Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation (PCHF) | PCHF Profile
Our vision! “Not a single CHD patient remains untreated”
Approximately 50,000 infants in Pakistan are born with Congenital Heart Defect every year and almost 25% of them need immediate surgery in the first year of their life. Overall 50% of CHD patient born needs surgery/intervention at least once during their lifetime. Till date, there isn’t a single specialized Children’s Heart Hospital in Pakistan, many of these children die because of lack of diagnoses or a delayed diagnosis. According to the Pakistan Pediatric Cardiology Society, currently Pakistan have appx. less than 30 trained Pediatric Cardiologist and 10 Pediatric Cardiac surgeons. In just one of the government Hospitals the queue of patients waiting for surgery has crossed 13,000, 25 – 30 new cases are added to the patient pool every week.
The outlook for children, especially from the impoverished families is bleak.
Farhan Ahmad, an information technology expert, Partner at Maison Consulting & Solution and a accountant by profession after personally experiencing the difficulty in getting access to quality pediatric cardiac care, decided to make this cause his own. After exhaustive meetings, brainstorming and research Pakistan Children Heart Foundation was established in 2012.
The main objectives of PCHF are:
i. Project CHHRI: Build a non-profit Children Heart Hospital & Research Institute (CHHRI) to serve as centre of excellence as Misbah ul Haq being its brand ambassador.
ii. Project Mohsin; Financially supporting children heart surgeries & interventions of deserving families.
iii. Create Awareness & Advocacy of Children Heart diseases to the general public as well as policy makers
iv. Enablement of other hospitals through medical mission.
We at PCHF are struggling to help children start a new life, we have managed to devise a system where we fund heart surgeries of deserving patients at different hospitals.
PCHF team has started working on building a nonprofit dedicated Children Heart Hospital to serve as center of excellence where free of cost heart surgeries will be performed of deserving children.
PCHF maintain separate accounts for Zakat and donations.
“To establish a state of the art medical facility that provides the highest quality of care for children with heart disease, irrespective of their financial means. To act as a model institute, for the training of healthcare professionals, education of the public at large and promote research into the causes and management of congenital heart disease.”