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Islamic Mission Hospitals Trust.

The Islamic Mission Hospitals Trust was founded to create awareness of miseries which our fellow brothers are facing in the medical field in Pakistan and other Muslim Countries. These are due to lack of resources, awareness of health requirements, inadequacy of medical facilities and mainly lack of Missionary Services among Muslims. This situation presented the most traumatic scenario of health services and training of Medical and paramedical staff. The need to provide most modern health facilities with personalised care as a community by the community has led the way in establishing IMHT, which has now taken off as a |Movement' in and outside Pakistan.

The Islamic Mission Hospitals Trust, a voluntary organization, is constructing an 808 bed hospital in Korangi for the welfare of the masses. Cost estimated at Rs. 400 million, the project shall include facilities for the training of doctrs, nurses and paramedical staff. The first phase of this hospital project shall begin with 200 beds in 1993. Equipped with the latest technology, it will provide the latest in health care services on a non-profit basis to the needy. For funds the trust depends entirely on philanthropic contributions from individuals, organizations and associations.

A number of Pakistani professionals along with fellow UAE citizens joined hands at the outset of 1980j's to transform their profound passion for humanitarian cause into tangible deeds. This resulted in establishment of Islamic Mission Hospitals Trust with the aim of pioneering a model 808 bed welfare hospital in Karachi, followed by another in Peshawar and a net-work of similar hospitals in various areas of Pakistan besides other Muslim countries.

It now counts among its honorary members many prominent personalities from Gulf countries. Besides many prominent Pakistanis in UK, USA, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and African countries have also joined hands in implementation of this mission. The help and cooperation of all these people have been extremely valuable. In fact most of the funds generated have been provided by these concerned people. The purview of Islamic Mission Hospitals Trust will eventually cover such areas of the world where Muslim population is increasing and neo-Islamic awakening continues to spread.

One of the basic aims of IMH Karachi is not just to provide healthcare but advanced healthcare. It is hoped and planned that IMH Karachi will play the role of a catalyst in promoting advanced medical care in Pakistan. It will be the fountain-head from which the subsequent projects in other cities will get technological nourishment and will eventually help spread advanced medical technologies to all four corner of Pakistan.

IMH Karachi has comprehensive plans for imparting training and enhancing the knowledge of these three key elements. These include post-graduate training for doctors and training schools for nurses and technicians. These people will eventually become the nucleus of highly trained personnel which the Trust will need for training the staff of its other upcoming projects all over Pakistan.

Details of Progress

The construction of the project has been planned in 3 phases and each phase has been so designed that it can function as an independent unit until all the units are integrated on completion. The piling work of Wing 1 was started in 1988. Construction of main structure of the Wing was started in 1989 and the building is now complete and Inshallah the hospital will be operational in 1993. The construction of the nurses' hostel has begun. Its foundation has been laid and the structure is now being built. Medical Equipment worth Rs. 50 Million was donated by the government of U.A.E. and has reached Karachi.

Dr. Nazir M. Kazi, Managing Trustee FRCS, Eng., FRCS Ed. Honorary FRCS (G) FACS, FICS Senior Consultant Surgeon, Al Jazeira & Central Hospitals, Abu Dhabi, Overseas Advisor Final FRCS Examiner, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow.
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Publication:Economic Review
Date:Aug 1, 1992
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