Ahmad to live a better quality life

Ahmad to live a better quality life

Ahmad is only one of the 50,000 children who are born with congenital heart defects every year in Pakistan. Due to the limited resources and difficulty in access to quality healthcare services majority of these kids do not have access to treatment. Ahmad is one of the lucky ones who got connected with PCHF.

Through the generous Zakat given by yourself and others like you, we helped Ahmad and 100s of other children annually in getting their heart treatments – Still, many more remain. A Congenital heart defect once treated timely will allow the child to live a better-quality life and realize their potential. Together we can save lives of many if we provide timely care.

This Ramadan, due to the additional burden of the Coronavirus pandemic our responsibilities have increased. Your Zakat is required now more than ever.

Have a Heart, heal a Heart, this Ramadan give your Zakat to PCHF.

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Zainab Yaseen was 6 months old and came in crying with her worried parents. Her mother reported that she was pale and small for her age since birth. She would also have short, quick breathing. Including trouble while feeding. She was diagnosed with a large Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) and was advised open heart surgery for closure of her VSD. At just 6 months old, their daughter’s entire life ahead of her, Zainab’s parents were distraught over not being able to afford a treatment that would give their daughter a normal future.

With the help of PCHF, Zainab’s surgery was successfully conducted on 2-05-2019. She was operated in Ittefaq Hospital by Dr. M Asim Khan. There were no complications during and after the surgery. She was admitted for 3 days and discharged after a stable postoperative assessment.

Zainab’s follow up echo was conducted one month after her surgery by Dr. Amna Zafar. We are happy to report Zainab’s complete recovery, and happy parents of a healthy infant.


Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation offers our own zakat calculator to help you determine how much zakat you need to pay. Find out if you have to pay Zakat, and how much the Nisab value is for Ramadan 2020, with our comprehensive Zakat Guide.

The zakat calculator considers your comprehensive net assets (total wealth). Remember that charity in Islam (Zakat) is not just one of the core pillars, but also a tool to help ease poverty, suffering and hardship throughout the globe.

Those of us eligible for Zakat this year should do our utmost in helping those in need, especially considering the economic implications of the current coronavirus pandemic on our population.

The Zakat you paid last Ramadan, allowed us to provide free of cost treatment to 560 deserving and needful kids with Congenital Heart Defects.

‘Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H.) said: “Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity

– At-Tirmidhi, Hadith 589’



Humanity is facing a global crisis of the coronavirus pandemic. Both health and economies are in danger. Now is the time for humanity to work together and face these challenges. Sick children are more at risk. And they need us now more than ever. Your Zakat donations can make a mountain of a difference for these children. And, in fact, it is a means of protection for all of us. The Prophet(S.A.W), upon him be peace, said: “Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity.” (Al-Tirmidhi)

Zakat is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is in fact next in importance to Salah. Zakat is defined as donating 2.5% of one’s wealth annually to eight categories of individuals in a community in need. Not only is it an act of worship, but it is also an integral part of the Islamic social welfare system.

Spiritual Allah SWT says in the Quran: “take from their wealth so that you might purify and sanctify them” (9:103). Zakat, therefore, purifies our possessions and our hearts.
Obligation – By giving Zakat, we are fulfilling an obligation from Allah SWT and earning His reward in return. [Quran 7:156] My mercy encompasses all things, but I will specify it for the righteous who give Zakat.
Circulation of wealth Zakat prevents the accumulation of wealth with some individuals while others continue to suffer. It teaches us compassion for our fellow human beings and prevents the manifestation of negative attributes like greed and miserliness.
Social – Zakat is a reminder that all wealth is only from Allah and one does not have ownership. It helps us become a means of helping those in need. It strengthens the bonds within a community. Zakat helps solve societal problems of debt, misfortune during traveling, slavery and poverty. It therefore strengthens a community.

Zakat should be calculated on 2.5% of all net savings one possesses that is above the nisab value. Nisab value is the minimum threshold required for an individual to be eligible to pay Zakat in that specific year. It applies to assets such as gold, silver or their cash equivalent in the form of earnings or savings.

Zakat can be paid before Ramadan. This includes Zakat al Fitar or Fitrana. The amount of fitrana is calculated in reference to food items such as barley, dates and wheat. Even the smallest acts of charity carry reward for us.

These are the most uncertain times for these children with congenital heart diseases. Waiting and thinking if they will be treated. Now is the time our Zakat can make the most impact in helping heal them.

Charity is a protection from calamity. By giving Zakat, we are fulfilling a fundamental pillar of Islam, protecting ourselves from harm in the time of the corona virus pandemic, and above all, we are helping to alleviate the distress of sick children. Let our hearts and donations be the reason these children have hope and a chance of a healthy, normal life ahead.

One should research and find a registered charity for Zakat disbursement. Unstructured charities may not be completely transparent and open about their utilization of your Zakat. Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation is a registered charity with the SECP, it is PCP certified, and tax exempted under section 2(36). This allows our donors to claim their donations as taxable expenditure. Not only this, we are audited by Ernest & Young, one of the leading audit firms in the world. So act NOW and pay your ZAKAT to help these children born with Congenital Heart Defects.

PCHF with TZPT held the Advanced Pediatric Cardiac Intervention Workshop at CHC, Multan

Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation with the support of Taarey Zameen Par Trust held the first day of their Advanced Pediatric Cardiac Intervention Workshop at Children Hospital Complex, Multan.

Renowned international doctors, Dr. Younes Boudjemline, Pediatric Cardiologist and Dr. Saif Ur Rehman, Pediatric Anesthetist arrived at Multan in the early hours of the morning at 0730, they were very warmly received by CEO of TZP along with her team.

The team of doctors anxious to get to work, had a light breakfast and arrived at Children Hospital Complex, Multan at 0930. After a brief introduction session with Dean children’s hospital, Prof. Mukhtar Hussain Bhatti and Executive Director Prof. Rana Altaf and Head of Cardiology Dr. Sohail Ashraf, our team of doctors began with their first case of ASD.

Over the course of the day, 5 children, ages ranging from 2 years to 13 years, with CHDs were treated by Dr. Younes Boudjemline and his team. A total of 4 ASDs and 1 VSD were treated using device closure/interventions. These cases ranged in complexity from moderate to severe.

One of the more difficult cases was that of a child who along with an ASD also had Pulmonary stenosis. This case had to be treated in two parts, first by resolving the Pulmonary valve stenosis by Pulmonary valvuloplasty and secondly closing the ASD. During this case some issue arose with the placement of the device in the second part, but the experienced and calm Dr. Younes Boudjemline led his team with authority and competency and resolved the issue and completed the treatment.

Pediatric cardiologists at Children Hospital complex were trained in the use of new techniques and internationally practiced protocols were shared between all persons involved. The first of its kind at Children Hospital Complex Multan, MFO (Multi Functional Occluder) device closure was carried out by Dr. Sohail Arshad under the expert guidance of Dr. Younes Boudjemline.

Dr. Younes, Dr. Saif and their team will be carrying out treatments of deserving children at Chaudhary Pervaiz Elahi Institute of Cardiology along with training of C.P.E.I.C. staff.

In the evening Dr. Younes visited the local sweet shop and was very excited to taste delicious Fig Halwa.

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Patients’ Welfare Society of the Agha Khan University Hospital (AKUH) and the Pakistan Children Heart Foundation (PCHF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), according to which both organisations will cooperate to provide low-cost and quality treatment to children with inborn heart diseases.

The MoU was signed at a ceremony held at AKUH on Sunday, which was attended by Paediatric Cardiology Consultant and Agha Khan Children’s Hospital Service Line Chief Dr Babar Hasan, Paediatric Surgeon Dr Asim Khan, PCHF Board member Farhan Ahmed, AKUH Patients’ Welfare Society head SM Pervaiz, Senior Adviser Nadeem Mustafa Khan, PCHF members Hasan Bukhari, Mujtaba Bhatti, National Cricket Team former captain Misbah ul Haq, former cricketer Saeed Anwer, and other paediatric doctors and surgeons.

Dr Babar Hasan, while addressing the ceremony, said that 50% of the children suffering from heart diseases are from one of these four countries – Pakistan, India, China and Indonesia. “Our attention is on every child in Pakistan who is suffering from any type of heart disease,” he said.

“This is a major problem of the country, for which specialised hospitals and doctors are needed,” said Dr Hasan. “The objective is to provide low-cost quality treatment to those people who cannot afford it,” he explained, adding that the number of patients suffering such conditions will increase with the population.

PCHF Board member Farhan Ahmed said, “life is too short and time is limited.” He pledged that the PCHF and AKUH’s Patient Welfare Society would work together to ensure that every child gets medical treatment, in line with international standards.

According to Ahmed, patients from across the country, especially in areas where treatment options are limited, will be brought to the AKUH for treatment. “Besides, we want to introduce a screening system for the diagnosis of diseases before birth,” he said.

Former captain of the national cricket team, Misbah ul Haq, expressed gratitude toward the AKUH and PCHF for making him part of the noble cause, adding that they would ensure the programme is a success.

According to Haq, the treatment for heart diseases is so expensive that parents often only worry about the expenses and can’t seem to avail many options for medical interventions. “Together, we will ensure that no child suffering from heart diseases goes untreated,” he said.

Agreement signed for quality, affordable treatment of congenital heart defect


The Patients’ Behbud Society for the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) and the Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation (PCHF) signed an agreement on Sunday to make quality and affordable health care available to kids with congenital heart disease.

Through this partnership, the PCHF will identify children in need of this specialised surgery and care and will help bear the cost of treatment along with the Behbud Society so that more kids from low-income families can access this life-saving treatment.

Hundreds of children are born with congenital heart disease in Pakistan every year, but few of them are fortunate enough to have their defect treated in the country or abroad. Pakistan has been facing a serious shortage of paediatric cardiac surgeons, which also results in a high mortality rate of children with congenital heart disease.

Former Pakistan national cricket team captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who is an ambassador for congenital heart disease, and cricket maestro Saeed Anwar were present at the signing ceremony.

“I am very happy that we are all joining hands for this cause that is so important and will save many precious lives,” Haq said at the ceremony at the AKUH. After the signing ceremony, Haq visited the paediatric wards, surprising and delighting the children undergoing treatment at the hospital.

AKUH Children’s Hospital Service Line Chief Dr Babar Hasan said: “Through this partnership, we will set up camps all over the country, do research and advocate for this cause on a national level. This is not a Western disease. The disease burden is the highest in developing countries like ours.”

PCHF Director Farhan Ahmed said that this partnership will bring life-saving treatment at the best health care facility in Pakistan to families across the country. “It is a matter of real prestige for our work to be recognised by the AKUH. We want poor children to be treated at a [proper] facility and be given the best care that a kid from an affluent family gets, and through this we are making this possible.”

One in every 100 babies born has congenital heart disease (CHD), and 60,000 babies in Pakistan are born each year with CHD, or what is commonly known as having a hole in their hearts. Of these, about 20,000 die within the first month if nothing is done to treat them.

CHD is one of the most common birth defects. Seventy-five per cent of all CHD problems can be corrected through surgery, and babies with heart defects can go on to become adults leading active, productive lives.

If it goes untreated, however, the survival rate of such babies is low, and if children with CHD are not treated, they remain unwell, underdeveloped and have to make repeated hospital visits.

AKUH has a dedicated unit for congenital heart disease that includes paediatric cardiac anaesthetists, cardiologists, intensivists, surgeons, cardiac perfusionists and physiotherapists, as well as specially trained nurses.

Early CHD patients have very subtle symptoms, such as irregular breathing patterns or immature growth, said Dr Babar, adding that children with these conditions might appear smaller than others of their age and not as strong.

However, because of limited awareness and access to quality health care, many patients are not diagnosed until they are older, making CHD complicated to treat. Each year the congenital cardiac programme team at the AKUH performs over 400 paediatric cardiac procedures. Seventy per cent of the CHD patients at the hospital come from families without financial means to afford the cost of outstanding surgical and medical care.

PCHF funded surgeries of two CHD children of Shah Buksh from Sukkur, action taken on ARY News

In a society where having high ambition is considered daydreaming or insanity, we start assuming same and are let down by the strings attached to us. Still there are number of people who break the societal shackles and believe what they aimed for and give their level best to achieve success. Similar story is of Shah Buksh, who was resident of small area near Sukkur. His two kids were facing difficulty in living a normal life which compelled Shah to take them to nearby Hospital.

After several tests he came to know that his both kids have issue with their heart. This news was enough to shatter the parents. Shah was from remote area, and was trying to fulfill basic needs for his family. Luckily a TV channel “ARY Networks” aired a report, showing children of Shah and his appeal to help his children to get treatment. Media is a power house, it can sometime do miracles and that’s what happened with Shah and people concerned with Pakistan Children’s Heart Foundation (PCHF) found out about Shah and his children.

Efforts were made to track and get in touch with journalist from Sindh “Sehrish Khokhar” who made the report. PCHF contacted Sehrish and she provided contact number and details of Shah Buksh. PCHF members talked to Shah and asked him to WhatsApp reports, for further evaluation of the case. Shah was asked to reach Lahore. Due to extreme poverty this was one of those cases in which PCHF was funding not only full treatment of both children but also helping family in accommodation, food and travel.

Younger child was operated before the elder one. Younger one case was less complicated than the elder brother. Ultimately all is well if the end is good and that’s what happened with Shah; both of his son’s surgeries were done in a private hospital of Lahore by cardiac surgeons Dr. Salman Shah and Dr. Asim Khan.

Shah Buksh upon discharge of his children from hospital returned home. Hopefully he will live a happy life ahead with his family.

Media played a great role in highlighting the case and allowing PCHF to reach out to the family. We are thankful to all those who played their part in this case.

Mehwish Mukhtar a CHD child mother from PCHF news desk.

CHD Patient’s Mother

Being a girl, daughter, sister, wife, and mother life disclosed full zest of challenges for me. My life took a drastic turn in 2016 when my mother died. Being youngest, love of the whole family and closest to mother; I was devastated in a way that started a new voyage for me and my family. The news of my son Rohaan was a ray of light for everyone.

On the fifth day of Rohaan’s birth, he had difficulty in breathing. The pediatrician took some tests and diagnosed him with jaundice. Phototherapy (special light treatment) was performed, but his cries were so loud that those were tearing my heart. Within a day doctors announced, “He is CHD child”. I remember he was in my lap and we checked almost every possibility for his treatment. I saw lines outside clinics and wards, crying parents, few treated but unsatisfied, few waiting for treatment, some seeking for financial aid guidance, what a horrible scenario was that only a person going through that phase can imagine.

We faced a lot of difficulties in this whole journey. We found that there were very few nurseries for infants with enough facilities in a big city like Lahore. Then there is lack of facilities and staff for heart patients especially infants. Surgeons and doctors are there but still cases like Rohaan’s is not operatable here due to lack of infrastructure and technology. Moreover, our system is so messed up that medical cases are not handled on urgent basis.

Meanwhile I decided that once my son surgery will be done, I will do whatever is in my hands for such children and their parents. I came to know about PCHF by my husband, he always adored Mr. Farhan Ahmed that we dream to follow his footsteps. We have to stand together to bring revolution in this field. If our son can’t be treated in his own homeland, at least we can put some part that in future others won’t face same difficulty.

Mehwish Mukhtar

CHD Patient’s Father

My name is Muhammad Faisal Javaid, my life motive was almost changed by my kids, when my first son was born, and he was diagnosed mild hemophilia. For his tests I literally travelled between Karachi and Lahore several times. But never imagine that much worse part is coming. When my second son Rohaan was born, he was fine but at the fifth day he felt difficulty in breath, his heart beat was very fast and he was pale. We took him for tests and he was diagnosed jaundice, during its treatment we came to know about the fact that he is CHD Child. From that day i searched every possibility for his treatment, I saw people having same difficulties we are facing, but the worst part was many knew nothing about CHD, neither they were aware of basics. I observed there is lack of proper technical support and infrastructure. Limited number of surgeons and cardiologist in our country make it even more difficult to cope with this disease. After receiving negative responses from everywhere, I decided on spot that whether my son will be treated or not I will do something for other parents who are going through same. By that time i came to know about PCHF, by Mr Farhan Ahmed, his kind guidance helped us to think in broad perspective. I searched hard; my son first surgery was done without any support from my homeland, for which my heart still bleeds. I know we have to go from same difficulties which we faced before, and that motivates me to work with PCHF, so we could together pave way to some solution, so no one other can suffer.