SAHI CHARITABLE TRUST, DASKA PAKISTAN WELCOMES YOU
Healthcare is a right, not a privilege
SAHI CHARITABLE TRUST, DASKA PAKISTAN was formed to address the healthcare needs of underprivileged and undeserved people living in the environs of Daska, Pakistan. The clinic was established to serve the needs of a burgeoning population with scarce means and living on subsistence wages
LOCATION AND AREA OF PATIENT REFERRALS
This trust was established by the family of Brigadier G.R. Chowdhry (late) to address the basic healthcare needs of the under served population of Daska.
Maj. Gen Yusuf Jamal has been instrumental in the building and maintenance of our clinic site
In our experience a minor illness affecting a family member, especially the wage earner, leads to a snowball effect that envelops the whole family. The finances necessary for basic needs and food are diverted to healthcare.
We strive to break this vicious cycle where the family has to choose between healthcare needs and enduring basic nutritional needs.
CATARACT AND INTRA-OCULAR LENS TRANSPLANT CLINIC
Dr Khalid Dogar is hosted at the Sahi Clinic multiple times a year to perform Cataract extraction and Intra-Ocular lens transplants. these procedures are free of cost for all deserving patients.
The procedures and are often sight restoring to individuals who have been blind for multiple years as the patients are unable to bear the cost of surgery. Each lens transplant is approximately $ 50 and the impact on the individuals
's life is immeasurable.
June 9, 2019
EXPANDED PROGRAM FOR IMMUNIZATION VACCINE SITE APRIL 2022
ALL CHILDHOOD VACCINATIONS PROVIDED BY EPI
EFFORTS TO IMPROVE MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
POINT OF CARE HEMOGLOBIN MEASUREMENT
MATERNAL AND CHILDHOOD ANEMIA IS PREVALENT DUE TO NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES. HEMOGLOBIN IS NOW MEASURED WITH POINT OF CARE TESTING AND APPROPRIATE INTERVENTIONS ARE STARTED
LABORATORY TESTING DONE AT A LOCAL PATHOLOGY LABORATORY. COSTS ARE BORNE BY THE CHARITABLE TRUST
AGE RANGE OF PATIENTS
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OBSTETRIC AND PRENATAL SERVICES
Pre-natal and Obstetric care commenced from March 2021.
Some of the services being offered are:
Pre and Peri-Natal health checks
Identifying and treating Pre-Eclampsia
Laboratory tests for Nutritional Anemias
Nutritional supplementation for expectant mothers and the newborn infants
The most important factor determining the outcome of pregnancy, is the lack of adequate antenatal services and we are intervening to ensure that these services are provided free of cost and prevent lifelong morbidity
ANTENATAL SERVICES .
Prenatal care reduces the risk of preventable pregnancy complications. This often includes monitoring both the baby’s and mother’s health and making recommendations that reduce the risk of miscarriage and birth defects.
A lack of prenatal care has a multiplicity of long term deleterious effects on children. Low birth weight babies are at a higher risk of dying and are also more likely to be neglected by their caregivers. Due to a lack of prenatal care, the number of children who are born with a low weight is disproportionately high
If a woman does not have access to prenatal care, she is more likely to become malnourished, which has devastating effects on the long term health of the baby. The lack of proper nutrients during pregnancy can lead to low weight births and slow or delayed organ growth.
Maternal malnutrition during pregnancy can lead to a lack of glucose and insulin, causing type 2 diabetes and a lack of spinal growth.
Long term health effects include neural tube defects leading to spina bifida, brain damage, birth defects and premature birth. Intrauterine growth restriction is responsible for 50 percent of stillbirths. Perinatal mortality is five to 30 times more likely for low weight birth children. Both of these factors are direct results of maternal malnutrition.
We will be addressing all of these concerns at our clinic at no cost to our patients.
WAYS WE HELP
Meaningful Work. Unforgettable Experiences.
The dynamics of the population we serve revolves around daily wage earners. An illness among the household potentially threatens the ability of a family to feed itself on a day to day basis. We intervene in these situations by providing free basic health consultative services and a supply of medications.
This bridges the acute illness and allows these families and patients to concentrate on regaining their health and thus remain financially secure.
Tertiary healthcare issues are referred to the local Government District Hospital or to larger hospitals in Lahore.
The clinic is supervised by a licensed physician (Dr. Tariq Masood), a licensed paramedical provider, and a nurse. We are also developing capabilities for linking to a tele-medicine services for specialized
care to which the population presently
has no access.
FREE CATARACT CLINIC:
We coordinate and run a free Cataract Clinics to extend care to people with poor or no vision. This includes all expenses for surgery and intra-ocular lens. This sight restoring surgery is beyond the reach of a large swath population who often struggle through life with poor or no vision as they cannot afford a $125 surgery
Our present daily volume is approximately 80-90 patients and we are open six days a week, with a nominal (Rs. 10 / $ 0.05 ) charge to all patients without resources. A 3-5 day supply of medications is given after the consultation and a follow up appointment in 5-7 days is often advised.
FOOD DONATION. NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT
With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with this challenge.
Sahi Trust distributes free food to the undernourished and free milk from a small dairy farm is distributed to malnourished children every evening.
Adequate nutrition is vital for the neuro-developmental processes that occur rapidly during pregnancy and infancy, such as neuron proliferation and myelination. Poor nutrition can cause permanent cognitive deficits in human populations, including the child's interaction with the environment, the timing and degree of nutrient deficiency, and the possibility of recovery. Our aim is to address malnutrition associated cognitive deficits in the population that we serve
The Health Clinic forms the core of our mission.
The health care needs of the population are inadequately addressed by a rudimentary public health care system.
We also provide education about hygiene, prevention of transmissible health diseases, prenatal care and nutrition as well as childhood vaccinations.
we have been at the forefront of public messaging about the COVID pandemic and provide free masks and sanitizing liquids.
We also provide medications for seizure prophylaxis at no cost to patients with epilepsy.
At SAHI CHARITABLE TRUST, DASKA PAKISTAN, we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts in addressing all health related issues. Health Clinic is by no means an easy feat, but through cooperation and community empowerment we believe we can facilitate progress in this area. We are always striving to make a difference, and invite you to learn more and lend your support.
Doctors for Healthy Communities is a Louisville Kentucky based nonprofit organization which has an outreach to our clinic in Daska. Dr. Babar Cheema is the DHC president and has helped our organization's outreach efforts
SIGHT RESTORING SURGERY
FREE INTRA-OCULAR LENS TRANSPLANTS
“Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do”
MEET THE TEAM
The Faces of Our Organization
DR. BILAL AHMED
Dr. Bilal Ahmed belongs to Daska and is presently a Professor of Medicine in the USA. Having experienced first hand the healthcare system across three continents, Dr. Ahmed is very aware about the disparities in the healthcare delivery systems in his native Pakistan.
The Health Care Clinic is named after his Grandfather and his family has been residing in Daska for generations.
DR. ANSA M AHMED
Director of Operations
Dr. Ansa Ahmed oversees the logistics of the Sahi Charitable trust and has a keen interest in women's health and nutrition.
Director of Communications
Mustafa Ahmed is a Pre-Med undergraduate student at George Washington University in Washington DC. He joined the SAHI CHARITABLE TRUST, DASKA PAKISTAN with the vision and drive to improve upon our Non-Profit Organization, and focused on developing the organization with his experience and integrity. He has an abiding interest in helping the undeserved and his public health is reflected in his contributions to the organization
Director of Outreach and Donations
Hamza Ahmed joined SAHI CHARITABLE TRUST, DASKA PAKISTAN with the vision and drive to improve upon our Non-Profit Organization, and focused on developing the organization with experience and integrity. Hamza is a medical student at the American University of Antigua. He coordinates the patient care and the free eye care clinics which are held on a biennial basis to treat cataract induced blindness
NEW OBSTETRIC SERVICES STARTING MARCH 2021
ANTENATAL SERVICES COMMENCING AT OUR CLINIC FROM MARCH 2021.
WE HAVE SECURED THE SERVICES OF A AN OBSTETRICIAN AND PURCHASED A STATE OF THE ART ge ULTRASOUND MACHINE. THE CLINIC IS ALSO BEING CONVERTED TO SOLAR ELECTRICITY AND IN THE PROCESS OF BEING AIRCONDITIONED FOR THE COMFORT OF OUR PATIENTS.