October 2013 Update
Aasra General Hospital
Since April, 5,224 beneficiaries have received treatment at the SHINE Humanity- Aasra General Hospital in Gharo. As in the past, most of our patients [88 percent] have been women and children.
Our staff is quick to provide help in the case of emergencies. For example, 75 year-old Usman arrived in our clinic after being severely wounded by a donkey cart. The doctors and staff were quick to provide him with first aid and referred him for further treatment at a specialty center.
In late September, a 30 year-old woman was brought to the clinic with signs ofsevere dehydration related to diarrhea and vomiting. The patient’s family was poor and came here because they had heard about our services. Our team quickly got together and provided her the necessary treatment which saved her life. Many a life is lost in these rural areas when the patients have no resources to get to a proper healthcare facility in time.
We continue to provide outpatient primary care services with an emphasis on disease prevention and would-be mothers are given complete antenatal checkups and followed up on vaccinations, nutrition and supplement requirements to ensure a safe pregnancy and healthy outcome. Besides diagnostic laboratory services, we are also providing blood transfusions in partnership with Husaini Hematology and Oncology Trust. Patients with eye diseases that cannot treated at our facility, are referred to the Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trusts’s [LRBT] Eye Center nearby.
SHINE Humanity Pediatrics Wards R.B.U.T Civil Hospital, Shikarpur
SHINE is continuing the support of the pediatrics wards at the R.B.U.T Civil Hospital in Shikarpur, where 11,437 children have been treated from January to September 2013.
In order to combat the high rates of diarrhea, our manager, Suneel, continues to educate the parents on how to make water safe for drinking and to bring the children to the hospital at the first signs of dehydration. We are continuing to work alongside WHO and UNICEF for providing the nutritional and medical care for children admitted with severe malnutrition.
This summer we had two new air-conditioners installed in the wards to overcome the intense heat in this area. These air-conditioners were generously donated by a couple of our supporters in California.
Sina’s Primary Healthcare Clinic, Baldia Town
In July, we undertook the co-support of Sina Health & Education Welfare Trust’s charitable primary and preventive health care clinic in Baldia Town, Karachi. With the constant increase in the cost of living expenses, this clinic serves to alleviate some of the healthcare burden of the low-income families that visit this clinic. The clinic also provides psycho-social counseling, and laboratory, ultrasound and x-ray services. 6,898 patients have been treated at this facility since July. They were provided diagnostic and other services such as nebulization as well as preventive care for diabetes and hypertension when needed.
We would like to inform you of of Dr. Anne Walker’s resignation from SHINE’s Board of Directors in September. Anne has been a source of support and guidance for our projects and we wish her the very best in her future endeavors.
We would also like to announce the addition of Mr. Azhar Hameed to our Board of Directors. Azhar is the Founder, President and CEO of Etilize, Inc. and shares our passion for serving the underprivileged. We are excited to have Azhar’s expertise as we move forward.
Thank you so much for enabling us to provide medical care to so many beneficiaries in Sindh, Pakistan.
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