Huzaifa Haq, a 5-year-old boy was diagnosed to have a congenital cardiac defect-Atrial Septal defect (ASD) and Pulmonary Stenosis (PS). The Atrial Septal defect is a common heart defect but can get dangerous if left untreated in childhood, causing health issues like pulmonary hypertension, congestive heart failure, or atrial arrhythmias in adulthood. On the other hand, Pulmonary Stenosis occurs in children due to abnormal development of the fetal heart during the first eight weeks of pregnancy. Pulmonary Stenosis can lead a child to experience various symptoms like fatigue, swollen feet or ankles, and shortness of breath. Medical Camp Organized By TransparentHands are intended to register patients like him and treat them accordingly.
For any parent, it would be hard to see their child suffering. Huzaifa was advised surgery to close the defect and relieve cyanosis by the doctors. Huzaifa’s family wanted to save their child at any cost but were helpless because they lacked the financial stability to afford such expensive treatment or surgery. Transparent Hands came to the rescue of this boy and funded his surgery, in collaboration with Ittefaq hospital. Huzaifa had a satisfactory post-op recovery and was discharged in good health.
Transparent Hands is one of the largest Medical Trust dedicated to conduct and fund surgeries of the poverty-stricken community of Pakistan who has no means of getting healthcare facilities. This organization has taken a drastic step to reach more people in the villages and rural areas of Pakistan where healthcare facilities are too few. Thus, Transparent Hands is now organizing free medical camps in the villages to create awareness among the unprivileged people regarding various diseases. They are also giving them basic healthcare services free of cost.
Till now Transparent Hands has arranged 18 medical camps, in different rural areas of Pakistan and treated over 3500 patients. These medical camps provide free medical checkups, free medicines, free blood pressure, and free blood sugar checkup facilities to poor people.
The medical camps are hosted by a team comprising of doctors, pharmacists/dispensers, phlebotomists, supervisors, and patient registration persons. Often members from associate Foundations working with Transparent Hands join the team to manage the camps successfully.
Why Government Hospitals are not enough
In Pakistan, health care problems are increasing every year. Pakistan holds a poor ranking in terms of health care standards and is ranked at 122 out of 190 countries by World Health Organization. In most cases, diseases are left untreated due to illiteracy among the poor and lack of physicians. The cost of healthcare facilities is high that unprivileged people cannot afford it. Among the many diseases, Intestinal infections such as Cholera, Typhoid, Dysentery, Food poisoning, etc, are very common in Pakistan which results from poor sanitation and contaminated food. According to WHO, Pakistan ranks 8 out of 22 countries in the world which is highly prone to Tuberculosis. Bacterial and Viral Infections like Hepatitis A, Hepatitis E, Malaria, and Dengue fever, are the most prevalent diseases in Pakistan.
When steps taken by the government are insufficient to help the 70 million poverty-stricken people in the country, an honest approach was badly required to take the responsibility. In these circumstances, Charitable Organizations, NGOs, and Medical Trusts had to come forward and tackle the health care issues to provide the neediest people basic healthcare which is their human right.
Healthcare issues in Pakistan
The healthcare system in Pakistan is privatized, meaning each individual is required to purchase their own insurance and pay any other medical costs out of their pocket. The average cost of a doctor’s check-up requires ₨ 500. Monthly health insurance for 1 person starts from ₨ 4,945 to ₨ 156,245, depending on the level of insurance, deductible, and add-ons (like dental and vision). Labor and Delivery on average cost around ₨ 5,278. For people who live below the poverty line, even this much cost is beyond their reach.
How Medical Camp Organized By TransparentHands
Transparent Hands is reaching out to people through medical camps, giving them an opportunity to visit doctors free of cost and get medication. People are treated directly in these medical camps. These camps concentrate on disease prevention and treatment, medication, maternal, newborn, and child health and wellness services that are almost a distant dream for the villagers.
By organizing medical camps free of cost, Transparent Hands is giving medical relief to many children and old people backed by Pakistani companies. At these medical camps, all patients are treated with proper care, love, and respect. There is no discrimination done at any stage of treatment. Transparent Hands mission is to save lives through these medical camps and allow people to live a healthy and fit life.