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The ChildLife Story
Infectious diseases and preventable conditions claim the lives of hundreds of children in low-income countries. UNICEF** reports Pakistan under-five mortality rate (U5MR) as 74 deaths/1000 live births. The leading causes of death among children under the age of five are preterm birth complications, pneumonia, diarrhea, birth asphyxia and malaria and most of these deaths can be prevented by simple, low-cost interventions.
**92,000 children die of pneumonia every year in Pakistan, the illness accounts for 16% of total child deaths in the country.
Taking a sick child to a hospital or a clinic is a task in itself. Logistics, finances and lack of awareness work against the patient and most children end up being ‘treated’, if they ever do, by quacks or unqualified doctors in their area. Good medical facilities with competent staff are few, distant, and financially unaffordable. Little wonder then that for every thousand babies born in Pakistan, 75 die before their fifth birthday, dying due to causes as mundane as diarrhea, pneumonia or some vaccine-preventable disease. It’s under these circumstances that the ChildLife Foundation comes in with the mission to provide every child with quality and affordable healthcare facilities. With cutting-edge systems and the newest healthcare innovations adapted for use in low-income settings, ChildLife has quietly been bringing about a revolution in the communities it has touched.
Seeking out communities which have been untouched by healthcare services, overlooked by the public sector and unable to access private care, ChildLife is providing the full spectrum of medical care, from emergency rooms, to primary clinics, down to preventive practices. The Foundation has 10 state-of-the-art model emergency rooms in Pakistan including – Civil Hospital, National Institute of Child Health (NICH), and Sindh Government Hospital Korangi-5, Lyari General Hospital, Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, People Medical College Hospital Nawabshah, Chandka Medical College Hospital, Larkana; Ghulam Muhammad Mahar Medical College Hospital, Sukkur, Civil Hospital, Quetta, Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences, Hyderabad. 27 primary care clinics in the city’s slums; and Preventive Health Program. All of these parallel the best private medical facilities that the country has to offer, with the technology used in many cases, far superior.
ChildLife’s Model of Emergency Care
ChildLife Foundation manages & operates state of-the-art children emergency rooms in government teaching hospitals. These rooms are equipped with Triage Facility, Phototherapy Units, Cardiac Monitors and Infusion Pumps are also available for the facilitation of the patients. ChildLife’s Children Emergency Room consists of 100 additional trained staff, a fully stocked pharmacy, life-saving medical equipments and is completely paperless.
ChildLife’s Pillars of Quality:
ChildLife model of Emergency Care is based on 3C’s:
- ChildLife Foundation gives importance to training of its staff. To keep the staff abreast with latest medical protocols & technology, ChildLife offer various courses like Basic Life Support (BLS) and Paediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified by American Heart Association ChildLife also imparts in-house training to doctors and nurses in affiliation with Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS). Doctors and nurses are trained through PEMC & PEMCN. Similarly, in partnership with Pakistan Institute of Management, our non-clinical staff undergoes a four-month diploma program.
- As a caregiver, ChildLife staff ensures strict compliance of nursing & medical protocols. Adherence to these protocols help the clinical team in accurate diagnosis and prescriptions.
- Doctors, pharmacists, nurses and non -clinical team work together to take care of every patient in need of emergency care. All staff in ChildLife’s Emergency Rooms is compassionate to save little lives which is ChildLife’s collective & ultimate goal.