About Us

Pakistan Children's Heart Foundation (PCHF)

What is PCHF?

PCHF is a not-for-profit company, registered with the Securities Exchange Commission of Pakistan, as a Section 42 Company. It was established in 2011. PCHF provides fully funded and/or subsidized surgeries through partnerships to impoverished children born with congenital heart defects in Pakistan. PCHF’S value proposition is as follows:

  • Financing surgical interventions (project Mohsin)
  • Awareness and advocacy on congenital heart defects (CHDs)
  • Capacity building (project Danial) and
  • Children’s Heart Hospital and Research Institute.
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PCHF has conducted 2036 surgeries to date. At $4.4 million and with a 4.62% mortality rate. (Comparable to International Standards of Excellence)

Where it all began

Our Story

The idea of Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation (PCHF) began during the treatment of Ayesha Farhan and became a life-long mission from her family and their friends. During the treatment after witnessing the long queues of families waiting, limited resources of the families and finding out that due to acute shortage of specialized staff and resources, the future of any Pakistani child born with Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) is very bleak, Farhan Ahmad along with his family & friends formed the initial idea to develop a Centre of Excellence and Hospital that would serve the needs of children born with CHD.

Knowing and understanding our culture & spirit to participate in philanthropic work as a society, we set about establishing an organization where Transparency and Credibility would form the cornerstones. We registered PCHF with Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) in 2012 as a “Not for Profit” Section 42 Company. A Section 42 Company has maximum oversight and regulatory compliance requirements by the Government.

PCHF meets with Government stakeholders and hold regular events to raise awareness in general public regarding CHD under Project Awareness.

A preliminary feasibility for Children’s Heart Hospital and Research Institute (CHHRI) was done by one of the leading consulting firms and estimated cost was established at USD 12 million in 2012. In the absence of such funds, it was decided to start another project “Project Mohsin” in parallel with Project CHHRI that would provide financial support for the interventions/surgeries of children belonging to deserving families and born with Congenital Heart Defects (CHD). As most of the donation received belong to Zakat, we sought help from religious experts to develop guidelines and procedures to fulfil requirements and monitor the process on regular basis.

Understanding the need for capacity building & training to overcome the disease burden, Project Danial was started in the memory of Muhammad Danial Tanveer who passed away from CHD in 2014.

PCHF attained income-tax exempt status from Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) in 2015 and then again in 2018.

In 2016, PCHF applied for certification from Pakistan Centre of Philanthropy (PCP) and successfully obtained the 3-year certification. The audit by PCP in 2019 again cleared PCHF for a further 3-year certification.

In collaboration with University of Lahore Teaching Hospital (UoLTH), PCHF started their own Surgical Unit in 2018. The surgical unit was able to cater to mild complexity cases in the beginning and was upgraded to operate on mild to moderate complexity cases in 2020.

Also in 2020, we were able to do earth-breaking ceremony for CHHRI, whose Phase-1 we would to make operational by November 2021.

Our Vision

Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation sees a Pakistan in which not a single Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) patient remains untreated. Regardless of race, religion, gender, or financial background we believe every child should be provided the opportunity to receive world class medical treatment for their congenital heart defects (CHD).

Our Mission

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.

History About Us

Mr. Farhan Ahmad, Volunteer CEO PCHF, is an information technology expert, He is Managing Partner at Maison Consulting & Solution. After personally experiencing the difficulty in getting access to quality pediatric cardiac care in Pakistan, he decided to make this cause his own. After exhaustive meetings, brainstorming and research Pakistan Children Heart Foundation was established in 2012.

In 2018, Misbah-Ul-Haq, Pakistan National Cricket team coach and selector, joined the cause after experiencing the hardships and hurdles that families with CHD kids must go through in Pakistan. He made it his mission to help us build the Children’s Heart Hospital and Research Institute (CHHRI) as well as being our spokesperson he is also a member of our board of directors and actively involved in promotion and fund-raising for the charity.

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