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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Drug addicts, transgenders are the main source of HIV in Pakistan, official says

Drug addicts, transgenders are the main source of HIV in Pakistan, official says

Drug addicts, transgenders are the main source of HIV in Pakistan, official says

Pakistan medical experts call for a massive awareness programme for the prevention of HIV

Dubai: Drugs addicts and transgenders are the main source of spreading HIV (Human immunodeficiency virus) in Pakistan, said a senior official.

Medical experts in Pakistan stressed that mass awareness campaigns should be launched to educate people about preventive measures and treatment options for HIV.

Dr Sikandar Memon, the Program Manager of HIV/AIDS Control Programme in Sindh province, said there is urgent need for creating awareness about HIV infection, saying people in Pakistan are either unaware of their infection or hiding it due to social and cultural taboos.

He explained drug addicts and transgenders are the main source of spreading HIV and AIDs and claimed individuals were spreading the infection in Sindh. Unsafe, but common, practices such as reusing syringes and drips caused children being infected with HIV diseases in country, he said.

Acording to World Health Organization , unsafe injection practices and poor infection control is likely to be the most important driver of the outbreak,”

people registered in Aids control programmes

“Awareness is very much needed in general public at large and specifically healthcare providers and awareness programme have been launched in Sindh to minimise the infection of HIV and AIDS”, he added.

He also highlighted the importance of media in creating awareness among masses, saying public awareness seminars should also be organized in this connection.

There was a need to work with parents, and health-care professions, to warn against the rampant overuse of syringes and drips, reportd APP, the official news agency of Pakistan.

Dr Memom said the federal government was in touch with the Sindh health department to provide all out assistance to overcome the alarming situation in the province.

Expert said the disease was also spreading in other part of the country because of quacks as they used instruments which were not sterilized.

Dr Shobah Luxmi, Infectious Diseases consultnat at Aga Khan Hospital in Karachi, said that patients were at particular risk of contracting diseases or viruses at such clinics, where injections were often pushed as a primary treatment option.

“Sharing a needle or syringe for any use, including injecting drugs under the skin (skin popping), steroids, hormones or silicone, could put you at risk of HIV and other infections found in the blood like hepatitis C, she added.

She stressed the need to enforce ban on the reuse of syringes and called for the provision of safe blood transfusions.

children between 2 and 5 contract HIV in Sindh outbreak

Dr Sikandar said tha iternational and national health authorities and organisations working in Pakistan have already become active to curtail the HIV/AIDS outbreak in Sindh. He also stressed the need to control the fear among the people about spreading of the virus.

“Like the patients of diabetes and hypertension take a tablet each day, similarly the HIV positive patients can also take a single tablet daily to weaken the virus,” he added.

According to Dr Zafar Mirza, Pakistani Prime Minister’s Special Advisor on Health the reported cases of HIV in Pakistan are way less than actual numbers as according to conservative estimates, there are 163,000 HIV and AIDS cases in Pakistan, of which only 25,000 are registered with the national and provincial AIDS control programmes, and of these 25,000 cases, only 16,000 are getting proper treatment.

He underlined the need to address the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS. “The spread of communicable diseases exposes the deficiencies inherent in our healthcare system and our cultural practices,” he noted.

He recentluy told Pakistani media that a high-level international rapid response mission has been dispatched to to various areas especially in the Sindh provinc of Pakistan to ascertain the cause of the HIV outbreak, to advise on mitigation measures, and to suggest ways to avoid similar recurrences in future.

Responding to the HIV outbreak in Ratodero in Sindh, Dr Zafar said that the Regional Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has acceded to Pakistan’s request for a thorough investigation into the outbreak, He added that the Sindh government, with the assistance of the federal government, has so far carried out blood screening of 21,375 people, of whom 681 have tested positive for HIV.

“The most striking feature of the outbreak is that of these 631 cases, 537 cases are children in the two to five years age bracket, followed by children aged between 5-15 years,” Dr Zafar said.

Referring to the potential underlying causes of HIV and Hepatitis outbreaks, Dr Zafar cited reuse of syringes, use of unscreened blood for transfusion purposes, non-adherence to protocols for infection prevention and control, and unprotected sexual practices as the key challenges.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Dettol continues clean-up drives in support of Clean Green Pakistan movement

Dettol continues clean-up drives in support of Clean Green Pakistan movement

Dettol continues clean-up drives in support of Clean Green Pakistan movement

Reckitt Benckiser Pakistan Limited (RB), makers of Dettol in Pakistan, have been supporting the Government of Pakistan’s ‘Clean Green Pakistan’ movement through its campaign “Hoga Saaf Pakistan” by conducting a series of cleanathons across the country. As a part of the series of cleanathons, RB collaborated with Patients Aid Foundation (PAF) and Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) to create a cleaner and healthier space within the Medical ICU unit of JPMC. RB employees and volunteers supported the janitorial staff in cleaning the vicinity and painting public service messages to encourage visitors to maintain cleanliness.

Fahad Ashraf, CEO Reckitt Benckiser, said, “We appreciate JPMC’s trust on Dettol for providing a clean and germ-free environment for patients and their families. We encourage people and organizations to join hands with us in cleaning communal spaces around the country. As RB, we will continue to lead such activities to raise awareness and mobilize action, kyunke milkay lagayeinge jaan, tau Hoga Saaf Pakistan!”

On this occasion, Mr. Zahid Bashir, Chairman, Patients’ Aid Foundation (PAF) said, “I am pleased to see that corporate entities like RB are taking the responsibility of delivering hygiene and cleanliness messages through such initiatives. These activities encourage people to be cognizant of their habits and shift their lifestyles towards a healthier and cleaner living.”  

RB has been at the forefront to promote health and hygiene in the country through its campaign, Hoga Saaf Pakistan, and other national WASH programs since the announcement of Government’s Clean Green Pakistan movement. Earlier this year, the Company announced its commitment to support the Government’s Clean Green Pakistan movement by expanding on RB’s existing programs with the objective of spreading awareness about ensuring personal hygiene, toilet hygiene and most importantly, disposing waste properly.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Tecno To Provide Camon I Sky 3 To The Punjab Emergency Rescue Servicemen (Rescue 1122)

Tecno To Provide Camon I Sky 3 To The Punjab Emergency Rescue Servicemen (Rescue 1122)

Tecno To Provide Camon I Sky 3 To The Punjab Emergency Rescue Servicemen (Rescue 1122)

TECNO Mobile the leading smartphone brand is providing its bestselling phone the Camon i Sky 3 to Rescue 1122 workers through its network partner Yellowstone. The access to smartphones will facilitate the first responders and will enable victims to receive swift aid and assistance. 

Yellowstone, the official distributing partner of TECNO Mobile in Pakistan, have already supplied 640 units of the TECNO Camon i Sky 3 to the rescue 1122 workers on 30th June, 2019. 

The Punjab Emergency Rescue Service, commonly referred to as Rescue 1122, is one of the largest and most well trained emergency operators in the country. They provide assistance to millions of individuals across the province through their emergency ambulance, fire and community rescue response teams. The Rescue 1122 team also deals with instances of natural disasters and victims of terror related activities. As such by equipping the operators with a smartphone, TECNO and Yellowstone hope to further help the people of Pakistan receive the best immediate care they can. 

Mr. Creek Ma, CEO of TECNO Mobile Pakistan shared his excitement for this project noting “At TECNO we aspire to help Pakistan and so by providing smartphones to rescue workers we hope to facilitate and empower the emergency response teams. We are very proud of this initiative and happy to supply one of our best phones, the Camon i Sky 3, to the Rescue 1122 teams in Pakistan”. 

The Camon i Sky 3 has a 6.2 inch touchscreen display and is powered by a 2.0 MHz quad core processor. It is a dual-sim smartphone that comes with 2GB RAM and a powerful 3500mAh battery. Additionally, the phone provides Wi-Fi connectivity, 4G networking and an internal storage of 32GB. 

The Camon i Sky 3 will be used by the rescue operators as a tool (through its GPS, Data and Bluetooth feature) for providing better aid and assistance to young peoples. By providing the first responders and their on-call supporting teams with the TECNO smartphone, we aim to improve upon response time and provide on spot assistance to the rescue operating team. Moreover, the phones will help in tracking location and providing better communication between the team and the Rescue 1122 headquarters.

TECNO Mobile is one of the leading brands in Pakistan which has seen a gradual growth in the market share. Earlier this year the brand launched a country wide campaign to provide quality education to orphans from Khubaib Foundation under the title of “Tecno Blue Chalk”. The company’s latest smartphone, the Camon i4 which was released earlier this year made a notable impact in the market as it’s the only smartphone in its price range to offer users a triple AI camera feature. TECNO aims to empower its users through state of the art technology and this recent initiative with Rescue 1122 is just one of it’s many projects aimed at helping Pakistan progress and develop.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

#Facebook steps up to control misleading health content - based on false, sensational and misleading claims

#Facebook steps up to control misleading health content - based on false, sensational and misleading claims

Facebook steps up to control misleading health content - based on false, sensational and misleading claims

Karachi: July 03, 2019: Facebook initiated measures to control the content on the topic of health, fitness, and nutrition based on false, sensational and misleading claims.

In our ongoing efforts to improve the quality of information in News Feed, Facebook considers ranking changes based on how they affect people, publishers and our community as a whole. We know that people don’t like posts that are sensational or spammy, and misleading health content is particularly bad for our community, said Travish Yeh, a Facebook’s product manager.

So, last month we made two ranking updates to reduce the posts with exaggerated or sensational health claims and to reduce the posts attempting to sell products or services based on health-related claims, he added.

For the first update, we consider if a post about health exaggerates or misleads — for example, making a sensational claim about a miracle cure. 

For the second update, we consider if a post promotes a product or service based on a health-related claim — for example, promoting a medication or pill claiming to help you lose weight. 

We handled this in a similar way to how we’ve previously reduced low-quality content like clickbait: by identifying phrases that were commonly used in these posts to predict which posts might include sensational health claims or promotion of products with health-related claims, and then showing these lower in News Feed, he added.

We will continue working to minimize low-quality health content on Facebook. 

It is anticipated that most Pages won’t see any significant changes to their distribution in News Feed as a result of this update.

Posts with sensational health claims or solicitation using health-related claims will have reduced distribution. Pages should avoid posts about health that exaggerate or mislead people and posts that try to sell products using health-related claims. If a Page stops posting this content, their posts will no longer be affected by this change.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

‘Sindh Rescue and Medical Services’ launched at the Sindh Secretariat

‘Sindh Rescue and Medical Services’ launched at the Sindh Secretariat

‘Sindh Rescue and Medical Services’ launched at the Sindh Secretariat

Karachi, June 25, 2019: ‘Sindh Rescue and Medical Services’ (SRMS), a project of Government of Sindh, in collaboration with Aman Health Care Services, was formally launched at the Sindh Secretariat today. Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Minister for Health and Population, Government of Sindh graced the occasion and cut the ribbon to inaugurate the newly branded ambulances. This marks the official launch of Karachi’s first ever government backed, free of cost, life-saving ambulance service. This welcome development is the actualization of Sindh’s government’s earlier promise of providing quality & free of cost emergency medical service to the citizens of Karachi. 

It is to be noted that Government of Sindh initiated its formal support to Aman Ambulances, which had been operating in Karachi through a fleet of 60 lifesaving ambulances, in October 2018. During this period 74,776 life-saving interventions have been made and 11 babies have been delivered inside the ambulances, which now bear the emblem of Government of Sindh and are branded as Sindh Rescue and Medical Services. The provincial government intends to expand the size of this fleet incrementally to 200 to cater to the twenty million population of this mega-polis. 

A successful project by the name of Sindh Peoples Ambulance Service is already underway in the districts of Thatta & Sujawal with 25 life-saving ambulances since 2017. During the last two years, 51,120 lifesaving interventions have been made, including delivery of 151 babies in the life-saving ambulances enroute to the health facilities. 

Health Minister reiterated Government of Sindh’s endeavour towards exemplary public service during the ceremony, “Today is a great milestone for the people of Karachi and fruition of Sindh Government’s unwavering efforts and resolve to facilitate the citizens of this province. We greatly look forward to expanding this lifesaving ambulance service to all districts of Sindh in an incremental manner at the earliest.” 

CEO, Aman Foundation, Mujahid Khan, also expressed his gratitude at the launch of the Sindh Rescue and Medical Services. “We are very excited to continue working with the Sindh Government towards this pioneering partnership for setting up world class emergency medical services in Karachi and Sindh. Today marks for us the true actualization of Aman Foundation’s founding vision of bringing about systemic change by incubating public service initiatives for the under-served, and scaling them through strategic partnerships. ”

The ceremony was attended by Secretary Health and other senior officials from the Ministry of Health; CEO and senior team members of Aman Health Care Services.

The Sindh Rescue and Medical Services ambulances will continue to be run by the able team of Aman Health Care Services whereby the quality control and protocol will remain consistent to their decade-long experience in the field of emergency medical services, for the benefit of the public.

As before, the pre-hospital emergency care ambulance service is available by dialling 1021. As has been the practice in the past, and in line with global best practices, the service will prioritize critical and lifesaving interventions across Karachi.

The Children of #Al-Shifa Trust are waiting for YOUR Help!

The Children of #Al-Shifa Trust are waiting for YOUR Help!

The Children of #Al-Shifa Trust are waiting for YOUR Help!

Al-Shifa Trust is a Special School & Rehabilitation Centre providing special education, therapies and rehabilitation services to more than 100 indoor children inflicted with neuromuscular disorders belonging to VERY humble backgrounds. An average of 50 outdoor clients per day are also provided therapeutic treatment on subsidized rates and even pro bono in deserving cases. 

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Civil Aviation have been supporting these beautiful children since 1967. In an effort to further improve the facilities and help given to these children, PIA is holding a Fundraising event on June 26, 2019 at the DHA Golf Club from 8:30 pm. The event will be aired live on the PIA Facebook page.
The honorable Governor Sindh, Mr. Imran Ismail will preside as the Chief Guest. Federal Minister for Aviation, Mr Ghulam Sarwar Khan, and other eminent personalities from civil society, corporate sector, Directors of PIA, Trustees of Al-Shifa Trust and senior executive from PIACL and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will also attend the event.

PIA also maintains an account for those who would like to donate to improve the lives of these children. Anyone can donate any amount at any time at  A/c Title: AL-SHIFA TRUST. Bank A/c #:00480009646101; IBAN Number: PK36 HABB 0000 4800 0964 6101
Bank / Branch: Habib Bank Limited, PIA Airport Branch, Near Ramada Plaza, Karachi Airport

The special children of Al-Shifa Turst are completely dependent on funds by others for their survival. These young souls who are differently abled require special education, therapy, food and rehabilitation to survive in this world. 

It is heartbreaking to see hungry children who do not get adequate care arrive at Al-Shifa as a last hope for their survival in a world that is a constant struggle for them. It is not that the parents don’t want to care for their child, it is that they are not able to.

Two socially responsible corporate citizens namely PIA and Civil Aviation incepted this charitable institution in 1967. It was subsequently converted in to a Trust in 1981. Currently, it provides special and conductive education besides physical, speech and occupational therapies to cases of cerebral palsy, down syndrome and other neuromuscular as well as skeletal disorders.

The aim of Al-Shifa Trust is to recover and rehabilitate our very special children to normal life. These children are otherwise suffering because of negligence and lack of facilities. We educate and equip them with necessary skills to embrace life lively and to be as independent as possible in managing themselves.

Al-Shifa Trust is dedicated to ensuring that these children, adults, young and old with disabilities, receive opportunities to achieve their maximum potential for independence within their families and their communities. In recognition of the essential uniqueness of each client, Al-Shifa Trust strives to provide services and treatment keeping in view the individual needs. 

The primary role of Al-Shifa Trust is to provide rehabilitation services which contribute towards physical, education, communication, psychological and social needs of special children and persons. Over the decades they have rehabilitated thousands of children, who have gone on to become contributing members of society. This is the greatest achievement of the Trust and this is what it would like to continue doing. It can only happen if you open your hearts to fund their survival.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Sleeping with the TV on may make you gain weight

Sleeping with the TV on may make you gain weight

Sleeping with the TV on may make you gain weight

CHICAGO (AP) Dozing off to late-night TV or sleeping with other lights on may mix up your metabolism and lead to weight gain and even obesity, provocative but preliminary U.S. research suggests.

The National Institutes of Health study published Monday isn’t proof, but it bolsters evidence suggesting that too much exposure to light at night could pose health risks.

“Evolutionarily we are supposed to be sleeping at night, in a dark place,” said lead author Dale Sandler, a scientist with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a division of the National Institutes of Health. “It’s much more important than people realize for a whole variety of health reasons.”

Daily exposure to light and darkness helps maintain our 24-hour body clock, which regulates metabolism, sleep-promoting hormones, blood pressure, and other bodily functions.

Mounting research suggests disrupting that typical sleep-wake cycle may contribute to poor health, increasing risks for high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and obesity.

The researchers analyzed health and lifestyle data on nearly 44,000 U.S. women enrolled in an ongoing study seeking clues to causes of breast cancer. The analysis focused on data on sleep, light exposure and weight gain during the study, but not on breast cancer. Results were published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Women in the study had medical exams and filled out health and lifestyle questionnaires when they enrolled and periodically after. Those who reported sleeping at night in a room with a television on or a light were more likely to gain at least 11 pounds over about five years than those who slept in darkness. They were also about 30 percent more likely to become obese.

Sandler said she is confident that the added weight wasn’t from things like snacking at night, because the analysis accounted for other variables that could have led to weight gain such as diet, physical activity and sleep duration.

Sandler said it’s likely similar results would be found in men.

Animal research and smaller studies in humans have linked prolonged light exposure with weight gain. Exactly how is uncertain but scientists think disruption in release of hormones related to sleep and appetite may be involved.

Dr. Phyllis Zee, an expert in sleep and circadian rhythm disorders at Chicago’s Northwestern University, said the study is important because it highlights a behavior that can be easily changed to reduce the risk of gaining weight. “Properly timed light should be considered as part of a healthy life style,” she said, along with exercise and good nutrition.

The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Pakistan Marks World Blood Donor Day with Campaigns, 2 Million Signed Up On Facebook

Pakistan Marks World Blood Donor Day with Campaigns, 2 Million Signed Up On Facebook

Pakistan Marks World Blood Donor Day with Campaigns, 2 Million Signed Up On Facebook

Karachi: 14 June 2019:- Countries around the world celebrated World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) on Friday to raise awareness about the need for safe blood and to thank donors for their life-saving gifts. In Pakistan, national health organizations marked the day by holding campaigns to raise awareness about the need for more, safe blood donations, as the country battles an ongoing, safe blood shortage problem. 

Blood is an important resource for patients who suffer from life-threatening conditions and in maternal and perinatal care. Pakistan, however, has an acute safe blood shortage - something that urgently needs to be addressed, according to Hasan Abbas Zaheer, Project Director and National Coordinator of the Safe Blood Transfusion Programme (SBTP). 

Around 3 percent of the country's population should donate blood in order to meet the country's needs, according to Zaheer. 

“Pakistan has additional transfusion needs due to the high burden of thalassaemia and so we need about 3% of our population to donate blood on a regular basis, two to three times in a year, to sustain our blood transfusion system on 100% voluntary non-remunerated blood donations,” said Zaheer.

Social media platforms are also rallying behind the cause. Facebook launched its blood donation feature in 2017 and in Pakistan last year. The feature allows people to sign up as blood donors and to locate their nearest blood donation centers and those who need blood urgently. Since 2018, more than 2 million people have signed up to be blood donors on Facebook in Pakistan out of 35 million globally. 

Zaheer praised Pakistan’s “strong national culture of altruism” as one factor that is helping to boost blood donations in the country.

Hashtags such as #SafeBloodForAll and #DonateBlood were used across social media platforms on Friday to raise awareness.

Of the 117.4 million blood donations collected globally, 42% of these are collected in high-income countries, home to 16% of the world’s population.

In low-income countries, up to 52% of blood transfusions are given to children under 5 years of age, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO). An adequate and reliable supply of safe blood can be assured by a stable base of regular, voluntary, unpaid blood donors. These donors are also the safest group of donors as the prevalence of bloodborne infections is lowest among them, says the WHO.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Excessive use of smartphone putting kids’ health at risk

Excessive use of smartphone putting kids’ health at risk

Excessive use of smartphone putting kids’ health at risk

ISLAMABAD (APP): Excessive use of smartphone is horrible for children’s health and may cause cancer, tumors such as glioma and acoustic neuroma as brain tissue of children absorbed about two times more microwave radiations than that of adults and the bone marrow of children soak up 10 times more radiation.
Talking to the Media, Dr. Ikram ul Haq said low intelligence quotient and improper mental growth in children, sleep deprivation, brain tumors, and psychiatric diseases were caused by excessive use of phones.
He said excessive use of phones had an adverse effect on our body, especially on the growing skulls of children, toddlers, and teenagers and it could trigger the development of brain cancer in the future.
He said cell phones have non-ionising radiations. Many types of research proved that children and unborn babies do face a greater risk for bodily damage that resulted from microwave radiations given off by wireless devices.

The rate of microwave radiations absorption was higher in children than adults because their brain tissues were more absorbent, their skulls are thinner and their relative size was smaller, he added.

Talking about preventive measures, Dr. Ikram said although wireless devices were now part of our everyday life, they could be used in a manner that is safe enough.

He said the most important point was the distance, holding a cell phone a few inches away from our ear would reduce the risk by 1,000 times.

Dr. Ikram said just like Belgium, France, Germany and other technologically sophisticated governments, our government should also pass laws that ensure issuing of warnings about children’s use of wireless devices.
He said the best place to keep a cell phone was in a pouch, purse, bag or a backpack.

Moreover, these devices should be kept away from a pregnant woman’s abdomen. If a woman was a mother then she should not use a cell phone while breastfeeding or nursing. Children and teenagers needed to know how to use mobile phones and wireless devices safely. Cell phones should not be permitted in children’s bedrooms at all. Good health was above wealth, but a majority of people undermine their personal health and become more careless about their children’s mental and physical state.

Friday, May 17, 2019

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Aga Khan To Erect Multibillion Ultra Modern Hospital In Uganda

Aga Khan To Erect Multibillion Ultra Modern Hospital In Uganda

Aga Khan To Erect Multibillion Ultra Modern Hospital In Uganda

By Andrew Irumba

Kampala: The days of flying Ugandan government officials and tycoons to Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, for specialised medical attention are soon to end.

This is because we have learnt that the Aga Khan Foundation is set to construct a multibillion ultra modern hospital in Kampala. According to sources, facility will handle all sophisticated medical problems like heart and brain surgeries, fertility issues, transplants, among others. Those privy to the project have revealed to this website that his Excellency President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni together with His Highness the Aga Khan, will in July 2019 perform the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the world class hospital.

Artistic impression of the Aga Khan hospital

As part of preparations for the project kickoff, President Museveni on Wednesday met with the diplomatic representatives of the Aga Khan Development Network and senior executive team from the Aga Khan University Mr Firoz Rasul, at Entebbe State House. The President and his visitors discussed the final designs and construction programme for the new world class teaching hospital, with its associated education and housing facilities, planned for Kampala.

This is how the hospital will look
The government of Uganda forks out hundreds of millions of shilling fromm the treasury each year to send public servants and politicians abroad for specialised medical attention because some of the top hospitals in the country lack the required facilities and equipment for handle some complicated medical cases. However, after the construction of the Aga Khan hospital, all that will be history.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

LRBT launches 2 innovative fundraising projects

LRBT launches 2 innovative fundraising projects

LRBT launches 2 innovative fundraising projects

LRBT the largest free eye care trust in the country organized a press and bloggers meetup to launch two fundraising projects of its kind, to help raise awareness and garner support for the poor blind and visually impaired patients of the country. #LRBT Sightsaviour and #LRBTxSania have been launched just before the auspicious month of Ramzan to enable the 20 million lives lost in darkness to be able to see this Eid!

This year LRBT has to raise over a billion rupees to fund the treatment of millions of eye patients who flock to our vast network of free eye services comprising of 77 facilities which cover around 70% of Pakistan’s poor population.

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Since inception in 1985, LRBT through its 19 hospitals and 58 eye clinics, has treated over 41 million patients and performed 4 million surgeries absolutely free. On a daily basis over 9500 patients visit our facilities and 1,500 surgeries are performed. 3.1 million patients are expected to visit our facilities in the forthcoming year of which 300,000 will require surgery.

Step forward and enable us to help the 20 million sightless eyes out of which 3 million are children and hoping someone will give them the colors of life this Eid.

LRBT Sightsaviour

LRBT sight saviour wrist bands were launched by Hassan sheheryarYaseen of HSY. He shared his story of LRBT when he had lost his sight from one eye and LRBT saved it 17 years ago. HSY is the face of #lrbtsightsaviour campaign. Companies, hotels, airlines, banks etc are encouraged to buy bulks to show support to the cause. Buy a LRBT Sight saviour band and play your role in bringing colors to sightless eyes.


Sania Maskatiya joined hands with LRBT third time over 4 years to donate the proceeds from her exclusive line of scarves for LRBT available at both Karachi and Lahore flagship. Speaking at the event Umair Tabani, business head for Sania Maskatiya shared they are proud to be doing something for LRBT as the brand truly believes in the cause. The line is designed keeping the theme and shows colors so it ends darkness in lives of poor people with impaired vision. Each scarf will help fund a poor person get sight restoration surgery. SyraShehroz is the face for LRBT scarves. Give the gift of sight by purchasing a scarf from any Sania Maskatiya flagship.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

SINA Health - Affordable quality primary healthcare now accessible to deserving patients

SINA Health - Affordable quality primary healthcare now accessible to deserving patients

SINA Health - Affordable quality primary healthcare now accessible to deserving patients

KARACHI: SINA Health, Education and Welfare Trust is providing affordable and accessible quality primary healthcare to the poorest of communities in Karachi since 1998.

Having treated 850,000 patients last year, the trust recently shared its vision of treating one million patients by FY 2019-20 whereby initiating a fundraising campaign to secure donations to achieve this milestone.

Through this campaign the trust would like to reassure the underprivileged and deserving communities that SINA is working in their interest to provide them with access to high quality level of primary healthcare that they do not receive in these urban slums.

SINA has been providing services to the deserving patients present deep within the urban slum communities through a network of 30 clinics, of which three are currently under construction.

The quality of services provided are of international level, where a protocol based system is used to diagnose and treat a patient. This system makes sure that the patient is treated as accurately as possible, with the correct history present from past records, current vitals taken, along with additional diagnostic tests performed at the clinic.

All these services are provided under one roof and gives complete care to the patients, who do not have to go to different places for doctors, tests and medicines. To validate that the services provided to the patients are of best quality, monthly audits are conducted of the doctors and nursing staff as well as the medicines and systems used for healthcare provision.

Doctor Asif Imam (Chairman and Founder, SINA Health, Education & Welfare Trust) said: “Every day thousands of people migrate to Karachi in hopes of a better future for their families, we at SINA believe that they will be able to better provide for their family if their health is in the best condition. Providing primary healthcare means that we are treating the diseases right at the point where they originate, which is deep within the urban slum communities. The vision of treating 1 million patients is still not enough as the need is much more. In the Holy month of Ramadan, we hope that the spirit of charity will help fill the gap in funding needed to treat as many deserving patients as possible and will be the reason for blessings for all.”

Thursday, April 18, 2019

#AKUH, #Aman Foundation and Johns Hopkins University release findings of Project HEAT

#AKUH, #Aman Foundation and Johns Hopkins University release findings of Project HEAT

AKUH, Aman Foundation and Johns Hopkins University release findings of Project HEAT

Karachi April 17, 2019,: In partnership with Aman Health Care Services (AHCS), Aga Khan University Karachi and John Hopkins University, Baltimore USA, Aman Foundation celebrated the successful conclusion of the HEAT study – a collaborative research project to evaluate ways in which deaths caused by extreme heat exposure could be reduced.

HEAT (Heat Emergency Awareness and Treatment) commenced 4 years ago, in the wake of the scorching heatwave in Karachi which triggered a healthcare emergency and caused the deaths of more than 1,200 people. Its completion comes at a time when it has been forecasted to be an even hotter year than 2015. 

The project comprised of researchers from Aga Khan University, Johns Hopkins University, the World Health Organization and the Aman Foundation. Their goal was to develop and implement strategies for preventing and treating heat emergencies in households and in emergency departments in low-income settings; various key findings were drawn into the presented policy brief. 

Mujahid Khan, CEO Aman Foundation addressed the audience by stating: 

“Keeping in mind the current climate situation of the world, it is extremely important to become as aware of the severity of the situation as possible, in order to be able to find relevant situations for our region. This is an important step in collaboration with AKU and Johns Hopkins, and we are hopeful that this would prove to be beneficial for the community”.

The keynote speeches included proposed policy recommendations such as introducing and emphasising training for managing heat emergencies, notifying hospitals well in advance to ensure availability of necessary supplies, and overall public awareness creation via various channels of communication.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

35 million children in South Asia are not attending age appropriate pre-primary education: UNICEF

35 million children in South Asia are not attending age appropriate pre-primary education: UNICEF

35 million children in South Asia are not attending age appropriate pre-primary education: UNICEF

Kathmandu, April 09, 2019 (PPI-OT): More than 35 million children in South Asia are not attending age appropriate pre-primary education. UNICEF’s first-ever global report dedicated to early childhood education was released today. According to the report, countries with high numbers of children not in pre-primary education are missing a critical investment opportunity and are at risk of suffering deep inequalities from the start. In low-income countries, only 1 in 5 young children are enrolled in pre-primary education.

“Pre-primary schooling is our children’s educational foundation – every stage of education that follows relies on its success,” said UNICEF Pakistan Representative Aida Girma. “Yet, too many children around the world are denied this opportunity. This increases their risk of repeating grades or dropping out of school altogether and relegates them to the shadows of their more fortunate peers.”

Pre-primary education (kachi) exists in many schools in Pakistan but is not recognized as an official grade. Consequently, there is a lack of trained teachers, standardized facilities and curriculum to provide a quality early childhood education. However, awareness of the importance of quality pre-primary education has increased in Pakistan; three provinces have adopted policies for free and compulsory pre-primary education for all children and are taking steps to provide quality early learning.

A World Ready to Learn: Prioritizing quality early childhood education reveals that children enrolled in at least one year of pre-primary education are more likely to develop the critical skills they need to succeed in school, less likely to repeat grades or drop out of school, and therefore more able to contribute to peaceful and prosperous societies and economies when they reach adulthood.

Children in pre-primary education are more than twice as likely to be on track in early literacy and numeracy skills than children missing out on early learning. In countries where more children attend pre-primary programmes, significantly more children complete primary school and attain minimum competencies in both reading and math by the time they finish primary school.

Globally, the report notes that household wealth, mothers’ education level and geographical location are among the key determinants for pre-primary attendance. However, poverty is the single largest determining factor. Some key findings:

Role of poverty: Across 64 countries, the poorest children are seven times less likely than children from the wealthiest families to attend early childhood education programmes. For some countries, the rich-poor divide is even more apparent.

Impact of conflicts: More than two thirds of pre-primary-age children living in 33 countries affected by conflict or disaster are not enrolled in early childhood education programmes. Yet, these are the children for whom pre-primary education has some of the greatest benefits. Pre-primary education helps young children affected by crises overcome the traumas they have experienced by giving them a structure, a safe place to learn and play, and an outlet to express their emotions.

Cycle of educational achievement: Across countries with available data, children born to mothers who have completed secondary education and above are nearly five times more likely to attend an early childhood education programme than children whose mothers have completed only primary education or have no formal education.

In 2017 an average of 6.6 per cent of domestic education budgets globally are dedicated to pre-primary education, with nearly 40 per cent of countries with data allocating less than 2 per cent of their education budgets to this sub-sector.

This lack of worldwide investment in pre-primary education negatively impacts quality of services, including a significant lack of trained pre-primary teachers. Together, low- and lower middle-income countries are home to more than 60 per cent of the world’s pre-primary-age children, but scarcely 32 per cent of all pre-primary teachers. In fact, only 422,000 pre-primary teachers currently teach in low income countries. With expanding populations, assuming an ideal pupil-teacher ratio of 20 to 1, the world will need 9.3 million new pre-primary teachers to meet the universal target for pre-primary education by 2030. In South Asia the ratio of pre-primary teachers is 20 to 1 on average however with extreme variance within countries.

UNICEF is urging governments to make at least one year of quality pre-primary education universal and a routine part of every child’s education, especially the most vulnerable and excluded children. To make this a reality, UNICEF urges governments to commit at least 10 per cent of their national education budgets to scale up early childhood education and invest in teachers, quality standards, and equitable expansion.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Breast cancer patients to get free treatment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - via Dawn

Breast cancer patients to get free treatment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - via Dawn

Breast cancer patients to get free treatment in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - via Dawn

PESHAWAR: The government has, for the first time, included breast cancer in the free treatment programme meant to provide services to 6,000 patients suffering from general and blood cancers in the next three years.

The patients of breast cancer, one of the second commonest types of the disease, will get latest treatment at Hayatabad Medical Complex under a cost sharing formula with Novartis Pharma, which signed a memorandum of understanding with the health department in 2011.

About 40,000 patients have benefited from the programme to get free treatment for various types of blood cancer, costing Rs19 billion, since its launch. The patients included 58 per cent male and 42 per cent female.

The government share in the programme is 10 per cent while 90 per cent comes from the company.

Under the new programme, to be started in June 2019 and will continuetill 2022, the drug manufacturer will supply medicines worth Rs24 billion and government`s expenditure will be Rs2.4 billion. The government has approved a PC-1 of Rs4.9 billion to continue both the programmes and the patients don`t suffer for want of treatment.

`For the first time, breast cancer patients will get effective medicines for one year. The medicines have shown good results in developed countries. We plan to treat 3,000 patients, using the latest way of medication, Prof Abid Jamil, the director of the project and head of oncology department at Hayatabad Medical Complex, told Dawn.

He said that the programme also included patients` management relation system to enable the people to contact medics in emergency situations.

`People are coming directly or through referral by district hospitals because awareness regarding cancer has increased due to our seminars and workshops for local doctors across the province. The number of patients coming in initial stage is increasing. Such patients stand good chances of recovery,` said Prof Abid.

He said that the second phase of the programme also covered general cancer patients since 2016. He said that more than 3,000 new patients would be treated in the next three years. Headded that so far, about 5,000 patients had received free of cost services regardless of their financial status.

Prof Abid said that all types of treatment were highly expensive. He said that average cost of treatment was about Rs2.5 million. He added that the programme covered the patients requiring lifelong support.

He said that the blood cancer programme initiated by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was also appreciated at a conference in Oxford, UK in September last where participants agreed that it was the first government`s initiative for free treatment of cancer patients. `Our model was discussed to be replicated in the developing countries. Even rich countries cannot of fer free cancer treatment despite health insurance,` he added.

Prof Abid said that their model was also replicated in Sindh and Punjab provinces. Gilgit-Baltistan, where people had a lot of difficulties in treatment of the ailment, was also adopting it, he added.

He said that survival rate among the patients was 88 per cent under the programme. He added that there was worldwide concern over lack of health facilities for cancer patients and efforts were afoot to find ways for providing free or subsidised services to the patients.

Source: Dawn

Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) hosts annual party for young cancer survivors

Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) hosts annual party for young cancer survivors

Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) hosts annual party for young cancer survivors

KARACHI: The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) hosted their annual oncology hematology party for the year 2019.

This event is organized every year to celebrate the successful journey of young cancer survivors and encourage the parents and families of children going through cancer treatment and make them believe that cancer is curable.

The event was attended by faculty, staff, pediatric patients, their families, and caregivers. This year’s theme for the event was ‘Happiness is Here’.

In line with, the party arena was decorated with the bright balloons and had the children dressed in vivid colours.

The multi-disciplinary team at the Aga Khan University Hospital provides quality treatment and statistics show that if the treatment is given well in time, there is 80pc chance of the child being cured.

As per the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Asim Belgaumi, “approximately 8000-10000 kids probably develop cancer every year and amongst them only 3000-4000 reach cancer centre for appropriate care and majority patients come in for treatment at very late stage of the caner.”

The party had numerous onstage and off stage activities for the children which includes zumba and singing.

It was heartwarming to watch the participants tap their feet, sway their shoulders, bob their head, as they immersed themselves in collaborative drumming with the drum circle.

The children had a good time playing games at the gaming zone, getting their faces painted, and participating in the Arts & Crafts booth.

Associate Professor and Section Head of the Pediatric Oncology Department, Dr Zehra Fadoo, said, “Leukemia is most common form of cancer among children. AKUH is providing treatment for all type of cancer at all the stages.

We have multidisciplinary team dedicated for children’s cancer, providing all kind of support.

AKUH has the team having expertise including but not limited to, neurology, brain tumors, Bone and soft tissues, and transplantations” A poster competition was also organized and the theme of the competition was “Happiness is here”.

Numerous kids participated in the competition and made amazing posters. Certificates were distributed to the survivors on fighting their disease bravely.

The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) is a not-for-profit, private healthcare network with a quaternary care hospital, four secondary care hospitals, over 25 Medical Centers, and over 260 Clinical Laboratories in over 115 cities across Pakistan.

It also has a network of pharmacies and offers home healthcare services.

AKUH is Pakistan’s first Joint Commission International accredited hospital which is the gold standard in quality and patient safety. Its clinical laboratories are accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for fast and accurate lab testing.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Garam Chai Peenay Walay yeh Zaror Parh len : Kitna Khatarnak Hai

Garam Chai Peenay Walay yeh Zaror Parh len : Kitna Khatarnak Hai

تیز گرم چائے گلے کے کینسر کا سبب بنتی ہے: رپورٹ

چائے کے عادی بے شمار افراد اپنے دن کی شروعات گرما گرم چائے سے کرتے ہیں اور خود کو تازہ دم محسوس کرتے ہیں لیکن گرماگرم چائے پینے کے عادی افراد کے لیے بری خبر یہ ہے کہ تیز گرم چائے پینے سے گلے کے کینسر کا خدشہ دُگنا ہوجاتا ہے۔

امریکی محققین نے ایک تحقیق سے اخذ کیا کہ وہ افراد جو 60 ڈگری سینٹی گریڈ سے زائد گرم اور دن بھر میں 700 ملی لیٹر تک چائے پیتے ہیں ان میں نیم گرم یا ٹھنڈی چائے پینے والوں کے مقابلے میں 90 فیصد تک  گلے کے کینسر کا خدشہ پایا جاتا ہے۔

امریکی کینسر سوسائٹی اور تحقیق کے سربراہ ڈاکٹر فرہاد اسلامی کی رپورٹ کے مطابق بہت تیزگرم چائے پینے سے گلے کے کینسر کا خدشہ تیزی سے لاحق ہوتا ہے اس لیے ہدایت کی جاتی ہے کے کوئی بھی مشروب جیسے چائے، کافی یا پھر سادہ دودھ بہت تیز نہ پیا جائے بلکہ اسے ٹھنڈا کرکے یعنی نیم گرم پینا صحت کے لیے مؤثر ہے۔

انٹرنیشنل ایجنسی کی ایک تحقیق میں بتایا گیا ہے کہ گلے کے کینسر کا شمار دنیا کے 8 سب سے زیادہ ہونے والے خطرناک کینسر میں ہوتا ہے جس سے تقریباً ہر سال 4 لاکھ افراد لقمہ اجل بن جاتے ہیں۔

تحقیق کے مطابق شریانوں کا کینسر لاحق ہونے کی بنیادی وجہ سگریٹ نوشی، شراب نوشی اور بہت تیز گرم مشروبات کا استعمال ہے جس سے غذا کی نالی اور معدہ شدید متاثر ہوتا ہے۔

چونکہ غذا کی نالی طویل ہوتی ہے تاہم جب بھی کوئی خوراک یا پھر مشروب جو بہت زیادہ گرم ہو وہ غذا کی نالی سے گزرتی ہے تو نالی سوزش کا شکار ہوجاتی ہے۔

امریکن کینسر سوسائٹی کے مطابق رواں برس امریکا میں شریانوں کے کینسر میں 13 ہزار 750 افراد مبتلا ہوئے جب کہ خواتین کی تعداد 39 ہزار ہے۔

لندن اسکول آف ہائیجین اینڈ ٹروپیکل میڈیسن کے پروفیسر اسٹیفن ایوانس کا کہنا ہے کہ شریانوں کے کینسر کی وجہ صرف گرم مشروب ہی نہیں بلکہ وہ تمام چیزیں جو مائیکرو ویو میں بہت تیز گرم کرکے فوری استعمال کی جاتی ہیں وہ بھی انتہائی مضر صحت ہیں۔ 

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