Child Aid Association

Children are a crucial part of the population as they determine the future of our country. In Pakistan, children are possibly one of the most neglected factions of society whereby most of them do not have access to basic education and health care. Figures suggest that about 45% of the children in the country do not have access to secondary and tertiary health care. Child Aid Association, an organization which was founded in 1979 is doing all that it can to play a part in rectifying this situation.

The main aim of this organization is to facilitate those children who are unable to receive treatment at the hospital under the National Institute of Children’s Health in Karachi because they cannot afford it.

In 1999, the organization successfully established the first Pediatric Oncology Unit of Pakistan in NICH and it was dedicated to the treatment of poor children. Child Aid has since then gone on to develop many modern diagnostic facilities and laboratories that facilitate the patients being treated for cancer.

The organization has established a state of the art set up through which treatment to poor children suffering from cancer and unable to afford a cure is provided completely free of cost. The employees of the organization work tirelessly to keep the funds coming in so that they can never stop this noble mission.

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Child Life Foundation

The ChildLife Foundation comes in with the mission to provide every child with quality and affordable healthcare facilities. With cutting-edge systems and the newest healthcare innovations adapted for use in low-income settings, ChildLife has quietly been bringing about a revolution in the communities it has touched. Seeking out communities which have been untouched by healthcare services, overlooked by the public sector and unable to access private care, ChildLife is providing the full spectrum of medical care, from emergency rooms, to primary clinics, down to preventive practices. The Foundation has 10 state-of-the-art model emergency rooms in Pakistan including – Civil Hospital, National Institute of Child Health (NICH), and Sindh Government Hospital Korangi-5, Lyari General Hospital, Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, People Medical College Hospital Nawabshah, Chandka Medical College Hospital, Larkana; Ghulam Muhammad Mahar Medical College Hospital, Sukkur, Civil Hospital, Quetta, Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences, Hyderabad. The foundation also has 27 primary care clinics in the city’s slums and a Preventive Health Program.

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Afzaal Memorial Thalassemia Foundation

Afzaal Memorial Thalassemia Foundation was initiated back in 2003 with the aim to provide advanced personalized thalassemia care, AMTF has become a pioneer and is proud to have Pakistan’s first ever state of the art, Thalassemia Intensive Care Unit with all required sub –specialties clinics, medical and diagnostics services for the patients suffering from thalassemia. At AMTF, patients are treated free of cost as their motto is “Our patients are our guests”. They receive donations from around the country. In 2003, AMTF was established in a two-room clinic and had 15 registered patients. Currently, they operate with over 1400 registered patients. AMTC was one of our three recepients of the grant for IATC Awards 2016.

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Karachi Vocational Training Centre

At Karachi Vocational Training Centre we are committed to ensuring that intellectually challenged individuals are not forgotten in the troubled times Pakistan faces.

This organization ably recognizes any learning disabilities that a person might have and caters to them in the training that is offered.

KVTC has 20 skill centers giving vocational training relevant to Pakistan’s industrial environment e.g. block-printing, Tailoring, Machine Embroidery, Carpentry, Candle-making, & ICT. Trainees with the right aptitude also receive training in various basic level office jobs e.g. filing, photo-copying, data entry, & MS-Office related tasks.

Over the past 23 years, the organization has placed 500 trainees on jobs; proving that intellectually challenged people can learn trades, hold jobs, earn livelihoods, and become contributing members of society.

In the year 2013, 50 graduating trainees found jobs, 3 of which were at Unilever Pakistan, 1 at the Sir Syed University Lab, 1 at Attock cement, and over 30 in-house jobs were created through KVTC’s Job Placement Services.

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Patients Welfare Association

PWA is the largest non-political student run welfare organization of Pakistan, located in Civil Hospital Karachi, being run solely by the volunteer students of Dow Medical College.Since 1979, volunteers of PWA have been providing selfless services for the needy and destitute patients of Civil Hospital Karachi completely free of cost.The services we offer include:

Voluntary Blood Bank: One of the largest & the most reputed blood bank in Karachi, providing more than 250 units of blood daily, fully screened for Hepatitis B & C, HIV 1 & 2, Syphilis & Malaria.

Diagnostic Laboratory: Perform regular routine baseline biochemical and haematological investigations for the registered patients of PWA Thalassemia Services and PWA Follow Up Clinics. The Lab also provides the facility of Complete Blood Count with Peripheral Film Study for admitted patients of Civil Hospital Karachi.

Drug Bank: Fulfills the drug requests of unlimited patients of Civil Hospital, Karachi every day.

Thalassemia Services: Provides blood transfusion, medications and regular check-ups to around 275 registered patients suffering from this lifelong blood disease. Funds are required for provision of iron chelation therapy to all the registered patients.

T.B. Follow-up Clinic: Provides the complete 9-12 months therapy to hundreds of patients suffering from Tuberculosis.
General Follow-up Clinic: Provides long-term therapy to the patients suffering from Epilepsy, Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma and SLE.

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Deaf Reach Program

An estimated nine million people in Pakistan have some form of hearing loss. Of these, 1.25 million children are profoundly deaf, yet less than 2% attend school.

To address this need, the Deaf Reach Program works to empower deaf children and youth through education and literacy, training in marketable skills, and employment opportunities.

Since its beginnings in 1998, the program has worked to build an educational model to meet the pressing need for Deaf education in Pakistan. This holistic, community-centered approach includes the development of local teachers, training of parents and communities, job placement assistance for the deaf, the development of Pakistan Sign Language, and advocacy to create understanding and awareness of Deaf culture and the needs of the Deaf community in Pakistan.

Deaf Reach Schools and Training Centers are located in Karachi, Hyderabad, Nawabshah, Sukkur and Lahore. These campuses currently form the only branch network of schools for the deaf in rural areas of Pakistan. An international branch has also been opened in Adana in Southern Turkey in cooperation with local NGO AFS.

New centers will soon open in Karachi and Gilgit-Balistan, and a custom-built campus with capacity for 500 students will soon be ready in Rashidabad, Tando-Allahyar. The Deaf Reach program continues to work toward its long-term goal of making accessible education a reality for greater numbers of deaf children and youth throughout the country.
With the support of the local community, to date, the Deaf Reach Program has benefitted over 5,000 deaf students in Pakistan.

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