Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospitals

Successful medical treatment of more than 4 Million People todate     Approximately more than 0.35 million successful operations todate      Approximately 1300 patients treated on a daily basis     More than 120 doctors trained/grauated to alleviate the sufferings of the blind       More than 0.3 million operations carried out during out reach progam/eye camps      More than 1.5 million children successfully screened todate
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3.      Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, Sukkur

  • Specialized Clinics fully functional

  • Foundation of National Academy of Paramedics

4.      Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Kohat

  • Hospital ready for inauguration

5.      Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospitals Quetta and Muzaffarabad

6.      Pakistan Institute of Ophthalmology

  • Induction of new faculty members
  • New Induction for FCPS and DOMS
  • Al-Shifa Journal of Ophthalmology Launched
  • Pay scales revised for Al-Shifa Staff
  • Dr. Wajid visits LV Prasad Institute Hyderabad, India
  • Dr. A Aziz and Ms. Samina complete their training at Moorefield’s
  • Dr. Tariq Nadeem proceeds to USA for training in Pediatric ophthalmic anesthesia. Eye Anesthesia


  • Al-Shifa – LIONS National Academy of Paramedics (NAP) launched at Rawalpindi
  • ORBIS, OEU, LIONS, Govt. of Japan and SSI launch various projects at Sukkur
  • OEU District Mansehra project in final phases





Al-Shifa Trust: Strategic Plan for next 20 years to be launched from 1st January 2006

The implementation of Al-Shifa Strategic plan for the next 20 years has been set into motion. The plan expected to cost about Rs. 3 billion will be launched from 1st January 2006. With Rawalpindi Hospital already a center of excellence, rest of the four hospitals namely, Sukkur, Kohat, Quetta and Muzaffarabad will also be developed into Centers of Excellence within next 15 years. These hospitals will have all the facilities for advanced treatment, post-graduate training and research. National Institute of Ophthalmology will also be established to coordinate and monitor the advanced training at these hospitals. The allied facilities like IT, tele-ophthalmology, public relations department, and ocular diagnostics will also be developed for each hospital.  The key emphasis of the plan is on sustainable human resource development and financial self-reliance.

Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Rawalpindi

Activities of Pediatric Ophthalmology department

  • Dr. Ayesha Khan has successfully completed her one-year training at Hospital for Sick Kids Toronto. Together with Dr. Shehla Rubab, who had earlier completed this training, Al-Shifa now has now one of the strongest teams in pediatric ophthalmology. Being a center of excellence, pediatric ophthalmologists from within Pakistan as well from countries of the region, like Iran, Sudan and Bangladesh are now converging here for training purposes.
  • International Pediatric Ophthalmology Conference has been scheduled from 9-11 December 2006. Prof. Marilyn Miller from University of Illinois, Prof. Alex Levin from Hospital for Sick Kids Toronto and Ms. Christine Weidner from Austria will be leading speakers in addition to many national and regional speakers.
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology Out Patient Department is currently getting a new complex, which will host number of additional pediatric, optometry and orthoptic clinics. The construction and furnishing is expected to complete by the end of current year. We are thankful to Mr. Aslam, a philanthropist, who has donated the cost of construction and furnishing.
Activities of Glaucoma Clinic
  • Prof. James Standefer, a leading expert in the field of glaucoma from University of Minnesota has tremendously helped in development of our glaucoma clinic by conducting two weeks long workshops twice since 2001. Dr. Farah Akthar and her team at glaucoma unit are now fully equipped to treat complicated cases being referred from different parts of the country.
  • As a part of this training program, a national one-day glaucoma seminar was also held, which attracted over 80 ophthalmologists from all over the country.
  • Prof. James E Standefer has also now taken up the position of Prof. Emeritus at Pakistan Institute of Ophthalmology, Al-Shifa Trust. He will be gradually involved in supervising the post-graduate training in ophthalmology at the institute along with advising on human resource development program of the Trust.
Activities of Retina Clinic
? Department of Medical and Surgical Retina is a leading center of excellence in the country in this highly specialized and expensive subspecialty. Ophthalmologists from Bangladesh are currently being trained here. In addition, a professor from National Institute of Ophthalmology, Dhaka will also be here for a period of three months for teaching and sharing mutual experiences in this field.

President of Pakistan awards “Sitara-e-Imtiaz” to Chief Consultant
  • Dr. Wajid Ali Khan, Chief Consultant Al-Shifa Trust, has been conferred upon “Sitara-e-Imtiaz” by government of Pakistan due to his outstanding public services in the field of prevention of blindness. He is a leading expert in corneal transplantation and refractive surgery. This is a great honour for Al-Shifa. It may be recalled, that earlier, President of Pakistan has also conferred Mr. M. Tehzib of Al-Shifa Center for Community Ophthalmology with this award
Young Friends of Al-Shifa
  • As ever, YFA has been very active in youth development and promotion of noble cause of Al-Shifa. During summer vacations, over 50 young friends have carried out exemplary social work to help patients at the hospital.
  • In addition, YFA has also conducted multiple promotional activities like: -
  • A kite & face painting stall at Islamabad Basant Festival and another at Roots School
  • A blood donation campaign for Pakistan Red Crescent Society
  • To acknowledge the dedicated services of our youths, an award-distribution ceremony presided over by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed was organized by YFA. Visibly impressed by the skills, dedication and commitment of our Young Friends, Mr. Mushahid very aptly remarked “ YFA very clearly displays the difference between mercenaries and volunteers for the noble cause”.
  • Fund raising function at Islamabad
  • Al-Shifa Trust recently organized a fund-raiser in Islamabad on 16th April. Mr. Soomro, Chairman Senate and a Trustee of Al-Shifa was the Chief Guest. The venture, first of its kind by Al-Shifa in Islamabad, was a great success. Over 250 guests including senior public and private sector notables participated. Donations of over nine million rupees was collected on the occasion. Chairman Public Relations Committee, Mian Javed and his team deserve special credit for this.

Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, Sukkur
  • Chairman Senate was the chief guest at the foundation laying ceremony of Pakistan Institute of Ophthalmology at Sukkur. During the first phase, construction of National Academy of Paramedics is taking place. Courses for Ophthalmic Nursing Assistant and Ophthalmic technician will start shortly in the existing premises. Regular classes for whole range of paramedics will later start in the new premises.
  • Chairman Senate also inaugurated the “Dr. Nisar Pathan Specialist Block” which houses Pediatric, Retina, Glaucoma, Cornea and Low Vision clinics. Specialists from Al-Shifa Rawalpindi visit regularly to provide consultation in these disciplines. Equipment purchase was already completed earlier. Clinics are now fully functional.
Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Kohat
? A sprawling 2-storey building overlooking the Kohat-Peshawar Road now makes a beautiful landscape in the shape of recently completed 200-bed Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Kohat at the cost of Rs. 250 million. The process of furnishing and equipping is going on. The staff selection has been completed. We have met with very good response with highly skilled manpower competing for different hospital staff cadres like doctors, mid-level personnel and administration. The hospital will start running from mid-September. President of Pakistan has agreed in principle to inaugurate the hospital after the month of Ramadan.

Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospitals Quetta and Muzaffarabad
Respective governments have allotted the land for these hospitals. The process of planning is in progress. Actual construction of the hospitals will start by 2007-8 and both the hospitals will be functional by 2010.

  • Al-Shifa Journal of Ophthalmology Launched: We have achieved another milestone. The first issue of our scientific journal “Al-Shifa Journal of Ophthalmology” has been published. The journal can also be accessed now via our website.
  • Induction of new faculty members: We welcome Dr. Farah Akhtar (Glaucoma), Dr. Sultan Asif Kiyani (Oculoplasty), Dr. Sardar Abdul Moqeet (Cornea), Dr. Mustafa Abdul Hameed (Glaucoma), Dr. M Hanif (Pediatrics) and Dr. Naveed Qureshi (Pediatrics) into our faculty.
  • New Induction for FCPS and DOMS: A new batch of trainees for fellowship in ophthalmology (FCPS) and diploma course (DOMS) has been inducted. The competition for these training slots at PIO has been so tough, that few of the residents who have completed their 4-year training elsewhere volunteered to join Al-Shifa as first year resident.
  • Pay scales revised for Al-Shifa Staff: The pay scales have been revised for the staff of Al-Shifa Trust. With a raise of up to 25%, the package is very competitive. The increase also includes a handsome raise in the stipend of post-graduate trainees from Rs. 6,000 per month to Rs. 10,000 per month.
  • Visits:
  • Dr. Wajid Ali Khan, Chief Consultant Al-Shifa Trust visited LV Prasad Institute Hyderabad, India in connection with OEU partner’s conference. Mr. Gullapali Nag Rao, a renowned international figure from this institute and current President of International Agency for Prevention of Blindness will also be making a visit to Al-Shifa Trust in near future.
  • Dr. A Aziz and Ms. Samina have completed training in their respective fields of ocular electro-diagnostics and orthoptics at Moorefield’s Eye Hospital, London. ORBIS International supported the training.
  • Dr. Tariq Nadeem from Al-Shifa is starting his training in child eye anesthesia at University of Chicago, Illinois.
LIONS Intl. USA: Currently LIONS is supporting two projects. As a part of the first project, National Academy of Paramedics has been established. It is catering for training of seven different disciplines of ophthalmic mid-level personnel. The project has been launched since July 2005 at Rawalpindi. Prime Minister of Pakistan is expected to inaugurate the Academy in December. It will help in meeting a very critical demand of trained ophthalmic paramedics for different Al-Shifa eye hospitals in particular. The second project at Sukkur is meant for prevention of blindness from diabetes. This involves mass community awareness about diabetes and capacity building of Retina Unit at Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital at Sukkur.
ORBIS Intl. USA: ORBIS has been supporting capacity building in Pediatric Ophthalmology both at Rawalpindi and Sukkur through a four-year project. So far 3 doctors and one orthoptist from Al-Shifa have undergone training abroad at leading international centers of excellence, while latest equipment has been added to the unit under this project. The output of pediatric ophthalmology has been outstanding since the start of the project.
OEU Canada: Operation Eye Sight Universal has been supporting Al-Shifa since 1994. Currently two projects; one for capacity building of district eye unit at Mansehra and other for outreach program at Sukkur are being undertaken with the support of OEU. OEU has also been holding joint fund-raisers with Al-Shifa. We are grateful to OEU for its unwavering and solid support for capacity building of different components of Al-Shifa like laundry services, pharmaceuticals, microsurgical training and different outreach programs.
Govt. of Japan: Through a major support from Embassy of Japan, Al-Shifa Trust is setting up modern glaucoma unit at its hospital in Sukkur. This will be first such facility in that region.
Sight Savers Intl. UK: Sight Savers International UK is currently supporting Al-Shifa Trust to set up a modern optical shop at Sukkur Hospital as part of a comprehensive refractive error service in the district. The other project supported by SSI meant to develop comprehensive eye care service at Jehlum is coming to an end in December.
  • As a WHO Collaborating Center for East Mediterranean Region and WHO regional resource center in pediatric ophthalmology, Al-Shifa Trust has strong bonds with WHO. Recently President Al-Shifa hosted a dinner to WHO Regional Director, Dr. Hussain Al Gezairy, when the later was on an official visit to Pakistan. The dinner was also attended by senior officials from Ministry of Health, WHO, and senior faculty of Al-Shifa. We are grateful to Dr. Gezairy for patronizing Al-Shifa right from its start.
  • Mr. Khalid Usman from Canada, Mr. Tahir Zafar, Mr. Terry Shaikh from USA and Mr. and Mrs. Younas Bhatti from UK also visited Al-Shifa during this period.

  • Asmara and Ammara - twin sisters were born completely blind from both eyes. Residents of Kohala, a remote town in the north, their parents never knew that a cure is possible. The twin sisters were admitted to a blind school for no fault of theirs. It is tragic, that they remained in blind school for full one year and remained undiagnosed. Fortunately, Al-Shifa had planned to undertake a survey of blind schools in the area. Asmara was diagnosed to have congenital cataract and was operated later. Her younger sister, Ammara was unfortunately not present in the school on that day. The elder sister could see for the first time in her life after was operated upon both of her eyes. Parents and Blind School teachers, now convinced that a cure was possible, brought the younger Ammara six months afterwards. Recently she has also been operated on one of her eyes. Eye operations in children need highly skilled professionals and expensive equipment. Fortunately, by His Grace, Al-Shifa has both. Asmara, Ammara, Amir Shah, -------; there is a long list of children who need this specialized care. With your help we are doing our best; with more help we can do more.
  • Syed Amir Shah is an 11 years child, who developed cataract in his right eye. Settled in Abu Dhabi, UAE, he was shown at Gold Sands Abu Dhabi Hospital. The doctors at the hospital without any hesitation referred the child for further treatment to pediatric ophthalmology department of Al-Shifa Eye Hospital Rawalpindi for surgery. This is in fact a recognition of the quality of specialized services we are providing in the region. The child has since been successfully operated.
Progress Report
Important Coming Events At Al-Shifa
  • Inauguration of Kohat Hospital by President of Pakistan:
    November 2005
  • Inauguration of Al-Shifa LIONS National Academy of Paramedics by Prime Minister of Pakistan: December 2005
  • Visit to Gulf States by President of Al-Shifa: 15 Sept to 04 October, 2005
  • Launching of Al-Shifa Strategic Plan: 2006-2025: 1st January, 2006
  • International Pediatric Ophthalmology Conference: 9-11 December 2005
Al-Shifa Needs Your Support
Al-Shifa is a non-profit and a non-political organization. It is committed to providing eye care and treatment mainly to the under privileged and poor. Almost 75% of all patients attending Al-Shifa Eye Hospital are treated free. The Trust is able to meet only 30-40% of its expenses from its own sources while the remaining expenses are met through zakat, donations and support from philanthropists.
Your contribution means the gift of sight for someone in need!

A donation of $50 will help to restore the eyesight of a poor patient with cataract, while a donation of $250 will assist in obtaining a cornea for a corneal blind person requiring Keratoplasty. Kindly send your donations or Zakat to following Account Numbers: -
1. In UK
a. Habib Bank AG Zurich 5/7 High Street Southall, Middlesex UB 1 3HA, UK
Account Number = 7-2-7-20311-402-109356 (Pound Sterling Account)
Account Number = 7-2-7-20311-333-109356 (US dollar Account)
b. HSBC Bank AuchinLeck House, Birmingham: Account Number = 40-1108-41311565
2. In USA
a) National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), 100 Wall Street, 21st Floor New York, NY 10005: Account Number = 52152578
b) Al-Shifa Foundation of North America 1200 SMITH ST STE 2355 Houston TX 77002: Tax ID (For US Residents Only) 36-4328912
3. We also maintain collection accounts in branches of Pakistani banks in the Gulf States.
4. In Pakistan, donations can be sent directly to Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, Jhelum Road, Rawalpindi or to account No.365-1, Muslim Commercial Bank Limited, Al-Shifa Branch Rawalpindi. All donations in Pakistan are exempted from Income Tax vide Regional Commissioner Income Tax, Islamabad, letter number SO-III-26 (9)97-98/5422 dated 23rd May 1998.
5. Online Collection

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