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Article from THE NEWS

October 3rd, 2015
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An extraordinarily kind and humble man, French surgeon Dr. Philippe Patenotre from Médecins du Monde or Doctors of the World is known for developing a special bond with his patients.

This is his fourth visit to Pakistan in the past two years under the MdM mission. Interestingly, he always volunteers to do his part of work in Pakistan. “Patients in Pakistan are very moving. They are so thankful and appreciative and give ultimate respect. It is rare to find such sentiments anywhere else in the world,” said Dr Phillipe in an interview to ‘The News’. It brought tears to his eyes when he described the affection and love he receives in Pakistan.

“He enjoys giving French names to his patients and also mingles up with them as if they were his family members. He neither visits any place nor does he attend any lunch or dinner. His team’s only objective is to perform as many surgeries as possible,” said Muhammad Khan Executive Director Acid Survivors Foundation.

MdM is an international humanitarian non-profit organization that provides emergency and long-term medical care to vulnerable populations while advocating for equal access to healthcare worldwide. Founded in 1980 by a group of 15 French physicians, the MdM was formed with a mission to provide timely emergency medical care free of legal and administrative restrictions, to work with local populations to ensure long-term sustainability of healthcare systems, and to advocate on behalf of client populations. They started their work in Pakistan in 2005.

Under this initiative, a team of French doctors visit Pakistan for 10 days after every six months. Only during the latest visit, Dr Philippe performed 28 free surgeries on patients who could not afford the expensive treatment otherwise.

Head of the team of Pakistani doctors, who assist Dr Phillippe also spoke highly of the humbleness and hard work of the French team. “They start at 7:30am in the morning and continue till 8pm,” said Dr Tasneem of Rehnuma FPAP.

Talking about the hurdles he faces in treatment of his patients, mostly violence victims, Dr Phillippe said that on every visit, he finds improvement in all terms. Some cases he has dealt with were challenging though. “Back in France, I usually perform reconstruction procedures on patients of brain or breast cancer,” he said.

For him, the most challenging case was of acid burn victim Nazeeran. “She had 80 percent burns and I faced some disappointment at the start as her skin was not responding to surgeries as expected.”

Dr Philippe performed two major surgeries on Nazeeran involving multiple procedures. “I am glad that she has turned into a confident person leading a normal life.”

The News International

May 24th, 2012
Muhammad Qasim
Thursday, May 24, 2012
From Print Edition
Rawalpindi

As many as 51 deserving patients were operated upon during three days of the International Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery Workshop at the Surgical Unit-1 of the Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) for various congenital anomalies, burns and other body disfigurements.

The 9th International Plastic and Reconstruction Surgery Workshop is being organised by the Head of Department of SU-1 at the BBH Professor Dr. Hamid Hassan in collaboration with Dr. Charles Viva from the UK from May 21 to 28.

It is important that acid burn victims have to suffer not only severe post burn deformities but also have to undergo intense emotional and psychological disorders mainly because of lack of proper treatment facilities available at the public sector hospitals of the country for burn victims.

The acid burn victims because of being untreated in most of the cases have to live too much an uncomfortable life due to social stigma attached with the phenomenon. Though the incidents of acid burns are low in comparison to other burn injuries yet the young women and adolescent girls are the most common victims of acid attacks. Most of the acid-throwing incidents are related to problems involving land, dowry demands and proposal for marriage.

In acid-burn incidents, face and chest are the most common body parts targeted by the offender and the victims are doomed because of the extensive scarring and deformity produced. Experts say that because of the extreme disfigurement caused to eyes, nose and lips, their sufferings are intense physically, emotionally and psychologically.

Professor Dr Hamid Hassan with the help of his medical team has been organising plastic and reconstructive surgery camps with the cooperation of Professor Dr. Charles Viva from England yearly for the last 10 years to provide these patients with the best treatment available.

On the second day of the workshop, on Tuesday, a total of 19 patients including six patients with congenital anomalies including cleft lip and cleft palate were operated while procedures involving ear reconstruction were done in two cases. A fresh case of acid victim, a young female patient from Multan with acid burns over chin, chest and upper back underwent wound cleansing that would be followed by skin grafting within next two days. The experts also operated a patient for a huge nerve sheath tumour called as plexiform neurofibroma over face while five other procedures were done for other body disfigurements.

On the third day of the eight-day workshop, on Wednesday, a total of 17 patients were operated of which nine were with congenital anomalies including cleft lip and cleft palate and two with acid burns over face and neck, said postgraduate trainee at SU1 Dr. Haider while talking to ‘The News’ on Wednesday. He added that two surgeries were performed to correct ear and nose deformities and six patients were operated for other body disfigurements.

Signing Ceremony of Pak-Italian Program: Establishment Of A Burn Center And The first Government Led Rehabilitation Center For Burn Victims

April 17th, 2012

Italian Cooperation, Nishtar Hospital and ASF-P representatives

ASF-P Chaiperson presneting the social component of the project

Interacting with Nishtar medical college students: the future of the care for burns is in their hands...

ASF ED discussing last details with Dr Naheed Chaudry, head of Burn Unit in Multan.

Smile Again Udine team, among whch Dr Lossasso exchanging with Dr Naheed and ASF -P

This is a tangible example of developmental strategy, the sustainability of ASF-P efforts to ensure that acid and burn victims receive relevant medical and psycho social care will be ensured through a north-south cooperation and a private public partnership. Congratulations to Pakistan to launch a unique federal/provincial cooperation right after the devolution process. More news to come!

Acid Survivors Foundation In The Field, A Realistic View…

February 1st, 2010
Jean Loncle A French journalist, Valerie Khan Yusufzai and Rajprit ASTI communication officer in front of Nishtar hospital in Multan.

Jean Loncle A French journalist, Valerie Khan Yusufzai and Rajprit ASTI communication officer in front of Nishtar hospital in Multan.

Many of you must be wondering what Acid Survivors Foundation is exactly doing when the team goes on the field; we are therefore presenting you a collection of pictures that will illustrate our activities away from the Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Unit. Kindly note that keeping in touch with the local government, the stakeholders and the community is essential to create  a social disapproval regarding acid violence and generate social support for our action.
The same team talking to an acid retailer in Multan, Punjab.

The same team talking to an acid retailer in Multan, Punjab.

ASF team often meets acid shops owners to sensitize them about their civic responsibilities and the need to monitor the acid distribution.
Ultimately, we would like to create some sort of watch committees that could ensure that an acid sale regulation and monitoring law would be implemented efficiently.
These expert volunteers are always there for taking up the cases that need to be proceeded in front of the court. They are also essential to guide us and link us with influential politicians or parliamentarians who would be ready to support a change in the current legal framework. Thanks to them, justice is not a dream but becomes a reality. last but not least. Meeting the communities means that the survivors are acknowledged for their efforts and that this link is the key to the establishment of groups of change agents that will voice out against acid violence, domestic violence and child abuse.
ASF team doscussing the issue of acid violence in a village, in a family in which 31 family members were attacked with acid.

ASF team doscussing the issue of acid violence in a village, in a family in which 31 family members were attacked with acid.

ASF team and one of ASF pro bono lawyer : Mr Rasheed Rehman.

ASF team and one of ASF pro bono lawyer : Mr Rasheed Rehman.

Thank You…

January 20th, 2010

It is sometimes important to take time to thank the people who are there for others…

Acid Survivors Foundation would therefore like to thank its donors for all their support and dedication, their continuous help and solidarity.

We would also like to quote an example of donations by daughters on behalf of their mother, we found it moving.

Salaams. I hope that all is going well with your efforts. For your information, I just contributed $200 online in memory of my mother (Janice Payson) and a friend’s mother (Christiana Nnang).

Thanks for doing this important work.

Best regards,

Melissa

On behalf of all acid survivors, thank you.

Capacity Building Programme (CBP) : Dr Jawad Is On Board!

January 18th, 2010
Valerie Khan Yusufzai briefing the patients before they meet Dr Jawad for the medical assessment prior to the surgical camp planned for end of March 2010

Valerie Khan Yusufzai briefing the patients before they meet Dr Jawad for the medical assessment prior to the surgical camp planned for end of March 2010

Who is  Dr Jawad? A British surgeon from Pakistani origin who has not forgotten that he once studied thanks to the efforts of the Pakistani nation, and who would like to come and contribute to the welfare of his people.

He is also the magician who rebuilt Katie Piper’s face, the British model and TV animator who got raped and attacked with acid by her ex boy friend, in England.

Dr Jawad made a quick detour to Islamabad to visit PIMS burn center facility and his head, Dr Tariq Iqbal, and he finally came to visit Acid Survivors Foundation Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Unit and selected relevant patients for the surgical camp.

The objective of such camps are to provide free experts

surgery and share competences, skills and build others.

We thank Dr Jawad for his commitment and we will keep you updated! This cross border technical cooperation is an essential part of our action and you will have many news on the matter!

DR Jawad is briefing Acid SUrvivor Foundation Chairperson abou the way to strategize the Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Unit for maximum results

DR Jawad is briefing Acid Survivor Foundation Chairperson about the way to strategize the Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Unit for maximum results

As usual, the local media were there to support Acid Survivors Foundation and present the interest of such an international cooperation national.

As usual, the local media were there to support Acid Survivors Foundation and present the interest of such an international cooperation network.

Acid Survivors Foundation : On The Media Road Again!

January 12th, 2010
Tauseeq Haider asking questions to Valerie Khan Yusufzai about ASF work

Tauseeq Haider asking questions to Valerie Khan Yusufzai about ASF work

Valerie Khan Yusufzai, ready to explain ASF work and goals.

Valerie Khan Yusufzai, ready to explain ASF work and goals.

Nadeem Mehmood, GJP project manager, presenting UNDP GJP project and the cahllenges faced.

Nadeem Mehmood, GJP project manager, presenting UNDP GJP project and the challenges faced.

Dr Khadija, ASF psychotherapist and Nazeeran ready to fight for the cause!

Dr Khadija, ASF psychotherapist and Nazeeran ready to fight for the cause!

Acid Survivors Foundation : Strength, Unity, Solidarity.

January 12th, 2010
a few survivors from Acid Survivors Foundation

a few survivors from Acid Survivors Foundation

Acid Survivors Foundation wants to pay tribute to a group of brave and determined survivors who have decided to fight against this horrendous form of violence, major breach of human rights. All of them are rebuilding their life, are owning it.

We are proud of them and wanted to thank them for the admiring support that they are capable of providing to other survivors : a great lesson for all of us.

You will get to know more about them later on in our gallery…

See you there…!

What is GJP?

January 12th, 2010
Gender Justice & Protection Project

Violence Against Women (VAW) is pervasive across class, religion, ethnicity and urban/rural divide in Pakistan. Violence and the threat of it contribute to the low social indicators for women’s development in the country. The Gender Justice and Protection Project (GJP) is a key initiative of UNDP’s Gender Support Program funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented by United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The five year project has been initiated to contribute to sustainable reduction in violence against women (VAW) in accordance with the government’s policy commitments. The project has established a fund to support promising initiatives from the Government and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to combat the prevalence of violence, abuse, discrimination and social exclusion against women.

About Acid Survivors Foundation UNDP Project :GJP And Our Awareness Raising Strategy.

January 12th, 2010
The panel for discussing gender Justice Programme from UNDP and eradication of violence against women.

The panel for discussing gender Justice Programme from UNDP and eradication of violence against women.

Screening of Documentary and Panel Discussion on VAW

December 2009: An event titled ‘16 Days and Beyond….’ to commemorate the end of the 16 Days of Activism on Eliminating Violence against Women, was organized by the project on 9 December 2009 in Islamabad. The event featured screening of a documentary “Bushra Survives” by the Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF), one of the implementing partners of GJP, followed by a panel discussion on VAW.

Mr. Toshihiro Tanaka, Country Director UNDP and Mr. Mr. George Turkington, Head of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) were the chief guests for the occasion. The eminent panelist for the event included: (i) Ms. Saba Gul Khattak, Member Social Sectors, Planning Commission; (ii) Ms. Marvi Memon, Member National Assembly; (iii) Dr. Farzana Bari, Head of Gender Studies, QAU University; (iv) Dr. Rakshinda Parveen, social activist; (v) Ms. Samar Minallah, human rights activist and documentary film maker; (vi) Ms. Valerie Khan Yusufazi, Chair of Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF); and (vii) Mr. Salman Asif, Gender Advisor, UNDP. A large number of stakeholders also participated.