Appeal by Chairman
The experience of building Shaukat Khanum Hospitals has taught me that nothing is impossible if you refuse to give up. Numerous experts said that our goal to provide financially supported treatment to 75 percent of all patients was impossible, but I refused to compromise on our objective. As a nation, we united in the cause of trying to eradicate the scourge of cancer from our country, and we made equitable access to quality cancer care a reality in Pakistan. Today, I am proud to be able to say that both our hospitals in Lahore and Peshawar are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), which is testament to the highest standards of clinical excellence available for all our patients.
In 2021, we treated close to 40,000 patients at our facilities, with increasing patient activity seen at both our hospitals. Our hospital in Lahore is already running at maximum capacity, with a record number of chemotherapy sessions – over 49,000 – during 2021. In Peshawar, we started surgical oncology services in April 2021 with two modular operation theatres now operational, where 806 procedures were performed during 2021. Since all the main treatment modalities for cancer are now available at SKMCH&RC, Peshawar, thousands of patients will benefit from these services, closer to their homes, in years to come, all because of your generous support. In Karachi, we continue to provide cancer treatment with chemotherapy at our Diagnostic Centre and Clinic, but the city lacks a tertiary care cancer centre. This is why we are building our third, and Pakistan’s largest, cancer hospital in Karachi, where comprehensive cancer care will be available for all, under one roof.
Once again, this Ramzan, I ask that you remember our patients and give generously to help us fight cancer in Pakistan. We have always taken all necessary steps to ensure that the utilisation of Zakat complies with Islamic injunctions, by using it only for direct patient care, and not for construction. We have also received Shariah Compliance Certification, confirming that the framework we follow at SKMT for the collection, utilisation, and management of Zakat funds, is fully Shariah-compliant and in line with Islamic principles.
For the year 2022, we have a budget of Rs. 28 billion, which will help us not only to treat an ever-increasing number of cancer patients for free, at our facilities in Lahore, Peshawar, and Karachi, but also to continue the construction of the Karachi Hospital. As in past years, we hope to collect a major portion of this through your generous Zakat and donations. Since we first opened in 1994, we have always ensured strict transparency in all our financial systems, with audited annual accounts being made publicly available. In return, the people of Pakistan have shown their trust in us, and their generosity, by contributing more each year than the year before. This year, too, I urge you to open your hearts and give generously to bring hope, and to ease the suffering of, thousands of cancer patients in our country.
With warmest personal regards,
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust