Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful. - Helen Keller The ability to see the sights and wonders of this world is a blessing for which we need to be thankful. One of the most common reasons for visual impairment in Pakistan is Cataract and today with the latest technology it can be easily treated bringing back the colours of life to a patient's live. Through these camps we hope to treat 150 patients bi-annually after achieving our initial target. Today we ask for your help to give us the chance to utilize our resource of personnel, equipment & the hospital to give us sight to another 150 patients. Fatima Memorial Hospital feels honoured to be able to change the lives of so many and will like to continue doing so through your help.
Across the Muslim world, Eid ul Fitr is celebrated with fervor and zeal as it marks the end of the blessed month of Ramazan. The holy month of fasting is a time of spiritual reflection for all Muslims, to be thankful for the bounties they are blessed with and realize the needs of the less fortunate.
Eid ul Fitr is a time of joy celebrated with family where gifts are exchanged, good food laid out on the table and most importantly brand new clothes. But, alas not everyone is able to celebrate this joyous day and we at Fatima Memorial Hospital try to do our bit every year by providing new clothes to children studying at the schools of the institution’s outreach program every Eid.
We are proud to say the number of children our schools have grown to 1850 who are studying in the peri-urban areas of Lahore i.e. Malik Pur, Lakhudair, Nain Sukh & Talwara. The outreach program further expanded its reach and setup a school flood hit area of Habit Mastui in Dist. D.G.Khan in South Punjab.
These children come from impoverished backgrounds where the concepts of new clothes simply does not exist and they are forced to wear hand me downs or buy second hand clothing.
Every year during Eid we try to provide new clothes to the students as we believe every child born deserves to have an educations, sustenance and clothing. We do not have capacity or the financial resources to provide for everyone but we hope to increase the number with your help this Eid.
Sometimes we do not realize our blessing but meeting these determined little souls who studying for their future against all odds makes you thankful for what we have been blessed with. Today we ask for your help so we can spread smiles during this blessed festival with new clothes.
Rawa Ikhlaq is ten years old and the first thing you notice when you meet her is herbright endearing eyes which shine despite her pain. She was diagnosed withJuvenile Dermatomyositis which is the inflammation of the muscles and was notable to walk. Today with specialist treatment at Fatima Memorial Hospital withthe support of Arthritis Care Foundation is now able to attend school again.These stories give us hope and the strength to continue with our mission.
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Arthritis Care Foundation established in 2001 in collaboration with Fatima MemorialHospital in Lahore, Pakistanprovides Physiotherapy and Diagnostic supports to deserving patients.
The disease can strike at any time and without proper care can lead to severedisabilities affecting patients for a lifetime. However, today through earlydiagnosis and extensive treatment rheumatologists can significantly helpprevent disability and death in patients suffering from rheumatic diseases.
The challenges faced in Pakistan are the expensive treatments and acute shortage ofRheumatologists in the country. Currently there are about 30 qualifiedRheumatologists for a population of almost 180 million whereas theinternational requirement is 1 Rheumatologists for 80,000 people. Thestaggering figures means that early detection does not take place which furtherhinders helping patients with treatment. The Arthritis Foundation with itslimited financial and human resources try to meet the challenges faced in thesector in our country.
From July 2012 to March 2013, the foundation treated 3804 patients with cost ofalmost 4 million rupees (40,000 USD). This was only possible with the supportof countless who have been kind enough to be a part of this mission inwhichever they can.