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 Disease (CHD) in Pakistan. PCHF’s value proposition is as follows:
PCHF has conducted 2221 surgeries as of 31st December 2020, at a total cost of 808 million PKR.
The idea of PCHF began during the treatment of Ayesha Farhan, and became a life-long mission of 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 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 the 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 regularly meets with government stakeholders and holds events to raise awareness among the general public regarding CHD, under Project Awareness.
A preliminary feasibility for Pakistan’s first dedicated, state-of-the-art Children’s Heart Hospital and Research Institute (CHHRI) was done by a leading consulting firm, and the estimated cost was 12 Million USD in 2012. In the absence of such funds, it was decided that PCHF should start another initiative, Project Mohsin, in parallel with Project CHHRI, that would provide financial support for interventions/surgeries of children belonging to deserving families and born with CHD. As most of the received donations are Zakat, we sought help from religious experts to develop guidelines and procedures to fulfil requirements and monitor the process on a 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 the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) in 2015 and then again in 2018.
In 2016, PCHF applied for certification from the Pakistan Centre of Philanthropy (PCP), and successfully obtained the 3-year certification. The audit by PCP in 2019 once again cleared PCHF for a further 3-year certification.
In collaboration with The 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 the earthbreaking ceremony for CHHRI. Phase-1 is targeted to be operational by November 2021.
PCHF sees a Pakistan in which not a single 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.
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 promoting research into the causes and management of CHD.
Mr. Farhan Ahmad, Volunteer CEO PCHF, is an information technology expert, He is Managing Partner at Maison Consulting & Solutions. 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, PCHF was established in 2012.
In 2018, Misbah Ul Haq, Pakistan National Cricket Team coach and selector, joined the cause after a close friend experienced the hardships and hurdles that families with CHD kids go through in Pakistan. He made it his mission to help us build Pakistan’s first dedicated, state-of-the-art Children’s Heart Hospital and Research Institute (CHHRI). As well as being our brand ambassador, he is also a member of our board of directors and actively involved in promotion and fundraising.
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