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UBL OMNI Teams Up with Transparent Hands



The channels and means of philanthropic giving are forever evolving. Within Pakistan, the crowdfunded NGO Transparent Hands has tied up with United Bank Limited (UBL) through the OMNI Banking Portal to further facilitate donors in the act of giving.

 

UBL is one of the major commercial banks in Pakistan, operating in its current privatized form since 2002. In 2010, UBL initiated its branchless banking service, “OMNI”, a telco-agnostic service which operates on UBL’s internally-developed software platform. The bank, in addition to offering the regular suite of in-branch banking services, allows through its OMNI portal the solution of online and mobile bill payments, mobile wallet accounts, domestic remittances, airtime top ups and ATM Cards.

 

The OMNI portal was a means to an end when the government of Pakistan, along with national banks, teamed up to generate and distribute funds for those affected by the 2010 floods in the country. By 2013, the OMNI branchless banking business had grown to include more than 10,000 bank agents (OMNI Dukaans), and was processing over 4.5 million digital financial transactions each month. The program allowed for use of the bank’s vast ATM infrastructure and also to reach an entirely new type of customer – one who hadn’t yet tried its branchless banking services.

 

With locations in more than 650 cities and towns across Pakistan, UBL OMNI now provides anyone wanting to sponsor patients, enlisted under Transparent Hands umbrella, for operative procedures across rural and urban Pakistan – well beyond the regular branch networks of banks. With UBL Omni, anyone across Pakistan can crowdfund patients through their account. As crowdfunding works to reach a larger number of people through online portals and collect funds through small contributions, from as many parties as possible, UBL OMNI facilitates the cause of Transparent Hands by giving it wider reach within Pakistan.

 

Anyone with a mobile or internet connection can access Transparent Hands website at http://www.transparenthandsus.org/, where patients seeking funding are listed. Patient case histories and procedural details are given on each and every case. All patients seeking funding have been prescreened by the organization through a panel of doctors and hospitals. Patients are verified through detailed examinations and follow ups, and cases that pass certain criteria, are thereafter, listed on the Transparent Hands website, where donors can see the medical requirements, urgency and related costs. Donors within Pakistan now have the added ease to transfer funds to Transparent Hands using the UBL OMNI portal. Internationally or locally within Pakistan, donors can still also easily pay online through the website’s payment platform. Campaigns listed on the Transparent Hands website close after they meet their targeted amount.

 

At any given time, there are about 15 to 20 campaigns running on the website. Of the cases listed on the organization’s portal (http://www.transparenthandsus.org/Contribution/campaignlist), some are more critical than others and the urgency of financial help and funding can mean the difference between life and death.

 

In a country like Pakistan, where charity and philanthropy remain very high, especially during and prior to Ramadan, the OMNI portal also allows for the timely transfer of zakat.  Transparent Hands reaches down to save lives through a quick and easy way – the click of a button. If you have the will to give, the OMNI portal and Transparent Hands give you a way to direct your charity and your humanitarianism towards a worthy cause. 

Uterine Fibroids: What Women Need to Know?


Uterine Fibroid is the most common disease which is developed in about 20 to 80 percent of women by the age of 50 whereas 35 percent of women are diagnosed with this before they reach menopause. Fibroids can make the women feel very uncomfortable and often cause many complications depending on how serious is the case. In Pakistan, a large number of women are suffering from this disease. Among those, many of them are not even aware of this problem and hence not able to get it treated resulting in their health deterioration.       

What are Uterine Fibroids?

The fibroid is the abnormal growth of the uterine tissues. It sometimes can cause severe pain in abdomen with heavy menstruation. In some cases, fibroids show no symptoms or pain at all. There can be a single fibroid in the uterus or many of them. Fibroids often vary in size; as small as an inch to the size of a rock melon.

Who gets it?

There are some factors that can increase the risk of getting fibroids in women. Among these, age plays a significant role. Women in their 30s and 40s are most likely to develop fibroids. After they hit menopause, fibroids shrink. Another factor is family history. If your mother had fibroids, then your risk of getting it is three times greater than average. Obesity in women can also increase the risk of developing fibroids.

Causes

The exact reasons of fibroids are not completely known but based on the study by World Health Organization (WHO), the growth is caused by the changing hormones in women and in some cases it is hereditary. Fibroids rarely happen before a woman start getting periods. It is usually developed during pregnancy and reduced in size after menopause. 

Symptoms

Many women don’t show any symptoms of having fibroids. On the other hand, according to the National Institute of Health, women who suffer from fibroids start having heavy bleeding and pain during periods and extended duration of their menstruation cycle (more than 8 days). If not monitored, it can cause severe abdominal pain and frequent urination.

 Diagnosis

Fibroid is usually diagnosed during routine checkups with your doctor, where the doctor examines the uterus and ovaries. In other cases, fibroid can be diagnosed with the help of various tests; ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Hysteroscopy and Laparoscopy.

Surgery / Medication to treat Fibroids

Usually, doctors give medication to treat fibroid. Medicines can stop fibroid to grow, but cannot completely cure it. You will require a surgery in a later stage of your life. There are two types of surgeries doctors recommend:

  • Myomectomy: This type of surgery is done to remove fibroids without taking out the uterus. This surgery is advised to women who wish to have children after the treatment.
  • Hysterectomy: This surgery is done when the size of fibroids is large and women are having severe health issues. As a result of this surgery, fibroids are removed along with the uterus. Women are not able to have children after undergoing a hysterectomy.

What happens if fibroids are not treated?

You should get yourself checked as soon as you start noticing symptoms of fibroids. In few cases, fibroids can grow in size resulting in abdomen swelling if not treated in time and hence need to be removed through surgery. Untreated fibroids could lead to infertility in some cases, but should be checked in detail before coming to any such conclusion.

Transparent Hands is a Social Enterprise that is empowering people to help others enjoy happy and healthy lives. It is a Global Crowdfunding platform that helps in conducting free of cost surgeries of underprivileged people in Pakistan. It has been able to conduct surgeries of over 200 patients so far out of which more than 15 were women who were suffering from uterine fibroids. Most of these women had undergone Hysterectomy and had their uterus removed completely. The throbbing abdominal pain and heavy bleeding is now a bygone memory of their lives.