SATH Project a Seminar /Awareness Session and Hepatitis Screening Process in UAJK

Not Completed

According to WHO estimates, approximately 10 million people are suffering from hepatitis in Pakistan. Out of five types of hepatitis namely A, B, C, D and E, hepatitis B and C have the highest mortality; approximately 4-5 million people are suffering from Hepatitis B and about 4-6 million suffer from Hepatitis C.

Unsafe drinking water, unscreened blood transfusions and un-sterilized/used syringes and shaving razors have made Hepatitis one of Pakistan’s greatest health concerns. Hepatitis A and E are caused by oral infection, contaminated water and unhygienic food. Hepatitis B, C and D are caused by un-sterilized syringes, contaminated shaving razors, sexual intercourse, blood transfusion, and from mothers to infants. recently a village Prim Kot in district Muzaffarabad Azad Kashmir has been identified where more than 25% of the village population is suspected to be infected by hepatitis B and (or) C.


The University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir is located in Muzaffarabad City but students from all over the state, Northern Areas and all the four provinces of Pakistan are pursuing their education in this institution. By implementing this project in AJK University a country wide awareness and impact can be generated in a very economical and effective manner.


To reduce the occurrence of hepatitis, RAHMA started hepatitis screening and treatment project in cooperation with University of Azad Kashmir – Muzaffarabad. In this project, RAHMA will screen 6000 students and 1000 staff members of University of AJK against the incidence of hepatitis. Identified individuals will be treated afterwards.


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Inauguration ceremony – RAHMA Hospital Sehnsa, Azad Kashmir – March 12, 2016

12 March,2012
RAHMA Basic Health Center, Near Kachehri, Sehnsa, Kotli Azad Kashmir

RAHMA Initiates another health project on March 12, 2016 in Sehnsa Azad Kashmir.

World’s famous orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Maqsood Abdali will be the chief guest.

RAHMA will provide quality healthcare services to the residents of rural Sehnsa that includes, OPD, medicine, Laboratory tests, ECG, USG, Labor room, emergency services, ambulance and health awareness.

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RBHC Khuiratta

4 July,2010
Khuiratta, Azad Kashmir

Primary healthcare has been RAHMA’s core area of work since 2009. RAHMA’s first Basic Health Center was established with the help of local community at Khuiratta a small town in district Kotli. Gradually. this health center was transformed into a model healthcare project. In 2012. the project was selected for funding under USAID’s Small Grants Programme. With the passage of time, RAHMA has gained expertise in basic health. emergency healthcare, maternal and child health, health-related awareness raising, capacity-building and outreach services.

The RBHC saw a turnover of patients in 2014 with a total of 4,546 patients visiting it to seek medical services.

Special attention was paid to meeting the requirements of those who could not afford to pay for the services, out of total 4546 patients almost 3291 (72%) belonged to non-affording category.

Number of patients in RBHC Khuiratta

Besides consultancy other services like Echo Cardio Graphy (ECG), Lab, Ultrasound etc were also provided to 3402 beneficiaries. Complete detail of services and their impact is as under:

Services in RBHC Khuiratta

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4 April,2014
Janpur, Rahim Yar Khan

RAHMA Hospital was constructed in Janpur, Rahim Yar Khan by the mid of April 2014 as per work plan since June 2013.  Total area within the boundary is One Acre and the covered area is around 10,000 sq ft. This project benefits 30,000 individuals per annum, apart from general healthcare, and it also focuses on Mother & Child and Emergency Healthcare.

It is an example of sheer hard work and dedicated team effort resulting in highest achievements in limited resources. Construction of the building was completed in 9months and services were started on 21st April. 2014. however formal inauguration was held later. Mr. Malik Munir. founder of RAHMA Islamic Relief Fund inaugurated the hospital. Community members present on the occasion appreciated efforts of RAHMA Islamic Relief. The ceremony was attended by donors and other dignitaries from the area. Mr. Malik Munir appreciated efforts put in by everyone, especially the donors and RAHMA team for making the hospital possible.

The graph below gives an overview of the patients who visited to hospital for treatment in various cases / disease. In total 8524 patients availed hospital service out of which 3789 (46%) were male and 4645 (54%) were female.

Number of patients in Janpur Hospital

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Free Medical Camps for IDPs

13 September,2014
Bannu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Since start of the latest military operation “Zerb-e-Azb” a large number of people has migrated to settled areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). These Internally Displaced People or IDPs have been facing a multitude of problems ranging from simple shelter to sanitation etc. RAHMA Pakistan, after detailed survey and need assessment decided to take immediate steps to mitigate health crisis. as almost 80% of the IDPs were facing health related issues. Although the needs of IDPs in Bannu District were too immense to be met in totality by any one organization. RAHMA Pakistan did its level best to make whatever little difference it could in lives of IDPs.


Camps In Bannu

For this purpose two types of interventions were made a) provision of medical care b) distribution of herbal medicine packs. Initially a target of 3000 patients was set to be covered in 7 Medical Camps from 13th September, 2014 to 19th September 2014. The target was exceeded and 3028 patients were provided checkups and medication. Services provided in these camps were availed by men and women across all age groups. This goes to show a culturally sensitive approach to the interventions and a high level of comfort that people have with RAHMA Pakistan.

Patients in Each Camp

Herbal medicine camps were conducted in other parts of Bannu for IDPs as well. These camps proved to be equally useful and effective for those who could benefit from the services offered . A total of 2242 patients were treated in these camps. The medicine packs were collected from Qarshi Foundation, a leading Pakistani group in herbal medicines. Due to wide spread of IDPs it was decided that the packets will be distributed in different locations through medical camps and for this purpose an MoU was signed with CARE Organization for facilitating distribution. Services of a local Hakeem. a Doctor who practices traditional herbal medicines, for this purpose.

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31 December,2012
Rahim Yar Khan

At the end of July 2010 heavy monsoon rains triggered both flash floods and riverine floods across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh, parts of Balochistan and AJK. The floods in Pakistan have affected more than 20 million people (more than 10 per cent of the total population). Floods have destroyed or damaged 1.2 million homes. Infrastructure was completely damaged including, health centers, schools, homes, roads, bridges etc. Rahim yar Khan is also one of the most inundated areas of Pakistan which was severely affected in 2010. Rebuilding of infrastructure is in process but healing this wound was not possible for Government all alone. To complement government efforts, many organizations are working under the scope of their thematic areas. RAHMA Islamic Relief is also one of these organizations which have actively played its part to rebuild infrastructure and provides health care facilities. RAHMA shortly conducted an assessment of flood affected UC’s Liaquatpur and selected BHU Dera Faridi to rebuild its infrastructure and help Government in provision of health care facilities. Dera Faridi is the area where donors could not provide aid on a larger scale especially in health sector. During assessment, the fact was considered as a pivotal point in the selection of BHU Dera Faridi. Prior to service delivery, BHU was renovated with civil work and installment of furniture. Currently RAHMA Islamic Relief in collaboration with Government Health Department Punjab; is providing health care services, including free consultation, medication, lab tests, ECG and USG. RAHMA is also sensitizing community towards healthy activities through social mobilization by conducting health awareness sessions and home visits.


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RBHC Dhanwan

1 June,2012
Phagwaar Mohra-UC Dhanwan, AJK

Newly started primary health project by RAHMA Islamic Relief, which will directly benefit at least 40,000 people of UC Dhanwan and the population of adjacent villages in District Kotli, AJK. Outcomes include qualified consultancy by male and female doctors, modern diagnostic equipment ultrasound, ECG, Microlab, medical store, ambulance, antenatal & post natal care, awareness raising & capacity building activities, outreach health screening & medical treatment camps, home visits by LHWs etc. The health situation in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) is not different. AJK is the Pakistan-administered part of Kashmir. According to the World Health Organization, the health conditions of AJK are very poor, owing to poor infrastructure, mountainous terrain, lack of education, scarcity of safe drinking water and being prone to natural and man-made disasters including earthquakes, landslides, floods and war.

Among the most significant problems of AJK are deforestation, soil erosion, depletion and pollution of water resources, unhygienic conditions and precarious sanitation due to scarcity of safe drinking water, lack of latrines and showers. Water-borne diseases including diarrhea, typhoid and Hepatitis are common in the areaThe project area is lacking an immediate access to primary healthcare, laboratory diagnostics and, for this reason, the proposed health intervention has focused on primary care for children, pregnant women and elderly, access to medicines, laboratory testing, safe maternity and public health outreach.

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4 July,2010
MSRPHP (Model Sustainable Rural Primary Healthcare Project) is aimed at improving the health condition of the rural population of AJK especially women and children by providing primary health care services and health awareness to the population of village Baroth naar, near Khuiratta city in AJK. Azad Kashmir is the area where only one doctor is available for the population of more than 5000 people which can be considered as a disaster in provision of health services. To provide health facility in remote areas, RAHMA taken the initiative that emerged in the form of RAHMA Basic Health Center. RAHMA and its companion believe that initiation of project is the start of change in the lives of people of Azad Kashmir. The project comprises of both curative and preventive primary healthcare services, includes medical consultations, lab tests through medical equipments such as, Micro lab, ECG, USG, subsidised pharmacy and through health awareness among different community groups. Since RBHC inception in the remote area of Broth Naar, more than 20000 patients have been facilitated. Project was initiated in collaboration with DF (Development Fund, Norway) and local community. Intervention was praised by the local community and as a result, they donated a piece of land to RAHMA for the establishment of Primary Health Care center. Building was completed in 2009 and center was formally inaugurated on July 2010. At the end of 2010, DF inputs to project were lifted and since then project was solely run by RAHMA Pakistan with the help of individual donors and by utilizing RBHC income. Project is being successfully operated and generates its own income which is complementing RAHMA efforts in implementation of project. Project is a model health care project which will be improved and replicated in different remote areas of Azad Kashmir and Pakistan.

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