To save and improve lives of those that can’t afford medical treatment in Pakistan.
This will be done by establishing specific setups that will aim to provide primary healthcare model in Pakistan and make it more accessible to the common man free of cost.
Message from project lead
Starting from our first centre on Sheikhupura; we have set ourselves an ambitious target of revamping the free primary healthcare model in Pakistan and providing a quality healthcare service based on principles of health education, primary prevention and public health. Whilst the eventual goal is to provide a homogenous service throughout the country; of course the initial focus will be the suburbs and rural lands where healthcare facilities of any description are either extinct or scant. The service will be provided free of cost reaching out to the poor or less privileged of the society.
There are many reasons to invest in the primary care. The model is currently nonexistent or defunct or simply unsustainable due to lack of personnel or resources. As a consequence, the existing service fails to address even the most basic and common healthcare issues like diabetes and hypertension. Sadly, lack of health education and awareness also leads to late presentations of easily treatable illnesses in people who can even afford private healthcare. The result as expected is increasing incidence of heart diseases, strokes and other horrible illnesses which have overcrowded and flooded already insufficient and fewer hospitals located in bigger cities. Other deadly communicable illnesses like tuberculosis and viral hepatitis are still on the rise complicating an already struggling and fatigued healthcare system.
There are 9 million officially diagnosed patients with diabetes in Pakistan. Ironically, for each diagnosed case there are 2 patients with undiagnosed diabetes. 7.5% population suffers from chronic hepatitis B and C and 1% population is blind by WHO standards due to trivial causes like cataract; the treatment of which is merely few pounds. Pakistan continues to be in the unenviable position of having third highest maternal death rate in the world. It has the highest cancer rate in Asia and sadly half of its children have stunted growth due to malnutrition. Unfortunately the depressing list goes on and on.
The solution however, is simple; nip the evil in the bud. Treat the causes of major acute illnesses and stop a disease process before it’s too late and that is only possible by early recognition and prevention by improving the primary healthcare system.
Our first project commencing from the city of Sheikhupura, near Lahore will be the flag bearer of this passionate journey. A non acute hospital which will provide a quality medical facility free of cost to the adjoining population of around 2-3 million people. The hospital will be an example of the healthcare model called ‘ care centre’ which refers to a medium sized primary/secondary care facility which would be easily sustainable and replicable in other big or small towns of Pakistan. We aim to preferentially target the major primary healthcare issues like diabetes, hypertension, women health, early cancer detection etc but also provide specialist treatment for common communicable illnesses like TB and hepatitis.
In the first phase, we aim to start by making a women and children’s centre at our Sheikhupura facility
Suffice to say that the task and challenges ahead are momentous and we will need all the support you can offer to bring this dream to reality.
The charity will be holding events up and down the UK starting from Edinburgh. You as supporters are the heart and soul of any such ambitious projects, together we will achieve the lofty heights of impeccable voluntary medical care to an area lacking such a facility free of cost…please join us in this journey for the vulnerable and needy.
We can’t do this without you. If you started the journey with the charity…please continue…if you are new..please join us to make a big ripple of giving and effect change.
THANK YOU !
Dr Ali Zahid