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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News Letters

1. Half million eye patients to be treated every year: Al-Shifa Trust sets the bar higher

2. Facilitation Boards formed at each Al-Shifa Eye Hospital

3. Al-Shifa unveils 3 billion expansion plan

4. Al-Shifa reaches out to Gulf states

5. Board of Trustees approve the budget for year 2007-2008

6. Al-Shifa gets certified by Pakistan Center for Philanthropy

7. Al-Shifa Trust launches dynamic service structure for employees

8. Public Affairs Committee launches aggressive marketing initiatives

9. Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Rawalpindi

• OEU Retina-Glaucoma block near completion
• Construction of Girls and Boys Hostel for NAP in progress
• Prof James Standefer conducts fourth glaucoma workshop

10. Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Sukkur

• Launches self-reliance projects
• Brief of activities

11. Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Kohat

• Awareness campaign for Outreach program further intensified
• Residential accommodation ready for hospital staff

12. Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Quetta: Construction to begin shortly

13. Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Muzaffarabad: Construction to start earlier than planned

14. Pakistan Institute of Ophthalmology

• Dr. Nadeem Qureshi elevated as Professor of Ophthalmology
• New Induction in DOMS and FCPS
• New BSc Course in Ophthalmic technology to be launched
• Punjab Medical Faculty accreditation of Ophthalmic technician course
• Conferences

15. Al-Shifa Lionistic activities

16 Hospital progress

17. Future events

17. Appeal

Al-Shifa sets the target of half million patients annually

Al-Shifa Trust has set for itself new targets for providing quality services to maximum number of patients all over the country. With three hospitals fully operational, outreach program extending to rural and far-flung areas, we hope that these realistic targets will be met as planned. The targets set for each hospital for the coming year are as follows: -
Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Rawalpindi = 250,000 patients annually
Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Sukkur = 150,000 patients annually
Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Kohat = 100,000 patients annually



Facilitation Boards constituted for Al-Shifa Hospitals

In order to multiply the output of our quality services and to meet and manage the targets set, Al-Shifa Trust has now planned to establish Facilitation Boards for each of its hospitals to involve the public. The Facilitation Boards consist of notable community leaders, scholars and eminent social workers. The main objectives of these Boards are: -

a. To promote public awareness about Al Shifa Trust and its treatment facilities
b. To help in mobilization of funds and donations to help deserving poor patients
c. Provide guidance to management about future development plan of project

Mr. Salim Saifullah Khan, and Mr. Gohar Saifullah Khan:

Members Facilitation Board for Kohat Eye Hospital

The Facilitation Boards have already been set up for Al-Shifa Eye Hospitals Sukkur and Kohat. The Facilitation Board for Sukkur is headed by Chairman Senate, Mr. Mohammadmian Soomro, and consists of Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Zila Nazim Sukkur, Begum Saeeda Soomro, Zila Nazim, Jacobabad, Mr. Naeem Siddiqui, Nazim Sukkur City, Dr. Sikander Shah, Principal Chandka Medical College, Larkana, Mr. Inamullah Khan GM ENGRO, Mirpur Mathelo, Mr. Naimur Rehman, GM FFC, Mirpur Mathelo, Mr. Iqbal Daud, President Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sukkur, Dr. Nisar A Pathan, Senior Ophthalmologist and Mr. Mukhi Eshwar Lal, Chairman Hindu Community, Sukkur. For Kohat the board is headed by Federal Minister and notable politician, Mr. Saleem Saifullah Khan. The members of the board are Mr. Syed Ibne Ali, retired Justice of the High Court, Prof Dr. Lutfullah Khan Kakakhel Vice Chancellor of Kohat University, District Nazim Seth Gohar Saifullah Khan, Mr. Manzoor Paracha, vice president Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Mrs. Munawar Humayun Khan from Sarhad Rural Support program. The Kohat Facilitation Board has already held two meetings and has provided useful guidelines for future development of this hospital.
A Facilitation Board for Rawalpindi Hospital is currently being constituted.
Al-Shifa unveils Rs. 3 billion expansion plan


The Rs. 3 billion Expansion Plan of Al-Shifa Trust has been set into motion

• Preparation for construction of Al-Shifa Eye Hospitals at Quetta and Muzaffarabad are in full swing
• A mega project which will serve as a major source for sustaining charitable activities of Al-Shifa Trust has been initiated. To prepare the site for construction under this project, excavation of land on the main GT road at the forefront of Al-Shifa Eye Hospital Rawalpindi is almost complete. The feasibility report is being prepared and different options for hiring credible project developers are under considerations. A Project Committee has been constituted to supervise all such activities.

A view of excavated land for Al-Shifa Self-Reliance Project

Al-Shifa reaches out to Gulf States


• The visit of President Al-Shifa to the Gulf States earlier this year was very successful as it exceeded the targets set.
• “Discover Islam” a NGO working in Bahrain pledged to support Al-Shifa.
• President Al-Shifa also met the officials of Chief Executive Officers Club UAE. The CEO club agreed in principal to offer membership to President of Al-Shifa Trust once the documentary formalities are completed.
• Another important step during the visit was exploring the prospects of Health Tourism such as state of the art treatment facilities at Al-Shifa Eye Hospital Rawalpindi by expatriates from UAE.

Board of Trustees approve the budget for year 2007-2008

On 22nd June 2007, Board of Trustees unanimously approved the budget for Al-Shifa Trust for year 2007-2008. The total outlay of the budget is Rs. 382 million (Rs. 382,513,000). The revenue expenditure is Rs. 206 million, while the capital expenditure is Rs. 176 million. The total expected receipts are Rs. 391 million. Bulk of the receipts (61%) is from external resources. With targets set higher, major expenditure will be at Al-Shifa Hospital Rawalpindi. Apart from different projects for self-reliance, other major source of expenditure will be Kohat Hospital, which is in the process of development.


Annual Board of Trustees Meeting


Al-Shifa gets certified by Pakistan Center for Philanthropy

Pakistan Center for Philanthropy (PCP) is the only Government Body which is authorized to certify Not for Profit Organizations (NPO) of the country which meet their stringent criteria of internal governance, financial management and program delivery. Al-Shifa Trust was evaluated for these elements thoroughly by PCP through Desk and Field evaluation. This certification which is a seal of credibility will help opening new avenues and vistas for Al-Shifa at national and international level


Al-Shifa Trust launches dynamic service structure for employees

The exercise of revamping of service structure of Al-Shifa employees was going on since more than six months. Now after thorough input from all stakeholders, it has been finalized and will be effective from July 01, 2007. The salient features of service structure are:
• A three-tier promotion policy which ensures that everyone who comes on merit is promoted to higher scale after every four years and at the end of 12 years will have equal chance of competing for top slot in that cadre.
• The yearly increment and pay scales have also been revised keeping in mind the current price hike and inflation.
• This policy is entirely performance based. The supervisors and managers are exclusively made responsible for the performance of their junior colleagues, failing which, they have to suffer the fall out as well.
• Incentives and awards for good performance have been institutionalized. At a recently held gathering of Al-Shifa Employees, President of AST distributed cash awards and certificates amongst its hard-working employees. The awards went to best staff nurse, Ms. Afsana, best waiter (Mr. Riaz), best assistant supervisor (Mr. Tajarab of accommodation deptt), best driver (Mr. Riaz) and best technician (Mr. Khalid Mughal)

Public Affairs Committee launches aggressive marketing initiatives

A meeting of Public Affairs Committee of Al-Shifa Trust was held under the chairmanship of Mr. Mushahid Hussain Syed, a renowned journalist, and a seasoned politician. President Al-Shifa while briefing the committee said that in view of our expansion program, there is dire need to chalk out an aggressive fund-raising program. Mrs. Nilofar Bakhtiar was appointed the chairperson of fund-raising committee. It was decided that Al-Shifa Trust will hold a fund-raiser in Lahore during the first half of November and will hold media awareness programs before that. The campaign will also include different presentations to Diplomatic Community of the countries involved in helping the health sector of Pakistan.

Meeting of Public Affairs Committee in Progress

Earlier, a media workshop at Serena was also conducted by Al-Shifa Trust with Mr. Mushahid Hussain Syed as the main organizer. The media workshop was aimed at keeping the media aware of the services of Al-Shifa Trust. Leading international experts in eye care Dr. Pararajasegaram from WHO, Geneva and Prof. Standefer from USA were specially invited participants on the occasion. The workshop also included a photographic exhibition depicting the history of Al-Shifa and its services to the humanity. The journalists evinced keen interest in the future plan of Al-Shifa Trust and pledged to support the cause of Al-Shifa.

Dr. Para and Prof. Standefer with Al-Shifa Delegation

at Media workshop


 Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Rawalpindi


• Prof James Standefer conducts fourth glaucoma workshop: Prof Emeritus of Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Minnesota, USA, conducted a two weeks Glaucoma Workshop for ophthalmologists at Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, Rawalpindi from 2nd March to 14th March. This is his fourth workshop at Al-Shifa, which is now a regular feature of Al-Shifa academic activities.
• OEU Retina-Glaucoma block near completion: A new block to accommodate the increasing workload on our subspecialties of Retina, Glaucoma and Oculoplastics is now near completion. This work is supported by Operation EyeSight Universal (OEU) under a five year subspecialty upgrading project. According to Prof. Nadeem Qureshi, head of department of retina, Al-Shifa Eye Hospital Rawalpindi attracts one of the largest number of retina patients from all over the country.

Under-construction OEU-Retina Block

• Construction of Girls and Boys Hostel for NAP in progress: With gradual expansion of our paramedics training program, the need for additional hostel accommodation has been of paramount importance. To cater for that, construction work is now-a-days going on for NAP Girls and Boys Hostels to accommodate for 150 students including international trainees as well.
• Dr. Omar Farooq joins Al-Shifa Trust: Dr. Omar a senior ophthalmologist with special interest in glaucoma has recently joined Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Rawalpindi as Consultant Department of Glaucoma.


Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Sukkur

• Self-reliance Projects for Al-Shifa Sukkur: Al-Shifa optical shop has started working at Sukkur hospital. This shop will provide quality spectacles at reasonable cost to the patients. In addition work is under way to start construction of Al-Shifa Fuel station in Sukkur

• Outreach program goes on in scorching heat: With mercury touching 50°celsius in Sukkur and surroundings, the outreach department continues to work and transport the needy ones for surgery in the comfort of Sukkur hospital. 32 screening eye camps were conducted in the last quarter, while only 9 school screening camps were conducted in adjoining areas as schools were closed for summer vacations.

Due to excellent past results of our out reach programme at Sukkur, reputable public and private organizations are now coming forward to ask for our help in establishing surgical eye camps in their field areas. Al-Shifa has planned about 5 camps in collaboration with Oil and Gas Development Corporation of Pakistan.
• New Inductions: Two medical officers Dr. Shahnawaz and Dr. Mumtaz have joined Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Sukkur

Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Kohat

 • Federal minister kicks off awareness program for prevention of blindness: The awareness campaign for prevention of blindness was formally launched in February 2007 by Federal Minister for inter-provincial coordination, Mr. Salim Saifullah Khan.



Mr. Salim Saifullah Khan at the ceremony

Left: Prof Ziaul Islam on the occasion

Right: A hard-working community workerbeing awarded by the Chief Guest



• A new 20-seater Bus has been provided to Kohat Hospital for outreach program. This will further strengthen the community eye health program
• Residential accommodation is now ready for Al-Shifa employees.

Left: Prof Ziaul Islam on the occasion: Right: A hard-working community worker being awarded by the Chief Guest


Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Quetta: Construction to begin shortly

The Chief architect of Al-Shifa Trust, Ch. Rashid recently visited Quetta in order to prepare the site and construction plan. The construction is likely to start by the last quarter of this year.


Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Muzaffarabad: Early Construction:

planning for Muzaffarabad eye hospital is in full swing. In view of urgent need of eye hospital due to October earthquake, the construction has been scheduled much earlier than planned. Different proposals for the site of the hospital have been forwarded by AJK Govt. The site selection has taken into consideration the seismic activity of the area and accessibility to patients from Azad Kashmir, Northern Areas and adjoining Hazara division of NWFP. A delegation of Board of Trustees and President Al-Shifa recently visited the place and a suitable site was finalized along the Kohala Road. An MoU will be signed in near future.


Pakistan Institute of Ophthalmology (PIO)

• Five years development Plan: As a part of our Master Plan (Vision 2025), the development of our academic wing, PIO is being given high priority. Mr. Saeed Qureshi, (Vice President of the Trust and Chairman of the Finance Committee) is the Chairman of the PIO Development Committee. Members are Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Jahan Dad Khan, Mr. Aized Mir, Prof. Ziaul Islam, Prof. Wajid Ali Khan, and Dr. Tayyab Afghani while Prof. Marilyn Miller from UIC, USA is Special Advisor. The main task of this committee is to develop PIO on the lines of international training institutions to make it self-sustainable in terms of financial and human resources. New short and long-term training programs have been planned already which are expected to attract doctors from within and outside Pakistan. The targets set are to double the current intake of the trainees and make the institution at least 35% self-reliant by the end of five years.
• Dr. Nadeem Qureshi elevated as Professor of Ophthalmology: Dr. Nadeem Qureshi who is one of the senior most faculty member has recently been elevated as Professor of Ophthalmology by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council. He is head of department of retina with wide experience in medical and surgical retina. Prof. Jahangir Akhtar and Prof Wajid Ali Khan are the other two professors at the institute.

• New Induction in DOMS and FCPS: The new batches for diploma and fellowship in ophthalmology have been recently inducted. 14 doctors were selected after very tough competition between candidates from all over Pakistan. It was interesting to note that some of the candidates appearing for the interview preferred to start training from the very beginning despite completing few years of training at some of the premier institutions of the country. It certainly speaks of the high standard of training offered at Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital.
• New BSc. Course in Ophthalmic Technology to be launched: After launching of BSc in Optometry and Orthoptics and its recognition by University of Health Sciences, we have now initiated a case for recognition of BSc degree course in Ophthalmic Technology by University. The later course covers all aspects of care both in terms of patient and instruments in outdoor as well as in operating room.
• Punjab Medical Faculty accreditation of Ophthalmic technician course: Recently a team of Punjab Medical Faculty visited PIO in relation with accreditation of one-year ophthalmic technician course. The team was quite satisfied and the course accreditation is likely in near future. The accreditation will make the qualified students eligible for government service.
• Conferences: At a recently held Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology meeting, 8 scientific papers were presented by Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Rawalpindi. Al-Shifa also held the annual Clinical meeting of Ophthalmic Society of Pakistan’s Islamabad Chapter.

Al-Shifa Lionistic activities

Two LIONS clubs of doctors of Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Rawalpindi have been quite active in Lionistic activities. Readers may recall that the Lions-Al-Shifa Project of Paramedic Training is being conducted by these two Al-Shifa Clubs. These Clubs Al-Noor and Al-Baseerat recently took active part in LIONS annual convention of District 305 N2 at Peshawar. Past International Director Lion Nilofer Bakhtiar was the Chief Guest at the ceremony. On behalf of LCIF, she presented a cheque of Rs. 5.4 million to Al-Shifa on this occasion. We are specially grateful to her and Lions Asad Ashraf DG 305N2, PDG Dr. Zubair Hassan and incumbent DG Lion Arshad Rauf for their constant support.

OSP clinical meeting at Al-Shifa

Mrs Nilofar Bakhtiar is presenting a shield to District Governor Mr. Asad Ashraf on behalf of President Al-shifa during the convention. PDG Dr. Ameen Gul and PDG Haji Asaf are also seen in the picture.

Dist Governor Mr. Asad Ashraf during visitation of Al-Shifa Clubs


Progress Report


Rawalpindi, Sukkur and Kohat

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Grand Total




Important Coming Events At Al-Shifa
  • Fund-raiser at Lahore
  • Launching of Health Tourism
  • Ramadan Zakat Campaign

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!

Kindly note that your Zakat donations go separately to the accounts which are dedicated for treatment of Zakat patients only.
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.    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.

Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, Jhelum Road, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Tel: 0092 51 5487820-25, Fax: 0092 51 5487827

Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, Railway Road, Sukkur, Pakistan
Tel: 0092 71 5612766, 0092 71 5615466 Fax: 0092 71 5613453


Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital, KDA, Kohat, Pakistan
Tel: 0092 922 515686, 0092 922 515710: Fax: 0092 922 515668

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