MMI is a project of the Memon Heath & Education Foundation. The vision of a community for the betterment of the nation. The largest project undertaken of the Memon community to provide accessible and affordable quality healthcare and education to all with dignity, respect and empathy. To become a role model for caring, curing, education, training, research and employment.
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Background and Rationale
Pakistan has borders with India, China and Iran. Has a population, of 150 million growing @ 2.9% per annum. The literacy level is low with per capita income of US$ 400 per annum. As like the third world countries it is direly insufficient on healthcare, education and social facilities.
Prominent among the problems is the healthcare, with inadequate and insufficient facilities, the government spending is paltry and the masses suffer on this count. The government budget allocation to healthcare is seriously marred by inefficient utilization.
Not for profit organizations, supported by communities and even professional provide ray of hope, whereby hospitals have been established for the poor and needy. The population and hospital ratio is one Bed for 2000 persons. Hospitals cannot meet the population needs due to very limited resources. However community and also not-for profit hospitals are trying their best to serve the marginalized and unfortunate.
Karachi the largest city of Pakistan has population of over 16 million. Has an inadequate and insufficient healthcare facility. Memon Health and Education Foundation comprise individuals who have taken upon themselves the mission of contributing to the needs of poor and needy in the field of healthcare.
The project of 300-bed tertiary care teaching hospital will be built in phases, with 130 beds commencing end of March 2009. The resources/funds have been generated by MHEF members through self and contributions from friends and relatives. The collected funds are donations and therefore would (involve no cost).
Goals and Objectives
Provide healthcare facilities for marginalized population.
Provide healthcare facilities commensurate with international standards
Provide preventive care and healthcare awareness to needy and poor.
The achievement of above goals will:
Serve to raise healthcare standards
Be a great support to small community hospitals, presently run on not-for-profit, as referral.
Provide a research centre (gradually to be expanded), for disease prevention.
Help female population to take caution and prevention vis a vis diseases/sickness particularly relating to the gender.
Share knowledge with hospitals and government within the country and outside, to improve healthcare facilities in the country.
Employment opportunities both for regular jobs and research
Build a hospital that serves the healthcare needs and serve as a model for others to follow, on international standards.
Allure working relationship and exchange programmes with other hospitals in the region.
Share research and data with hospitals in the region.
Project Design and Implementation Plan
The project conceived in the year 2004, went through designing for over 24 months, this was carefully done. Renowned architect of the country was engaged (limitations experienced on hospital planning and designing). To overcome this Medical Advisory Committee, was formed comprising medical professionals and best-brains who had experience and qualifications outside Pakistan as well.
International Hospitals Group, United Kingdom was engaged to scrutinize the planning and designing which has been Okayed. Construction is in full swing and first phase (implementation divided into 3 phases) will be completed to provide soft opening of 130 beds in March 2009. The construction will be for the whole hospitals, only faculties and equipment installation will be done in phases. This phasing is done after careful thought as we expect more funds and donations to flow once the soft opening is established.
Monitoring and Evaluation
The following committees monitor and evaluate the project.
Office Bearers (comprise select members from the Board of Trustees) meets weekly given the responsibility to monitor the progress of the project and give financial approvals (any overruns if deemed appropriate). Membership comprises qualified accountants, business graduates and entrepreneurs. Quarterly reports are given to Board of Trustees.
Project Management Committee: Comprising qualified engineers, who are responsible to look at the technical aspects and take decision which they are authorized and delegated.
Medical Advisory Committee: Comprises of renowned doctors having educated and acquired experience outside Pakistan. They meet 1st Sunday, of every month to review project progress and monitor that facilities required for operations of the hospital are those that are desired.
Information Technology Committee: Comprises of known professional in the field, who have been given the task to assess, plan and execute the information technology needs of a health care institution.
Members of the above committee work gratis.
Senior Expert Services: We have benefited through the service of the international experts under a programme by the German Government. Experts in the field of HVAC, Nursing, Pharmacy and Planning & Management have completed their assignment. An expert on hospital administration is coming in November 2008, to guide and provide feedback on the project.
Consultants: Engaged on need-to-basis, within the country and outside.
Staff Employed: Resident engineer and support staff at the hospital site.
Administration: Headed by Executive Director, with support staff responsible for coordination of various committees meetings, recording of actions and follow up. It also deals with the regulatory authorities and provides and maintains financial information as applicable to not-for profit organization.
Quarterly accounts and annual audited accounts are produced, and circulated as required.
Medical staff and others are being hired as per the plan. Bulk of medical staff hiring will come in the 3rd quarter of 2007.
Monitoring Committee comprising select members (who are nominated every year) by the Board of Trustee will continue functioning after the project is completed and hospital commences its operations.
Board Of Trustees
Peer Mohammad Diwan Chairman
Mohammed Ajaz Saya Chief Executive
Pir Muhammad Kaliya Honorary General Secretary
M. Zubair Amin Motiwala Honorary Joint Secretary
Muhammad Yousuf Adil Honorary Treasurer
Ahmed Ibrahim Muhammad Hanif Godil
Ali Mohammad Tabba Muhammad Shabbir Kassim
A. Jabbar Amin Motiwala Muhammad Iqbal Mandvia
Aqeel Karim Dhedhi Muhammad Ashraf Bhesania
Arif Habib Muhammad Reyaz Ahmed
Arif Baig Muhammad Muhammad Amin Chapal
Abdul Razzak Diwan Muhammad Ilyas Pariyani
Abdul Rashid Soorty Nosad A. Gani
Aziz Ahmed Kath Rafiq Habib Godil
Arif Shareef Salim N. Mukaty
Abdul Majid Alimahomed Shabbir Haroon Bilwani
Ebrahim Qasim Saleem Dalal
Haji Zakaria Sattar Bilwani Usman Habib
Haji Ahmed Tabba Rizwan Diwan
Haji Yousuf A. Razzak Mukaty Shoaib Ismiail Mangrogia
Haji Haroon Tayub Bilwani Zakaria A. Bawany
Haroon Aziz Haji Jan Muhammad Gandhi
Ismail Abdul Karim Gadit Shabbir Peer Muhammad Diwan
Iqbal Shakoor Salim Haji Sattar Bilwani
Muhammad Yasin Saya Muhammad Asif Zakariya Tabani
Abu Bakar Shaikhani Arif Lakhani
Iskandar Sultan Khawaja Muhammad Ashraf Dawood
Project Management Committee
Muhammad Shabbir Kassim (Convener)
Muhammad Yasin Saya
Abdul Ghaffar Navtakia
Honorary Medical Advisory
Professor A. Ghaffar Billoo (Chairman)
Dr. Mohammed Tufail (Vice Chairman)
Members include leading consultants of the country
FOR three years after a car crash left her with chronic pain, Deanna Adams searched high and low for relief. Mrs. Adams, 41, a stay-at-home mother in West Palm Beach, Fla., consulted a physical therapist, a chiropractor, two doctors (a pain specialist and a neurologist) and an acupuncturist to no avail.
She also went to basic yoga, hoping asanas would ease the debilitating back pain, neck spasms and migraines that plagued her. After each class at LA Fitness, Mrs. Adams felt better for a few hours, but her symptoms inevitably returned.
It was only after her first yoga therapy session with Emily Large, who runs Living Large Therapeutics, that she realized why group yoga left her cold. When you go to a yoga class, everybody is doing the same thing, Mrs. Adams said. If you have a neck or back injury, the instructor doesnt know.
Yoga therapy one-on-one visits which take place in medical clinics, physical therapist offices and yoga studios takes into account pain and injuries for a customized experience.
As her client did yoga postures she had handpicked, Mrs. Large, a yoga therapist with a physical therapy license, lightly touched her to sense where Mrs. Adams was tense or weak. Then she designed a sequence of poses to target those areas, including a lying twist with the knees bent and a repetitive variation of triangle pose. As Mrs. Adams grew stronger and more flexible doing poses at home, her routine was updated, and after three months, her pain has largely subsided.
People often turn to yoga when they are injured because they want gentle exercise thats easy on the joints. But, most yoga teachers dont have time to address individual problems, nor do they regularly deal with special needs.
Enter yoga therapy, an emerging field in the United States, although commonplace in India. Therapists work in small groups or privately, adapting poses for musculoskeletal problems that have been diagnosed by doctors. Other therapists help people deal with the anxiety of living with illnesses as varied as cancer and chronic fatigue.
We recognize that not every pose is for everybody, said Robin Rothenberg, a yoga therapist who runs the Yoga Barn studios outside of Seattle. If you are a 20-something dancer, that is one thing and if you are a 50-year-old computer programmer, thats a different thing.
Yoga therapy is nowhere near as popular as one-pose-fits-all classes. Still, in the last three years, membership in the International Association of Yoga Therapists, a trade group based in Prescott, Ariz., has almost tripled to 2,060, from 760.
But experts inside and outside the industry say yoga therapy should be approached with caution. In general, a person can practice as a yoga therapist after 200 hours of yoga teacher training, which might include basic training in anatomy, breathing, meditation and giving adjustments.
Anybody can hang their shingle and say they are a yoga therapist, said Julie Gudmestad, a physical therapist who also practices yoga therapy in Portland, Ore. Buyer beware. Ive seen some strange things done in the name of yoga therapy.
Most reputable yoga therapists have additional credentials. Some are physical therapists or nurses or have completed two years of training in Iyengar yoga, which emphasizes anatomy and kinesiology. Others have been certified as therapists by schools like Integrative Yoga Therapy or American Viniyoga Institute. The institute is run by Gary Kraftsow; applicants must have completed 500 hours of his teacher training. His course teaches the clinical applications of yoga for spine, joint and muscle problems.
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Round the clock emergency care services
24-hour Triage Clinic for screening, initial assessment and appropriate referrals, led by a family physician
Intensive Care Unit and Coronary Care Unit supported by advanced technological infrastructure
In-Patient Services, General Wards, Semi-private Wards, Private and VIP Wards
Diagnostic services via a high-tech laboratory for routine and specialized tests
X-rays, Ultra-sound, Doppler, CT Scan, MRI, Angiography, Gama Camera and Mammography
Centre for health promotion and disease prevention
Immunization Clinic Mother and Baby Clinic
Nutritional Advice Clinic Family Planning Clinic
Antenatal Clinic Asthma Clinic
Clinics also include the following specialties:
Establishment of a Nursing School along with other paramedical sciences