- In 1995, the first batch of Karachi Medical and Dental College (KMDC) pondered upon the need for a welfare organization in Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) where many patients died or were left inadequately treated due to very high expenditure of treatment. A welfare society was required to ensure that these underprivileged patients were provided with financial and moral support so that they could become a part of a healthy community.
- Thus on 25th December 1995, the first batch of KMDC inaugurated an organization by the name of H.O.P.E.S. (Help Of Patients in Exigency by Students) which had the sole purpose of helping the underprivileged, Zakat deserving patients of ASH.
- H.O.P.E.S. started as a free Drug Bank in a small room in Abbasi Shaheed Hospital which later became famous as ‘Room No. 41’. Volunteers spent 3-4 hours of their day in this room and provided the patients with free medications and diagnostic facilities.
- For seven years H.O.P.E.S. remained confined to this room with limited resources and funds from which it could only help 4 out of 10 patients admitted in the hospital. Volunteers collected Zakat and donations from their friends and families to ensure a dynamic budget.
- In 2003 a No profit-No loss pharmacy was established in ASH where every patient of ASH and even outside ASH could get medicines, surgical items and other medicinal articles at the lowest price in the city. Gradually more pharmacies opened, this time outside ASH, in Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases and Dental OPD of KMDC.
- In 2005 when a catastrophic earthquake hit Pakistan, the volunteers of H.O.P.E.S. stood up for their nation and provided medical aid to the victims of Punjab and NWFP. Since then H.O.P.E.S. has been working for the victims of various natural disasters throughout the nation including the flood of 2011, 2012 and the latest earthquake which hit Baluchistan in 2013.
Hopes CabinetH.O.P.E.S. volunteers work under the supervision of leading doctors of Karachi.
Patron in Chief
- Prof. Saleem Ullah Khan
- In-charge Medicine Unit-II, ASH
- Prof. Dr. Nargis Anjum
- Principal KM&DC
- H.O.D Physiology Dept.
- Prof. Ejaz Ahmed Vohra
- Prof. Mohamood Haider
- Prof. Tahir Hussain
- Prof. Tahir Shamsi
- Prof. Sohail Rafi Khan
- Prof. Sirajuddaullah
- Prof. Zakiuddin Oonwala
- Prof. Nargis Anjum
- Dr. Syed Shah Faisal
- Dr. Ahmed Nawaz
- H.O.P.E.S. Drug Bank is entirely run by our volunteers and provides free of cost medicines to Zakat deserving patients of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. We also provide diagnostic facilities and arrangement of blood and blood products.
- Our Volunteers provide free of cost medications to the Zakat deserving and non-affording patients on their beds.
- The H.O.P.E.S. Drug Bank has a vast variety of injections, tablets and other forms of medications including antibiotics, NSAIDS, antiallergics, anticoagulants, antihyperlipidemics, vitamins and minerals, protein suspensions and many others.
Aid to victims of natural disasters
Flood Affected Site District Dadu
- District Dadu, Sindh, was hit a massive flood in 2011 and then again in 2012 with many people left homeless. Their crops and cattle died and they were left at the mercy of Allah.
- H.O.P.E.S. volunteers visited District Dadu in 2011 and prepared a well-planned rescue mission for these people in two phases.
- Phase One:Rescue Phase
- Help was given to more than 2000 families by providing them with
- Mobile Medical Camps
- Ration including rice, wheat, pulses, sugar, dry milk
- A clean and safe-drinking water filtration plant
- Eid with the victims:
- As Eid-ul Fitr came, H.O.P.E.S. volunteers prepared dresses and small goodies for the children of the flood affected area and spent Eid with them bringing smiles to their little faces and a feeling of hope in their parents’ hearts.
- Phase 2: Rehabilitation Phase:
- In collaboration with SKF, HOPES built 128 houses and 3 Mosques in 2 Villages
- Faqeer Mohammad Village
- Allah Bachayo Panhwar Village
Flood Affected Site Badin District
- H.O.P.E.S. and SKF team visited district Badin in Aug-2011, to help the flood victims of Badin District, and provided:
- Mobile Medical Camp
- 1000 tents for shelter
- Rashan supply for around 400 families of different villages in Union Council-SERANI, District Badin.
Earthquake in Balochistan 2013It was yet another dark day for the people of Pakistan when, once again, we were hit by a disastrous earthquake which took lives of many of our brothers. A week later H.O.P.E.S. received a call from a colleague who told about a place where no aid had yet reached. Our volunteers set up their bags and prepared for the trip with the intent of serving their brothers in need Mashkae, is a village in the district of Awaraan, Balochistan. It is known as the place where not even military can enter. There is an ongoing insurgency in that village and the rebellions do not let anyone enter, which is why the government has stopped their aid to help the people there. Not a single NGO is allowed to enter.
Aid to victims of Heat Stroke in Karachi
- Karachi was hit by a strong heat wave on 22nd June 2015, causing a massive death toll reaching upto 1100+ deaths in 3 days.
- H.O.P.E.S. Heat Stroke relief Campaign was started to help the victims. Our Volunteers dispensed almost all the patients in the Emergency Ward with Normal Saline , Ringer lactate , drip sets, cannula , nebulizer mask and many more medications that were required.
- H.O.P.E.S. also collaborated with the Army relief camp that was set up for the victims, and provided medications in the camp.
- Visit to Binte Fatima Old Home
- Our volunteers visited Binte Fatima Old Home which is a shelter run by an organization supported by USAID which provides shelter to 20 women from different backgrounds who have been disowned by their families and left alone ruthlessly to live or die on their own.
- Our team, which comprised of medical students and doctors, decided to give these respectable senior citizens of our society a visit, and also provide them with a quick health check up. Our volunteers spent time with the women, listened to the stories of their life which moved their hearts as many of the women came from educated backgrounds and had done great work in their life. Some of them were teachers in the past. The team of HOPES managed some of the medical issues of the women and spent quality time counseling them.
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