List of Top Organizations for Free Pediatric Heart Surgery of Poor Patients

List of Top Organizations for Free Pediatric Heart Surgery of Poor Patients

List of Top Organizations for Free Pediatric Heart Surgery of Poor Patients

It is truly remarkable how far science has bought us today. Due to the technological advancements in the last century, we know of a world unknown and unfathomed by our ancestors. These developments have shaken the cores of all major and minor fields and professions. Perhaps the most notable advancements have occurred in the field of medical science, where now experts have equipment and procedures that can help them tackle ailments that were previously considered untreatable. One of the most extraordinary treatments now available to humankind is heart treatment via intricate surgeries. These operations have enabled doctors to fix cardiac issues in very efficient and promising ways, allowing patients to live better and healthier lives—a list of Top Organizations for Free Pediatric Heart Surgery of Poor Patients.

 

It often surprises some people that an infant can be born with specific heart disease. It is estimated that around 60,000 babies are born every year in Pakistan with some form of ailment that affects the heart. The heart condition could be related to leaky valves, incomplete/ faculty development, etc. However, according to a report published by the Aga Khan University, if an infant is given the right treatment, the chances of his/ her surviving naturally to adulthood are around 85 %. If an adequate and timely response is undertaken, the children grow healthy and live perfectly ordinary lives. However, the sad truth is that in underdeveloped and developing countries like Pakistan, around 60 % of all children born with defects in the heart barely make it past a few years. Due to an inefficient healthcare system, poor diagnosis, and a lack of tertiary medical facilities, they succumb to the faults in their vital organ.

One might wonder the cause behind such poor healthcare infrastructure in the country. Since its inception, Pakistan has struggled enormously with its economy. Corruption and misallocation of resources plague the development of institutions. This is further worsened by the lack of interest of state leaders. The result of this can be seen by observing the state of infrastructure in the country. There is a severe lack of trained medical professionals and facilities to care for the afflicted.

Moreover, the available resources only cater to the needs of the economically well-to-do. The financially challenged are left to suffer at the hands of not only poverty but also to untreated health conditions. Most of them have to see their infants die at the hands of heart diseases, knowing that they could have saved their lives if they had enough funds. This puts them in a very adverse situation that no one should have to deal with.

This is an alarming situation that demands immediate attention. Since the governmental agencies have shown a lack of interest in the matter, it fell upon the non-governmental organizations to deal with the problem. Specific organizations and individuals with empathetic intentions came forward and decided to bear the weight of the issue on their shoulders and help those in need. Therefore, they provide free pediatric heart surgery to needy patients. Many such organizations are currently active. The list below identifies the top few of them:

List of Top Organizations for Free Pediatric Heart Surgery of Poor Patients

1. Transparent Hands

2. PCHF (Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation)

3. National Institute of Cardiovascular diseases (NICD)

4. The Indus Hospital

5. Punjab Institute of Cardiology

6. Mayo Hospital Lahore

7. Memon Medical Institute Hospital

8. Kulsum Healthcare Foundation

1. Transparent Hands

Free Healthcare Services for Those Who Cannot Afford

“Transparent Hands” is the largest technology platform for crowdfunding in the healthcare sector of Pakistan. It offers a complete range of free healthcare services, including medical and surgical treatments, medical camps, and telehealth facilities, to the underprivileged community of Pakistan.

The platform provides visibility of needy patients and builds a personal and trusted bond between patients and donors while ensuring complete transparency. It also sets up free medical camps in the rural areas of Pakistan in which free medical consultation, free medicines, and free diagnostic tests facility is provided to the deserving patients.

Committed to Provide Free Healthcare Services to People in Need

Donors worldwide can use our online Crowdfunding web portal and donate through 100% secure payment modes. They could select any patient, fund the treatment, and receive regular feedback and updates until the patient is recovered completely.

Download our TransparentHands iPhone Application for Online Donation

2. PCHF (Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation)

Mission Statement

“To establish a state of the art medical facility that provides the highest quality of care for children with heart disease, irrespective of their financial means. To act as a model institute, for the training of healthcare professionals, education of the public at large and promote research into the causes and management of congenital heart disease.”

They have the best Peads Cardiologist and Surgeons as part of their Medical Advisory Boards who do the medical evaluation of the patients with CHD.

The number of children born with heart disease in Pakistan is high. Adequate numbers of trained doctors, quality facilities, infrastructure, and funding are all deficient. PCHF is working on building a Centre of Excellence to train more doctors for more heart surgeries. The Centre of Excellence is not only about the surgeries of heart patients, but it also includes capacity building and research elements of heart surgeries.

PCHF is spending on deserving children with CHD. Give your Zakat to Pakistan Children Heart Foundation and help those CHD-related patients.

“Zakah expenditures are only for the Poor and for the Needy and for those Employed to collect [zakah] and for bringing hearts together [for Islam] and for freeing Captives [or slaves] and for those in Debt and the cause of Allah and the [stranded] Traveler – an obligation [imposed] by Allah. And Allah is Knowing and Wise.” (Surah Tauba: 60)

3. National Institute of Cardiovascular diseases (NICD)

What they do:

Since its inception in 1963, the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) has played a pivotal role in caring for patients with heart disease in Pakistan. NICVD is the first tertiary cardiac care institute in South Asia as well as the flagship facility for cardiology in Pakistan with a focus on superior care for patients, education and training for medical professionals, and research and development in cardiology.

NICVD caters to the cardiovascular needs of a vast majority of patients from all provinces of Pakistan and Afghan refugees and patients from other neighboring countries. It is responsible for training the bulk of local cardiac physicians, nurses, and paramedics throughout the country.

History:

Emerging from the small Central Heart Clinic in Ward 10 of Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) in 1956, the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases has been the primary heart-care provider for Pakistanis 50 years.

With support from the Government of Pakistan, USAID, and the Japanese Government, NICVD became a fully functional tertiary cardiac-care center on 14th August 1971. For the following eight years, NICVD has remained a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). Still, in 1979 it was nationalized by the Government of Pakistan and became an Autonomous Body under the Federal Ministry of Health.

The present Governing Body of NICVD comes under the Government of Sindh with the Honorable Chief Minister of Sindh as the Chairman of the Board of Governors. The Executive Director of NICVD maintains the Secretary of the Board of Governors and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute and Chairman of the Academic Faculty.

Mission:

They aspire to be one of the world’s leading heart care facilities by:-

  • Adopting a patient-focused approach that is respectful and sensitive to patient needs and values
  • Acting on the ‘time is muscle’ principle to ensure prompt diagnosis and treatment to save and reduce heart damage.
  • Providing convenient access to those with financial constraints to prevent and treat heart-related diseases without delay
  • Educating the finest medical professionals of tomorrow in the field of cardiology
  • Promoting a research-oriented environment to keep abreast with the latest updates in cardiology

Vision:

They strive to keep every heart close to theirs.

They aim to be the premier hospital in Pakistan for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients with cardiovascular diseases regardless of their socioeconomic status. Through their mission to deliver excellent patient care and commitment to training, research, and development in cardiology, they strive to be the hospital of choice for both cardiovascular disease patients and medical professionals.

4. The Indus Hospital

Spread over 20 acres of land and located in the densely populated Korangi area, The Indus Hospital is a 300-bed tertiary care multidisciplinary hospital providing premium healthcare in an impressive, state-of-the-art facility completely free to everyone.

It has the privilege to be Pakistan’s first paperless hospital and has now become a symbol of hope for the most vulnerable members of society.

How They Started

The founder of The Indus Hospital, Dr. Abdul Bari Khan, and their co-founders served in the public sector hospitals for many years. During their time at government-run hospitals, they witnessed the plight of the poverty-stricken patients of Karachi. It was at this time that they envisioned making a multidisciplinary tertiary care hospital that served the under-served population of Karachi with free and quality treatment.

After a few years, in the year 2005, the Islamic Mission Trust donated a non-functioning hospital building to its founders. This building was renovated and made operational in the year 2007. The Indus Hospital was set up as tertiary care and multidisciplinary hospital with 150 beds in the area of Korangi. It serves as an absolutely free of charge hospital with no cash counter.

The Indus Hospital has now evolved into a Health Network with hospitals and public health outreach clinics spread all across Pakistan, serving the under-served population of Pakistan free of charge, indiscriminate, and quality treatment.

Vision

Excellence in Healthcare for all too Please Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala.

Mission

  • To focus on creating an excellence-driven, comprehensive, compassionate, free of charge, and replicable healthcare system accessible to all.
  • To be a not-for-profit entity, managed with the Islamic concept of Waqf and funded through donations and Zakat.
  • To adhere to ethical best practices in all aspects of its operations, while following the Shariah and the Law of the Land.
  • To empower its employees for their spiritual and professional growth.
  • To enhance and build human capacities through quality education and research.

5. Punjab Institute of Cardiology

Punjab Institute of Cardiology provides quality tertiary care to heart patients. PIC trains post-graduate doctors and paramedics in addition to assisting the rest of the cardiac hospitals in Punjab. Moreover, they run awareness campaigns to educate the masses on preventive measures towards heart diseases.

Treatment provided by PlC is totally free of cost for poor and entitled patients, whereas the private patients are treated at a much lower cost than the rest of the private hospitals in town. Emergency service is open 24 hours, and emergency treatment is totally free for everyone irrespective of their social standing.

The range of facilities available for comprehensive treatments includes a 547 bedded hospital, all relevant diagnostic tests, interventional and operative procedures, and intensive cardiac care units.

Further, PIC has a highly qualified and experienced team of cardiologists and surgeons who are supported by well-trained nursing and paramedic staff. They have introduced modern management and patient care systems.  Four of their departments have been ISO certified, and the rest will be completed soon. The PIC manages a well-reputed professional journal, Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases, of the projects assigned to the post-graduate fellowship trainees.

PIC has expanded its administrative and technical support to Multan, Faisalabad, and Rawalpindi Institutes of Cardiology.

6. Mayo Hospital Lahore

Mayo Hospital is the oldest and largest hospital in the country, serving humanity since 1871. Mayo Hospital was completed in 1870, and it started patient care in 1871. It was named after the Earl of Mayo, the then Viceroy and the Governor-General of India.

Encompassing over 54.6 acres of land and the main building with boundary having 11 gates, the hospital is one of the largest hospitals in South East Asia and is a center of excellence for public benefit. It had a bed capacity of 300 beds on the Day of Independence (1947) but now is extended up to 2399 beds. The father of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, also paid tribute to services rendered by this hospital on his visit to Mayo Hospital dated 19.03.1940.

Mayo Hospital is located in the heart of Lahore City and is surrounded by busy commercial and thickly populated residential areas with the famous Anarkali Bazaar, Nila Gumbad, Gawalmandi, and the Walled City of Old Lahore around it.

Earlier, after its construction in 1871, the Mayo Hospital was affiliated as a teaching hospital with King Edward Medical College, which came into being in 1860. The hospital was used to be managed by the Medical Superintendent under the administrative control of Government till 1999 when the whole setup was declared as Autonomous Medical Institution, and the Mayo Hospital became Allied Hospital of King Edward Medical College. The Principal KEMC and the M.S. Mayo Hospital were placed under the administrative control of a newly created post of Chief Executive. In 2002, the Board of Governors took over the charge of the institution under PMHI Ordinance 2002, according to which the posts of Principal Executive Officer (PEO) / Dean and Deputy Dean were created. In the next year 2003, under another PMHI Ordinance 2003, the Board of Governors was replaced with the Board of Management under which Principal KEMC was declared Head of Institution consisting of KEMC & Mayo Hospital.

Facilities available at Mayo Hospital

  1. Central ICU with Central Oxygen (O2) & Suction System
  2. Standard CCU Facilities
  3. Angiography, Angioplasty, Cardiac Bypass, Heart Valves Replacement, and all sorts of Cardiac Operations and procedures
  4. Radio Isotope Cardiology / Echocardiography / ETT
  5. Spiral CT, Color Doppler, and Ultrasonography on the latest machines
  6. Renal Transplantation and Renal Haemodialysis
  7. All Dermatological Procedures
  8. Radiotherapy on latest machines
  9. Latest Physiotherapy Equipment, Rehabilitation Center and Orthopaedic Workshop
  10. EMG, EEG, and all kind of sophisticated Neuro-surgical operations
  11. Operations of Plastic Surgery and cosmetology
  12. Operations of Maxillofacial, Jaw, and Dental Surgery
  13. All kinds of Orthopaedic Operations under competent consultants
  14. All kind of Eye and ENT Operations
  15. Surgical Operations of all kind for neonates, children, young and old patients
  16. Radio Isotope Thyroid, Liver, Bone, Brain, and other organs scanning Hormonal Assays, and Viral Markings are being done in CENUM.

7. Memon Medical Institute Hospital

What they do

MMIH is a 332-bed tertiary care hospital project with state-of-the-art infrastructure that is designed according to international standards. It is a not for profit set up and is a 100% donor-funded project that aims to serve people regardless of their caste, creed, color, religion, or ability to pay. It has a Patients’ Welfare Program to support needy people.

The hospital has a covered area of 320 000 sq. ft. It is centrally air-conditioned and designed to meet International Standards. Nursing School, Medical College, and Research Institute are planned on 11.5 acres.

Vision

To be a role model for caring, curing, education, training, research, and employment

Mission

To provide accessible and affordable quality health care and education to all with empathy, dignity, and respect, IRRESPECTIVE OF THEIR CASTE, CREED, COLOR, RELIGION OR ABILITY TO PAY.

Aim

To lead Pakistan towards the international quality of healthcare standards while at the same time, providing quality education to medical and nursing personnel.

Specialties:

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • General Surgery
  • Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Services
  • Nephrology
  • ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat)
  • Dentistry
  • Family Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonology
  • Nutrition and Diet Control
  • Gastroenterology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics
  • Gen Medicine
  • Urology
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • EYE / OPHTHALMOLOGY

8. Kulsum Healthcare Foundation

Pakistan is a developing country where healthcare infrastructure and systems in unsatisfactory. The country stands at 130th place in terms of life expectancy. Hospital beds (per 1,000 people) is 0.60. Non-communicable diseases contribute 56.4 % of total deaths. Only 2.75% of total GDP is spent on Healthcare, whereas the rest of the world spends 10.02%.

Kulsum Healthcare Foundation is dedicated to providing healthcare services to poor and unfortunate members of society with a belief to relieve their suffering.

Objectives:

  • To provide healthcare services to poor and needy patients and support the unfortunate ones who are compelled to stay for long periods in the hospital due to complications.
  • To provide medical assistance in areas affected by natural calamities through establishing multiple healthcare facilities.
  • To establish the medical camps in the areas of the under-served population.

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The infant mortality rate in Pakistan stands at 64.2 per 1000 births. While this is considerably better than the last couple of decades, it is still too high to be ignored. While other diseases also affect infants upon their birth and claim their lives, heart diseases remain one of the few significant ones. As mentioned above, due to the lack of professional medical services available for financially struggling families, it is very likely that their children go undiagnosed and untreated, which leads to a subsequent loss of life. This is something that we must all strive to eliminate. Every individual on this planet, regardless of caste, creed, and social standing in terms of finance, has the right to see his/ her child live a healthy and normal life. If God forbid, a child is born with heart disease, and his/ her parents do not possess the means to have their child treated, the responsibility of enabling treatment befalls on the local community. Hence, we must also join our hands together and contribute our efforts to organizations that provide free pediatric heart surgeries to poor people, in whatever way that we can, and ensure that every ill child gets proper medical attention.

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