Al-Noor Hospital

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The non-profit organization, Al Sarwar Trust, has constructed a hospital in a remote area in Pakistan to supply for much needed health care in the community, especially for women and children. To strengthen the utilization of the hospital, the project funded complementary infrastructural projects, such as roads to the hospital for easy access, a non-profit department store, and a post office inside the hospital premises to take into account the far-off location of the community hospital.

Results

Hospital was established in a region where before the nearest health facilities were more than 50 kilometres away. The hospital was short listed in Pilot Project Pakistan and financial support was given by NORAD/DF. Because of its success, other financial support was given by NORAD/DF. Because of its success, other financial supporting capacity building trainings, institutional development and health awareness raising in the region.

Activities

• Project mobilization
• Staff hiring
• Installation of equipment
• Construction of building for staff residence
• Provision of free treatment (over 7500 patients in 2009)
• Provision of hospitalization services
• Provision of ambulance services
• Partnerships (localities and stakeholders locally)

OrganisationAl Sarwar Trust
Organisation typeMigrant Organisation
Sector(s)
  • Philanthropy
Countries
  • Pakistan
Region(s)
  • South Asia
Websitewww.astn.no
Partnerships

• Local associations
• Norwegian government

Financial contributors

Challenges

Local ownership

Employing local staff in remote areas
Finding staff willing to work and live in such a remote area of the region, where compensation is meagre and chances of professional development are limited was a challenge. Through their vast network and established linkages in the communities, they managed to find three staff members. Unfortunately they were not able to find female doctors due to gender constraints in the region (women are not allowed to work alone in remote areas).

Partnership

Linking local beneficiaries
Al Sarwar Trust was confronted with the challenge to ensure that their project would reach out to a large group of people. Yet, in such remote areas it was challenging to ensure that the wider communities would become aware of the facilities that the organization was constructing. To overcome the possibility that the facilities would only reach a limited number of people, the Trust established linkages with different localities and local stakeholders such as teachers, politicians and religious leaders so that the awareness level of the general masses could be raised. Health committees ensured to make regular contact in order to take feedback from the community for the betterment of the hospital services.