatient clinic in Charsadda provided medical care and urgent care services to over 15,000 beneficiaries till October 2012 for the treatment of a wide variety of diseases. This project was funded by International Development & Relief Foundation, HEART Canada and individual donors.
Haiti: On Jan 21, 2012 the SHINE Humanity Team comprising of 18 volunteer specialists from the White Memorial Medical Center was led by our Board member Dr. Faisal Khan to to provide coverage at the Bernard Mevs hospital in Port au Prince for one week. During this week, the team integrated their services with a 5 member pediatric team from Louisiana and worked together with Haitian doctors, nurses and other hospital staff to manage all kinds of cases- from simple ones to complex blunt and penetrating trauma, multi organ problems, complicated wound management, complicated respiratory management, pediatric surgery and acute and chronic rehab and physical therapy as well as being involved in teaching of medical and nursing students from local institutions. SHINE’s Board member, Dr. Anne Walker was also part of this mission.
JAPAN: Japan Post-Disaster Relief Youth Volunteers Project SHINE Humanity in collaboration with the mental health experts at Kokoro Wellness Network supported Youth for 3-11 from May 1, 2012 – Aug 31, 2012 to deliver much needed disaster rehabilitation services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of Japan in March 2011. While the immediate disaster relief needs had abated, support was required for continuing rehabilitation-related services for helping the victims return to their lives and livelihoods in Ishinomaki and Ohfunato.
92 under-graduate and graduate student volunteers of Youth for 3.11 carried out a variety of rehabilitation chores in collaboration with other non profit organizations like Tono Magokoro Net,Peace Boat, Megumi Japan, Project Yui, and NICCO to provide social services such as holding tea parties at temporal houses as a means of interaction to allow the victims to mingle with others and share their experience. The students also helped by conducting need surveys for existing needs, cleaning up disaster affected sites, helping with the logistics at the fish production factories, cleaning and fixing the fishing equipments with the local fishermen, rice-field cleaning for paddy planting, reinforcement of the irrigation system and helping elementary school children with their academic work. Countless numbers of beneficiaries were helped by the student volunteers. This project was supported by funding raised for Japan from Individual Donors, Tough Mudders and Tees for Japan.
SUPERSTORM SANDY: SHINE Humanity contributed towards California-based Fuel Relief Funds’ efforts in providing free fuel to the victims of the ravaging storm on the East Coast in November 2012.
Awards: In May, SHINE Humanity received the Certificate of Congressional Recognition and The 2012 Peruvian American Medical Society’s Institutional Award. Both recognized SHINE’s compassion, dedication and outstanding support to medical missions in Peru, Pakistan and Haiti.