The story of launching HM website: irony

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Today | Friday 13 June 2014: We just launched this website.

Irony: As soon as we announced the plans to launch this website, Karachi went dark. Because of some malfunction in power distribution, power outage happened for over 24 hours in a two days period. So did internet. It still hasn’t returned.

Thanks to our neighbours who had alternate arrangements for both power and internet provision, they allowed me to use their drawing or living rooms to write up the content and upload this. And provided hospitality too!

Such a beginning of what we hope to be a remarkable journey: #HumanizeMedical!

9 Comments

  1. Congratulations on launching Humanize Medical. I just went through the objective and reason behind the launch of this movement. Steps like these can turns things around.

    Benjamin Franklin said there are three kind of people:
    1. Those who are immovable. This kind don’t care about the problems and don’t bother to discuss them.
    2. Those who are moveable. This kind care about the problems and are ready to have long detailed conversations.
    3. Those who move. Those who really act in the arena to solve problems and you’re one of them.

    And if you inspire more people to move that is a movement and if that movement is really strong that in true sense of the word is a revolution.

    The launch depicts two things: Your love for your sister and your love for humanity.

    I wish you all the luck and success in your life.

    May Almighty bless the departed soul. Aameen

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    • Shukran Kamran. Moving words. Keep pushing!

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  2. A very innovative and noble idea, and Inshallah it will be a success!

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  3. Very commendable job .keep it up

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  4. Aslam o alikum sir.
    Amazing start with great Idea. My prayers and best wishes are with you. I will try my best to spread your message. Allah Hafiz

    I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”
    Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965); Philosopher, Physician, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

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  5. Congratulations! Another great idea. I will help and spread your message too 🙂

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  6. Very many congratulations Wali! for launching this website…..in the service of humanity. May you succeed in spreading the word and bringing a revolution in this most important area which many a times is neglected globally.

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    • Thank you Shahnaz. Will do. Although I think my job is done. I need people with more energy to champion this cause and take it to next level!

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  7. This is a dramatic and incredibly ambitious undertaking. While no one can criticize the goals and ambitions of this subject… it seems, to this humble man, to be so large as to be almost unimaginably complex to the point of being overwhelming.
    In my life of 74 years, I have seen doctors and medical staff who were simply brilliant and caring. And I have seen practitioners who were harassed, unfocused and uninvolved in my care. What was the reasons that caused the differences among these men and women? I’m sure the quality of their education played a major role. The way they were brought up mattered. The country of their origin mattered. The way their wife or husband spoke to them that very morning probably had an impact.
    So it is trite and not very useful to preach about these subjects. It might even be on a par with saying: I think I would like to create a United Nations where all the nations of the world can sit down and discuss the needs of the world and reach amicable solutions for the betterment of mankind. Of course it is a brilliant idea. The problem comes in the “how” we get there. Countries and cities and towns and villages all look at the world through different lenses. The same is true for doctors and nurses.
    How can a doctor in the Hindu Kush be compared to a neurosurgeon in Geneva, Switzerland? Same goes for his nurse and the office staff.
    A nurse nearly killed me in a state-of-the-art hospital in Tampa, Florida, two years ago. She withdrew a catheter in the wrong way and my blood pressure dropped to 20/11. But it also was her skill that saved my life. And she cared deeply about my care. She only had two other patients to care for during her shift. Is she a bad nurse, compared to a nurse who struggle with 100 patients per day? She was caring, careful and focused. Yet she made a mistake. But her skill level was high enough that she was able to pull me back from the abyss and I survived.
    I assume she learned from her mistake and never will make that same error again.
    But there always is some gap in our knowledge, some piece of information or training that we lack. But her training does not need to be changed in any dramatic way. It only needs tweaking and fine-tuning. So, should we change her world? I don’t think so.
    I guess what I’m saying is I think the idea of changing every aspect of medicine, how it is practiced and how it is taught and how it is administered is ‘way too big for me to get my arms around. I think, just like politics, medicine needs to managed locally. I think worrying about the care of patients in Lahore or Karachi and pushing for change at that local level will have a much greater impact in the long run than saying: Change all of medicine everywhere.
    Having said that, however, I wish you every possible success and I admire your lofty dreams and goals.

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