Being a developing country, it is evident that the healthcare system in Pakistan
does not offer ideal healthcare solutions to its citizens, especially the vulnerable
section of the society.
The healthcare system in Pakistan is in quite the difficult phase despite many
efforts as a considerable percentage of the population belong to lower income
groups. The affluent groups do not face much hindrances as quality healthcare
is readily available for them via private health institutes. However, the less
privileged citizens of Pakistan are very much at a disadvantage as they are
unable to receive standard quality healthcare which they so rightfully deserve.
One of the major barriers to access good quality healthcare is poverty.
The relationship between poverty and access to quality healthcare is direct;
due to financial instability. Lower income groups are unable to get quality
healthcare services as the public sector is struggling against its limited financial
budget. Availing quality healthcare services puts a great financial stress on the
needy patients, many of the affected patients are not able to get the timely
treatment or have to leave their treatment in between due to monetary shortcomings.
However, not all hope is lost. As a nation, there are many steps which we can take
in order to help our government restructure the country’s healthcare system
and policies. If you are privileged enough, then you are capable of becoming
a part of this process to make quality healthcare accessible to all. With
the help of your contribution via Zakat or donation, there is a lot of positive changes
that can be brought to the healthcare system of Pakistan.
Being the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, we are also blessed to witness the
Holy month of Ramadan which gives a beautiful option of Zakat to help relief
the pain and suffering of less privileged patients. Through Zakat and other
donations, the healthcare system can be improved in no time, making good
quality healthcare services available to the less privileged citizens of our country.
The Patients’ Aid Foundation (PAF) is a non-profit organization formed in the
year 1990 by a group of philanthropists who were majorly concerned about
the healthcare system of our country. Through a public-private partnership
with the Jinnah Post-Graduate Medical Centre (JPMC) and the Government
of Sindh, PAF has helped revolutionise the healthcare landscape at JPMC.
PAF is registered under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 and with
the Ministry of Finance and Taxation as a non-profit organization.
The Patients’ Aid Foundation (PAF) provides free quality healthcare services,
to all those citizens who walk through the gate of JPMC in hopes of seeking
treatment but cannot afford it. PAF has certainly made a lot of progress since its
inception to transform public healthcare available for all at JPMC. PAF has helped
inaugurate some of the latest, state of the art, modern medical equipment at JPMC
which has helped treat life threatening diseases, completely free of cost. For
instance, PAF is the only organization in all of Pakistan to introduce 2 CyberKnife
units, PET-CT facility and Tomotherapy machine which treat less privileged cancer
patients for free. PAF has helped treat millions of deserving patients at JPMC who
were on the verge of losing hope and quite possibly their life.
During this Holy month of Ramadan, contribute towards the mission of the
Patients’ Aid Foundation (PAF) to help in its relentless pursuit of ensuring
that quality healthcare is accessible to the less privileged patients. You can
contribute through various methods such as call to collect, bank transfers,
online payments, or foreign remittances, all of which are mentioned on its website.