Charity Cricket Match (Lets Bowl out Cancer)
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, in connection with its “Lets Bowl out Cancer Campaign” organized a cricket match between showbiz eleven and the Canadian High Commission cricket team on 17th March 2013 in Shalimar Cricket ground Islamabad. The aim was to raise funds for the construction of Pakistan’s second Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital in Peshawar.
The Showbiz eleven included Adnan Siddiqui, Aijaz Aslam, Moamar Rana, Kashif Mehmood, Agha Sheraz, Amjad Sabri Qawal, Fahad Mustafa, and Tahir Kazmi. Canadian High Commission won the series by winning 2 out of 3 matches played on the day. Good number of cricket fans and foreigners from different embassies showed up to watch this exciting cricket match. The guest appearance of renowned cricketer Shoaib Akhter doubled the festivity of the event.
Mr. Greg Giokas, the Canadian High Commissioner expressed his support towards the building of second Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital in Peshawar and admired the great cause. He said that building this Hospital is very important not only for the people of KPK and Pakistan, and the Canadian High Commission is proud to be a part of this noble cause and will continue its support.
The captain of the Showbiz team, Adnan Siddiqui also showed his commitment towards the cause and said that the showbiz starts are ready to play their part in building of the second Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital in Peshawar. He encouraged other organizations to step forward and play charity cricket matches with Showbiz Eleven to help raise the funds for the construction of the Hospital.
Shoaib AKhter also gave a guest appearance at the match and bowled an over from the Canadian High Commission side to show his support for the cause. While talking to the Media, he also expressed great views for the Hospital and assured that he is always available to support this great cause.
Tariq Azam, Director marketing, SKMCH&RC thanked both the teams and the sponsors of the event which included IMAX/Cine Star, Metro Motors, Coca Cola, Phoenix Security, Telenor, Canada Club, NH Chocolatier, Serena Hotel, Etihad Airlines, Red bull and Malik Sports. He said that without community support it is not possible to make this Hospital and seeing the response from the public he is sure that the project will be completed in its stipulated time.
The fourth Shaukat Khanum Science Fair ‘EUREKA 2013’ is going to be held on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 at the Hospital.
World Childhood Cancer Day Celebrated at SKMCH&RC
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, in connection with World Childhood Cancer Day, organized a seminar on Retinoblastoma on 15th of this month. The aim was to create awareness about this disease in masses. The seminar was well attended by children suffering from this disease, their parents and a large number of doctors and specialists of this field.
Addressing to the audience on this occasion, Dr. Najma of SKMCH&RC shared the details of this disease and said that early diagnosis and proper treatment, eyesight of a patient can be saved. Dr. Fozia emphasized on the diagnosis of retinoblastoma and explained that how it can easily be done. She said that by using a camera with flash light and capturing a picture of a child ‘s face can help. Any sort of unusual change in the eye can lead us to diagnose this disease in time, she added. Swelling on the eye, difference in the size of an eye are the possible symptoms of retinoblastoma, she explained.
Renowned eye specialist, Prof. Dr. Syed Ali Haider also addressed the audience on this occasion. He described various treatment methods that are used for the treatment of this disease. Surgery, Chemotherapy and Targeted Therapy are used to treat eye cancer, he said. If the disease is spread, it could cause loss of eyesight and in such cases we are forced to remove the eye of such patients to save their lives, he added.
SKMCH&RC's 18th Birthday
The SKM Tigers Club of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre [SKMCH&RC] is organizing the 18th birthday of the Hospital on 14th January 2013.
SKMCH&RC Achieved its Annual Budget Target for the Year 2012
The management of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre is pleased to announce that with the help and support of the people of Pakistan, the Hospital has achieved it’s annual budget target for the year 2012. In line with our mission, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre has continued to provide state-of-the-art cancer care to patients irrespective of the ability to pay this year too. Almost 75% of it’s patients were treated free of cost and till now the Hospital has spent almost 10 billion rupees on their treatment. Furthermore, on demonstrating excellent performance, the Hospital once again received the Corporate Excellence Award from the Management Association of Pakistan (MAP).
52nd St. Andrew's Day Festival Symposium
The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) is organizing the 52nd St. Andrew's Day Festival Symposium on 6th and 7th (Thursday & Friday) December 2012. Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) will telecast this live on both days at 2:00pm, on third floor, main building of the Hospital.
Each day will include four sessions, presided by renowned specialists of their respective field whereas the introductory and welcome remarks will be given by Dr. Neil Dewhurst, President RCPE. The two day St. Andrew’s Day Festival Symposium is the highlight of the College year. Being the flagship educational event it focuses on the breadth of medicine rather than any one medical specialty. This year’s topics include Difficult Problems in Acute Medicine, Investigations and therapies, Cardiology, and Future Challenges. The content of the symposium should be of interest not only to physicians involved with acute medicine but also to physicians who require updates on advances outwith their own specialty. It will also be relevant to doctors in training, general practitioners and allied health professionals.
Audience will have the opportunity to participate in the Q&A sessions with the panelists. SKMCH&RC is the only institution in this part of the world to have accreditation from AACME as a CME provider for health care professionals. it will be free for all event but pre-registration is required especially for outside Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre participants.
Mobilink donates Rs. 3 million to SKMCH&RC
Mobilink Foundation has contributed PKR 3 million towards the construction of an out-patient facility at the under-construction Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Center (SKMCH&RC) in Peshawar, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. A cheque for this contribution was presented by Tariq Durrani, Regional Director (Sales), Mobilink to Dr Faisal Sultan, CEO SKMCH&RC in a ceremony organized at the Hospital.
Two new Tests introduced first time in Pakistan
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre has introduced two new pathology molecula tests for the first time in Pakistan. First the BRAF Mutation Detection in melanomas and papillary thyroid carcinoma by real time PCR, and second KRAS Mutation Detection in colorectal cancer by real Time PCR, are the new additions in Hospital’s pathology diagnostics test menu.
Ride off Cancer Day
Junior Polo League Pakistan, Shaukat Khanum and the Golden Goals international program collaborated to raise funds for children with cancer. Dr. Asif Loya, Medical Director, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, was the chief guest on the occasion. The event was show cased at Lahore Polo Club today. Junior Polo League (JPL) opened the event with a cavalcade of 48 children on horses, that comprised of Riding Children, Polo Players and Tent Peggers.
Ride off Cancer
With the slogan “Ride off Cancer” Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC), in collaboration with Junior Polo League (JPL) and Golden Goals, is organizing an event with children to raise funds to treat children suffering from Cancer on Saturday 17th November 2012 at Lahore Polo Club, GOR 1, from 1:30 Pm to 5:00 pm. This will include a horse riding show, tent pegging along with an exhibition polo match by JPL. Around 1,000 children from different institutions and from all walks of life will be spectators on this occasion.
SKMCH&RC's 11th International Cancer Symposium Concluded
The 11th “three day” International Cancer Symposium of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre successfully concluded yesterday. Various sessions on different medical faculties, presided by renowned specialists of their fields, were conducted during this mega event. This year almost 150 speakers from Pakistan and abroad presented their research papers, followed by extensive discussion and question answer sessions.
SKMCH&RC's 11th International Cancer Symposium
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre is organizing its 11th International Cancer Symposium from November 9 to 11, 2012 at Pearl Continental Hotel Lahore. The opening ceremony of this symposium will be held on 9th November 2012. The symposium theme this year “Costs of Cure” will focus on developing interventions that provide greater benefit at decreased physical and financial cost.
RCPE Symposium on Gastroenterology
The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) is organizing a symposium on Gastroenterology on Friday, November 2, 2012. Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH & RC) will telecast this event live. There will be no fee for attendance at the SKMCH venue but pre-registration is required, especially for outside participants. During this live telecast there will be an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers in Edinburgh in real time. This is an exciting time for gastroenterology, with new understandings and/or treatments emerging for common gastrointestinal and liver diseases.
Hide Collection Campaign Launched
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre is going to launch its “Hide Collection” campaign this year as well on Eid-ul-Azha. The Hospital has planned to extend this campaign in 20 major cities of Pakistan this year, other than Lahore, including Karachi, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Multan where the Hospital have made the arrangements for Hide Collection. As per previous practice, a large number of volunteers and the Hospital staff is going to participate actively in this campaign. The Hospital management has also established a call-centre in the Hospital to entertain the telephone calls from the hide donors in this regard and the team of volunteers and the Hospital staff will collect hide from homes on a phone call as well.
International Infection Prevention Week at SKMCH&RC
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre celebrated International Infection Prevention week from 14th to 20th of October 2012. This week is celebrated globally to create awareness among health care professionals, patients and their family members about infection prevention and it refreshes the knowledge of doctors, nurses and other team members who are actively involved in patient care activities and reminds them the importance of infection prevention. The global message of this year was “Spread knowledge not infection”. The major areas of infection control covered this year through this campaign were Importance of Hand washing, standard and transmission based precautions, avoidance of needle stick injuries and proper segregation and disposal of waste.
11th SKMCH&RC Cancer Symposium
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre is organizing its 11th International Cancer Symposium from November 9 to 11, 2012 at a local hotel in Lahore. A large number of people from Pakistan and abroad will participate in this symposium including specialists of medical fields and national and international medical scientists will read their research papers during this symposium. This event also includes various sessions on different medical faculties where doctors and related medical staff from all renowned medical institutions of the country will share their expertise with the participants. One of the highlights of this symposium will be the stalls of medical equipment and related informative material, displayed by different renowned medical equipment manufacturing companies and pharmaceuticals. The Symposium Organizing Committee is busy in finalizing the arrangements for this mega event. Doctors, consultants and other medical staff will surely be benefited from this symposium.
Breast Cancer Awareness Day celebrated at SKMCH&RC
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre organized a special event to observe International Breast Cancer Awareness Day today in the Hospital. The event was part of “Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign” being launched by the hospital to create awareness in masses about Breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Awareness Day at SKMCH&RC
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre is going to organize “Breast Cancer Awareness Day” on Monday 8th October 2012. It is part of Hospital’s “Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign” to create awareness about Breast cancer in masses.
This campaign includes sessions by oncologists on Breast Cancer Awareness in colleges and Universities, focusing female students and aiming to educate them about breast cancer, its causes, indications and symptoms, prevention, diagnosis and the treatment. In this connection, awareness sessions were arranged in all major cities including Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Gujrat, Jehlum, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Faisalabad, Multan, Bahalwarpur, Karachi, Hyderabad and in Dubai as well.
Famous Film star Reema Khan, TV stars Mahira Hafeez Khan and Mehreen Raheel, who are the ambassadors of this awareness campaign this year, will participate in this event going to be held on 8th of this month. The oncologists will deliver lectures on this disease on this event where almost 1000 students from different colleges and universities will also be present.
Monthly CME (Continuing Medical Education) Lecture
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre is organizing a Monthly CME (continuing medical Education) lecture on the topic of “Approach to patient with peripheral vascular disease” for general medical practitioners on Friday, October 5th, 2012.
Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign 2012 Launch
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre is launching its “Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign 2012”to create awareness about Breast cancer in masses from 17th September 2012 in all major cities including Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Gujrat, Jehlum, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Faisalabad, Multan, Bahalwarpur, Karachi, Hyderabad and in Gulf as well.
Monthly CME (Continuing Medical Education) Lecture
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre organized a Monthly CME (continuing medical Education) lecture on the topic of “Approach to patient with abnormal LFTs” for general medical practitioners on Friday, September 7th, 2012.
Dr. Aamir Ali Syed Awarded with Sitara-i-imtiaz
Annual Iftaar Dinner at SKMCH&RC
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre organized its annual Iftar dinner yesterday at SKMCH&RC Lahore. The event was organized in honor of the hospital donors and well wishers in recognition of their support and cooperation for the hospital. The event was well attended as people from different walks of life were present.
Imran Khan, chairman board of governors Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said that Pakistanis are the most generous nation in the world. He also clarified that Zakat funds are solely spent on the treatment of poor cancer patient, the hospital has to contribute more funds through its other resources as annual collection of Zakat fell short of the cost incurred on treatment of poor patients. He appreciated the support and participation of the people at large for this noble cause. He said that a huge amount of Rs. 10 billion (approx) has already been spent on free treatment of poor patients and such example of free treatment cannot be quoted throughout the world.
Speaking on this occasion, Dr. Faisal Sultan, CEO Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre highlighted the achievements of this charitable institution. SKMCH&RC is funded predominantly from the donations of friends and well-wishers from around the country and across the world, he said. The annual budget of the hospital is Rs. 4.7 Billion for the year 2012 which poses new challenges for the management of the hospital to continue its philanthropic mission. 50% of this budget is generated by the revenue of the services this hospital provides. The remaining 50% is totally dependent upon Zakat and donations, he added. SKMCH&RC was awarded a prestigious award by WHO (World Health Organization) for rendering remarkable services in the field of health care in Pakistan, he mentioned.
Since its opening, the hospital has come to be recognized as one of the most credible and resilient charities in Pakistan. More than Rs. 50 million was raised within one hour as donation by the people on this occasion.
In line with its mission statement, the Hospital continues to strive to provide top quality diagnostic and treatment facilities for cancer, irrespective of the patient’s ability to pay. Over 75% of cancer patient visits continue to be supported via Zakat and donations from the Hospital’s supporters, the management of SKMCH&RC expects that people of Pakistan will continue their support to this institute as it is rendering valuable services for the betterment of humanity since its establishment.
Press Conference by Dr. Faisal Sultan
Shaukat Khanum memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre is an internationally recognized institution, formed and still running by the help and support of People of Pakistan, said Dr. Faisal Sultan, CEO SKMCH&RC in a press conference. While talking to the media he said that the current criticism on Hospital’s endowment fund is baseless as all the financial matters of the Hospital are documented and are available on its website for public. He said that the money was invested with positive intentions and is safe. He added that the Hospital’s accounts are audited by internationally acclaimed firms. He mentioned that SKMCH&RC has played a major roll for the treatment of poor cancer patients and has spent more than 10 billion rupees in this regard. That’s why international organizations like WHO (World Health Organization) appreciated the Hospital’s roll and RCPE (Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh) awarded honorary fellowship to Imran Khan.
75% of patients who come here for the treatment get financial support for the purpose that the number is increasing. He said that every year the budget of the hospital increases and by the support of the people of Pakistan, we manage the increased budget. Its only because they have faith on this hospital and we will try to maintain this faith as long as we live.
He also said that SKMCH&RC is not Imran Khan’s personal property, it is a public entity and Pakistani nation owns it. While talking about the future plans he said that a complete cancer hospital in Peshawar and another one in Karachi are in planning process. He appreciated the roll of media for its support and hoped that this support will continue in future as well.