PATHWEL

It gives me immense pleasure to announce that the work on PATHWEL Bone Marrow Transplant Centre (BMTC) that we started in late 2019 has been completed. I am grateful to the President Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Dr Arif ur Rehman Alvi, for gracing the inauguration ceremony of this centre on 23 Feb 2022. The transplant centre is the first of its kind established at a NGO. It has the capacity to do fifty bone marrow transplants in a year. The objective is to provide this essential treatment facility to the deserving patients at no-profit basis. The cost of each transplant is expected to be 40% less than that incurred at other places in Pakistan. I am glad that our team of technical experts includes Maj Gen Parvez Ahmed (R), Brig Kamran Mehmood (R), Dr Shahzad Nasis and Dr Umar Zahur. This transplant center is also unique in the sense that the major portion of the cost of the project, amounting 14.0 million rupees, was raised by several individual donors. We were fortunate to get an additional grant of 6.5 million rupees from Askari Bank that helped us in purchasing the essential equipment. I am grateful to all of those who have donated generously for this noble cause.

Thalassemia has been the primary focus of our attention. But considering the lack of adequate facilities for the diagnosis and treatment of other hematological diseases, especially faced by the patients from low socio-economic class, we have also taken an initiative to establish a Hematology OPD and daycare facility at our center. The facility, established on self-help basis and with the technical supervision of our team of experts, has also started functioning.

It is my proud privilege to inform that our Centre has been accredited by the following Government authorities:

  • Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP)
  • Punjab Blood Transfusion Authority (PBTA)
  • Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC)
  • Punjab Human Organ Transplant Authority (PHOTA)

Like any other progressive organization PATHWEL also has future plans to establish a Molecular Hematology lab and an indoor Hematology Ward. We also plan to procure the following equipment to up-grade and keep a good backup of our services:

  • Cell separator
  • Digital X-Ray unit
  • Ultra low Refrigerator for stem cell preservation
  • Ultrasound machine
  • Ventilator
  • Multi-head microscope
  • Automated Chemistry analyzer
  • Solar Power unit (20 KVA)
  • Patient lift
  • Ambulance

We have come a long way and it is very heartening to know the progress we have made during the last few years. I am extremely grateful to the help and support of my team members, especially Maj Gen Parvez Ahmed (R), Dr. Jamal Nasir, Brig Kamran Mahmood (R), and many others, without whose help this progress could not have been possible.

We have several challenges ahead. The foremost is the sustainability and meeting the recurrent expenditures. We also need over fifty million rupees for expansion and up-gradation of the services. I had requested the President of Pakistan on his inaugural visit to our Centre to help our patients in having access to Baitul Maal, Ehsas program and Health cards. Pakistanis are known for their philanthropy and I firmly believe that with a collective effort we can raise sufficient funds to achieve our goals. May I request you to please join us in this noble cause and donate generously.

Regards.

Maj Gen Suhaib Ahmed (R), HI (M)

President

Pakistan Thalassaemia Welfare Society