World Diabetes Day 2021, Medical Camp for Diabetes, Hypertension & Cholesterol held at Gagri, Sihala Islamabad

In connection with World Diabetes Day 2021, SACHET-Pakistan in collaboration with Alliance for Diabetes and Liver Diseases (ADLD), Islamabad organized a one-day free medical screening camp for diabetes, cholesterol and hypertension at SACHET Clinic Gagri, Japan Road, Sihala Islamabad on Sunday, 14th November 2021.
World Diabetes Day is the global awareness campaign focusing on diabetes mellitus and is observed on 14th November every year. World Diabetes Day was launched in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to the rapid rise of diabetes around the world. Every year World Diabetes Day focuses on a theme related to diabetes, different factors that influence the risk of diabetes and its complications; The theme for World Diabetes Day-2021 is “Access to Diabetes Care; If Not Now, When?”
The objectives of organizing the free medical camp were:
1. To provide free and high-quality medical services; overall physical examinations, free diagnostic tests and health check-ups for the underprivileged population of rural Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
2. To bring awareness among the disadvantaged population of the district Islamabad and Rawalpindi on Diabetes related complications and who have no access to basic healthcare services or knowledge about the diseases they are suffering from.

At 9:30 am the medical team of Alliance for Diabetes and Liver Diseases (ADLD), Islamabad (see Annex I) headed by Prof. Dr. Saleem Qureshi and Dr. Mussarat Iqbal arrived at SACHET Clinic Gagri. The timing of camp was from 9:45 am to 1:00 pm. SACHET’s team mobilized the local community at Gagri and its surrounding areas by distributing handbills, installing banners and streamers, and announcements in Mosques. The registration process began at 9:45 am. Desks/counters were installed and designated for different screening lab tests such as Blood Pressure (BP), BSR (Blood Sugar Random), Cholesterol, Uric Acid, Hepatitis A, B & C, Bone Mineral Density (BMD), Bio-thesio, Haemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), and Body Mass Index (BMI). The local community representatives including young Volunteers (boys and girls) shouldered administrative arrangements for the successful operations of the camp.

Newly appointed President, SACHET-Pakistan Ms. Ayesha Khan, visited the camp and appreciated the efforts of the organizing team of SACHET and ADLDI. Mr. Muhammad Faheem, Chief Executive Director SACHET and Dr. Rehana Hidayat briefed Ms. Ayesha Khan about the services provided during the camp at SACHET-Clinic Gagri. Community members including men, women and children showed up for the camp including community members of Gagri and its adjacent communities including Lohi Bheer, Bhandar, Khurd, Pind Malkan, Pind Gagri, Dhok Darziyan, Gagri Niaziyan, Hard-o-Gahr, Rawat, Jhandala, Dhok Khardiri, Darvala, Sihala, Dhok Awan, Noori Syedan, Ghanghota Syedan, Morgah, and Partha visited the Free Medical Camp. Security was ensured by formally informing the SHO of Police Station Sihala.

At the free medical camp, the experts of Alliance for Diabetes and Liver Diseases, Islamabad delivered the following on-spot free services to the patients:
1. Blood Pressure.
2. Blood Sugar Random test (BSR).
3. Uric Acid test (A uric acid is a tool of screening for most of purine metabolic disorders. High uric acid level may eventually lead to permanent bone joint and tissue damage, kidney and heart disease).
4. Cholesterol test.
5. Hepatitis A, B, & C test.
6. Bone Mineral Density (BMD is the process to measure calcium and other types of minerals in an area of the bones. The BMD helps healthcare provider detect osteoporosis and predict the risk of bone fractures).
7. Bio-tensiometery test (A process to measure the threshold for perception of vibration sense which is used for assessing peripheral, neuropathies as seen in diabetic patients).
8. Body Mass Index (BMI is a person weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters, a high BMI can indicate high body fatness. BMI screening for weight categorized that may lead to health problems).
9. Haemoglobin A1c test (HbA1c measures the amount of blood sugar attach to haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is the part of the red blood cells that carries oxygen from lungs to the rest of the body).
10. Awareness lectures for diabetic and non-diabetic patients, topic includes management and prevention of diabetes and a diet plan for diabetic patients.

Summary of patients received treatment during the camp

Sr. No Description Qty/Number
1 Total Patients treated 153
2 Total Male patients 51
3 Male patients (50 & above) 16
4 Male patients (31 to 49) 27
5 Male patients (30 & below) 8
6 Total female patients 102
7 Female patients (50 & above) 29
8 Female patients (31 to 49) 46
9 Female patients (30 & below) 27

Summary of test conducting during the free medical camp

Sr. No Name of Medical Tests Number
1 Blood pressure 153
2 Blood Sugar Random (BSR) 153
3 Uric Acid 129
4 Cholesterol 109
5 Bones Mineral Density (BMD) 138
6 Body Mass Index (BMI) 153
7 Bio-thesiometery 76
8 Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) 14

Medical camps are crucial, in a way that health examinations and tests at the early stages of the illness can help to cure it faster and save a life before it can cause any damage. One can live longer and healthier only when the individual gets the right kind of health check-up, screening, and treatments. Even the most basic check-ups can identify underlying illnesses. The provision of free medical camp is extremely helpful for the poor population who earn a meager income and cannot afford expensive healthcare services offered by hospitals or clinics. SACHET’s efforts were greatly appreciated by the populace of Gagri and the neighboring areas, who requested that such camps be hosted on a regular basis.

 


Free eye screening camp at Panyali Sayedan Rawalpindi, treated around 600 patients

On Thursday, 21st October 2021, SACHET-Pakistan held a one-day free eye screening camp at SACHET clinic Pinyali, Main Kahuta Road, Rawalpindi in conjunction with Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, Rawalpindi. The aim of organizing the free eye camp was to provide free eye care to the under-served population in Islamabad and Rawalpindi districts. The registration process began at 8:45 am. Within the clinic building specific rooms were designated for Visual acuity test (Men and Women), Eye Specialist, Computerized eye sight check-up, and medicines. The local community representatives including young boys’ and girls’ students shouldered administrative arrangements for the successful running of the camp.

At the free eye camp, the medical team delivered the following free services to the patients:
1. Visual acuity test.
2. Objective Refractive error measurement through Auto-refractometer.
3. Preliminary Examination.
4. Refraction (The process to advice the vision spectacles number).
5. Final examination by a vision specialist
6. Free Medicines.
7. Vision correction spectacles.
8. Awareness lecture on “Special Eye Care”.
The Patients with complex problems or who needed Cataract or Pterygium surgeries were referred to Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Rawalpindi for additional examination and treatment.

Summary of patients received treatment during the camp

Sr. No Description Number
1 Total Patients treated 598
2 Male patients (Adults) 184
3 Female patients (Adults) 365
4 Children (Girls) below 16 years 23
5 Children (Boys) below 16 years 26
6 No of patients received free medicines 126
7 No of patients received free spectacles 174
8 No of patients referred to Al-Shifa Hospital for free cataract surgery 35
9 No of patients referred to Al-Shifa Hospital for other than surgery 47

Summary of diagnosis during the eye camp

Total 598 patients were treated in the camp, on the basis of visual acuity test, some patients were referred to Eye Specialist or Kerometry examination.

The camp managed following cases:

Sr. No Diagnosis Number
1 Conjunctivitis 15
2 Corneal Opacity 8
3 Pterygium 13
4 Squint/Orthoptic Assessment 9
5 Glaucoma 3
6 Cataract Surgeries 35
7 Surgeries other than Cataract 47
8 General Screening 468
Number of total cases 598


Eye camp set up in Banigala, Islamabad treated 762 patients

SACHET-Pakistan organized a one-day free eye screening camp with the collaboration of Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, Rawalpindi on Monday, 20th September 2021 at SACHET clinic Banigala, Mohra Noor, Islamabad. The eye camp was aimed at providing free Eye Care Services to the disadvantaged populace in the rural areas of Islamabad. Community members including men, women and children attended the camp including community members from Mohra Noor, Lakhwal, Nai Abadi, Kachi Abadi, Mughlan, Kuri Shehar, Rihara, Balagh, Malpur, Bhara Kahu, Shahzad Town, Dhok Jelani, Mohalla Malkan, Malik Abad, and Dhok Ilahi Baksh. Security was ensured by formally informing the SHO of Police Station Bhara Kahu, Islamabad.

The medical team provided following free services to the patients at the free eye camp:
1. Visual acuity test.
2. Objective Refractive error measurement through Auto-refractometer.
3. Preliminary Examination.
4. Refraction (The process to advice the vision spectacles number).
5. Final examination by Eye Specialist.
6. Free medicines.
7. Vision correction spectacles.
8. Awareness lecture on “Special Eye Care”.
The patients with complicated issues and for Cataract or Pterygium surgeries were referred to main hospital Rawalpindi for further investigation and treatment.

Summary of patients received treatment during the camp

Sr No Description Number
1 Total Patients treated 762
2 Male patients (Adults) 192
3 Female patients (Adults) 336
4 Children (Female) below 16 years 164
5 Children (Male) below 16 years 70
6 Patients received free medicines 284
7 Patients received free spectacles 196
8 Patients referred to Al-Shifa Eye Hospital for free cataract surgery 61
9 Patients referred to Al-Shifa Eye Hospital for other than surgery 73

Summary of diagnosis during the eye camp

S. No Diagnosis Number
1 Conjunctivitis 46
2 Corneal Opacity 13
3 Pterygium 35
4 Squint/Orthoptic Assessment 31
5 Glaucoma 4
6 Cataract Surgeries 26
7 Surgeries other than Cataract 73
8 General Screening 534
Number of total cases 762

The eye camp turned out to be highly effective in the early diagnosis of curable eye diseases in children, who can then be treated accordingly and prevent them from becoming handicapped later in life. The provision of eye services in such under-served areas has served as a great social endeavor and will serve as a goodwill tool among the local population of Islamabad region. The local populace of Banigala and its adjacent localities greatly appreciated the effort of SACHET and requested to hold frequent camps in future as well. Patients were grateful and satisfied with the team of Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, Rawalpindi for providing quality care.


Over 450 patients received free treatment in one-day eye screening camp at Gagri, Sihala

SACHET-Pakistan organized a one-day free eye screening camp with the collaboration of Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, Rawalpindi on Sunday, 12th September 2021 at SACHET clinic Gagri, Japan road, Sihala Islamabad.The eye camp was aimed at providing free Eye Care Services to the disadvantaged populace in the rural areas of Islamabad district. A huge number of community members including men, women and children showed up for the camp including community members from Lohi Bheer, Sawan Garden, Bhandar, Khurd, PWD, Naval Encourage, Pind Malkan, DHA, Pind Gagri, Dhok Darziyan, Gagri Niaziyan, Koral Town, Hard-o-Gahr, Rawat, Jhandala, Dhok Khardiri, Darvala, Sihala, Dhok Awan, Noori Syedan, Ghanghota Syedan, Morgah, and Partha.

Sr No Description Qty/Number
1 Total Patients treated 460
2 Male patients (Adults) 110
3 Female patients (Adults) 239
4 Children (Female) below 16 years 56
5 Children (Male) below 16 years 55

Summary of diagnosis during the eye camp

Total 460 patients were treated in OPD, on the basis of visual acuity test, some patients were referred to Eye Specialist or Kerometry examination. The camp managed following cases:

S. No Diagnosis Number
1 Conjunctivitis 45
2 Corneal Opacity 15
3 Pterygium 20
4 Squint/Orthoptic Assessment 10
5 Glaucoma 6
6 Cataract Surgeries 29
7 General screening 335
Number of total cases 460

 

 

The local community of Gagri and its adjacent localities appreciated the effort of SACHET and requested to hold frequent camps in future as well. Patients were grateful and satisfied with the team of Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, Rawalpindi for providing quality care. The community also prayed for the speedy recovery of Dr. A.Q. Khan’s NI, Bar, HI, President SACHET.


Over 300 Women Trained under Punjab Skill Development Fund till the end of June 2017

Under livelihood and training program, SACHET-Pakistan started skill development training courses for the girls of district Rawalpindi, Punjab with the support of Punjab Skill Development Fund (PSDF). The training course covered  two batches of 3 months each started on January 01, 2017 and ended on June 30, 2017. Over 300 women successfully completed TEVTA approved skill development training in trades of Textile Sales and Marketing, Fabric Quality Inspector,  Domestic Tailoring, Fabric Cutting Expert at SACHET Training Centers located at Japan Road Gagri, Kahuta Road Pinyali and F-8 Markaz Islamabad.

The overall objective of the project was to provide skills development training to unemployed women and girls and empower them to earn livelihood for themselves. These courses were part of Punjab government’s comprehensive program to train as many as 2,000 women in different skills in just three months. This female-focused training was provided in the rural and far-flung areas of the Punjab province with an aim to assist domestic women to earn livelihood in a respectable manner. The training courses were free of cost along with stipend of Rs.1500 per month for each student. Furthermore, SACHET Pakistan facilitated students by

providing free of cost uniforms, bags, training material, pick and drop facility and refreshment during the training.

 

Project Outcomes
• Trained more than 360 girls in different skills like fabric cutting, domestic tailoring, textile sales and marketing and Fabric quality inspection.
• Placement of trainees at relevant employers.
• Developed a Craft App: The data base of the trained persons has been maintained by PSDF and SACHET-Pakistan itself and shared with different employers’ online e-g. SNP Global.
• On successful completion of training course, students were awarded Certificates from Punjab Board of Technical Education.

 

 

 

 


SACHET Pathology Labs in collaboration with Islamabad Diagnostic Center started working at Pinyali and Gagri Centers

In view of increasing demand for lab facilities, SACHET-Pakistan in collaboration with Islamabad Diagnostic Center has started state of the art lab test collection centers at its Health Centers located at Kahuta Road, Pinyali and Japan Road, Gagri.

For more details call SACHET Gagri Center on 051-4485525 or Mobile No 0336-5231 705


“Skills for Market Linkage” Project launched in District Khanewal-April 2018

In April 2018, SACHET-Pakistan in collaboration with Punjab Skill Development Fund (PSDF) launched the scheme “Skills for Market Linkage” in district Khanewal  where 175 women are currently enrolled at three centers located in tehsil Mian Channu, Jahanian and Khanewal. Training program includes initial core skills training, business management module, project work followed by market linkages.

The main objective of this scheme “Skills for Market Linkage” is to provide demand-driven training to the rural women in garments sector (Adda Work) and create structured market linkage opportunities enabling them for participation in economic activities.

“Skills for Market Linkage” project envisions to achieve outcomes such as: 1) Businesses are set-up at village level to ensure market linkage with buyers. 2) Provision of tool-kits to ensure sustainable business outcomes. 3) Structured market linkage opportunities for rural females so they have sustainable income streams even after the program concludes.


Anti-Measles Campaign in ICT 12,000 children vaccinated

Anti Measles Campaign concluded in ICT, 12000 children received vaccination.

In January 2015, SACHET joined hands with Directorate of Health Services (DHS) CDA Islamabad to form a consortium as a public private partnership with an objective to initiate universal health coverage program as a part of its health equity model for the inhabitants of Islamabad Capital Territory. SACHET deputed 12 skilled vaccinators for the Anti-Measles Campaign in Islamabad Capital Territory and 12,000 children were vaccinated till Feb 2015 in the localities of Bari Imam, Rawal dam, Rawal Town, Staff colonies of PM House, KPK House, Punjab House, Sindh House and Wapda House.


Computer Literacy Centre for girls inaugurated at SCDP Pathargarh, Attock

Inauguration ceremony of Computer Training Centre for Girls held at SCDP Pathargarh District Attock.

On May 30, 2015, SACHET inaugurated another Computer Training and Literacy Centre especially for girls at SCDP Pathargarh, Hasanabdal District Attock. The Centre is fully equipped with 10 workstations and headed by a female computer instructor. It was established with the financial support from Mr. Saad Ali Khan (Rockville Group). First group of 15 girls were enrolled for three months basic course.

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263 boys and girls received training under Active Citizen Program

Community event organized at SACHET Community Development Program Pinyali, Kahuta to celebrate active citizen program of British Council.

A community event was organized by SACHET at SCDP Pinyali, Kahuta on March 30, 2015 in collaboration with British Council under Active Citizen Program. Around 200 individuals including trainees of active citizen program, political leaders, community Influentials, religious leaders, government representatives, parents and teachers participated in the event.

The said event was the last activity conducted under the agreed term of reference signed with British Council. So far SACHET has successfully completed all 10 agreed workshops and two community events. In these workshops around 263 (122 boys, 144 girls) received 5 days extensive training on Active Citizen Program in three districts i.e. Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Attock. The trained activists have developed and implemented around 26 SAPs (Social Action Projects) in these three districts.

  • Community event highlights:
    A total number of 100 trained youngsters (60 Boys and 40 Girls) participated in the community event on March 30, 2015 at SACHET Community Development Program Unit Office, Pinyali, Tehsil Kahuta, and Rawalpindi District.
  • A total number of 100 community members including political leaders, social activists, teachers, religious leaders, Govt. representatives participated in the event.
  • 16 SAPs (Social Action Projects) were showcased and presented by different groups out of total 26 SAPs.
  • The event was facilitated and organized by team of SACHET including Mr. Hamid Zaman, Lead Facilitator along with Co-Facilitators Ms. Shahnila Zaman, Mr. Muddasir Rehman and Ms. Uzma Baig. The facilitators have done a tremendous job in successfully conducting workshops and provided mentorship to the youth groups during post workshop period.
  • Raja Sagheer Ahmed was invited as chief guest along with prominent religious scholar Pir Syed Shabir Hussain Shah, Kahutta and Mr. Shahid Malik, Chairman Zakat Committee, Kahuta, Raja Amir Mazhar, Advocate (Member District Council Rawalpindi) other community elders, parents and teachers.
  • The event was highly appreciated by the guests and participants and extended their gratitude for the initiative of Active Citizen Program of British Council through SACHET Pakistan.
  • SACHET Pakistan is among one of the partners of British Council to implement Active Citizen Program in three districts of Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Attock for the year 2014-15