The RLCC has built up a multi-faceted health program, which revolves primarily round two initiatives: the Health Centre and the Promotive and Preventive Health Program.
Community Health Centre
The RLCC has built up a multi-faceted health program, which revolves primarily around two initiatives: the Health Centre and the Promotive and Preventive Health Program.
In the last year and a half, our main OPD services have continued to provide a diabetes clinic, immunization, antenatal and postnatal care, family planning, medication, free health camps and ultrasound services.
Common complaints seen by the OPD are reproductive tract and sexually transmitted infections, menstrual problems, infertility, breast complaints, diarrhea and dysentery, skin problems, acute respiratory tract infections and diabetes. EPI vaccination and Hepatitis ‘B’ vaccination services have also been provided.
Since 2011, RLCC has worked in coordination with Pakistan Medical Association and taken necessary initiatives for providing breast cancer screening through mammograms and also conducted awareness talks. More recently we have also focused on diabetes in collaboration with Sanofi-Aventis and distributed diabetes awareness pamphlets supplying useful information on preventative measures. RLCC also organized a calcium deficiency screening camp in collaboration with Dr. Essa Laboratory and held two free diabetes camps.
In 2013, DOW Ojha Campus set up a satellite collection centre that provides much needed laboratory and diagnostic facilities to the local community at affordable prices on RLCC premises.
In April 2014, the RLCC clinic organized a number of events including another free diabetes camp, a Thalassaemia camp conducted in collaboration with Hussaini Blood Bank, one mental health camp with assistance from Dr. Farida Babar from Babar Psychiatric Hospital, and a second mental health camp conducted by the Institute of Clinical Psychology (ICP) students.
This project was initiated in February 2009 as an off-shoot of the Health Centre with the purpose of providing health care to those members of the community who were unable to access the clinic or hospitals. It is also an integral part of our Outreach Program which aims at spreading awareness about health issues within the community.
A nominal amount of ten rupees is charged for consultation and medication for two days. When required, patients are referred to other hospitals and those who cannot afford medical expenses are given financial assistance.
The mobile clinic is facilitated with a Lady Doctor/LHV, a staff member from the Promotive and Preventive Health Programme and a compounder. During the two hour camp, the Doctor/LHV examines the patients in the mobile van while the Promotive and Preventive Health worker conducts awareness talks on health issues such as Hepatitis B and Breast Cancer.
AWPA Malir Clinic
Since 2011, APWA has subcontracted the management of a clinic in Malir to RLCC. Similar to the Shah Faisal clinic, the Malir clinic also provides OPD services for general ailments, family planning and vaccination as well as an ultrasound clinic. A total of 10,429 patients benefited from the clinic services during the period 2013-14.
Patients are referred to different hospitals according to their diagnosis. An overview of the program is given below:
PROMOTIVE AND PREVENTIVE HEALTH PROGRAM
RLCC believes that among the many responsibilities that women undertake, their roles as child bearers and primary care givers are among the most influential ones, as they become important influencers to their family members.
The Promotive and Preventive Health Program involves a dedicated team of experienced Field Workers, trained by Ziauddin University and Hospital, who conduct awareness programs. In specified areas, each field worker inducts a woman from the community to become a group leader, who then holds regular meetings in her own home where her neighbors can voice their everyday concerns, building up trust and a sense of empowerment amongst the women.
There are nine outreach workers who focus on different issues such as hygiene, health, family planning and other health related issues in selected areas of Shah Faisal Town where general awareness is lacking. Field workers go to the community, identify issues, and solve problems within their limited resources.
Breast cancer Awareness and Hepatitis B are areas of special focus. Our efforts include:
- Collaboration with the Health Foundation and GAVI Alliance in which an immunization and awareness program relating to Hepatitis B was conducted in schools throughout Shah Faisal Town.
- Awareness talks on sexual health with teachers, parents, and students by RLCC field workers trained by Aahung on matters related to sexual health and child sexual abuse.
- Participation in a 6-week long project developed by Dr. Sughra Raza from Brigham Women’s Hospital in Boston and Indus Hospital Research Centre on Breast Cancer Awareness in Pakistan. The project involved a survey, which helped to evaluate the attitude towards Breast Cancer amongst patients and practicing GPs throughout Karachi.
- Collaboration with JPMC in which children were given Measles vaccinations and further collaboration with Aga Khan Research Centre in which a number of women were given pap smears in Shah Faisal Town.
Field workers visited the community and monitored the growth of children from birth to 3 years of age. Growth Charts to follow the development of children in the community have been developed by the Ziauddin University and Hospital. The parents of underweight children were asked to visit the Health Centre for guidance and further monitoring.
PARTNERSHIPS AND FACILITATION
A key element in strengthening program implementation and delivery is collaboration with other organizations. Recognizing the fact that NGOs in Karachi have varied fields of expertise and established networks, RLCC continues to expand and enhance its partnerships with NGOs.
- Promotive and Preventive Health field workers were trained by Ziauddin University and Hospital
- Vaccinators were trained by Zaiuddin University and Hospital
- Data collection and collation is carried out by RLCC for Ziauddin in Shah Faisal colony.
- Sexual Health awareness programs are conducted with the aid of Aahung.
- Hepatitis B immunization program was conducted with the aid of The Health Foundation.
- Artificial Limb Centre
- Babar Psychiatric Hospital
- Pakistan Medical Research Council.
While continuing with all the current clinical services at Shah Faisal and Malir, RLCC also plans interventions for Hepatitis B in partnership with The Health Foundation at Shah Faisal.
In 2014, Trustees have also begun developing plans for a maternity and child welfare complex that would provide much needed quality obstetric and women and child health services to the community of Shah Faisal Colony and its surrounding areas. The complex that could be built on 3,000 square yards will replace and expand upon the current health center premises that are in a state of dilapidation and require upgrading. RLCC hopes to finalize its plans and fund raise for this complex over the next year.
- Introduction of Pediatrician Department in APWA-RLCC.
- The Global Alliance for Vaccination and Inoculation (GAVI) Project of 18,000 Children vaccination against hepatitis B in Shah Faisal Town schools.
- Women’s Complaint Cell, Directorate of Women’s Development Sindh to be approached for legal aid provision for women.
- AAHUNG training program for school teachers expanded in Shah Faisal Town.
- Psychological counselling for victims of child abuse will be introduced.