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11
Nov
Jaroka shortlisted for Top 11 innovator Challenge 2011

We are thrilled to share that, Jaroka mobile based Tele-healthcare for rural and disaster hit communities, has been selected as one of the top 30 finalists for the next round of Top 11 in 2011 Challenge. In the final round, eleven innovators will be determined by a combination of public and selection committee votes. ITS TIME TO VOTE NOW. The Innovators Challenge voting process is open to the public from November 8 to 11th, after which a selection committee will review the nominations and submit their votes.  We shall appreciate your cooperation in voting for Jaroka project. The voting procedure is as follow: Note: – You must have an email account (any type). Go to http://www.healthunbound.org/ and login by creating an account (username + password). After the account has been setup, please visit http://www.healthunbound.org/top11_vote Select nominee name/project joint leader, Shamila Saleem Keyani (on behalf of UM Healthcare Trust). Its on

13
Oct

Jaroka Tele-healthcare in rural Mardan

Jaroka Tele-healthcare in rural Mardan

Jaroka Tele-healthcare is successfully implemented at the UM Healthcare Medical Facility at the Village Zahidabad, in rural Mardan District, KPK Province of Pakistan. The facility is equip with high-speed Internet access, provided and supported by Cybernet, a national leading ISP. The basic statistics of Mardan district are a quite alarming. There are only two District Hospitals and only 50 BHUs off which almost 50% are non-operational (source UNFPA). To make matters worse, the maternal mortality ratio is much higher in Mardan District than the national average.  In order to provide quality healthcare to poorest of the poor, Jaroka Tele-healthcare connects specialist medical doctors from US, UK, NUS

13
Oct

Telemedicine pilot project in rural Skardu

Telemedicine pilot project in rural Skardu

In 2006, Our team had successfully launched Pakistan’ first successful Telemedicine pilot project which connected patients in a rural Skardu (remote region), Pakistan with International specialist in Boston USA.  We initiated this pilot project in order to study and test the prospects of managing a remote telemedicine center. This project was initiated in close collaboration with AAPNA, COMSATS and Stanford University’s Digital Vision Program.  The pilot test in the remote region was extremely successful and provided a valuable opportunity to gain immense knowledge of the operations.  It also helped us further evolve our project to become more effective in providing health care services remotely. We tested our project focused on Dermatology related issues as 77.28%  of Skardu population is suffering from these problems and there were no dermatology specialists in this area. Also we observed that dermatology is more suited to be extended via tele-medicine services as it is more visual.

11
Oct

Jaroka presented at Women Deliver 2010

Jaroka presented at Women Deliver 2010

UM Healthcare Trust's phenomenal project , Jaroka was provided with fully funded opportunity to be presented at  "Young Women Speak and Young Women Deliver " , panelary session moderated by Hollywood Actress Ashley Judd, at Women Deliver 2010 held at Washington Convention Center, from 4-9 June 2010. The strategies, practices, challenges,success and failures faced by jaroka during its implementation were shared with huge audience from multiple backgrounds. Women Deliver works globally to generate political commitment and financial investment for fulfilling Millennium Development Goal #5.  The conference was attended by 3,400 advocates, policymakers, development leaders, health care professionals, youth, advocates, and media from 146 countries .  More than 800 speeches and presentations were given at the six plenaries and 120 breakout sessions, and the heads of five UN agencies, plus the Secretary-General, were represented. Thirty countries, UN agencies, the World Bank, corporations, and foundations helped support Women Deliver. http://www.womendeliver.org/

11
Oct

Jaroka mhealth wins mBillionth Award

Jaroka mhealth wins mBillionth Award

UM Healthcare Trust is declared winner for the mBillionth Award’s for  mHealth category. At a ceremony organized in New Delhi by its convener, Digital Empowerment Foundation, and sponsored by India’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, OnMobile, and Intel among others, presented the award to Jaroka from a pool of over 200 nominations and submissions. The mBillionth Award is dedicated to exploring the potential of the mobile sector and promoting game changing applications all across South Asia. The Jaroka project is honored for its interactive interfaces, innovative design, aesthetic value, accessibility and most of all it’s relevance of content and utility value. http://mbillionth.in/2010/07/26/jaroka-tele-healthcare/  

22
Aug

NPR visits UM Trust and talks about Jaroka

NPR visits UM Trust and talks about Jaroka

UM Healthcare Trust and its project, Jaroka, is impact on the lives of thousands of vulnerable people specifically expecting mothers in under-privileged areas of Pakistan,  is showcased  in the Morning Edition of  National Public Radio (NPR) , USA, on 22nd August 2011. NPR team was  given the demo of  Tele-Healthcare System frequently utilized by our doctors at UM Healthcare in order to get expert opinions of medical professionals on complex cases. The doctors are getting opinions from doctors in USA, UK and Singapore. “We are never alone,”  Dr.Qasim ( Medical Specialist) says. “Having them on board is like having a cutting-edge hospital at your doorstep.” NPR is a privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicator to more than 800 public radio stations in the

18
Jul
Jaroka Android- Runner up at Ericsson-PTA Mobile Contest

Jaroka Android Application got runner up position for Ericsson-PTA Mobile Excellence Award contest from all over Pakistan. The application is intended to empower doctors in rural settings to maintain patient record through mobile application and share the require data with medical professionals abroad and in urban settings of Pakistan  for diagnosis of complicated cases. The application is developed by the team at National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) including the students, Mr. Basit Hameed and Mr. Imran Tanveer and the faculty member , Ms. Sana Khalique. The team was honored with the shield along with two Sonny Ericsson cell phones. The mobile application will further make healthcare accessible to the under-served areas of Pakistan. For More details on Ericsson-PTA Mobile Excellence Award 2010 ceremony  check this link. 

18
Feb

Atlas Service Corps Fellowship ( 2010-2011)

Atlas Service Corps Fellowship ( 2010-2011)

On behalf of Jaroka Tele-healthcare project, our team member Shamila Keyani, is awarded with Atlas Service corps fellowship for the year 2010-2011, in recognition of her contribution and service towards redefining rural healthcare using Information Technology based solutions.Atlas Service Corps is a non-profit based out of Washington DC, with the aim to address critical social issues, identifying and developing future leaders, helps in strengthening organizations and promotes innovation through overseas fellowship. This unique opportunity will give her the platform to learn best practices and strategies followed by non-profits in USA to achieve their objectives.

13
Oct

DHL YES award

DHL YES award

UM Healthcare Trust received another national recognition when it was awarded with DHL YES Awards for Social Entrepreneurship in recognition of their effort to bring innovation in healthcare for  rural communities in Pakistan. The DHL YES Awards aims to recognize and celebrate the contribution of young individualswho are evolving existing and/or using new innovative methods to bring about a positive social change in their communities. The DHL YES Awards focus on unleashing the potential of young Asian social entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 40 who are working to realize the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and national development goals of their respective countries. The award is a further testimony to, and recognition of, the work being done by the Trust in rural Pakistan. http://www.mdgasiapacific.org/node/90

13
Oct
ITU Cybersecurity and ICT Applications Essay Competition Internship Programme

Jaroka Tele-healthcare is announced winner for , 2009 ITU Cybersecurity and ICT Applications Essay Competition Internship Programme, in the category of 'Mobiles for Development: Enabling Low-Cost e-Applications for Rural and Remote Areas (e-health)'. The competition aims to increase awareness of cybersecurity and the potential of ICT applications, and give young people, especially from developing countries, exposure to the main issues related to these topics and to ITU's ongoing work in this area.