Health

Current Projects

1. Ocular Surgeries

90% of visually impaired people live in low- and middle-income countries. Up to 80% of visual impairment and blindness in adults is preventable or treatable. Cataract surgery and correction of refractive errors are among the most cost-effective health interventions. – World Health Organization, 2013

Cataract and other causes of visual impairment can lead to permanent blindness if left untreated.  Since 2008, RS Foundation periodically arranges for pre-screening sessions and surgeries for members of disadvantaged and impoverished communities.  Patients are examined and operated on free of cost. A gender balance provides equal opportunity for females. This procedure converts patients from being burdens on families into productive members of society.

There are three phases: (i) pre-screening sessions; (ii) solution through surgical procedure and visual support instruments; and (iii) follow-up and repeat follow-up.

The estimated cost for a single surgery is at least $25 and up to $50 (costs for children can be up to $100). Refractive corrections typically costs $6 per patient.

2. Maternal Care Program (pilot phase)

In collaboration with a USAID-funded successful program, this project will benefit expectant mothers and newborns from displaced population camps in Syedpur, Bangladesh, by working to expand access to key family planning and health products and services, promoting improved maternal and child health practices, and preventing and treating infectious diseases.  More specifically, the project will provide antenatal, postnatal and safe delivery services, with access to trained doctors and medical professionals (e.g. obstetrician/gynecologist, paramedics); necessary medical tests, vaccinations and health education services; as well as post-birth care to children until the age of 5. The estimated cost to sponsor a single pregnant mother and child is $120.

3. Medicine for clinics in Rangpur, Saidpur, Mirpur

Medical clinics have been set up by partners that can help address basic healthcare needs for thousands of patients. Clinics help patients deal with common diseases/health issues such as: Fever, Cough, Cold, Allergy, Asthma, Hookworm, Dysentery,  Diarrhea,  Indigestion,  Gastec,  Jaundice, Constipation,  Peptic ulcer & duodenal ulcer,  Scabies, Eczema, Ulcer,  Allergy,  Fungal  infection,  Anemia, Nutrition,  Dizziness, back pain,  Arthritis,  Tonsillitis,  Gunneries, Bronchitis,  Pneumonia,  Pregnancy, Tumor,  Blood pressure, Worm infestation, Dental Carriage, Itching, Rheumatic fever, Pulmonary, Hypertension, Helminthiasis, Respiratory Tract infection, Fungal infection and others.

Clinics also provide advisory services and creates awareness on health, nutrition,  water, sanitation, hygiene practices and family planning. They serve a combined average of over 1,000 patients on a monthly basis.  The cost for medicine is about $2 per patient.

4. Ambulance in Karachi

Ambulance services, largely provided by non-profit efforts, remain insufficient to address the number of trauma patients in road accidents, cardiac arrests and other emergencies. More ambulances can minimize response times and save countless lives.

The one-time cost to purchase and equip an ambulance is $10,500, which provides 24H service and can make an average of 35 calls daily, or 13,000 incidents per year.

5. Mobile Dental Clinic (pilot phase)

The project will initially benefit 1,183 students from displaced population camps who attend our partner organization’s school initiatives and incorporate educational strategies pertaining to oral health and hygiene for prevention purposes at a younger age. Dental services will be provided by the Rangpur Community Medical College and will include consultation, scaling, filling, extraction and dental x-rays. Note: this project is fully sponsored by a private donor.

Funded Projects

2015

3,229 men, women and children in Karachi, Pakistan, rural Nepal, and among displaced populations in Bangladesh had their eyesight restored.

Provided support for medicine and other expenses to clinics in Bangladesh serving well over 10,000 patients per year. Inaugurated mobile dental clinic expected to serve hundreds of students from displaced population camps. Set up pilot maternal care program.

Provided a second ambulance to help trauma patients in road accidents, cardiac arrests and other emergencies in Karachi. The two ambulances combined can provide 24-hr service and can make an average of 70 calls daily or 26,000 incidents per year.

2014

4,090 men, women and children in Karachi, Pakistan and displaced populations in Bangladesh (Adamjee/Narayanganj, Chittagong, Faridpur, Jessore, Khulna, Nilphamari, Rajbari, Rangpur, Syedpur) had their eyesight restored.

Provided support for medicine and other expenses to clinics in Mirpur and Syedpur, Bangladesh, serving up to 11,000 patients per year and a leprosy clinic in Karachi, Pakistan for close to 42,000 beneficiaries.

Provided an ambulance to partner to address the number of trauma patients in road accidents, cardiac arrests and other emergencies in Karachi, Pakistan. It provides 24H service and can make an average of 35 calls daily, or 13,000 incidents per year.

2013

2,464 men and women in Punjab, Pakistan and displaced populations in Rangpur, Saidpur, Faridpur, Rajbari, and Nilphamari, Bangladesh had their eyesight restored.

Provided support for medicine and other expenses to medical clinics in Mirpur and Saidpur, Bangladesh, serving up to 11,000 patients.

2012

Provided support for medicine and other expenses to Community Health Care Centre in Mirpur, Bangladesh.

Provided health care access for 1,558 orphans/needy students and 104 NGO school teachers in Karachi, Pakistan.

Arranged and contributed to a LRBT project that provided ocular surgeries for 1,878 patients in Rawalpindi and Sialkot, Pakistan.

Arranged and contributed to a Sightsavers project in IDP camps in Rangpur, Saidpur, Parbotipur, Gaibandha, Bogra and Chittagong, Bangladesh. 1,023 adult surgeries were performed, of which 54% accounted for women. Breakdown: 947 for cataracts (505 females, 442 males), 45 for DCR (34 females, 11 males), 31 for pterygium (13 females, 18 males). 6 workshops on eye health were attended by 121 men and women.

Contributed to a Sightsavers project that provided ocular surgeries for 122 patients in Bihar, India.

Contributed to a Sightsavers project to purchase equipment to increase capacity of conducting cataract surgeries in Georgetown and Linden, Guyana.

2011

Provided partial support for medicine to Community Health Care Centre in Bangladesh.

Provided support for Naya Jeevan initiative for health care access for 1,183 orphans/needy students and 46 teachers in Pakistan.

Arranged and contributed to a LRBT project that provided ocular surgeries for 1,105 patients in Pakistan.

Contributed to a Sightsavers project in IDP camps in Bangladesh which screened 3,972 people suffering from ocular issues, of which 2,090 received some sort of active corrective help. Breakdown: 538 cataracts; 33 DCR; 16 pterygium; 1,503 refraction.

2010 
150 patients provided with cataract surgeries.  Made arrangements for partners to fund an additional 1189 cataract surgeries.

Arranged for 1050 children to be given polio vaccinations.

Funded emergency medication for girl.

Continued support for the Community Health Care Centre.

2009

558 individuals provided with ocular procedures.

Financial support provided for partner’s medical clinic in Rangpur camp.

Cost for medication for a full year for up to 5500 patients provided to the Community Health Care Centre in Mirpur.

2008

110 individuals provided with ocular procedures.