CDF is helping marginalized communities through provision of quality health care facilities in District Layyah. As part of its health interventions, CDF is providing missing health facilities in several Basic Health Units in 6 Union Councils of District Layyah. Besides general medical checkup at medical camps set up in different villages, where communities lacking access to BHUs, local Para-medical staff, particularly LHWs receive treatment, CDF provided comprehensive training to the BHUs staff through structured training program that focused on bringing improvement in their overall competency level.
CDF is striving to provide a holistic solution to the poor community by ensuring access to appropriate and subsidized access to healthcare services. Similar to education, the model adopted is to take the Government health service onboard and develop their infrastructure and capacity to improve service delivery
Traditional approaches to address the issue of access to adequate and specialized health care facilities in rural areas have proven ineffective and unsustainable. With the financial and technical support of PPAF’s Health unit, a pilot project was initiated. An ambulance was transformed into a mobile tele-medicine unit, completely self-sufficient to operate in all terrains and in the farthest of locations.
This innovative tele-medicine van was equipped with direct satellite broadband connectivity to establish data link with specialist doctors of Dow Medical Hospital in Karachi. The patients were remotely examined using state of the art technology that transmitted vitals such as heart-beat, pulse, blood pressure and physical examination such as ultra-sound images, retina/ iris structure, Ear/Nose/Throat cavity, Electro Cardio Gram (ECG) in real time to the specialists sitting in Karachi. A dispenser and lady health worker assisted the whole process by being physically present in the tele-medicine van. During this entire examination, patient data and examination was recorded in the Electronic Medical Record system with 24/7 online access to the doctor and CDF team. Any prior consultation or test reports, X-rays were also scanned and transmitted to the specialist which becomes part of the patient’s database.
After examination the specialist would prescribe a diagnosis and medication which was printed out through the printer installed inside the van. Furthermore, the patients had their mobile numbers registered in the EMR with 24/7 follow up medical support through qualified physicians free of cost. During the pilot phase, a total of 2,986 patients were examined and provided with medical care and medication. Out of these patients 73% were women and children.
There are several remote areas in Pakistan which are deprived of basic health care facilities. Through tele medicine van services, CDF is providing a bridge between patients in remote areas and competent medical specialist, who are located in major cities of Pakistan. Understandably, owing to high demand for their services and proper medical facilities availability at urban locations. The CDF tele medicine van service is being highly appreciated by the population situated in far flung areas. CDF is aiming to expand the program outreach and for this purpose it is striving for greater funds allocation by the donor organizations.
There are several remote areas in Pakistan which are deprived of basic health care facilities. Through Tele-Medicine van services, CDF is providing a bridge between patients in remote areas and competent medical specialist, who are located in major cities of Pakistan. Understandably, owing to high demand for their services and proper medical facilities availability at urban locations, the CDF Tele-Medicine van service is being highly appreciated by the people situated in far flung areas.