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Jehad For Zero Thalassemia – A Mission, A hope

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This blog was published in KemUnited on 3rd April 2012.

By Farkhanda Qaiser

On Wednesday, 28th March 2012 was held the Volunteers’ Convention of Jehad for Zero Thalassemia at University of Central Punjab. Above 40 enthusiastic kemcolians attended this convention. Around 35 being from the lively first year.


Initially most of them had been enticed by the golden rope of certificates and dinner for all participants however their views changed as the evening progressed. Before, proceeding any further, let’s take a look at the history and objectives of JZT.

Jehad for zero thalassemia is a volunteer-based awareness program initiated by the students of University of Central Punjab in April,2010. The program has brought immense hope for the victims of Thalassemia and has proved a great source of awareness, inspiration and motivation for the educated youth. It now plans to flourish to other universities and colleges; the latter being its chapters. JZT aims at eradicating thalassemia from Pakistan by 2016. The following are its urgent goals:

1) Spreading awareness and motivating people to get tested before marriage
2) Providing blood for previously existing Thalassemia Major kids
3) Providing blood for any emergency through ICU@JZT

These goals were further explained through skits, speeches and documentaries. The highlights were the unusually-serious-speech from the king of comedy Suhail Ahmad aka Azizi;

the energetic dance performances by two little thalassemic girls (which brought tears to the eyes of many);

the heart-breaking documentary on the miseries of thalassemics ( https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Students-Patient-Welfare-SocietySPWS/123997921023440 ) ; the declaration of Sarmad Sultan Khoosat to be the brand ambassador of JZT

and a mime as well as a skit on the ground realities of patients of this disease.

There was also the formation of the word VOLCON. Kemcolians far outnumbered everyone else. Yes, they are the ones forming O, V and tail of N.

Overall it was a great event that greatly inspired all and sundry to play their part in eradicating this disease. Let’s hear more about this evening from the participants:

The highly motivated and charged ones:

“It was awesome. I wish to donate every single drop of my blood for those patients.” Farhan Ashraf, 1st Year

“It was a deeply moving and inspiring event. Thinking about that evening, I still can not help shivering, especially that little thalassemic girl…I couldn’t believe that someone with so much energy and life has to bear such suffering and death is ready to pounce upon her.” Rohma Ihsan, 1st Year

“Awesomest event of any welfare society I’ve ever attended! Motivation, passion, stimulus to sacrifice yourself for others was all over there. I just couldn’t move my eyes and ears from the programme which was going on. It was my honor to be a part of it.” Arooba Safeer, 1st Year

“It reveals that one person or society can bring a change.” M.Arsalan, 1st Year

“Jzt event was very inspirational. It really motivated me to do something for the thalassemics. I think that such an event should be conducted in our university as well so that all students should be awakened for the cause because usually we know things but don’t take action consequently forgetting it. I’m in for anything you want me to do for it.” Sania Saleem, 1st Year

The social activists:

“Being a social activist, I’m always on a lookout for projects that could ameliorate maladies, congenital or otherwise from our society. I hereby congratulate the JZT team for pulling off quite a remarkable feat by imbuing in us students the zest to strive for a total wipeout of thalassemia by 2016. The disallowing of marriage between thalassemia minor couples was a very viable solution proposed to halt its spread. Other practical solutions to resuscitate already existing patients, if presented through this platform, would be quite a leap I believe. I couldn’t be more eager to donate blood generously and attain the feeling of having saved a life. Atleast I’ll be making a difference in my very own way.” Raza Shehzad, 1st Year

“I’m very happy to be a part of jehad against thalassemia. JZT inpired me a lot and I promised myself to make people aware of thalassemia as much as possible. May Allah help us all.” Hafsa Aslam, 1st Year

“It was a wonderful experience for me. I would really like to help those thalassemia people out.” Umer Saleem, 1st Year

“A heart throbbing experience that acknowledged us about a dangerous disease, thalassemia and hence gave us a opportunity to serve mankind in a possible way by eliminating thalassemia by 2016.” Areeba Ishaq, 1st Year

The reporters:

“It was very interesting. They had a documentary which showed the miseries of the helpless parents of thalassemics; had a skit as well as a couple of dances by little thalassemia girls. Azizi and Sarmad Khoosat showed full support.” Faza Fatima, 4th Year

“It was just awesome. They announced that we are priveledged to have kemcolians here. They gave us special protocol from main gate to the auditorium. The documentary on thalassemic patients moved us all to tears.” Urva Khan, 1st Year

The ones full of praise for the organizers:

“It was awesome. Very finely presented and explained event and also very inspiring.” Seemab Sheikh, 3rd Year

“It was very motivational.” Junaid Alvi, 2nd Year

“It was a marvelous effort to provoke the youth of pakistan to wake up and join hands to save the flowers like Anum from thalassemia.” Fazila Gondal, 1st Year

“It was a very good platform for all the enthusiastic people who want to eradicate thalassemia and it really made all of us fully aware of the danger at hand.” Saba Sabahat, 1st Year

“The JZT event was well organized. It’s great that they were trying this hard to spread awareness.” Maheer Nayyer, 1st Year

“It was great motivation.” Fariah Mubeen, 1st Year

The true kemcolians – giving advice:

“It was a nice experience to attend this convention. I would like to attend and actively participate in such events in future as well. We should also organize such events in our university.” Zainab Ikram, 1st Year

“It was amzing and such events should be organized on regular basis and pariticipation of maximum studets should be ensured.” Umair Mazhar, 1st Year

Thus in short, the Volunteers’ Convention had it all – motivation, activism and most importantly determination to bring about a change and a means to do so as well.

I’m extremely thankful to SPWS for providing us the opportunity to attend this great event and contribute to a better society.

These kemcolians attended the JZT convention at University of Central Punjab on Wednesday, 28th March 2012:

1st Year girls: Alisha Kainat, Amna Khalid, Amna Khalil, Areeba, Arooba Safeer, Ayesha Ikram, Fariah Mubeen, Fatima Qayyum, Fazila Gondal, Hafsa Aslam, Paras Mehmood, Rohma Ihsan, Saba Sabahat, Sania Saleem, Sara Zainab, Urva Khan, Zainab Ikram.
1st Year boys: Ali Anjum, Aqeel Qureshi, Arsalan Ahmad Khan, Farhan Ashraf, Hammad Shafi, Haroon Rashid, Hasan Taha, Kashif Saleem, Maheer Nayyer, M.Ali Zia, M.Arsalan, M.Fahar Hayat, M.Hamza Arshad, M.Rafeh, Raza Shehzad, Umair Mazhar, Umer Saleem, Zahid Qadeer.

2nd Year: Junaid Alvi, Shaarif Bashir.

3rd Year: Farkhanda Qaiser, Humaira Sarfraz, Iqra Saeed, Seemab Sheikh

4th Year: Faza Fatima

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Story of a Successful Campaign

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This article was published in KEMunited on 14/5/2011

By Farkhanda Qaiser (2nd Year) and Shafaq Tabassum (3rd Year)

From 3rd to 7th May 2011, SPWS with the collaboration of APPNA took the initiative to launch a unique yet interactive week long campaign to educate the general public especially patients and barbers about Hepatitis C. At the onset, it seemed like it would just be another seminar held by just another society: same old lectures listened by none, a good 3 hours spent sleeping in the air conditioned auditorium, followed by the long-awaited refreshments (this applies especially to the kemcolian guys =p ). However the actual story was quite the opposite.

Infact the project advisor, Ahmad Naseer and project director, Shafaq Tabassum ensured that it was so by organizing the following events for the campaign:

1) Interclass Poster competition

2) Interactive Seminar

3) Awareness Campaign in various wards of Mayo Hospital

4) Visit to the barbers and beauticians

They were helped in this task by 5 Project Managers and 20 Project Organizers who coordinated and meticulously organized all these activities.

Name of the Campaign:

After a lot of deliberation with the entire team of the project, it was decided to be:‘Beat Hepatitis C, Treat Hepatitis C Campaign’

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Colorful and eye catching charts, detailed notices and banners were pasted in all parts of the campus of KE.In addition, announcements were made in all classes to ensure that the message reached to the maximum number of people.

Poster Competition:

This was an exclusive attempt to spread awareness about Hepatitis C in a way that would appeal the general public. It was open to all students of KE. And Boy…did they show enthusiasm! All those innovative and artistic posters that kept pouring in the SPWS office in OPD 19 proved that kemcolians can surely paint as well as they do surgery or dissection (as applies to 1st and 2nd Year students).

The Judges for this competition were Madam Tauseef, the college artist, KE; Madam Sara from PIPO and Dr. Inamulhaq from Mayo Hospital, Lahore.

The judges’ criteria for this poster competition were:

Only hand made posters were allowed.

Caption was compulsory.

Poster should depict some aspect of hepatitis C (precautions, causes, outcome etc)

Poster should be understandable by general community.

All the participants definitely followed these rules and so their posters were displayed in the KE auditorium on the day of the seminar. The fact that people were seen taking pictures of these posters was proof enough that they were really liked by all.

The winners were:

Farah Huma (2nd Year)

Amber Batool (4th Year)

Rukhsaar Naseer (3rd Year)

 

2011 is definitely the year for 2nd year…! Getting first position in sports day skit then kaps video competition and then the 2 interclass photography competitions…! Wow..! 2nd Year truly rocks….!

Seminar:

The highlights of the seminar were an interactive lecture, quiz competition, multimedia educational videos and a superbly acted skit. The Chief Guest was the honorable Vice Chancellor, Professor Dr Asad Aslam Khan. Among other distinguished guests were Prof Dr. Fareed (Registrar KEMU) and Prof Mahmood shaukat (prof of paed. surgery). All other professors were also invited to witness this great effort by the students.

After recitation from the Holy Quran, the hosts, Farkhanda Qaiser and Humaira Sarfraz officially inaugurated the seminar by showing an introductory video about SPWS and its achievements. Then there was a very informative lecture on the causes, symptoms and treatment of Hepatitis C by Dr Asif Mahmood, senior registrar, South Medical Ward. This lecture was followed by an interactive question & answer session with the audience. It was evidence enough that all the viewers had been attentively listening to their Professor’s lecture especially because it was aided by an interesting multimedia show.

However the best test of audience response was the subsequent quiz competition. Questions were shown on multimedia and audience given a chance to answer those questions. The main attraction was the gift hampers that were given to the winners and that encouraged a lot of students to actively participate in this competition.

This hyped up event was then proceeded by a video presentation about hepatitis C.

Then came the last and the best part of the seminar which was a very amusing skit acted and directed by students of MBBS 2nd Year. It highlighted the typical attitude of illiterate people towards social health workers whose task is to spread awareness of such infectious diseases as hepatitis C. After a series of events that included a reused blade at the local barber’s shop, the protagonist of the play contacted hepatitis C. He was then informed that this disease is very much curable and should have been prevented in the first place if all the precautions had been followed. Due to witty one liners and amazing acting, this play was a huge success among the audience.

And so this seminar ended after addresses by VC, Staff president and Staff Advisor. All of whom applauded the students on holding such a wonderful event.

Lastly refreshments were given to all.

Awareness Campaign:

Permission was granted by VC and M.S. to the team of Hepatitis C campaign to visit different wards of Mayo Hospital to spread awareness. 15 teams were formulated and 3 teams were sent to the wards daily. The following wards were covered,

4 surgical units

4 medical units

Urology (units 1 &2)

Dermatology (units 1 &2)

Psychiatry (Drug Addiction & Rehabilitation Centre + clinical psychology and child psychiatry floors)

Orthopedics (units 1 &2)

OPD (All rooms and laboratories)

Pathology labs.

Each team was led by one of the members of the organizing team. The total number of volunteers was about 150. They were first given instructions by their team leaders about the transmission, signs and symptoms, precautions, diet plan for hepatitis C patient, treatment and duties of medical and paramedical staff. Then these volunteers educated the patients, their relatives, nurses, ward boys and paramedical staff.

As most of these volunteers were 1st and 2nd year students so it was a totally new experience for them. Thus they were enthusiastic about interacting with patients and guiding them through their limited knowledge.Even the patients were eager to listen to these friendly young doctors and tell them all their past history of illnesses.

Moreover Posters about Hepatitis C were also displayed in all wards and brochures were distributed among all patients. All the organizers captured a lot of photographs of these memorable moments.

Total patients dealt with were 300. Out of them, 25 were HCV positive.

Thus another chapter of the Beat Hepatitis C, Treat Hepatitis C campaign came to an end.

Visit to Barbers and Beauticians:

A team of 6 Volunteers visited about 13 barbers (1 of them was HCV +) and 6 beauticians in the adjoining areas of Neela Gumbad and educated them about hepatitis C. Informative posters were also pasted in Anarkali.

An information desk has been established in SPWS office in opd 19, mayo for continous awareness of general public where APPNA hep c brouchers shall be available for patient education.

Thus a very extensive and well thought out awareness campaign was concluded at last. It is hoped that this event will have far reaching affects and will be a means of saving lives. Kudos to SPWS and APPNA!

KemLife Tips: Managing Society Life

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This post was published in KEMunited, the official blog of King Edward Medical University on 26/3/2011

By Farkhanda Qaiser

Remember the early days of 1st year when all the kemcolian societies came to your class to introduce themselves…? You felt like joining each and every one of them after watching those musical presentations about their achievements and events…but something or the other always stopped you…an upcoming substage or stage, the fear of failing in physio or of missing classes after you joined those societies…
That’s what the majority of kemcolian nerds always feel in 1st year but things change considerably with every passing year…You see those same people making CVs, applying for posts and rejoicing on getting those posts…then a new life starts for them: the kemcolian society life…Making announcements in class, doing publicity by pasting charts on zero point, being organisers in mushaira, sitting on the registration desk in declamation contest, shooting pictures for KAPS during sports week, hosting the KELS events, collecting money for SPWS bake sale and a myriad of such activites become part of your daily life…
and you realise you had been missing out on a very important aspect of life in KE…
you may be drop dead tired every day…
you may feel like you’ve perhaps overdone with joining all those societies…
but at the end of the day…you’re a more complete person, a more polished kemcolian…
ALTAPETE…!
afterall medical life is not all about anatomy, physiology and biochemistry…(for the 1st 2 years atleast)

P.S. this last line doesnt apply for the PROF season cuz then it IS all about these dreary subjects…