Global Health Directorate
The public health outreach programs are managed by The Global Health Directorate (GHD) of the Indus Health Network. It is the public health arm of the Network, implementing community and facility-based programs across the country. GHD has a focus on Infectious Diseases, Maternal and Neonatal Child Health, Non-Communicable Diseases, Global Surgery, mental health and primary care programs across all campuses and in communities. The Directorate currently is managing several public health programs in collaboration with different national and international donor organizations.
Multi Drug Resistant -Tuberculosis and Malaria Program
The Indus Hospital is the principal recipient for the MDR-TB and Malaria Program, a grant awarded by The Global Fund for Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The project – for the first time in Pakistan – is using mobile vans fitted with digital X-Ray machines for screening of TB. In the year 2017-2018 the project will mobilize 70 mobile X-Ray vans across Pakistan to maximize active TB screening.
The program “Aao TB Mitao” is a one of its kind initiative in Pakistan, which is part of the Global movement of Zero TB cities which aims to eliminate the incidence of TB from vastly effected countries such as Pakistan. It is being implemented in 48 cities across Pakistan and is aimed to:
- actively search for TB patients in communities through a thorough screening process
- conduct state-of-the-art diagnostic tests
- deliver medication to patients’ home to ensure treatment compliance
- provide social support through food baskets and family counseling
In partnership with the Government of Pakistan, this initiative will serve to eliminate TB in Pakistan.
GHD is a key player on the malaria control horizon of the country and is managing Global Fund Malaria grant as principal recipient in 18 malaria endemic districts, out of which 11 are in Baluchistan and 07 in KP. The total indirect beneficiaries of the project are 11,719,884.
The program supports both curative and preventive components. The curative side comprises of diagnosis, case management, provision of diagnostics and anti-malarial drugs and capacity building of the health workers. The preventive front focuses on provision of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLINs) to the vulnerable communities and Behavior Change Communication (BCC) in which awareness sessions are arranged for LHWs, CBO members, religious leaders and other influential of the local communities.
The ART treatment center at The Indus Hospital, Korangi, in December 2016, focused on scaling-up programmatic management of PWIDs affected by HIV, 117 new IVDUs were registered and put on ARV treatment.
The programmatic management approach introduced support to patients beyond clinical care by deploying a team which would facilitate in regular follow-ups at the household; counseling for adherence, depression and anxiety to help decrease the loss to follow-up.
Safe Circumcision Program
This is a service delivery program based within the Shaikh Saeed Memorial Hospital, Korangi. It is a pilot program that has used the concept of ‘task sharing,’ whereby health workers are trained
by the pediatric surgeons to perform safe circumcisions, using the correct technique and infection control practices, under close supervision.
Patient Monitored Surgical Site Infection Study
Initiated in October 2015, the study is designed to determine effective methods to identify the presence of a Surgical Site Infection that has minimum burden on a low-resource health system. The study was conducted at The Indus Hospital, Korangi. In phase II, it was extended to Sheikh Saeed Memorial Hospital, Korangi. As a result, WHO recommended ‘Safe Surgery Checklists’ were implemented in both campuses.
Vascular Anomalies Center
In January 2017, IHN initiated a multidisciplinary, facility-based treatment program by the name of ‘Vascular Anomalies Center’ at The Indus Hospital, Korangi, under direct supervision of the Pediatric Surgery department.
Diabetes Management Program
Initiated in September 2014, at The Indus Hospital, Korangi – the program enrolls all eligible diabetic patients and provides them with comprehensive diabetes management including annual eye and foot screening; diabetes education; individualized nutritional counselling; and helpline services. The objectives of the program are to assist people with diabetes in successfully managing the disease and to provide relief from symptoms and to improve their quality of life by reducing and delaying the onset of complications.
The digital registry was launched in October, 2012 to improve the timely vaccination coverage status of children visiting Indus Hospital for immunizations. Since 2012, vaccinators at Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) centers in Korangi Town have also been incorporated into the Zindagi Mehfooz program. Children visiting any of these centers for immunization are similarly added to the registry for SMS reminders.
Family Planning Program
GHD has launched a Family Planning program in collaboration with Population Welfare Department, Government of Punjab through the Public Health Initiative at Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital Trust (RTEHT).