Basic Health Unit

Annual Revue Of The Basic Health Unit in Shamshatu, Peshawar, Pakistan

This is a brief outline of some of the key points extracted from the annual report  of the Basic Health Unit (BHU) in Shamshatu in the village of Baghbanan in the Peshawar district of Pakistan. The period covered is from 1st July 2011 to 30th June 2012.


Basic Health Unit, Shamshatu

The total financial expenditure, including procurement, staff van, fuel, maintenance, staff salaries, etc. was €32,467.99, excluding donations for 50 KV transformer.

Patient turn out exceeded the planned milestone of 15,000 patients by more than 20%.
A 50 KV transformer was installed; two social mobilizers, a nutrition assistant were additionally employed.

A BHU specific software program was developed and installed, and BHU’s stock record and patients’ medical records were computerized.
Training of the BHU staff has taken place. The project staff was also trained to use the new IEC material, social mobilization questionnaires and also to conduct health and hygiene sessions at schools.
Check up in progress. Patients waiting.

Check up in progress. Patients waiting.

Patient fees were increased in April 2012 to help ensure the sustainable future of the unit, althoughit is acknowledged that the available funds of the local population are extremely limited. In cooperation with the community and the staff it will be decided in the coming months how to proceed on this issue to achieve a reasonable pricing policy. 
The number of visiting patients to the nutrition unit increased, in spite of a drop off in visits during the summer, and from July 2011 to June 2012, 3,112 children and 783 pregnant and lactating women were treated and given nutritional supplements, and the percentage of malnourished women and children decreased.


During the reporting period, the project staff conducted 44 health and hygiene sessions in different schools of the surrounding area and distributed 6,000 leaflets among the school children and the visiting patients. The staff also pasted 150 posters in public places during the period July 2011 – June 2012.




Progress Report Of The Basic Health Unit, Shamshatu

Here is the latest report received by ANT-Hiroshima concerning the Basic Health Unit in Shamshatoo, now known as Health Centre Baghbanan.The project is currently being overseen by the Abaseen Foundation and is co-funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation and Proloka. Its purpose is to provide quality medical treatment to the marginalized people in the target area of Baghbanan.

The project was taken over on 1st January, 2011 and will end on 30th June, 2013 with a total budget of €130,000.

During the project life 15,000 men, women, and children of all ages will directly benefit from quality medical treatment at subsidized rates and about 6,000 school children will benefit from 75 hygiene sessions. Total indirect beneficiaries from the project will be 250,000 people (including families of patients and the community at large).

August 2012 Health Report

The extreme heat of August 2012 and the Ramadhan and Eid holidays were the main factors causing the number of patients treated to drop below the 500 mark for the first time since June 2011.

The health unit staff distributed 435 health and hygiene leaflets to the visiting patients.

The nutrition staff conducted 24 hygiene sessions in the facility from which 112 visiting patients benefited.

Repair and Maintenance Work

The main building was maintained, whitewashed and painted.

basic health unit before and after

The garden was maintained and the signboard by the main road was renovated bearing all the stakeholders’ logos.

garden maintenance


Bank Alfalah (Pvt.) Limited has donated an ultrasound machine, a hematology analyzer and a micro lab worth PKR 1,619,000 (13,956 Euros) to the health centre. The lab technician has the expertise to operate hematology analyzer and micro lab whereas operation and function of other equipments will require trained personnel.

donated equipment



Basic Health Unit in Shamshatu Receives Medical Equipment

We are pleased to report that the Abaseen Foundation, which oversees the administration of the Basic Health Unit in Shamshatu, 25 kilometers southeast of Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province, has received funds to purchase medical equipment for the health unit.The Abaseen Foundation will receive 3,192,000 rupees on condition that the donor not be named. Half of the donation will be allocated to the Basic Health Unit for the purchase of an ultrasound machine, a haematology analyser, and a micro lab biochemistry analyzer.

The new equipment will greatly enhance the ability of the Basic Health Unit to provide health care to the residents of the Shamshatoo refugee camp and is a kind of recognition that the local administrators have done a good job in developing the Basic Health Unit to its current level.

Here are some recent photos of the Basic Health Unit and some of its staff and patients.









Medical Check Ups In Full Swing At The Basic Health Unit, Shamshatoo, Pakistan

Following the opening of the Basic Health Unit in Shamshatoo, Pakistan, Ahmed-san of Hope’87 has just sent us some photos of patients being checked and treated by the medical team.









Basic Health Unit, Shamshatu, Now Fully Operational



On 29th March the first Project Steering Committee Meeting was held at the Basic Health Unit in Shamshatoo, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan. It coincided with the formal opening of the unit.

The two adjacent schools were holding their annual results announcement ceremony, which was used as a medium to inform people about the basic health unit and its operations.

The Basic Health Unit has been operational since 10th of March on a trial basis. A doctor and other staff had visiting the health unit each day to check patients’ health.

The Project Steering Committee has been working on developing the systems and procedures for the health unit, which was officially operational from 1st of April 2011.

During the trial period in March, 82 male patients and 168 female patients had their health checked in the clinic.

The BHU sign names the key sponsors, including ANT-Hiroshima.

The BHU sign names the key sponsors, including ANT-Hiroshima.



Here are some photos of the opening ceremony and awareness forum, which was held to educate the local population about the function of the Basic Health Unit.

A large number of dignitaries from the community were present. The men sat in one marquee, the women in another. The photos are of the men only. Overall more than 400 people were present for the ceremony, forum and lunch.







Lunch is served!

Lunch is served!

Here are some photos of the Basic Health Unit in use. The doctor is checking two young boys.




Below are a couple of photos of the first Project Steering Committee meeting and a group photo of board members, BHU staff and other members of the community who attended.




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