Archive for the ‘Community Service’ Category

 

Medic Mobile is out! I gotta say that I’m loving this great tool and platform and can definitely see the potential for it in rural and developing parts of the world. I would love to get my hands on a project to implement this. Here’s is what the development team has to say about it:

“Our approach is about tools that can be appropriated and adapted by health workers all over the globe, many of whom have little support from professional IT staff.

Mobile phones play an increasingly integral role in daily life in the developing world and some of our greatest global health challenges can be addressed through connectivity. Medic is seizing this opportunity by developing software, hardware, implementation strategies and impact analysis in mobile health.

The same team of FrontlineSMS with the same open source tools, have re-branded FrontlineSMS:Medic in their unique approach to mHealth.

Oh and it gets even better with providing a simple interface for an EHR, and it’s called PatientView

Site: http://medicmobile.org/

Big Shoutout to the team! You all are AWESOME 🙂

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After attending a LoYAC function to raise funds for Haiti in Mishref, I was driving home at about 11 pm and while on Road 20something (Between Mishref and Bayan after the gas station – See Google map above), all lanes were slow and traffic was bad. I thought it was an accident and I was right! As I passed the accident, I saw a middle-aged man on the floor by the car and blood was surrounding him!! I quickly pulled to a safe-side on the curb ahead and ran to the victim while getting my first-aid kit.

When I got to the victim, a man wearing dishdasha appeared was trying to figure out where or not the victim has pulse and was on a high-tech walkie-talkie calling an ambulance. Police from Bayan Police station were at the scene when I arrived. I came to the victim and started asking the guy if I can help, but he was occupied with pulse and being on the walkie-talkie. I checked and there seemed no signs of breathing, the light/pupil test to check for responsiveness didn’t even work (not that this would be a valuable test even, but given the scene and situation, that’s all I could’ve done)!!! I feared the guy to be dead since he looked pale and his skin felt a bit cold.

There was a debate between the police and ambulance because if the guy had pulse (alive) that he must be rushed to a hospital, if he had no pulse (dead) then this would be a crime scene and CSI folks must come and do their work before the body is taken away to the morgue. The decision was made SLOWLY, but we lifted the guy, put him on to the gurney, and then off to the ambulance and to the hospital.

I stayed for another 2 hours organizing traffic since the victim’s car swerved and took out a palm tree!!!

There was oil and gasoline spill all over the street and we waited for the fire-fighters to come and hose down the road and clear it from the spilled gasoline, oil, and coolant. Yeah, the two hour wait was fun and interesting! The fire-fighters’ wireless system was down, and Police Operations Center forgot to call them!!

The sad news came before we left the scene that the guy passed away. My details were taken and I might serve as a witness to the case should an extensive investigation be opened!

Slowdown people, buckle-up and when you pass an accident DON’T STOP AND WATCH unless you have something to offer! May the man’s soul rest in peace.

May God be with them all … Pray and find ways to help Haiti now: http://goo.gl/v0kQ

http://www.girleffect.org/

Yup, you heard me right! Send in the clowns, or Dream Doctors as they put it. An iniative by Haifa University in Israel and the Magi Foundation. They created a 3-year academic program in medical clowning for those who have a background in Theater Arts and Acting. Patch Adams, where are you from this?

This is pretty sweet and for a great cause! By donating to Askar Refugee Camp, you’ll get a street named after whatever you want. I hope you’ll be respectful in choosing whatever you decide to have as a name 🙂

Checkout their website and donate now! Here’s a little about the cause:

“Askar is a refugee camp near the Palestinian city of Nablus. The refugee camp (established in 1950) became actually a densely populated town that lacks proper planning, facilities and streetnames. The families that live within the refugee camp have no hope to ever return to their abandoned homeland. With your support the Palestinian Child Care Society (PCCS) will complete and renovate the crumbling youth centre, wich is indispensable for the local youth that are born and live in poverty and social deprivation. A proper youth center with facilities for after school reception and activities will make the living of the children in Askar more bearable.”

I here claim to be the first Kuwaiti Blogger to have such street donated! :d

Kuwait for Kenya (K4K) will be holding a photo exhibit at Bayt Lothan under the patronage of Mrs. Farah Pandith, Special Representative to the Muslim Communities for the U.S. Department of State. All proceeds from the exhibit will go towards the funding of future (K4K) projects.

LocationBayt Lothan in Salmiya near Marina Mall, Kuwait
Dates: October 28-29, 2009
Time: 6-8PM

I hope you can come join us and see the amazing art work 🙂