Appeal by Chairman
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC), Lahore completes twenty-four years of service in December 2018 and has spent over thirty-two billion rupees (US$ 371 million) in providing free treatment to deserving cancer patients. None of this would have been possible without your unconditional, and unflagging, support.
At the beginning of this New Year, I would like to share with you some important milestones reached over the past year.
This year, SKMCH&RC Lahore was awarded the Joint Commission International’s (JCI) Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with the JCI’s internationally-recognized standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
Any quality service struggles to cope with capacity issues, particularly so when the service being provided is free for the majority of its recipients. This is the reason why the creation of additional physical space has become imperative to meet our increasing workload in Lahore. This is why we are embarking on the largest expansion project the Hospital in Lahore has ever seen, with the construction of a new clinical tower.
In Peshawar, facilities at SKMCH&RC continue to be scaled up to meet the burden of patients from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and adjoining areas. The Hospital has now completed three successful years of operations, and has seen a steady increase in the number of consultant physicians working at the hospital, as well as in the number of inpatient and chemotherapy beds. In early 2019, our new, state-of-the-art Radiation Oncology Department will begin functioning in Peshawar. Following on from this, we plan to start construction of the operating rooms in the Peshawar hospital, with a view to commencing surgical services there during 2020.
While these two existing facilities continue to provide much-needed services to our patients, thousands of poor cancer patients continue to suffer in Sind and Baluchistan. The construction of the third SKMCH&RC, in Karachi, will thus be of immense importance for our brothers and sisters in Sind and Baluchistan, who will be able to access comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic cancer facilities under one roof, entirely free of charge for those who cannot afford to pay.
It gives me immense pleasure to announce that the construction of Pakistan’s third Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Karachi has started in December 2018 with the aim of commencing operations within three years.
As we embark on this journey to Karachi, the philanthropic heart of the country, my absolute belief in the generosity of the people of Karachi, Sind and Pakistan means that I have no doubt that they will open their hearts once again to help us complete this project, on time and to our usual exacting standards.
Our budget for the year 2019 is Rs. 13.5 billion, a sum which will not only allow us to continue to provide free cancer treatment to over 75% of all cancer patients seen in Peshawar and Lahore, but also to fund the construction of the Clinical Tower in Lahore, the development of surgical services in Peshawar and the construction of the hospital in Karachi. As in the past, we expect about half of this to be met by your generous donations and Zakat. Please continue to help me, as you have always done, and give generously to bring hope to those suffering from cancer in Karachi, in Sind and Baluchistan, and in all of Pakistan.
With warmest regards,
Chairman, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust