Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) is the first project of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust which is a charitable organization in Pakistan established with the mission to “To act as a model institution to alleviate the suffering of patients with cancer through the application of modern methods of curative and palliative therapy irrespective of their ability to pay, the education of health care professionals and the public and perform research into the causes and treatment of cancer.”
Today, with its presence in over fifty cities of Pakistan in the form of Hospitals, Diagnostic Centres, Walk-in-Clinics (cancer screening centres), and Collection Centres, the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust has emerged as one of the most credible charities of Pakistan. SKMCH&RC in Lahore and Peshawar, both have earned the Joint Commission International’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation. The World Health Organization and the Human Rights Society of Pakistan have also recognized SKMCH&RC for its contribution towards humanity.
The Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust aims to build a series of hospitals in various cities of Pakistan to bring cancer care closer to the patients. Since a quarter of the patients at SKMCH&RC, Lahore belonged to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province of Pakistan, and adjoining areas, the second Hospital was inaugurated in Peshawar, the capital city of KPK on December 29, 2015. Thousands of underprivileged cancer patients continue to suffer in Sind and surrounding areas as they cannot afford to make repeated trips to SKMCH&RC in Lahore or Peshawar. Therefore, the third SKMCH&RC is being built in Karachi where deserving cancer patients would be able to access comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic cancer facilities under one roof.