Akhuwat Health Services
Akhuwat Health Services is providing services to the poor people who cannot pay the fees of doctors.
About Your Organization
Akhuwat Health Services
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Non‐profit/NGO/citizen sector organization
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We have invited by The Trust School System to arrange a free camp, free blood sugar test, free cholesterol test, BMI test and Diabetition as on 26th February 2011.
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Institution Name : The Trust School System
Contact No. : 042-35422968
Web address : www.teeds.org.pk
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Select the stage that best applies to your solution
Scaling (the next step will be growing impact on a regional or even global scale)
How long have you been in operation?
Operating for 1‐5 years
Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your innovation addresses? Choose up to two
The Need: What problem are you trying to solve?
Akhuwat Health Services s trying to solve the following. A need analysis of the area had been done before the start of this facility. Following problems were identified
a. Poor personal hygiene
b. Little knowledge about disease prevention
c. Non availability of clean water
d. Sanitation problems
e. Identifying the common illness of the area
f. Drip and injection misuse
g. To provide the diabetic foot management through trained podiatrist
The Solution: What is your solution? Be specific!
We educating the community on important health issues through free camps, seminars, literature, tests, walks, door to door awareness campaigns. Early detection of diseases which are causing problems in the selected area. We have successfully partnered with stakeholders, other health and rehabilitative organizations like Punjab Welfare Trust for the Disabled in Fountain House for mental rehabilitation and provision of interest free loans to the poor with the help of Akhuwat(interest free micro loans). Provision of wheel chairs free of cost. As far as the HR is concerned we have successfully adopted a strategy of compensating staff along with Community mobilization and volunteer participation. We have professional doctors who serve as volunteers. Students of Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan Law College, Pakistan College of Commerce and Management and University of Central Punjab, and the staff of Akhuwat volunteers their time in free camps and seminars
The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities
Our unique solution caters to the specific health issues of the community and primary activities include but are not limited to the following:-
a) Increase awareness through monthly free camps of one specialty e.g. hepatitis, chest diseases, dermatology, ENT, etc. Free information material is also provided.
b) Free laboratory tests (blood sugar, BMI, ABI, MAU, cholesterol, bone density etc.)
c) Seasonal ailments, awareness and prevention programmes like dengue fever etc. to community
d) Diabetes, obesity and life style changes to the community as well as college, universities students etc
e) Education regarding Diabetes, diabetic foot care to the patients and their attendants
f) Hepatitis awareness programmes to the barbers, ulema, and students along with Hep. B vaccination.
g) Educating females regarding Ca breast and teach them BSE. Campaign regarding Ca Cervix will be started soon.
h) Knock the door campaign to educate the community regarding upcoming health issues and threats. Daily 20-25 houses are contacted.
i) Quarterly themes like, injection is no treatment, hand washing importance and techniques. These themes continue for at least three months so the patients and their attendants understand the phenomenon.
j) Free wheel chairs
k) Interest free micro loans for business and rehabilitation purposes
The Marketplace: Who are your peers and competitors? Identify others also working to address the needs you are and what differentiates you from them. What challenges could these players pose to your success or growth?
There are 16 institutions are working in the same field like
3 quacks, 2 Charity Clinics, 3 Small Hospitals, 8 General Clinics
The challenges which pose to our success or growth are:-
They are practising the injectables and drips and we are avoiding these practises. We are offering the prenatal and postnatal services but we do not operate here. We are O.P.D. based health care facilities. We do not have sufficient funds for the expansion because we are not working for the profit purpose, the reason behind to open the Akhuwat Health Services is provide primary secondary and tertiary health care facilities.
This Entry is about (Issues)
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world.
One day I was with my daughter in a car and she told me that father you should here stopped the car when the signal is yellow going to be red because prevention is better than the accident. During those days the board of directors of AKHUWAT were discussing the probability of a holistic model for the poor including health and education. We discussed that run of the mill low cost health intervention is of no use through free clinics. So an innovative model is desired which should be a blend of primary, secondary and tertiary rehabilitation. We did the need assessment of the area and came to know that community would never come only to awareness lectures so we should start a general clinic and subsequently promote the culture of prevention. This idea was even better taken by the community when other solutions were added like interest free loans, wheel chairs, diabetic foot care, other rehabilitation activities etc. We still believe that changing the habits and attitudes is very difficult
Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve
We are trying to achieve the following goals:-
To promote community based primary, secondary and tertiary prevention and rehabilitation segments like in the primary prevention we are trying to educate the people through free camps one specialty e.g. hepatitis, chest diseases, dermatology, Free laboratory tests, seasonal ailments prevention programme etc. In secondary segments we have a clinic of Diabetes clinic, Gynecology, Ultrasound, Cardiology, General clinic, Psychiatry. In the tertiary prevention and physical rehabilitation we are providing interest free loans, providing wheel chairs free of cost, connecting disabled to the respective organizations through Punjab Welfare Trust for Disabled.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
What is your projected impact over the next five years?
Reduction by 50 % of the Communicable diseases in the projected area like Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, AIDS, Influenza, Malaria, Typhoid, Cholera and Dengue. Proper diabetic management so to reduce the complications. Early detection of preventable disorders. Awareness through modifying the behaviour if youth through school health services of the catchment are in collaboration with other agencies Domiciliary services to the poor community. Diabetic Foot management so to reduce the amputations which we have been already doing.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
a. It is extremely difficult to change the behaviours and attitude towards hygiene and health. People are always interested in injections and drips to get quick recovery and therefore it is an extremely slow process. The barriers which we are facing are shortage of Capital to expand Akhuwat Health Service and make it sustainable so that the poor can get more benefits from it. We are trying to open a laboratory in Akhuwat Health Service so that we will be able to sustain AHS up to 90 percent. Community participation is the key to success, we are gradually gaining their confidence.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
To trained three podiatrist from Karachi
To collect the data of all the houses in the jurisdiction of Akhuwat Health Services
Lecturing and trained 500 post higher secondary students
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Make two laboratories
Establish a Pharmacy
90 % sustainability
Tell us about your partnerships
a. At this time Akhuwat Health Services is engaged with the following institutions
i. Punjab Welfare Trust for Disabled
ii. Fountain House
iii. Pharmaceuticals companies
Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your innovation? If so, where and why?
We are interested in replicating the model through Akhuwat and other NGOs, starting from Lahore. We will create a central hub which will support the replica AHS located in Lahore. The inhabitants are from lower class to lower middle class. The catchment area has sixteen health care facilities from small hospitals to quack clinics. These health care facilities are curative in nature. Block No. 13 is surrounded by blocks; 14, 15, 16, 6 & 7. There are around 2300 households. We have the detailed data of 1645 households. A need analysis of the area had been done before the start of this facility.
What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?
Skilled H.R and exclusive volunteerism
Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list
We will adopt the advocacy channels through provincials and central government to improve the social health services and curriculum based on prevention and personal hygiene. We will like to publish information regarding prevention of specific diseases using the print and electronic media