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Karachi : SINA Welfare Trust aims to facilitate and provide primary healthcare services to people keeping in mind the basic financial hurdles, economic challenges, unemployment crisis and mobility issues.
The services provided at the NGO include primary healthcare, authentic and quality medication, laboratory tests at par with international standards, ultrasounds, immunization, mental health counseling, hepatitis screening, and referrals to secondary health care. The NGO also provides awareness sessions at their facilities for breast cancer, HIV, Covid-19 safety protocols and more.
On its dedicated journey since 1998, the NGO today has grown with 30 operational clinics in urban slums providing services to more than 800,000 patients annually, majority of which are women and children. The financially challenged communities are scanned through a Shariah compliant Zakat evaluation system and it is deduced that 80% of the patients are Zakat eligible.
Understanding the urban slum populations’ struggle to make ends meet and medical care becoming a non-priority, SINA has developed an effective and efficient primary healthcare system, at a token charge of Rs. 20 to underprivileged communities and Zakat eligible patients, in order to delay the need for secondary care and restore the quality of life.
SINA Welfare Trust works as an effective filtration system for overburdened public facilities by resolving a large volume of cases at primary stage. This also helps in better allocation of resources for secondary and tertiary care cases.
As per the World Health Organization directive and government regulations, Pakistan’s core focus should be on primary healthcare to diagnose ailments at early stages and reduce complications of chronic diseases. For example, an early detection of diabetes that is properly managed on a daily basis reduces the risk of renal failure.