US-based Islamic charity launches rehabilitation center in Karachi


KARACHI: A US-based Islamic charitable organization, Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD) has announced establishment of a comprehensive rehabilitation center and neurological diseases’ hospital in Karachi at the cost of Rs1 billion, saying it would a gift from the American Muslims to the people of Karachi and rest of Sindh.

Helping Hand for Relief and Development is spending USD 10 million or more than Rs1billion on establishment of a state-of-the-art rehabilitation center and hospital for the treatment of neurological diseases in Karachi.

This center would a gift for the people of Karachi and rest of Sindh from the Muslims in America”, said Dr. Mohsin Ansari, an eminent Pediatrician, practicing in United States and Chairman of HHRD while speaking at the introduction ceremony of the Karachi Institute of Neurological Diseases (KIND) and Rehabilitation Center in Karachi on Wednesday.

Helping Hand for Relief and Development is the overseas charity wing of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), which is carrying out relief and development work in 51 countries of the world and annually the charitable organization spends USD 500 million on alleviating sufferings of the ailing humanity.

“We annually spend Rs1.5billion in Pakistan on charitable work, especially in the field of health, education, nutrition, safe drinking water and in some others sectors. This time, we have decided to establish a center for rehabilitation for the disabled persons in Karachi, to make them useful citizens of the society,” Dr. Mohsin Ansari said.

With the funding from the US-based charity, a building has already been purchased near Superhighway Karachi while construction of a multi-story building having a hospital for the treatment of neurological disorders, a comprehensive rehabilitation center for men, women, children and elderly patients and a teaching college would commence by January 2018.

Dr. Ansari said the American Muslims first started relief and development work in an organized manner after the October 2005 earthquake when many of them, especially doctors reached at Kashmir and the KpK and started treating patients with injuries, broken bones, open wounds and lost limbs. Since then, the charity has spent several billions of rupees on charitable works throughout the country.

He said many of the US-based Pakistani Muslims including him were originally from Karachi, who studied at educational institutions in Karachi and now they feel that it was the right time to repay the city which enabled them to become successful persons. “We are not here to beg for money. We have arrived here to spend the money, which Allah, the Almighty, has given us to ease the sufferings of our Muslim brethren”, he maintained.

Project Director of the KIND and Rehabilitation Center and eminent neurologist Prof. Dr Wasey Shakir gave a detailed presentation on the project, saying it was being started with the financial support from American Muslims through Helping Hand but this project would also be generating money from the local supporters and philanthropists.

“According to government estimates, there are around five million disabled persons in Pakistan, who are living a miserable life as there is not a single comprehensive rehabilitation center in Pakistan on the pattern of modern world. Similarly, there is no comprehensive neurological diseases center in entire Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka or Bangladesh”, he claimed.

He said that KIND and Rehabilitation Center would start functioning by 2019 and within next few years, it would be the only and best center for the disabled persons of not only Pakistan but for the entire region as it would be providing rehabilitation services to children, men and women, and elderly would be unable to live a normal life due to their disabilities.

In his presentation, Dr. Wasey Shakir informed in detail about the sufferings of people who become disabled due to stroke, accidents and trauma, spinal cord injuries, congenital defects in children and other diseases and said such people, who were in millions and their number was growing with each passing day, were a liability not only for their families but also for the society.

Chief of Al-Khidmat Welfare Society Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman on the occasion, announced that their organization would also support the Helping Hand for Relief and Development in establishing the rehabilitation center, saying their trained and qualified volunteers would assist the US-based charity in serving the ailing humanity in Karachi and entire Pakistan.