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FOUNTAIN HOUSE

A Project of Lahore Mental Health Association (LMHA)

   Activity Report Year 2011 (January 2011 to December 2011)

Introduction

Fountain House, Alhumdollillah, is a unique institution of its kind in the field of Mental Health.  Since its inception in 1971, it’s progressing day by day in providing state of the art psycho-social rehabilitation facilities to Psychiatric patients not only from Pakistan but also from Pakistani families living abroad.  The brief highlights of Major Achievements of Fountain House in year 2011 is as under

Patient Care & Medical Achievements

·         Since its inception, Fountain House has been able to rehabilitate near 8000 members (patients) with psychiatric illnesses back in the community, whereas as in last year the number of rehabilitated members (patients) is increased from 450 to 820 members (patients) per annum.

·          Presently, Fountain House Indoor facility caters to the rehabilitations needs of 400 members (patients) including 100 females, 230 Males at Fountain House Lahore and 70 members (patients) at Fountain House Farm Farooqabad.

·         The Out Patient Department with Pharmacy along with the many Volunteer Consultants who have joined Fountain House including Skin Specialist (Dermatologist), General Physician & Gynecologist  etc is successfully providing psychiatric and psychological consultation facility to particularly poverty stricken persons suffering from Mental Disorders not only from Lahore and Suburban areas but also to the members (patients) from Outstations. This year, Fountain House OPD has provided consultation to almost 11000 patients out of which about 3000 were given free medicine from zakat and donations.

·         Institute of Disadvantage Children (IDC) Jain mandir Lahore the project of Fountain House, due to administrative reforms, the number of Mentally Impaired Students was increased from 20 to 45.

·         The mental health professionals working in Fountain House organized free medical camps under “Reaching the Unreached Program” by Fountain House free medical camps on weekly basis at Ahbab Hospital Ravi road, Lahore. Through these camps free consultation is being provided to the deserving members (patients) with psychiatric disorders.

·         For the betterment and treatments of members (patients) admitted in Fountain House following therapeutic & recreational activities were arranged / conducted by Fountain House with the collaboration of other organizations.

o   In February 2011 on the occasion of 12th Rabi ul Awal the Melad Event was organized by Fountain House for the religious therapy and social interaction of members (patients) with the society. In this event almost all members (patients) along with the staff and management of Fountain House participated. Hamd-e-Bari Tallah, Naat-e- Rasool-e-Maqbool (S.A.W) and speeches on Islamic topics were the given in this event.

o   In March 2011 Fountain House organized “Fun Fair” for the entertainment as well as for the social activity of the members (patients). In this event many philanthropist of society along with the staff of Fountain House and admitted Members (patients) of fountain House participated. There was music, food stalls and games were arranged for the physical activity and for the entertainment of the members (patients) of Fountain House. Members (patients) participated in event and also interacted with the guests from society. Fountain House also displayed the master pieces made by Members (patients) of Fountain House in Occupational Therapy Unit and Art & Drama Therapy Unit to boost their self esteem.

o   In April 2011 Fountain House organized “Sports Day” (for the outdoor sports) for the members (patients) of Fountain House. In this event outdoor games were played by Members (Patients) of Fountain House along with the staff and guests of this event. It proved very healthy & useful for the members (patients) as their physical therapy and social interaction with the guests. It also helped and expedited their rehabilitation process.

o   Due to the great success and positive results of last “Sports Day” Fountain House organized “Sports Day” again in June 2011 but this time only indoor sports were organized (seeing the extreme weather). In this event member (patients) and staff along with the management of Fountain House participated and played indoor games lake carom board, table tines etc. in the end management distributed prizes to the winners of the competitions for their appreciation.

o   In June 2011 Fountain House staff, with the help of students of Salamat Academy, Lahore, working at Fountain House as Volunteer Internees, organized the “Mango Party” for the members (patients) under treatment at Fountain House.

o   In June 2011 Fountain House with the collaboration of “Saheli Foundation” organized an occupational therapy for it’s Female Members (patients) in which staff of Saheli Foundation trained 50 Female Members (patients) for some of the beautician skills for their occupational therapy and their self grooming.

o   In August 2011 Fountain House organized a “Natia Moushaira” for the spiritual & religious therapy of its members (patients). In this event 64 eminent poets of society along with the staff, management, philanthropists and members (patients) of Fountain House participated. It proved very encouraging and enlightening booting up their spirits and helping the rehabilitation process of the members (patients).

o   In September 2011 Fountain House organized “Sports Competition” for the members (patients) of Fountain House in Fountain House as well as patients with psychiatric illnesses outside Fountain House. In this event teams of Members (Patients) played Indoor & Outdoor games between Fountain House Lahore and Punjab Institute for mental health Lahore.        

Academic Achievements

  • Fountain House (Pakistan Psychiatric Research Centre) co-hosted organizing 5th SAARC Psychiatric Federation (SPF) Conference at Lahore Pakistan from 25th -27th, March 2011 at Holiday Inn, Fatima Memorial Hospital and Fountain House Lahore. The conference met a huge success as 130 Pakistani Psychiatrists along with their colleagues from UK, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Australia, along with the psychiatrists from other SAARC countries etc participated in the conference as well as 100 Post graduate students of psychiatry and Clinical Psychologists attended this conference

·         The psychologist of Fountain House Mr. Muhammad Aslam (Clinical Psychologist) arranged and conducted 02 workshops on “Cognitive Behavior Therapy (C.B.T)” this year with the help of Fountain House in which Staff Members, Volunteer Internees, Students of different Universities & Professionals of society participated. These workshops were highly appreciated by the participants.

·         The psychologist of Fountain House Ms. Haleema Sadia (Clinical Psychologist) arranged and conducted a workshop on “Speech Therapy” this year with the help of Fountain House in which Staff Members, Volunteer Internees, Students of different Universities & Professionals of society participated. This workshop was also highly appreciated by the participants.

·         Fountain House organized workshops and awareness lectures with the contribution of its Professional Para Medical Staff & Doctors on “Precautionary Measures to prevent Duenge Fever”. In these workshops Dr. Ahsan ul Haq Chishti, Dr. Mohsin Saqib & others doctors give useful lectures on the subject. Fountain House also make an emergency ward in the premises of Fountain House during the “Duenge Fever Crisis” in which patients of Duenge Fever were treated. 

·         Fountain House organized 02 workshops with the collaboration of SAARC Psychiatric Federation on “Hypnosis (Hypno Therapy)” & “Rehabilitation” along with the “Gala Dinner” on 24th March, 2011. In these workshops not only well known doctors from Pakistan but Doctors from India, Bangladesh & Srilanka participated. Participant highly appreciated the seminar and appreciated the contribution of Fountain House in the serving the society by treating the patients with “Psychiatric Illness”

Social Events / Achievements

·         Fountain House project “Haroon Rashid Vocational Rehabilitation Centre (H.R.V.R.C)” organized “Art Competition” in Fountain House for the social interaction of different mentally impaired adults and children from different schools & N.G.O’s with each other. Participants of this event do painting and sketching. Fountain House distributed prizes among the winner of competition.

·          Fountain House organized “Iftar Party” in Ramzan Ul Mubarik this year in which Management & Staff Members of Fountain House along with the philanthropist and donors of FH participated and Iftar with Members (patients) of Fountain House.

·         Fountain House organized special celebrations with the help of philanthropists, Executive members LMHA, mental health professionals and donors on the holy occasions of Eid Ul Fitar & Eid Ul Azha for around 150 members (patients) under treatment in the institution who don’t have any near and dear ones to celebrate their eid with. On these events all the above along with their families come to share their happy celebrating moments as well as gifts with these members (patients) of Fountain House. In this event Donors and Friends of Fountain House also arranged food stalls for the members (patients) of Fountain House where they were given free food.

·         Fountain House project “Haroon Rashid Vocational Rehabilitation Centre (H.R.V.R.C)” participated in “Saqafity Hunar Numaish” event held at Alhamra Hall Lahore to represent Fountain House. In this event many other schools and NGO’s of Mentally Impaired Adults & Children participated through displaying the Master Pieces made by their students. H.R.V.R.C also participated in this event and displayed the work of the students getting training in H.R.V.R.C. Participants of exhibitions highly appreciated the work of the students.

·         Management Committee Fountain House organized the “Christmas Celebration Event” for the unity with the Christian Staff working at Fountain House on 25th December, 2011. In this event Management and Muslim Staff of Fountain House participated along with the Christian Members (patients) and Staff of Fountain House to celebrate their Holy Occasion of Christmas with them.

·         Fountain House also organized 3-days “Duwaiya Mahfil” on the Annual Death Anniversary of its founder’ son and Executive Member  “Prof. Dr. Haroon Rashid Chaudhry” From 03rd to 05th October, 2011. In these mahfils Executive Members LMHA,  friends & family, philanthropists, colleagues, students, staff members as well as the eminent members of society, participated and prayed for the maghfrat and bulandi e darajat of Prof. Dr. Haroon Rashid Chaudhry

Important Visits This Year

·         Ms. Carmela Conroy (US Consul General) along with other honorable guest visited Fountain House on 18th January, 2011.

·         Staff of Civil Services Academy Lahore visited Fountain House on 11th April, 2011

·         Syed Zahir Ali Shah (Minister of Health) along with Muhammad Sajjad (PRO) visited fountain House on 20th May, 2011

·         Staff Of Iranian Consulate visited Fountain House on 23rd August, 2011

·         Staff College Visited Fountain House on 18th October, 2011

·         Dignitaries from NIPA visited FH on 21st November, 2011

·         26 National and Multi National institutions, colleges and organizations along with the eminent philanthropists of society visited Fountain House in the whole year. They all appreciated the great services provided by Fountain House in the field of Mental Health for the treatment, rehabilitation & betterment of “Psychiatric Patients”.

Administrative Achievements

·         Fountain House is being certified by International Standard Organization as ISO 9000-2008 Organization in this year.

·         Administrative reforms have been introduced in Fountain House and right sizing of staff was done to reduced the administrative expenses and to increase the efficiency and output of the institution regarding patient care.

·         Fountain House’s noble cause of mental health and members (patients) care is continued this year as well which results the number of members (patients) is increased to the maximum i.e. 92% of the occupancy rate which is used to be 79% - 82% in last year.

·         Fountain House facilitates its staff members to the maximum and considers them as the part of family. In result of this staff members wants to remain associated with Fountain House for the long period of time. Fountain House organized a small in house function to celebrate and appreciate the Two Staff Members of Fountain House Mrs. Ghazala Kaleem (Principal IDC) & Mr. Muhammad Latif (Driver Fountain House) on compilation of their 25 Years service in Fountain House.

·         The new Initiative taken for the betterment of the staff members of Fountain House this year is “Ribba Free Qarz-e-Hasana Program”. Through this program Deserving Staff Members of Fountain House can take Interest Free Loan upto Rs. 20,000.00 for their needs.

New Projects / Plans Initiated This Year.

·         Haroon Rashid Vocational Rehabilitation Centre (HRVRC) was started with new administrative reforms to increase the output of the project and to serve community better. This results that the number of members (patients) were reached upto 36 this year.

·         In the project of Fountain House “Institute Of Disadvantage Children” a new project was started with the collaboration of “ISAR Trust” in which those poor children who cannot afford and study in morning schools that can study in evening and can get their primary education free of cost. The strength of the students in evening School is 20 numbers of students for now.

·         A new project named “Out Reach Program’ was started this year in which mental health professionals of Fountain House are educating about 48 mentally impaired children at their homes.

·         The new Initiative taken for the betterment of the staff members of Fountain House this year is “Ribba Free Qarz-e-Hasana Program”. Through this program Deserving Staff Members of Fountain House can take Interest Free Loan upto Rs. 20,000.00 for their needs.

·         Fountain House with the collaboration of “Akhuwat” started the “Socio Economic Reintegration of Transvestites”. In this project the deserving Khawajasiras’s were given monthly stipend of Rs. 1000.00 per month to fulfill their basic needs along with free medical consultancy.

·         Prof. Rashid Chaudhry Drug Rehabilitation Centre (PRCDRC) started as a pilot project of Fountain House this year to accommodate, treat and rehabilitate the addict members (patients).

Future Projects

·         PRCDRC Female Wing, Lahore

·         Fountain House, Sarghodha

·         Fountain House, Faisalabad

Fountain House, Multan

 

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Fountain House, alhumdollillah, is a unique institution of its kind in the whole of Asia in the field of Mental Health that is absolutely smoking free. Since its inception in 1971, it,s progressing day by day in providing state of the art psycho social rehabilitation facilities to Psychiatric patients not only from Pakistan but also from Pakistani families living abroad.

This is also worth mentioning here that according to a recently published bulletin of October 2008 by Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrist Japan, Fountain House has been declared a ,MODEL FOR DEVELOPED COUNTRIES. Here are mentioned some salient achievements in the year 2008.

DISTINGUISHED SUCCESS STORIES

 Website Designed by Member in Computer Lab of Fountain House .

Since its inception, Fountain House has been able to rehabilitate over 6500 psychiatric patients backin the community, where as in the last couple of years (2008-2009) the number of rehabilitated patients is even increased from 450 to 750 patients per annum.

  At present the institution caters to the rehabilitation needs of above 400 patients at Fountain House including 100 females, 300 male at Fountain House Lahore where as 100 patients at Fountain House Farm Farooqabad.

On the first day of the year 2008 i.e. 1st Jan, the official opening of RKRC (Royal Kingston Rehab Centre) was held. Cllr. Shiraz Mirza Mayor of Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames along with other philanthropists from UK seeing the remarkable work of Fountain House funded in a Separate Unit which has been established in Fountain House by the name of  RKRC in July 2007. The centre is catering to the needs of private psychiatric patients as well as the patients from Kashmir Earth Quake zones since 14th August 2007.

Fountain House hosted organizing 2nd International Indo Pak Punjab Psychiatric Society (IPPPS) Conference in collaboration with Pakistan Psychiatric Society, World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Zone 15, Pakistan Academy of Family Physicians and South Asian Forum (Pakistan Chapter) from 27th to 30th March 2008 at Fountain House Lahore and Fountain House Farm Farooqabad. The conference met a huge success as 150 Pakistani Psychiatrists along with 35 Indian Psychiatrists including Prof. A. K. Kala, Prof. Anubhav Chavan, Prof. P. Kulhara, Prof. Gurmeet Singh along with other eminent Psychiatrists, Psychologists; General Physicians visited Lahore from India on this historical event and participated in the conference as well as 100 Post graduate students of psychiatry and Clinical Psychologists attended this conference. Most of the scientific sessions and cultural events were held in the spacious and beautiful auditoriums of the institution. The delegates closely watched the facilities being provided to the members (patients) and appreciated its unique project.

Yet another major achievement was hosting International Symposium on Psychiatry 26th December 2008. International Symposium on Psychiatry was organized by PPS in collaboration with World Psychiatric Association (WPA), World Federation for Mental Health (Eastern Mediterranean Region) & SAARC Psychiatric Federation (SPF) at Fountain House Lahore after Prof. Dr. Haroon Rashid Chaudhry took charge as President Pakistan Psychiatric Society (PPS) 2008-2010. Mental health professionals from all over the country and from USA and Canada attended the symposium. Eminent Psychiatrist Prof. Khalid Mufti presided over the function, Prof. Dr. Haroon Rashid Chaudhry & Prof. Muhammad Riaz Bhatti co-chaired the event, where as Dr. Aftab Asif was Secretary Scientific Committee.

Seeing the institutions great services, many Govt. officials visited during whole year, who not only appreciated the state of the art psycho social rehabilitation services being rendered in Fountain House but also donated generously for the construction/ renovations and the treatment & rehabilitation of the deserving members (patients). These eminent officials include Director PHA Misbah-ul-Hasan on 28th January 08, Director General Health on 16th April 08, Vaqar Ahmad Khan General Manager PSO on 29th October 08, Additional Secretary Punjab on 20th November 08, Mr. Mubasher Lucman Minister Punjab C&W&IT visited on family day Jan7, 2008, and Mr. Shahbaz Sharif Chief Minister Punjab visited on eid celebrations 11th December 2008.

In the year 2008 many international delegates including mental health professionals, philanthropists, volunteers, speakers and important personals visited the institution. They not only strongly appreciated the project but also participated and promised their regular support to the institution. These include Dr. Romeo (Singapur), Dr. Ovais Sharif (UK), James Palmer (USA), Prof. Katsuhide KAWAMOTO (Japan), Mr. Edoardo C. Richter and Gianluigi Frozzi (Rome), Mr. Masud Akhtar (UK), Usman M. Qayyum (USA), Dr. Tahir Sheikh Chicago (USA), Dr. Benoit TALLEC (France), Dr. Fariha Khan (UK), Dr. Azkar (UK), Cllr. Shiraz Mirza (UK), Dr. Saima Niaz (UK), 34 psychiatrists from India including Dr. A.K.Kala, Dr. Ajit Avasthi, Dr. Gurmeet Singh, Dr. P. Kulhara (India), Dr. Khurram Shehzad (Ireland), Dr. M. Waqar Azeem (USA), Dr. Zahid Imran (USA) and many others.

Many a construction projects were completed Including two auditoriums, the out look as well as the lawns were undergone renovations. So that then members may find added facilities in addition to the state of the art psycho social rehabilitation services.

The Out Patient Department with Pharmacy with better capacity and facilities with the help of many volunteer consultants including a skin specialist and a GP etc. and is successfully catering to the needs of particularly poverty stricken persons suffering from mental disorder not only from Lahore and suburban areas but also to the patients from out station. Fountain House OPD provides consultation up to 1000 patients a month on average bases.

  A WPA approved One Year Certificate Course in Psychiatry for Family Physicians successfully completed year 2008 at Fountain House with its 2nd badge which gave their final exams on 11th July 2008. With these successful 12 GPs, over all Fountain House in collaboration with WPA has successfully contributed in producing 25 GPs to improve Mental Health facilities in their regions where these facilities are unavailable. Where as the 3rd badge of students is under go.

The mental health professionals working in Fountain House like ever have organized free medical camps under reaching the un-reached program Fountain House, samundri 25th December, choti (DGKhan) March  April , Bhurban 4th 15th August and weekly camps at Ahbab Hospital Ravi Road and Fountain House Farm Farooqabad. Through these camps free consutation and medicines have been provided to all the patients.

Prof. Dr. Haroon Rashid Chaudhry has conducted Community Awarness Program with a chain of lectures at different Colleges and Universities. First lecture in this chain was organized at Govt College University on 12th January 08, University of Management and Technology on 13th January 2008, Advance Resource Centre School on 27th February 08, Queen Mary College on 8th Feb 08, Pak Aims College on 10th March 08, Govt Himayat e Islam Digree College on 24th March 08; lectures on Anti Narcotics Awareness to the women gender and to the religious leaders of the nation and many others.

Fountain House arranged different events including; Annual Sports Week from 20th  22nd December 2008 in Fountain House and Punjab university Lahore; Akhuwat first celebration for 2006-2008 on 9th July 08; International Suicide Prevention Day celebrated at 37-Lower Mall Fountain House Lahore on Monday September 10, 2008; World Mental Health Day is celebrated on Wednesday October 10, 2008 at Fountain House Lahore in collaboration with World Federation For Mental Health; Participants of symposium titled Psychiatric Issues in Elderly by Dr. Ovais Sharif; Annual ;a work shop on Smoking Hazard by Mr. Arshad Mehmood was also arranged where as Mid year Family Day for members and students of IDC was celebrated on 9 Feb, 2008 at Fountain House, Peace Garden Inauguration on 6th March 08, Spring Mela Female Block on 1st March 08 and Welfare evening on 13th April 08.

Prof. Rashid Chaudhry Memorial Lecture by Dr. Umair Rashid Chaudhry on MRI on 18th June 08, Prof. Azhar Ali Rizvi Memorial Lecture by Dr. Khalid Jamil on 16 july 08, Prof Rashid Chaudhry Memorial Lecture of Waqas Haroon on Egyption History on 15th March 2008.

Fountain House first successful Badge of 6 students passed out in the certificate course of Art Therapy (expression in colored portraits, calligraphy, sculpture and clay craft) and Psycho Drama (Act in a therapy and learn acting from Pride of Performance Ruhi Bano) in Fountain House Art therapy and Psycho Drama Unit in the premises of Fountain House Lahore..

 

 

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