May 2017 saw the opening of a children’s out-patient facility at our hospital in Manshera, Pakistan. This has been the culmination of many years of work since the Kashmir Earthquake of 2005. Our initial response at the time had been emergency medical teams working directly in the villages and refugee camps which due to the unprecedented destruction and number of casualties continued for many months. One area identified by our medical staff was the lack of specialist care for children in the area coupled with a need to improve the approach of local medical staff in dealing with younger patients.
To that end and with funds raised by DWW Turkey and UK a hospital was built with the intention of providing direct care for children but also to provide teaching for local medical staff. The aim in the future will be to build on these initial services and expand further into maternal and neonatal health services.
A special thanks to Abdul Wahab, our Project Manager in KPK for his patience and hard work in making this hospital what it is today.
This month also saw a joint clinic run with the Pakistan Cardiology Association screening for children with heart defects which identified a number of kids whose follow up has been arranged.