News & Events
STANDARD CHARTERED BANK SUPPORTS EYE CARE UNIT IN MALC HOSPITAL KARACHI
Mr. Farhan Ahmed, Head of Corporate Affairs and Ms. Marium Soomro, Head of Brand & Sustainability of Standard Chartered Bank visited the eye care unit in MALC Hospital Karachi. This visit was in connection with the purchase of eye care equipment and instruments from the donation made by Standard Chartered Bank to upgrade the eye care unit of MALC Hospital Karachi. The donation helped in the procurement of a new Slit Lamp, a non contact Tonometer, Ophthalmoscopes, Retinascopes, Cutting Instruments and other diagnostic equipment. During their visit, Mr. Farhan & Ms. Marium appreciated the efforts of MALC in providing treatment Free of Cost to the underserved community.
MALC RECEIVES SUPPORT FOR THE
Mr. Nauman Dar - President HBL, accompanied by Ms. Maya Ismail, SVP, Special Projects, Ms. Seema and Mr. Abid Rafiq Ghazi - CEO HBL Foundation, visited MALC on 2nd April, 2013. Mr. Nauman Dar presented a cheque of Rs. 10 million to Dr. Ruth Pfau as donation for MALC’s Endowment Fund. Dr. Pfau thanked HBL for their continued support. Ms. Ghazala Ahmed (Member, MALC’s Governing Body), Mr. Mervyn Lobo – CEO, MALC, Mr. Aziz Khan – Consultant MALC and Ms. Salwa Zainab – Manager RMD were also present on the occasion. After the cheque presentation, Mr. Nauman Dar visited the hospital wing. Dr. Mutaher Zia - Leprosy Specialist facilitated the visit.
INTERNATIONAL CSR SUMMIT
National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) organized the 5th International CSR Summit and CSR Business Excellence Award Ceremony on 28th March, 2013 at Marriott Hotel, Karachi. Dr. Ruth Pfau, M.D., D.Sc. was invited as Guest of Honour to present the awards. Concluding this event, Mr. Ateeq Ur Rehman - CEO, Coastals, presented a shield to Dr. Ruth Pfau as a token of appreciation. MALC was also represented by Mr. Zahoor Gill - Director Administration, Dr. Ali Murtaza - Director Training and Community Development and Ms. Salwa Zainab - Manager RMD.
DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION AT GREENWICH
Greenwich University (GU) held a screening of documentaries produced by students of Mass Communication and Media Sciences on MALC on 8th March, 2013.
The documentaries were shot at different project areas of Badin, Mirpurkhas, MALC Hospital and Afghan Camp (Gadap). On the panel of judges were Dr. Ruth Pfau M.D., D.Sc., Founder MALC, Mr. Mervyn Lobo, CEO, and Mr. Nisar Malik, Media Manager. Mr. Mervyn Lobo applauded the efforts and interest of students which they put in compiling the documentaries and their in-depth research of the projects which MALC has undertaken. Dr. Ruth Pfau in her address appreciated the work of students and said that efforts like these inculcate a positive approach in the youth. In the end the winning team received a shield from Dr. Pfau and all participants were given a Certificate of Appreciation. Greenwich University also presented shields to representatives of MALC. Present on the occasion were Mr. Iqbal Jamil - Head of Mass Communication & Media Sciences Department GU, Ms. Chand Bibi - Dean Faculty of Arts GU, Ms. Tahira Khan - Associate Professor GU, Ms. Lubna Ahsan - Associate Professor GU, Mr. Zahoor Gill - Director Administration MALC, Dr. Ali Murtaza - Director Training and Community Development and Ms. Salwa Zainab Manager - RMD MALC.
PRESENTATION OF CERTIFICATE TO MALC BY SUI SOUTHERN GAS COMPANY
In a well attended ceremony on 27th March, 2013, Mr. Zuhair Siddiqui, MD, SSGC, presented MALC a Certificate of Acknowledgement under its CSR initiatives in the area of health care. Ms. Salwa Zainab - Manager RMD, received the certificate on behalf of MALC. The event was part of a MoU signing ceremony of SSGC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives for the year 2012-13. SSGC has been supporting MALC since 2006 with the adoption of its centres in Mirpurkhas (Sindh) and Pishin (Balochistan). Also present on the occasion were Mr. Yusuf J. Ansari - Senior General Manager (Corporate & Legal Affairs), Ms. Nasreen Hussain - Deputy General Manager, Corporate Communications and Muhammad Ali Gohar -Deputy Chief Manager, Corporate Communications.
HELPERS' SOCIETY OF KARACHI GRAMMAR SCHOOL (KGS) PRESENTED A CHEQUE AS A DONATION TO MALC ON 13TH MARCH, 2013.
Karachi Grammar Helpers' Society presented MALC a cheque as donation for treatment of patients. The amount was collected through a bake sale organized by the students of the College Section. Dr. Mutaher Zia (Leprosy Specialist, MALC) received the cheque on behalf of MALC during the assembly. While speaking on the occasion, he thanked the students for raising the funds and KGS for being a great supporter of MALC. Ms. Mujahid (Head Mistress College Section), Ms. Virginia Coelho (Incharge Helpers' Society), Ms. Salwa Zainab (Asst-Manager-RMD, MALC), Mr. Selwyn Victor (Resource Mobilization Officer) were also present on this occasion.
MALC's ENDOWMENT FUND GETS A BOOST:
In January 2013, Adamjee Foundation donated
Rs. 1 million for the Endowment Fund of MALC.
Jubilee General Insurance has contributed
Rs. 1 million towards the Endowment Fund of MALC.
Orix Leasing has supported the Endowment Fund
of MALC by donating Rs. 2.5 Lacs.
Dr. Ruth Pfau meets Administrator Karachi Muhammad Hussain Syed on 12th Feb, 2013
The services for the elimination of Leprosy provided by Dr. Ruth Pfau for 55 years are worth admiring said Mr. Muhammad Hussain Syed. KMC would provide land for establishing a Centre for Leprosy patients KMC would also arrange a lunch get-togther on 23rd February 2013 and all entertainment facilities would be provided to the patients of Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre and KMC Leprosy Hospital located in Manghopir. On this occasion Senior Director Sports, Culture & Recreation Mr. Muhammad Rehan Khan, Sr. Director Medical Services Dr. A.D. Sanjnani, Sr. Director Municipal Services Dr. Shaukat Zaman, Medical Superintendent of Leprosy Hospital Dr. Muhammad Ali Abbasi were also present at the meeting. Dr. Ruth Pfau was accompanied by Mr. Nisar Malik, Media Manager MALC, Dr. Shahid Zafar, and Mr. Abdul Salam Leprosy Field Officer MALC.
MALC celebrates 60th World Leprosy Day
World Leprosy Day is observed all over the world, which brings about feeling of togetherness and love with patients affected by Leprosy. Like each year MALC observed 60th World Leprosy Day with a week long celebration around the theme of Mobilizing hearts and minds. The week at MALC started with a Press Conference followed by Main Function, Patients Day and Staff Day. Besides, a number of school and students from nursing schools also visited the hospital and distributed gifts to patients. The main function was held on 28th January Karachi at Arts Council, Karachi. Dr. Ruth Pfau Founder Member of MALC was the Chief Guest on the occasion whereas Mr. Muhammad Hussain Syed, Administrator Karachi was the Guest of Honour. The Press Conference was arranged at MALC on 27th January while the Patients Day and Staff Day were celebrated on 29th January and 9th February respectively. All events were celebrated by MALC with great zeal and enthusiasm, and resolved with renewed commitment to support Leprosy patients at all times.
Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Leprosy is the key to avoid deformities
Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre (MALC) held a press conference to mark the 60th World Leprosy Day on 26th January, 2013 at MALC. Experts speaking on the occasion said Pakistan has successfully managed to control Leprosy, since 1996. Timely diagnosis and early treatment is the key for prevention of avoidable deformities that often are of quite severe nature.
The panel consisted of Dr. Ruth Pfau, Founder Member of MALC, Mr. Mervyn Lobo, Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mutaher Zia, Leprosy Specialist and Dr. Ali Murtaza, Director Training, Blindness Control and Community Development. Dr. Ruth Pfau appealed to the doctors, especially the skin specialists, to cooperate in guiding patients to reach MALC or its sub-centres for free diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Zia informed that 400 new cases are registered at MALC every year. Mr. Mervyn Lobo spoke about high incidence in Sindh which is contributing 60% of the total admissions every year. Dr. Ali Murtaza briefed about other activities like TB, Blindness Control, Disaster Response and Community Development which MALC is providing to communities besides Leprosy. The panel concluded the press conference on a note that public awareness through Media is very important and it will help the patients to reach the right place for timely treatment.
Dr. Ruth Pfau receives Europe's most prestigious BAMBI 2012 Media Award
We proudly announce that Dr. Ruth Pfau, M.D., D.Sc. (Nishan-i-Quaid-i-Azam), Founder Member of Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre and Federal Advisor on Leprosy (Retd.) to the Government of Pakistan has been awarded the "BAMBI 2012 AWARD" (Germany's most prestigious media award) on 22nd November 2012 in the German town of Duesseldorf. Dr. Pfau received the BAMBI 2012 Award in the category "Silent Heroes" in recognition of her tireless commitment for Leprosy eradication in Pakistan over the past 50 years.
BAMBI Award is the most glamorous society event of the year: Every year, the BAMBI awards put German and International celebrities and other exceptional people in the spotlight, attracting a TV audience of more than six million people in Germany alone. The worldwide media attention, covering all six continents from South America to Asia, generates an annual total of more than 3.5 billion media contacts.
BAMBI award winners in previous years include a raft of distinguished personalities. Here are just a few: Muhammad Ali, Bill Clinton, David Copperfield, Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks, Audrey Hepburn, Tommy Hilfiger, Rock Hudson, Michael Jackson, Queen Rania of Jordan, Heidi Klum, Karl Lagerfeld, Jennifer Lopez, Sophia Loren, Nelson Mandela, Kylie Minogue, Keanu Reeves, Meg Ryan, Claudia Schiffer, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Queen Silvia of Sweden, Britney Spears, Kate Winslet.
Mr. Muhammad Hussain Syed Administrator Karachi Metropolitan Corporation visited MALC
Mr. Muhammad Hussain Syed Adminstrator KMC visited MALC on 19th Dec, 2012. He applauded the efforts of Dr. Ruth Pfau and MALC team on rendering commendable service over the years for community and providing state of the art medical facilities to patients free of charge. He visited different wards and spoke with the patients as well. During his visit he Mr. Muhammad Husssain Syed extended complete support to MALC from KMC.
Greenwich University and MALC signs MoU to hold a documentary competition
MALC and Greenwich University signed MoU to hold a documentary competition on 17th Dec, 2012 among the students of Mass Communication and Media Sciences department. The group comprising four students of Greenwich University will document the project areas Badin, Mirpurkhas, MALC and Gadap Town on voluntarily basis by producing a 7-minute documentary of each which later on to be screened at Greenwich University in a competition. Mr. Zahoor Iqbal Gill Director Administration and Mr. Iqbal Jamil Head of Mass Communication and Media Sciences department signed the MoU on behalf of MALC and Greenwich University respectively.
Mr and Mrs Aftab Adamjee visit MALC
Mr and Mrs. Aftab Adamjee visited the Dental Clinic and Radiology Department of MALC Hospital. Mr. & Mrs. Adamjee are great supporters of MALC, they have supported MALC for the upgradation of Dental clinic and smooth running of radiology department to facilitate the patients; besides this previously they have also donated auto-refractometer to be used for school eye screening activities in Karachi . During their visit they appreciated the standard of services provided at MALC, cleanliness and up keep of the equipment and Hospital as well.
St. Michael’s Convent Students visit MALC
A group of students from renowned institution St. Michael Convent, alongwith their Teacher, visited MALC and presented a cheque as donation for the Hospital. After taking a round of the hospital, students were very much enthused to work on voluntarily basis for MALC.
KESC SIGNS MoU WITH MALC FOR EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM LAUNCHED BY KESC
A ceremony was held at Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre on Thursday, September 27, 2012 for signing the "Memorandum of Understanding" between KESC and MALC. Under the terms and conditions of the MoU, KESC's EMPOWERMENT Program will provide relief to MALC in the Health Sector through provision of subsidized electrical units.
The ceremony was attended by : Mr. Tabish Gauhar, Chief Executive Officer, KESC; Mr. Ghufran A. Khan, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, KESC; Mrs. Zehra Mehdi Aneek, Manager CSR, KESC; Dr. Ruth Pfau, Founder Member, MALC; Dr. Romina Mirza, Member, Governing Body MALC; Mr. Mervyn Lobo, Chief Executive Officer, MALC; Dr. Mutaher Zia, Leprosy Specialist, MALC; Dr. Ali Murtaza, Director, Training, Community Development & Blindness Control, MALC; and Mr. Aziz A. Khan, Consultant, MALC.
MALC highly appreciates the contribution of KESC for the unserved communities in Pakistan and willingness to extend their fullest cooperation/support in our ongoing activities for the poor. It would not have been possible to sustain the Leprosy Centre without the help of benevolent individuals and organizations, like KESC.
The savings which will be generated by MALC through subsidized electrical units will help us in better serving the patients and providing them better medicines for them to live a life in the Society where they are treated as outcastes.
United Bank renews its support for MALC Garhi Dupatta TM Centre, Azad Kashmir
At a simple ceremony held at United Bank Head Office, Raza Mustjab Haider, Senior Manager, Public Relations, United Bank Ltd. presented a cheque to Ms. Ishrat Khan, Resource Mobilization Manager of MALC.
Ms. Anita Mirza, SVP/Head Corporate Communications & Public Relation Division, United Bank Ltd., Mr. Mervyn F. Lobo, Chief Executive Officer of MALC and Mr. Aziz A. Khan, Consultant of MALC were also present at the occasion.
We are extremely grateful to the Management of United Bank for continuation of their support for MALC Garhi Dupatta TM Centre, Azad Kashmir upto April 2013. This would help us in further improving our services for the Leprosy, TB & eye patients.
We are confident that this support of UBL will continue in the years to come thus enabling MALC not only to eliminate Leprosy but also reduce the burden of TB & Blindness.
HSBC renews its support for MALC Hospital
In a simple but graceful meeting held at HSBC Head Office Ms. Huferesh Banaji, Corporate Sustainability Manager of HSBC presented a cheque to Ms. Ishrat Khan, Resource Mobilization Manager of MALC. Mr. Mervyn F. Lobo, Chief Executive Officer of MALC and Mr. Aziz A. Khan, Consultant of MALC were also present at the occasion.
We are extremely grateful to the Management of HSBC for continuation of their support to MALC by re-adopting the Male Ward of the MALC Hospital for another year extending upto June 2013. Through this donation HSBC has once again made quality healthcare accessible to society’s most disadvantaged segment; patients affected by Leprosy. The ward adopted by HSBC is equipped to treat 28 patients, and is usually completely occupied by Leprosy patients having ulcers needing long-term treatment, which they cannot afford to undergo elsewhere. MALC is providing Free of Charge health care to the poor patients for various health problems especially for leprosy treatment available at MALC Hospital and its 157 centers all over Pakistan. This support of HSBC adds quality and excellence in health care services to the poor communities of the country not only for Leprosy, TB and Blindness but also skin for diseases.
Mr. Mervyn F. Lobo appointed as CEO
Mr. Mervyn F. Lobo, who has been serving the organization in various capacities for the last 22 years with utmost dedication, sincerity and loyalty has been appointed Chief Executive Officer with effect from 13th April, 2012. He knows the operations from personal experience, from Skardu to Gwadar. Under his guidance, MALC will be able to take up the challenge to achieve similar success in Leprosy Control and Elimination, in Tuberculosis and Blindness Control, and Community Empowerment.
EBM Management Visits Landhi Korangi TM Centre
It was a pleasure and honor to welcome Mr. Naveed Ahmed Khawaja, Chief Operating Officer of EBM and other Management members when they visited the Landhi- Korangi TM Centre adopted by EBM for the last many years. MALC is highly thankful for their keen interest in the functioning of this centre and their contribution supporting 2.2 million inhabitants of the area.
At this occasion MALC’s management made a presentation about services being provided to the patients of Leprosy, TB, Skin diseases and prevention of preventable of blindness. This health care facility of MALC provides free of charge treatment to the patients at the centre and the others served through the outreach services. All these patients have been benefited enormously due to EBM’s generous & continued support. We sincerely hope that we will continue to receive EBM’s support in future as well so that the centre associated with EBM continues to run efficiently providing the much needed support to the community.
Reaffirmation ceremony of MALC’s Female Ward sponsored by Bay View High School
Like yester years BVHS has taken a great initiative by adopting one female ward in our main hospital for the last two years supporting through its various fundraising programs and contribution of staff and students enabling us to continue FREE OF CHARGE services for the destitute and underserved patients of Leprosy, TB and Blindness & various other ailments. BVHS is an old partner not only in supporting the ward but also in contributing to MALC 's crusade by offering volunteer services for the hospital as well as MALC H.Q. in patients' care, public awareness and fund raising.
Ms. Karen Ahmed, Director of Studies presented a cheque in a simple Ceremony held on Monday, the 30th of April, 2012 to Dr. Ruth Pfau. MALC management & patients are thankful to BVHS management, students and especially all those parents who stand with MALC & BVHS in supporting this noble cause. The ceremony ended with Dr. Romina Mirza’s word of thanks for BVHS and acknowledgement of retiring CEO of MALC Mr. Shakil Ahmad for his great services and contribution. This was followed by BVHS female ward visit on this occasion.
BVHS holds Charity Mela for MALC
Bay View High School organized a Mela on 19th February at their college campus for raising funds for MALC Female ward where poor female patients are treated for leprosy and other health problems. The School Administration announced on the occasion that the proceeds of the event will be donated to MALC for the Female Ward that has been adopted by Bay View School from many years. This carnival was attended by MALC management including Mr. Shakil Ahmad former CEO and Mr. Aziz Khan Consultant
PSO Sponsors Zakat Appeal Hoardings for MALC
PSO like yester years have once again sponsored Zakat appeal hoardings for MALC at prominent spots. This generous support from PSO has been gratefully acknowledged by the Management of MALC as this will again help in the success of Zakat campaign. It is hoped that this generous support of PSO will continue in coming years as well for the noble cause.
KESC Supports MALC Zakat Campaign
Management of KESC has once again came forward to support MALC by again publishing our Zakat Appeal on their consumer bills which will go a long way in supporting MALC cause.
Hematology Analyzer Donation
We extend our heartiest gratitude to Mr. Mohammad Iqbal, Mr. Owais of Jawad Brothers and Mr. Shakil Ahmad, former CEO of MALC for supporting MALC diagnostic services through their generous contribution towards purchase of a Hematology Analyzer BC-3000 Plus for the poor and deserving patients of Leprosy, Tuberculosis and Blindness, meeting one of our most urgent needs.
This donation of Hematology Analyzer is highly valuable for us as it will not only ensure that our hospital continues to provide uninterrupted services to our patients but also trim our outsource blood screening tests expenses. This equipment assists in the diagnosis of multiple conditions like anemia, leukemia, various deficiencies and infections. It is one of the main tools of MALC Laboratory that runs roughly 2,500 tests per year.
TB Patients supported by Faysal Bank Ltd - our new friends in TB control program
M/s Faysal Bank have extended their support for the treatment of 100 TB patients who are treated free of charge by MALC. TB is one of the world's biggest killers especially in developing countries and more so in Pakistan, which has the 6th largest TB burden in the world. This donation will be a tremendous help for our TB activities in Karachi and its peripheries. Thank you Faysal Bank for being our partner in defeating TB.
Continuous adoption of Saddar Eye Care Centre, Triple Merger Centers of Liaquatabad & New Karachi by Anonymous Private Philanthropist
A Private donor as usual is always in forefront when it comes to providing free treatment of Leprosy, Tuberculosis and Blindness to needy communities of Saddar, Liaquatabad & New Karachi and its neighboring peripheries have once again extended her cooperation by continuous sponsorship of Saddar Eye Care Centre and Triple Merger Centers of Liaquatabad & New Karachi for another year. MALC as well as people of Saddar, Liaquatabad & New Karachi especially the patients are extremely grateful to her for the on-going generous support from the last several years. We at MALC always feel proud to have long-term partnership with a loyal donor like her.
Re-adoption of Malir TM Center by Anonymous Private Philanthropist
A respected anonymous private donor who has always supported us in providing free treatment of Leprosy, TB and Blindness to needy communities has once again very graciously extended his sponsorship of Malir TM Center in Karachi for this year as well. This contribution of anonymous private donor will not only help MALC's health activities in this underserved & down-trodden area but also improve the health condition of impoverished people. MALC as well as people of Malir especially the patients are extremely grateful to him for his continued kind support and expect continuation of such patronage by him.
MALC Celebrates 82nd Birthday of Dr. Ruth Pfau
The Management, Staff and Patients celebrated the 82nd Birthday of Dr. Ruth Pfau, Founder Member of MALC on Friday 9th September 2011. Mr. Shakil Ahmad, former CEO on the occasion congratulated Dr. Ruth Pfau on her birthday and presented bouquet and gifts to her on behalf of staff and patients. He appreciated that she has no plans to slow down her pace of work. She has now reached her 82nd year but still keeping herself busy in serving patients in the hospital and in the field. The function was also attended by the Sisters of her Congregation who presented bouquets and gifts to Dr. Pfau. At the end Dr. Ruth Pfau thanked all participants for celebrating her birthday.
Inauguration of Renovated
MALC Operation Theatre
The renovated Operation Theatre was inaugurated on Friday 9th September 2011 with the blessings of Dr. Ruth Pfau, Founder Member of MALC and Dr. Bano Mama, Child Specialist, who has been offering her volunteer services to MALC for the last 33 years. Mr. Shakil Ahmad, former CEO, Sr. Jeannine Geuns, one of the pioneer members of MALC, Mr. Mervyn Lobo, Executive Director and Ms. Ishrat Khan, Resource Mobilization Manager also participated in the inauguration. The renovation of the Operation Theatre was sponsored by M/s. Zulfiqar & Fatima Foundation making it more competent and modernized to serve patients under the best possible and improved conditions. MALC Hospital is providing surgical services to Leprosy patients suffering from acute ulcers and to general eye patients for cataract surgeries free of charge. On the occasion, the Management of MALC gratefully acknowledged the generous support of Mrs. Gulbanoo Lakhani for the renovation.
National Bank of Pakistan re-adopts Female/Male Wards
National Bank have very kindly agreed to extend their cooperation and support to MALC in providing free treatment to needy hospitalized patients by re-adopting Female/Male wards of MALC Hospital. MALC as well as patients of these wards are extremely grateful to the management and staff of National Bank for their generous support and re-adoption of the wards which will ensure continuation of free services to our patients admitted in the wards of MALC Hospital.
Allied Bank Ltd. Support
Management of Allied Bank Ltd. very kindly agreed to adopt our Swabi (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) TM Centre where patients from all areas of Swabi and adjoining villages are treated free of charge. We are extremely grateful to the Management of ABL for their kind support, which will result in continuation of much needed services to the poor and most deserving population of Swabi. This will help MALC in providing free treatment of Leprosy, TB and Blindness to needy communities of Swabi in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa beginning July 2011. MALC as well as people of Swabi and the patients appreciate the Management of ABL especially Mr. Arshad Khan, Head of Corporate Communications/Media Relations/CSR/Staff Engagement for their generous support.
New Zealand High Commission Support MALC
One of our regular supporters Mr. Moin Fudda, Honorary Consul General has once again extended his cooperation by arranging a donation from Government of New Zealand for the purchase of much needed "Portable Surgical Microscope" for holding regular eye surgical camps in the remote areas of Baluchistan free of charge and restore sight of those who have lost it due to cataract. This support will help us provide improved ophthalmic services and reduce delays in access to eye treatments. In yester years, New Zealand Government donated an Autoclave and A-Scan for Turbat Base Hospital to provide free of charge treatment to the eye patients. MALC management and especially the staff of Baluchistan eye care program are extremely grateful to New Zealand High Commission and Mr. Moin M. Fudda, Honorary Consul General, New Zealand for their continued generous support to MALC Baluchistan eye care program.
Al-Karam Textile Donates Fabric
Al-Karam Textile Mills (Pvt.) Limited very graciously donated fabric for the uniform of staff and hospitalized patients, to support the noble cause of treating Leprosy, Tuberculosis & Eye patients at our hospital treated free of charge. Our patients, staff and the management are very thankful to Al-Karam Textile for their much needed donation.
Re-adoption of MALC Kech & Panjgur TM Centres by PPL
We are extremely grateful to the Management of Pakistan Petroleum Limited for the extension of their support for MALC Triple Merger Centre Kandhkot which will result in continuation of much needed service to the poor and most deserving population of Kandhkot. Management of MALC and the people of Kandhkot highly appreciate the gesture of the Management of PPL especially Mr. Muneer K. Jadun, Chief of Community Development/ Administrator of PPL Welfare Trust. With support from PPL, the medical staff of the Kandhkot Triple Merger centre is providing excellent health care services to the poor communities of the area not only for Leprosy, TB and Blindness but also skin for diseases.
Re-adoption of MALC TM Centre Gwadar by PSO
Mr. Jahangir Ali Shah, Managing Director & Ms. Shamail Shah, General Manager/Chairperson CSR of Pakistan State Oil Company Ltd. presented a cheque to Mr. Shakil Ahmad, former CEO of MALC in a very graceful & decent ceremony held at PSO House. This financial support of PSO is for the re-adoption of Gwadar Triple Merger Centre in Baluchistan and providing continuous health services in Pattan & Dassu TM Centers of Kohistan. This contribution of PSO will not only help MALC's health activities in this unversed & down trodden areas but also improve the health condition of impoverished people. PSO is a longtime companion and partner providing MALC a tremendous support. We at MALC always feel proud to have time-tested partnership with PSO and its management.
UBL renews its corporate partnership with MALC
Ms. Anita Mirza, SVP/ Head of Corporate Communications & Public Relation Division of UBL has conveyed the consent of UBL for renewal of their adoption of Garhi Dupatta Triple Merger centre for one year up to April 2013. Garhi Dupatta is a backward district in AJK. General health was the main issue of the community due to lack of health facilities which have now improved due to the great continued support of UBL for the last many years.
Visit of German Delegation at MALC
A delegation of German Government and GTZ/KfW visited MALC on 13th May 2011, which consisted of following senior officials form Germany and GTZ/KfW Pakistan office:
1. Ms. Christine Hieronymus,
Civil Servant, Federal Republic of Germany
2. Mr. Torge Matthiesen,
Civil Servant, Federal Republic of Germany
3. Dr. Anna-Christine Janke,
Director KfW Office Islamabad
4. Mr. Martin Christoph Jenner,
KfW Principal Country Manager
5. Ms. Antje Kristin Grawe,
Counselor Economic Cooperation and Development, German Embassy
6. Mr. Stein Mann, Principal Advisor Health,
7. Dr. Masuma Zaidi, Health Project Manager,
KfW Office Islamabad
They were welcomed by the former CEO of MALC Mr. Shakil Ahmad alongwith Dr. Ruth Pfau-(Founder Member MALC). The meeting was attended by Mr. Shakil Ahmad, Dr. Pfau, Mr. Mervyn F. Lobo, Dr. Mutaher Zia and Ms. Ishrat Khan (Resource Mobilization Manager). Matters of mutual interest were discussed and a comprehensive presentation on MALC core activities and flood relief & rehabilitation projects were made by Mr. Shakil Ahmad. Ms. Christine Hieronymus and other members of delegation appreciated MALC contribution in health sector and disaster management in the country.
MALC congratulates Dr. Pfau on National Award
MALC Management, Staff and Patients held a get-together to celebrate Nishan-i-Quaid-i-Azam Award conferred by the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Dr. Ruth Pfau, Founder Member of MALC on Saturday, 30th April 2011 at MALC. Dr. Ruth Pfau has received five National Awards from the Government of Pakistan for her dedicated services. She was decorated with Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam in 1969, Hilal-i-Imtiaz in 1979, Hilal-i-Pakistan in 1989, Life-time Achievement Award in 2006 and now Nishan-i-Quaid-i-Azam Award, the highest National Award, on 23rd March 2011. MALC Management, Staff, Patients and members of her congregation presented heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Ruth Pfau on the occasion.
Jalib Peace Award for Dr. Ruth Pfau
The 5th Habib Jalib Peace Award 2011was awarded to Dr Ruth Pfau, M.D., D.Sc. for her half-a-century-long exemplary services to the downtrodden patients of Leprosy at a gathering held at the Arts Council on Saturday 30th April 2011. The programme was presided over by Retd. Justice Wajihuddin Ahmed while Mir Hasil Bizenjo was the Chief Guest. Justice Wajihuddin and Mir Hasil Bizenjo acknowledged Dr Ruth Pfau`s extraordinary services. Dr. Abdul Hai Baloch, Prof. Sahar Ansari and other speakers also paid tributes to Dr. Pfau on this occasion. The function was arranged by the Executive Committee of Pakistan Arts Council. In the end, the President of the Committee granted honorary membership of the Council to Dr. Ruth Pfau.
Inauguration of Gas Generator
The inaugural ceremony of Gas Generator took place at MALC Hospital on 27th April 2011. The ceremony was attended by Sheikh Imran-ul-Haque, CEO Engro Vopak Terminal Limited, senior executive members of Engro Vopak and IGI Insurance Company. From MALC Dr. Ruth Pfau, Founder Member, Mr. Shakil Ahmad, former CEO, Executives and senior management staff were present. The Genset has been installed at MALC Hospital with major financial support from Engro Vopak alongwith that of ICI Pakistan, Meezan Bank Limited, IGI Insurance, Indus Motors, Habib Metropolitan Bank, 3M Pakistan, General Tyre & Rubber Company and FM Distribution Services. On the occasion Mr. Shakil Ahmad, former CEO expressed his deepest gratitude to the Management of Engro Vopak and other partner companies for their generous support for installation of generator which was an utmost need of the hospital for running its routine activities for poor patients especially the X-rays, lab test and surgeries without disturbance and suffering. Sheikh Imran-ul-Haque assured for continued support from Engro Vopak in all efforts of MALC for health and welfare of patients. Dr. Ruth Pfau urged the corporate sector to come forward for community development to make a difference in the lives of many poor and needy communities waiting for our intervention. Ms. Ishrat Khan, Manager Resource Mobilization presented vote of thanks. The ceremony ended with unveiling of the plaque by Sheikh Imran-ul-Haque and Dr. Ruth Pfau.
Visit of Mr. Ernst Hisch, representative DAHW
Mr. Ernst Hisch, Project Officer & Social Advisor - DAHW (German Leprosy & TB Relief Association) visited the Flood Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Project (FRRP) in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK). He was shown the reconstruction and rehabilitation activities in Jatti, Hyderabad, Dadu & Mehar in Sindh, and Swat, Nowshera & Charsada in KPK. The DAHW has been MALC's main donor since more than four decades. In addition to supporting our regular operations, the DAHW has also been funding emergency programs during earthquakes and floods. The FRRP is another project that is being jointly financed by DAHW, Caritas St. Poelten and Caritas Austria.
OT Support from Pakland Private Trust
March 10, 2011: Pakland Private Trust has donated a Multi Parameter Monitor and Refrigerator for Operation Theater at MALC and Electric Water Cooler to the poor and deserving patients. MALC is the only specialized hospital for Leprosy patients providing surgical care to the Leprosy and Eye Patients and this donation will help us to perform more extensive surgical procedures under improved conditions. Our patients and the management are very thankful to Mrs. Safia Adnan-Coordination Officer and Mr. Mushtaq Ellahi-Admin Officer of Pakland Private Trust for their continued integral support in cash and kind, which they've been extending since a long time.
Reconstruction of flood affected village of Sindh
Sindh suffered a lot at the hands of the worst flood of Pakistan history. All population on the both sides of river Indus came under heavy flood ranging form 6 to 20 ft of water, washing away the crops, houses, roads and infrastructure. Villages close to Meher in Dadu District are among the worst affected areas where even today many people are forced to live in camp villages because water has not fully receded from their villages. MALC actively supported the village camp in Shah Panju Sultan with 10,000 inhabitants through raw food, clothes, utensils, mats and blankets for 3 months. Thereafter the inhabitants of various villages in this area were provided with seed and fertilizers for sowing wheat, sunflower and sugar cane crops. Currently the landless are being helped with livestock, sewing machines, farming birds and small shops enabling them to live honorably. MALC has also selected 25 poorest of the poor families for providing them permanent shelter. The foundation stone of the village was laid down by former MALC CEO last week in a simple but graceful ceremony. The houses are expected to be completed by July 2011.
International Evaluation of Our Flood
Reconstruction / Rehabilitation Project
Mr. Josef Worm the Consultant/Evaluator of DAHW/Caritas St. Pölten/Caritas Austria/ MALC Consortium visited MALC for the period 8th – 24th February 2011. During his visit he went to most of FRRP areas where MALC is undertaking reconstruction/ rehabilitation activities. Mr. Mervyn F. Lobo and other concerned staff travelled with Mr. Worm to areas in Sindh except Jaati, where the former CEO, Mr. Shakil Ahmad was also present. In his Northern part visit Mr. Worm was accompanied by Dr. Tariq, Mr. Uzair Kayani in Nowshera, Charsadda area, whereas for visit to Swat and Kohistan Mr. Shakil Ahmad joined him. Apart from seeing the crops and houses in various stages of construction, he also witnessed our planned project of 48 houses in Palir, Kalam through aerial survey via helicopter facilitated by the former CEO, Mr. Shakil Ahmad with the support of the 19th Div HQ of Pakistan Army. In Kohistan Mr. Worm alongwith Mr. Ahmad visited under construction houses in Pattan and also the site for 25 houses in Besham. Mr. Worm appreciated the good work of our team and was highly impressed by the dedication of MALC staff including Mr. Venu Gopal, Mr. Bashir, Mr. Nisar Malik, Mr. Francis D'Souza, Ms. Ishrat Khan, Dr. Tariq, Mr. Uzair Kayani, Mr. Abdul Aziz Khan, Mr. Rashid and the project staff.
Aftab Adamjee Donates Auto-Refractometer
MALC has received a donation from ever-supporting Mr. Aftab Adamjee for purchase of an Auto-Refractometer to be used for school eye screening activities in Karachi and its peripheries and helping children suffering with eye ailments to be treated at our centre including children with Vitamin ‘A’ Deficiency, all free of charge. Mr. Aftab Adamjee has been a great supporter of MALC, who had donated previously an X-ray machine and now this Auto-Refractometer to our Eye Department. The Management of MALC is highly grateful for his concern and generous support for humanity and trust in MALC.
Zulfiqar & Fatima Foundation Donates For
Modernization Of Operation Theatre
Mrs. Gulbanoo Lakhani of Zulfiqar & Fatima Foundation has made a donation to MALC for the modernization of Operation Theatre at MALC hospital which is the only specialized hospital in Pakistan for Leprosy patients providing surgical care to the Leprosy and Eye patients. This donation will help us to perform surgeries under the best possible conditions. MALC Management, Staff and Patients are very thankful to Mrs. Gulbanoo Lakhani for her kind support.
Bay View Donates Auto-Refractor
Bay View High School once again has made a significant contribution by donating an Auto-Refractor to Eye Department at MALC to support its Blindness Control activities. The machine will be used for eye screening and diagnosis of eye ailments in the field. MALC has always been grateful to the Management of Bay View School and its Everlasting Group for raising funds for MALC and its activities for poor and needy people of under-served areas.
Re-Affirmation of MALC Mirpurkhas Centre by SSGC
A formal ceremony was held on February 15, 2011 at MALC to celebrate the Re-affirmation of Mirpurkhas Triple Merger Centre by Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGC) for another period of 4 years. The ceremony was attended by Ms. Nasreen Hussain, Deputy General Manager Corporate Communications with a delegation of senior executive members of SSGC and from MALC Dr. Ruth Pfau, Founder Member, Mr. Shakil Ahmad, former CEO, and senior management staff were present. On the occasion Mr. Shakil Ahmad, former CEO expressed his deepest gratitude to the Management of Sui Southern Gas Company especially Mr. Salim Jilani, Chairman, Dr. Faizullah Abbasi, Managing Director and Ms. S. Nasreen Hussain, Deputy General Manager Corporate Communications for approval of the re-affirmation. Ms. Nasreen Hussain assured for continued support from SSGC in MALC’s efforts for community development and welfare of patients. Dr. Ruth Pfau, Founder Member of MALC spoke about her satisfaction that Leprosy control programme has been owned by the corporate sector. She however urged that this should be continued in future. A presentation was made by Mr. Mervyn Lobo, Executive Director about MALC and its activities and a vote of thanks by Ms. Ishrat Khan, Manager Resource Mobilization. In the end Ms. Nasreen Hussain presented the cheque of donation and Mr. Shakil Ahmad presented mementos to Ms. Hussain. The Mirpurkhas centre has been adopted by SSGC since 2006. The association of SSGC with MALC has now been a long-standing relationship of more than 5 years and their support is incredibly helpful to reach our goal and make a significant difference in the lives of many poor and needy patients, their family members and marginalized community groups.
ISEO honors Dr. Ruth Pfau with
Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Ruth Pfau, M.D., D.Sc. Founder Member MALC was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” for service to humanity, by the International Schools Educational Olympiad, at a function held on 2nd February 2011 by Karachi High School.
MALC celebrates 58th World Leprosy Day
World Leprosy Day is observed all over the world, which brings about feeling of togetherness and love with patients affected by Leprosy. To commemorate the occasion MALC celebrates a full week and organizes various programs. This year the 58th World Leprosy Day was observed and the week at MALC started with a main function followed by a Press Conference, Patients Day and Staff Day. Besides, a number of school and students from nursing schools also visited the hospital and distributed gifts to patients. The main function was held on 29th January at St. Patrick’s High School. Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Sector was the Chief Guest at the function who addressed the gathering. The Press Conference was arranged at Karachi Press Club next day on 30th January while the Patients Day and Staff Day were celebrated on 1st February and 3rd February respectively. All events were celebrated by MALC with great zeal and enthusiasm, and resolved with renewed commitment to support Leprosy patients at all times.
Flood Reconstruction and
Rehabilitation Activities of Malc
Immediately after successful completion of relief phase, MALC with support from International partners DAHW/GLRA Germany, Caritas St. Pölten Austria, Caritas Austria and Missio Austria, launched its Reconstruction and Rehabilitation phase in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh provinces. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was the worst affected province of the country by the floods. The floods destroyed over 200,000 houses, killed 1,198 people and displaced about 5 million people from their homes. Priority was given to construction of houses in Charsadda, Nowshera, Swat and Kohistan districts where people were badly affected and living under open sky. 250 houses have been planned for the most deserving families. Preference has been given to widows, disabled family heads or member in the family, orphans and elderly persons. Over 50 houses are near to completion phase. The floods after the massive destruction in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, largely affected the Sindh province where more than 4,000 villages and vast area of ready crop submerged in flood water. The affected areas of Sindh are considered very much rich in fisheries, wheat, rice, sugarcane and other miscellaneous cash crops which were completely inundated. The post-flood scenario was threatening because there were acute shortages of food. Keeping in view the urgency, as it was critical to ensure that wheat was planted in October/November 2010 because if the season was missed, many farmers would have been unable to plant wheat for 12 months signifying the loss of two staple food harvests. Therefore, MALC has given top priority to agriculture relief and rehabilitation providing seeds, fertilizers and other agriculture equipment to the farmers to plough their land for wheat cultivation and sunflower in other cases. 339 families have received this rehabilitation package; of them 175 families were able to avail the Rabi’s cultivation. It is because of timely action that the dry fields have now turned to green with yellow layer of sunflowers. Life is returning to its normal pace; the farmers are glad to see their green fields which will soon give them food. MALC is also facilitating these poor farmers for repairing of their tube-wells and in some cases installation of new tube-wells as part of their rehabilitation. MALC is initiating rebuilding of houses with community participation and the work has started in those communities where agricultural intervention has been successfully completed.
Lotte Pakistan PTA Ltd Supports MALC:
We are making all out efforts to provide maximum facility including diagnostic tests to our patients in one premises. Lotte Pakistan PTA Ltd. has very kindly supported us in conducting Ultra Sound test in MALC by providing us an Ultra Sound unit. This will not only provide convenience to our patients but save a lot of money being spent in out-sourcing these tests. We are grateful to the Chairman, the Management and especially Mr. Adnan W. Samdani of Lotte Pakistan PTA Ltd. for this generous donation.
Seeing is Believing:
Standard Chartered Bank as usual is always in the forefront when it comes to supporting special activities for the welfare of poor population of Pakistan. In line with their vision and program "Seeing is Believing!" they have extended their support to MALC for conducting eye screening in various schools of Karachi. MALC has already completed survey of 6 schools screening 2,139 students providing treatment and consultation to 266 students suffering with various eye ailments and pair of eye glasses were also gifted to 208 students. MALC will be screening a minimum of 10,000 students in this campaign in the next few months.
Gift of St. Michael's Convent School:
The young generation studying in a prestigious institution St. Michael's Convent School welcomed our suggestion for renovating children ward of MALC Hospital. Their enthusiastic support has changed the look of this small ward for small kids. Their donation includes its furnishing as well as a TV Set and a DVD for children to watch cartoons.
KESC SYSTEM UP-GRADATION
COMMENCES WITH MALC:
KESC has initiated up-gradation of the electricity system at MALC by installing a dedicated 500 KVA transformer system at MALC Hospital to enhance the quality of healthcare service at the Hospital. In a ceremony held at KESC House, Tabish Gauhar, CEO KESC, presented a plaque to Dr. Ruth Pfau, Founder Member of MALC, as a token of appreciation for her tireless efforts in alleviating the miseries of patients suffering from Leprosy. Mr. Shakil Ahmed former CEO MALC on the occasion praised the efforts of KESC Management for the installation of PMT which was highly needed for the hospital especially Operation Theatre, X-Ray machines and Elevators used for the deformed Leprosy patients and surgeries. Appreciating the KESC initiative, Dr. Ruth Pfau said: It would not have been possible to sustain the Leprosy work without the help of benevolent individuals and organization. I would like to thank KESC for ensuring that we get uninterrupted power supply.
German School named as “Ruth Pfau School”
The Vocational Education Center (Health and Social Services) in Leipzig Germany has been re-named to honour Dr. Ruth Pfau for her great services in both medical and social services. In future, the school will be called as "Ruth Pfau School” which not only bears the name of Dr. Ruth Pfau, but also anchor her life philosophy in the school education as a model and inspiration.
HSBC renews its support for MALC Hospital
We are extremely grateful to the Management of HSBC for continuation of their support to MALC by re-adopting the Male Ward of the MALC Hospital for another year upto 2013. HSBC has made quality healthcare accessible to society’s most disadvantaged segment; patients affected by Leprosy. MALC is one of the six charities worldwide chosen by HSBC for their support. The ward is equipped to treat 28 patients, and is usually completely occupied by Leprosy patients having ulcers needing long-term treatment, which they cannot afford to undergo elsewhere. MALC is providing Free of Charge health care to the poor patients for various health problems especially for leprosy treatment only available at MALC Hospital and its 157 centres all over Pakistan. This support of HSBC adds quality and excellence in health care services to the poor communities of the country not only for Leprosy, TB and Blindness but also skin for diseases.
HAMDARD UNIVERSITY TRIBUTES DR. PFAU:
A function was arranged by Hamdard University in the honour of Dr. Ruth Pfau in February 2010 to tribute her 50 years services in Leprosy and uplift of Marginalized groups in Pakistan. The function which was held at the University’s auditorium was attended by people from various walks of life. Mrs. Sadia Rashid, Chairperson Hamdard Foundation, Dr. Nasim A. Khan, University’s Incharge, Mr. Azmat Ataka, Director of Studies and two well known celebrities Mr. Cawasji and Mst. Fatima Surraya Bajya were also present. From MALC, the function was attended by Dr. Ruth Pfau, Mr. Humayun Murad, Member of the Board of Governors, Mr. Shakil Ahmad, former CEO and some senior and mid-management staff. It was a great event and was very much appreciated by Dr. Pfau and Management of MALC. A documentary film on the life and services of Dr. Pfau was shown in the function. At the end, a commemorative shield was presented to Dr. Pfau by Mrs. Sadia Rashid.