Special Initiatives


Sunehra Lamha refers to the "golden minute" - the first minute after birth. For the past decade, SHINE has been working to help reduce the neonatal mortality rate in Pakistan. Traditional birth attendants, midwives, physicians and medical students are trained to become master trainers and teach basic lifesaving skills to the rural population as part of the program. This program helps disseminate basic maneuvers that help bring a child's life out of risk at birth. To date, we have trained more than 2,700 medical professionals with over a 100 master trainers successfully.


SHINE is the first rural healthcare organization in Pakistan to digitize medical records and move towards paperless clinics. By digitizing all patient data, we aim to make strides in medical research and promote greater donor transparency.


One of the biggest hurdles in Pakistan’s healthcare system is the low Doctor: patient ratio. Thus, we collaborated with Sehat Kehani to open our first telemedicine clinic in January 2019. Telemedicine has enabled us to expand our services to the underserved population of Tando Hyder in Hyderabad DistrictPatients are screened by a qualified physician extender who connects them with a physician remotely, using a specialized EMR program. These physicians provide the necessary expertise in diagnosis and treatment of these patients.


The purpose of this project is to play a key role in providing healthcare to the disaster ridden flood affected individuals. SHINE initiated the step by assessing the infectious disease burden in the mother and child population with respect to the current climate change crisis in Pakistan. We are focusing primarily on Thatta, Sujawal and Malir Districts, where there is a higher burden of relocated flood affected populations. Mobile units were also set up to supplement our camps in the most impacted areas of Sindh. A primary health care doctor assisted by allied staff evaluates, diagnoses, and treats patients who otherwise would not have access to healthcare.

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A Continued Medical Education program was established for the Medical and Allied staff of SHINE Humanity. In this program, specialists and physicians from the US and Pakistan conduct virtual education sessions for our staff so that they work in accordance with the uptodate practices that help deliver primary healthcare in a much more efficient manner. These sessions also allow expert physicians to assess the quality of care medical staff at SHINE provides to the local community.

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