News & Events
MALC CENTRES IN ORANGI TOWN (KARACHI)
AND PATTAN-DASSU (KOHISTAN)
We are extremely grateful to the management of PSO for their continued support in re-adopting our MALC centre in Pattan-Dassu, Kohistan. With such an endeavor, the team at MALC will surely improve the quality of care being given to the patients suffering from Leprosy, TB & Eye complications.
Additionally, the MALC centre at Orangi Town in Karachi has also been given a new lease of life with re-adoption being confirmed once again by the Adamjee Foundation. Positive news, such as these, at the beginning of 2015 provides renewed confidence at MALC that the support for our work continues to grow. Our patients will receive treatment for Leprosy, TB and Eye-related diseases FREE OF COST and for this, MALC is truly grateful. Furthermore, once a week an OPD for Mother and Child Health will also be conducted at the very same centre to treat mothers and children suffering from malnourishment and related ailments.
MALC HOLDS LEPROSY SEMINAR AT UNITED MEDICAL AND DENTAL COLLEGE
United Medical and Dental College (UMDC) is a leading medical college of the city. It is a newly built medical facility and has been serving in Karachi since 2011. Dr. Khalid, the dean of this college, is a great fan of Dr. Ruth Pfau (Founding Member, MALC) and willingly agreed to have a Leprosy seminar with MALC in January this year. With World Leprosy Day being celebrated around the world in January 2015, the seminar at UMDC was perfectly timed. Dr. Pfau was the Chief Guest for the WLD seminar at the UMDC event and Dr. Khalid welcomed the MALC team at the venue. The team from MALC comprised Dr. Muthaher Zia, Medical Director – MALC, Mr. Daniel Keramat & Mrs. Erum Shaheen (Health Education Officers, MALC) and Mr. Francis Shehzad (In-Charge, Resource Mobilization Department). After the opening exchanges and welcome from UMDC, Dr. Zia eloquently delivered a presentation on Leprosy, which adequately explained vital information on the disease. Dr. Jehan Ara, dermatologist, and Dr. Ajay Uddasi, a senior faculty member, followed Dr. Zia with lectures on differential diagnosis of the Leprosy disease. A panel discussion was also held to discuss the work done by MALC in this field and how Dr. Pfau’s presence in Pakistan has benefitted the marginalized masses all over the country. Mr. Faiz Muhammad, a Governing Body member of UMDC, presented shields to Dr. Pfau, Dr. Zia and to Mr. Daniel Karamat as a token of appreciation, while a ‘Vote of Thanks’ was delivered by Dr. Seema Mumtaz to conclude the entire program.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES CELEBRATED AT MALC’S MALIR CENTRE
International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which is celebrated on 3rd December every year, is an international observance promoted by the United Nations. The observance of this day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities (PwDs). It also seeks to increase awareness of integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. With this in mind, MALC also observed the importance of this day with a small event at its centre in Malir. With Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) being one of the core activities of MALC now, the event had a more positive influence on the staff because of the work they have been doing in CBR. Dr. Ruth Pfau (Founder, MALC), Mr. Mervyn Lobo (CEO, MALC), Mr. Hussain Awan (District Leprosy Controller - Malir) and Mr. Abdul Salam (Leprosy Field Officer, Greater Karachi – MALC) reiterated the stance that MALC would be following and were quick to point out that the efforts of MALC in assisting PwDs will bear just rewards in the foreseeable future. MALC provides the PwDs with assistive devices which include wheelchairs, crutches, tricycles, walking sticks and prosthetics. These devices are provided free of charge and are an invaluable means of giving those suffering from disabilities a chance to integrate themselves into society. Our special thanks to Missio Austria and St. Francis’ Leprosy Guild for sponsoring the event.
ALLIED BANK PRESENTS CHEQUE FOR ADOPTION OF SWABI CENTRE
The management at MALC is always thankful for the support it receives from its partners. One such partner, for which MALC is extremely thankful for, is Allied Bank Limited. Mr. Maqbool Hakro, Group Head – Retail Banking Group and Mr. Hasan Memon, Regional Head – Retail Banking Group, both from Allied Bank, presented a cheque to Dr. Pfau for the adoption of MALC’s Swabi Centre. With this gesture, the facilities and services to be offered in Swabi will be improved and as a result, more patients who are affected by Leprosy, TB and Eye complications can be treated FREE OF CHARGE.
UNITED BANK LIMITED ADOPTS BAGH – BANNI PASSARI CENTRE IN AZAD JAMMU & KASHMIR
United Bank Limited, one of MALC’s regular supporters, has once again adopted the Bagh – Banni Passari (AJK) Triple-Merger Centre. A simple ceremony was held at the United Bank Head Office, where Mr. Jamal Nasir, Group Executive – HR & Corporate Affairs, presented the cheque to MALC. Mr. Raza Mustajab Haider, Senior Manager – Corporate Communications and Public Relations, was also present on the occasion. Dr. Ali Murtaza, Director – Training & Eye Care Program at MALC, and Ms. Salwa Zainab – Manager, Resource Mobilization, received the cheque on behalf of MALC. MALC is extremely grateful to the management of UBL for their continued support by adopting this centre. Their assistance will help to further enhance the services for Leprosy, TB & Eye patients.
INTERNATIONAL WHEELCHAIR CRICKET ASSOCIATION (IWCA) PAYS A VISIT TO MALC IN CONNECTION WITH INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES (PWDs)
There is always a moment of deep emotion when organizations of repute meet together to discuss matters of common interest. One such instance took place early in December, when IWCA paid a visit to MALC to discuss the current situation affecting PWDs. The team from IWCA included 4 members from the wheelchair cricket team, their coach Mr. Sadiq Mohammad (legendary ex-Pakistan cricketer), Mr. Ateeq-ur-Rehman (Patron, IWCA), Mr. Arif Khursheed (Secretary, IWCA) and Mr. Zeeshan Taqi (Founder & President, IWCA). Dr. Ruth Pfau (Founder, MALC) and Mr. Mervyn Lobo (CEO, MALC) were extremely happy to have these guests visit MALC and it was reflected in their discussions with those present. The crucial focus of the discussion pertained to maintaining an inclusive environment for PWDs so that they remain integrated with society. The cricket players in attendance for this gathering had special praise reserved for them as Dr. Pfau aptly remarked, “It is through no fault of their own that they have to suffer from disabilities, but what is important is that they are using their talents to great effect.” This sentiment was echoed by all those present because through sport, one aspect of integration was being achieved. This meeting provided a platform to bring International Day of Persons with Disabilities to the fore whereby maintaining the importance of such a day for both organizations.
MR. & MRS. MUKATY PRESENTS CHEQUE
TO MALC FOR RENOVATION OF
PHYSIOTHERAPY AND SHOE
Mr. & Mrs. Mukaty, along with their son Taimoor, visited MALC to present a cheque to Dr. Ruth Pfau for the upgradation and renovation of the Physiotherapy and Shoe Department. Mrs. Ainee Shehzad, Chairperson - MALC Fundraising Committee, along with Mr. Aziz Khan, Consultant - MALC, Dr. Ali Murtaza - Director, Training & Community Development and Ms. Salwa Zainab, Manager - Resource Mobilization, were present to receive the guests.
BURJ BANK PRESENTS CHEQUE TO MALC FOR LAB EQUIPMENT
Burj Bank has generously contributed towards the treatment of patients at the MALC hospital by providing the institution with an ELISA Plate Reader. This piece of lab equipment is a welcome addition to the existing lab facilities as MALC can now treat patients and diagnose their conditions with more certainty. MALC is truly grateful to the Burj Bank management for extending their support for the treatment provided to patients FREE OF CHARGE.
AL-BARAKA BANK SUPPORTS MALC FOR LAB UPGRADATION
Al-Baraka Bank has come forward with its support for Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre and has provided support for the upgradation of the lab by providing an Electrolyte Analyser and a Microscope with Digital Monitor. These new additions to the lab, along with further renovations being undertaken with fixtures and fittings, will add some sophistication to the treatment facilities being offered by MALC.
EBM RE-ADOPTS LANDHI KORANGI TRIPLE MERGER CENTRE
MALC’s Landhi-Korangi TM Centre has been readopted by English Biscuits Manufacturers (EBM). The centre, which provides free services to patients of Leprosy, TB and eye conditions from all areas of Landhi Korangi, is thankful for the kind and continued support by EBM. With this re-adoption, the result will be a continuation of some much needed services for the poor and marginalized population of the area. MALC and its patients wish to convey their heartfelt gratitude to the management of EBM for their generous support over the years.
SADDAR EYE-CARE CENTRE, TRIPLE - MERGER CENTERS OF LIAQUATABAD &
NEW KARACHI READOPTED BY
The MALC Eye-Care hospital in Saddar, along with two other MALC sub-centres situated in Liaquatabad and New Karachi, have once again been adopted by a local anonymous philanthropist. This long-standing association with MALC has enabled these three facilities to continue providing quality care to needy patients. MALC values the strong bonds with its donors and hopes that such friendships, from trusted and committed donors, will continue in the future as well.
MARTIN VAN CAMP VISITS MALC
One of MALC’s consistent supporters, Mr. Martin Van Camp, once again visited Karachi and spent some valuable time at MALC with the staff and patients. A native of Belgium, Mr. Van Camp, has his roots in Karachi and since 1995, has been involved with voluntary work and fund-raising for MALC. This time too, Mr. Van Camp made sure that he utilized his visit to the maximum, as he spent most of his time discussing projects and how he could further lend his support to the cause of MALC. Everyone at MALC is deeply appreciative of the work Mr. Van Camp has done for the organization over the years, and we hope that his unwavering support continues.
BISHOP FLORIAN KUNTNER PRIZE SUPPORTS PRIMARY CLASS FOR RAH-E-NAJAT PROJECT
The Adamgoth school, supported as part of the Rah-e-Najat project, has received financial support from the ‘Bishop Florian Kuntner Prize’ in Austria. The financial support will benefit the primary class at the school and will provide some much needed relief for the students and class teacher. The ‘Bishop Florian Kuntner Prize’ is given by a committee from the Archdiocese of Vienna every year to people who are engaged in the 'development sector' in Austria. This time it was given to a group of people who are supporting Dr. Ruth Pfau since many years. The primary class has students from Grades I and II combined, with boys and girls studying together.
MALC HOSTS CONSORTIUM MEETING WITH DAHW, CARITAS AUSTRIA AND CARITAS ST. PÖLTEN
The FRRP Consortium meeting, comprising of MALC team members and representatives of DAHW (Germany), Caritas St. Pölten and Caritas Austria, was recently held. The participants included Mr. Ernst Hisch (Project Officer & Social Advisor), Mr. Stephan Maurer (Project Officer), and Mr. Josef Worm (Consortium FRRP coordinator) who represented DAHW, Caritas St. Pölten and Caritas Austria respectively. The meeting was focused on the flood-related interventions and evaluated shelters, livestock, water schemes, economic rehabilitation, CBR and health issues in-depth. Finances played a major role in the discussions, as did the future plans of MALC.
BANK ALFALAH DONATES OPHTHALMIC EQUIPMENT TO MALC
Bank Alfalah continues to show its unwavering support for Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre and again, their generosity towards the cause of MALC is much appreciated. Recently, Mr. Fahim Siddiqui (Country Head, Product Development – Islamic Banking Group, Bank Alfalah Ltd.), Mr. Tanveer Zaman (Regional Head South – Islamic Banking Group, Bank Alfalah Ltd.) and Mr. Javed Bhatti (Branch Manager – Islamic Banking Group, Bank Alfalah Ltd.) visited Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre and, in the presence of Mr. Mervyn Lobo (CEO, MALC), Dr. Ali Murtaza (Director – Training and CBR, MALC) Mr. Aziz Khan (Consultant, MALC) and Ms. Salwa Zainab (Manager – Resource Mobilization, MALC), presented Dr. Ruth Pfau with a cheque for the purchase of a new Phaco Machine to be used for cataract surgeries, and a Visual Field Analyzer to diagnose glaucoma patients. MALC is proud to say that with the generous contribution of Bank Alfalah its Eye Department is now equipped with most of the latest equipment instruments required for quality eye care services and the facility has now received an even bigger boost with regards to the enhancement of its services on offer.
MALC AND CARITAS ST. PÖLTEN
SUCCESSFULLY PROVIDE RELIEF
TO THAR AFFECTEES
Mithi, Diplo, Chachero and Nagarparkar were arid due to insufficient rainfall and faced a famine and drought-like situation since early 2014. The area received no rain, except a little drizzle in the beginning of the monsoon season (May – July 2014).
Consequently, there was no crop or fodder. Almost all reservoirs had dried up and the amount of clean drinking water was also depleted. There was a shortage of eatables and a large number of livestock also died. Hence, a major source of milk was no longer available.
Before the project was started in April, 226 people had already died due to malnourishment and 57% of that number were children between the ages of 3 and 10.
A team from MALC, comprising of medial, social and admin personnel was dispatched to do the need assessment in the affected areas. The team carried some relief goods and essential medicines along with them and conducted 13 medical camps in the 19 different villages, treating almost 9,000 patients. Additionally, they also conducted surveys and distributed medical aid, nutritional food and jerry cans of drinking water to the affected families.
The project was time-based and commenced in April and continued till mid-June. After all the project tasks and formalities were completed, a very special thanks has to be reserved for Caritas St. Pölten, without whose constant support, MALC would not have had the initiative to keep moving forward and complete this project!
DR. PFAU ATTENDS EVENT ON ‘VISIONARY VETERANS’ AT IOBM
The Institute of Business Management (IoBM) hosted an event for ‘Visionary Veterans’ which was held on 25th October 2014. Dr. Ruth Pfau M.D, D.Sc, NQA, Founder Member – Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre, was invited as the Chief Guest on the occasion. The students and faculty of the Public Relations and Media Management class wanted to showcase the achievements and service of the most valuable and cherished assets of Pakistan, with a purpose to engage students to seek life and career guidance tips from them. With the event commencing on time at 2:00pm sharp, Dr. Pfau’s services for Pakistan were appreciated in the opening remarks and the speakers showed a remarkable personal connection with MALC and its work. Together with Dr. Pfau, there were other notable visionaries invited as well, including Ms. Hasina Moin, Mr. Sarim Burney and Dr. Ansaruddin Syed amongst the guests. Each one of these senior assets had some thought-provoking messages to give to the students that had assembled in the IoBM Auditorium, and all present were inspired to no end. Many thanks to IoBM for hosting this event and inviting Dr. Pfau to share some choice and inspiring words with the students!
DR. PFAU VISITS STUDENTS’ ENGINEERING EXHIBITION AT PAF-KIET
Dr. Ruth Pfau M.D, D.Sc, NQA, Founder Member – Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre, was invited as the Chief Guest for the annual Students’ Engineering Exhibition, organized by the KIET Engineering Society, held at PAF – KIET, Main Campus, on 13th October 2014. The exhibition was a celebration of student talent from all over Pakistan and there were over 20 participants for this event. In her speech, Dr. Pfau appreciated and congratulated the students of PAF-KIET for organizing such an event. Furthermore, her speech was highly motivational and proved to be a great source of inspiration for the all participating students and the organizers of the event. Her speech reiterated that this younger generation would become the leaders of tomorrow and their ideas would be revolutionary in nature. Her message was simple: to make society a better place, one needed to focus on the positives and overlook the negatives! At the end of the ceremony, the President of PAF – KIET, Air Vice Marshal (R) Tubrez Asif, expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the chief guest for her honoured presence and valuable encouragement.
1st DR. RUTH PFAU CRICKET TOURNAMENT
October 11th 2014 marked the commencement of the inaugural “1st Dr. Ruth Pfau Cricket Tournament”, held at the Christ the King Seminary in Karachi. It was a one-day event organized by MALC’s Health Education Department, with girls and boys participating separately for the chance to become champions in tape-ball cricket. The morning session was reserved for girls to play cricket while the afternoon, for boys. There were 4 teams for each session: MALC Red, MALC Blue, MALC Green and MALC Yellow. All the games were fiercely contested and the spirit of the game was well and truly maintained. The standard of play from the competing teams was of a remarkable level as cricket is played everywhere and by everyone in Pakistan. Also, it was a way to promote the sport by encouraging girls to showcase their skills in cricket. In her message to the children, Dr. Pfau stressed the importance of youth and how they must use their talents for the betterment of society. She further went on to say that sports was very important for growth and that young people must be encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities. With that objective being achieved, the event was a big success and the girl’s champions were MALC Green (Muslim Dastagir Girls Secondary School), and the boy’s champions being MALC Red (Oasis Grammar School).
HAPPY 85TH BIRTHDAY DR. PFAU!
9th September 2014 was an important day for everyone associated with Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre (MALC). Dr. Ruth Pfau, M.D., D.Sc., NQA, Founder Member MALC, celebrated her 85th birthday with friends, well-wishers, management & staff of the organization at the Arts Council in Karachi. It was indeed a special occasion for everyone present there as the event was graced by the presence of 3 very distinguished guests, who flew all the way from Germany, to be present at the celebrations: Mrs. Gudrun von Wiedersperg, President – German Leprosy Relief Association (GLRA), her daughter Katharina, and Dr. Claudia Hofmann.
The birthday celebrations began with the release of balloons and 2 white pigeons in the grounds of the Arts Council, followed by the arranged birthday program in the main hall. Speeches were made by Mr. Mervyn Lobo, CEO Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre, Mrs. Gudrun von Wiedersperg and His Excellency Dr. Tilo Klinner, German Consul General. Tributes were read out to emphasize the impact that Dr. Pfau had made on many lives across Pakistan. A choir was assembled for this special event to add music to the proceedings as well. Dr. Pfau was as gracious as ever when she spoke towards the conclusion of the function and made it worthwhile to remind everyone present that “Life is Glorious”.
DR. PFAU INVITED AS CHIEF GUEST AT KARACHI GRAMMAR SCHOOL SPEECH DAY 2014
Karachi Grammar School (KGS) has always been a great supporter of MALC’s activities and to honour Dr. Pfau’s work, they invited her as the Chief Guest for their annual Speech Day, held on 16th August 2014. Having arrived well before time at the venue (KGS College Campus), Dr. Pfau was greeted by the Principal, Mr. Wrigley, and was immediately welcomed into the board room. Together with the principal, they animatedly participated in discussions, prior to the start of the event. The event commenced on time, and after opening remarks by Ms. Sima Kamil (Chairman, KGS Board of Governors) and Mr. Wrigley, Dr. Pfau was called upon to give her speech. Keeping the audience spell-bound, Dr. Pfau narrated a story of a recent experience that touched her deeply. Predictably, it was about a patient who had a close bond with MALC and was in need of help to cure a brain affliction. The implication of the story was simple: to be there for those in need and to make a difference in Pakistan! Dr. Pfau stressed on the need for the youth to come forward and take an interest in the society in which they live in. She encouraged KGS to continue its valued support for the MALC cause and welcomed the students to MALC any time they wished. The audience gave her a standing ovation on the conclusion of her speech and that was followed by the award distribution ceremony. Dr. Pfau graciously, and with her own unique charm, presented the KGS awards to all the deserving students, thus providing each one with a memory worth cherishing.
PLAYING TO SAVE LIVES!
As Ramazan came to a close, the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre (MALC) Fundraising Youth team organized a one-night games event, “Sporting for a Cause”, at the Bay View High School. The funds raised from the sports gala would be donated to the hospital and the many centres managed by MALC to treat Leprosy, Tuberculosis, Blindness and other illnesses. The event commenced on Saturday 27th July, in the evening, and continued into the early morning of Sunday 28th July, finishing just before Sehri. Almost 200 young people participated in the six games played at the event. Sporting activities included futsal, jujitsu, volleyball, table-tennis, yoga and muay thai. The event was the culmination of the efforts of the MALC Fundraising Committee, whose chairperson, Ms. Ainee Shehzad, worked tirelessly along with six other committee members to make it a success.
STANDARD CHARTERED BANK (SCB) CONTINUES TO SUPPORT EYE CARE UNIT IN MALC HOSPITAL
It was quite an honour to welcome Ms. Khadija Hashimi, SCB’s new Head of Corporate Affairs, to MALC. Ms. Hashimi was given a brief presentation on Habib Ibrahim Rahimtoola Eye Care Centre supported by Standard Chartered bank. Later she was taken on a round of the hospital and eye-care unit. SCB has always been very supportive of the work MALC does for the citizens of Pakistan. Their valuable contributions to the eye-care unit at the MALC hospital have been appreciated. During the visit, Ms. Hashimi was given a detailed account of MALC’s work in Leprosy, TB and Blindness Control and commended the efforts of the MALC management and staff for providing FREE treatment to the underserved community.
TRIBUTE TO RUTH PFAU IN FREIBURG, GERMANY
On May 14th 2014, Dr. Ruth Pfau was honored with an honorary doctorate from the University of Freiburg. With this award, the Faculty of Theology proved their outstanding social commitment, not only to the faith, but especially to those suffering from poverty, regardless of their religious beliefs. Professor Dr. Klaus Baumann, Dean of the Faculty of Theology, saw Dr. Ruth Pfau as a worthy honorary doctor of his university. Mr. Mervyn Lobo – CEO of Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre, at the celebration of the honorary doctorate in Freiburg, stressed that the 84-year-old inspiration would continue to take care of those who suffer from the after-effects of leprosy as well as those who were affected by disabilities, in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Previously, Prof. Dr. Michael Albus, renowned German writer and theologian, had told the audience, in his own personal way, about the long-standing friendship he had forged with Dr. Ruth Pfau over the years. "For me, you have won this Doctorate more than once, because of the way you have lived your life by the faith. You do not talk only about your life’s work, but you show proof of it with your humbleness, kindness, happiness and confidence."
DR. RUTH PFAU RECEIVES
“KLAUS HEMMERLE PREIS AWARD”
Dr. Ruth Pfau, M.D., D.Sc., NQA, founder-member of the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre in Pakistan, was recently awarded with the “Klaus-Hemmerle-Preis Award” in Aachen, Germany. The Klaus-Hemmerle-Award was instituted by the Focolare Movement in memory of Bishop Hemmerle who was inspired by, and work closely with Chiara Lubich, the founder of the Focolare Movement.
Prof. Dr. Michael Albus, noted German theologian, writer and journalist, not only praised Dr. Pfau’s medical service of over fifty years against Leprosy, TB and Blindness, but also highlighted the spiritual and mystical dimension of her life. Over the years Dr. Ruth Pfau has written a number of books reflecting on the meaning of working among the marginalized and down-trodden.
The Award is granted every two years to an individual working effectively for the promotion of unity, understanding and peace among peoples. Dr. Ruth Pfau is the first woman to be awarded the “Klaus-Hemmerle-Preis Award”.
Mr. Mervyn Lobo, Chief Executive Officer, MALC accompanied Dr. Ruth Pfau to Aachen for the occasion. It is imperative to mention here that last year too, Dr. Pfau received the prestigious Bambi Award in Germany for her tireless work against Leprosy, TB and Blindness.
MALC CONDUCTS SCREENING CAMP FOR ENGRO VOPAK TERMINAL LTD.
Engro Vopak celebrated World Health Day at its facility in Port Qasim on 7th April, 2014. A team of doctors and trained technicians from MALC participated in the event. The theme of the day was “Small bite, big threat” revolving around vector-borne diseases. As part of the day long activities, MALC conducted a health screening camp for the drivers of EVTL and adjacent facilities. A total of 62 people were checked with 55 comprehensively screened through laboratory tests, vision, physical, and radiological examination. Later, a lecture was also given by Dr. Shahid Zafar, focusing on prevention and treatment of vector-borne diseases, especially Malaria, Dengue, and Leishmaniasis. The team also participated in an awareness walk around the terminal. The MALC team comprised of Dr. Shahid Zafar (Medical Officer), Dr. Masood Ali Khan (Incharge – TB Desk), Mrs. Erum Shaheen (Health Education/Ophthalmic Technician), Mr. Martin Brookes (Senior Laboratory Technician), Mr. Safdar Abbas (X-Ray Technician) and Ms. Sonia (Leprosy Technician).
DR. RUTH PFAU RECEIVES JINNAH GOLD MEDAL AWARD
The Royal Institute of Leadership and Management Sciences (RILMS) was privileged to confer upon Dr. Pfau, the “Jinnah Gold Medal Award” in recognition for her numerous services offered to Pakistan. The ceremony took place at the Commissioner’s Office, on 28th March 2014. The event included a brief presentation of the life of Quaid-e-Azam, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, and was followed by the awards ceremony for the honorable guests who were invited. Dr. Pfau was accompanied by Ms. Salwa Zainab (Manager – Resource Mobilization), Mr. Haider Ali Soomro (Resource Mobilization) and Ms. Almas.
MALC CONDUCTS EMPLOYEE SCREENING ACTIVITY AT EBM
As a means of strengthening the working relationship between English Biscuit Manufacturers (Pvt.) Ltd. (EBM) and Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre (MALC), an employee screening activity was initiated by MALC at the EBM factory in the Korangi Industrial Area. A total of 1,723 EBM employees will be screened over a two-month time period by a selected medical and paramedical staff from MALC. Employees will undergo 6 different tests including routine check-ups and physical examination. The purpose of screening is to identify unrecognized diseases in individuals. The MALC team participating in the activity includes Dr. Shahid Zafar (Medical Officer), Mrs. Erum Shaheen (Health Education), Mr. Martin Brookes (Senior Laboratory Technician), Mr. Safdar Abbas (X-Ray Technician) and Ms. Sonia (Leprosy Technician).
KARACHI GRAMMAR SCHOOL (COLLEGE SECTION) CONTRIBUTES TOWARDS THAR RELIEF EFFORTS
Karachi Grammar School (KGS) and its Staff & Students have, once again, shown their support to MALC and have generously contributed towards the on-going relief activities for the Thar drought and famine crisis. Representing Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre (MALC), Ms. Salwa Zainab (Manager – Resource Mobilization) and Mr. Christopher Vaz (International Communications Officer) were invited to the KGS College Campus, and in a simple ceremony, were handed over cheque and cash for the relief activities. MALC appreciates this invaluable support from the management, staff and students of KGS and may long this continue.
MALC OFFERED COMPLIMENTARY STALL AT CAMS MELA 2014
At the 20th Anniversary celebratory mela, held by CAMS at the Maritime Museum, MALC was offered a complimentary stall by the organizers. Keeping in mind World Tuberculosis Day, all proceeds from the MALC stall, named ‘The Half-Century Shop’, would go towards the FREE TREATMENT of MALC TB patients all over Pakistan. Representing MALC at the stall were Mr. Nisar Malik (Media Manager), Mr. Haider Soomro (Resource Mobilization), Mr. Christopher Vaz (International Communications Officer), Mr. Mohammad Sunny Hassan (Junior Leprosy Technician) and Sham Babu (Driver). The stall offered visitors a chance to play two games: Ringing the Articles and Darts. Additionally, eatables were also on sale and included pizzas, sandwiches and brownies. Health Education material was also on display and visitors could take home the reading material for no charge. The stall attracted many visitors and the MALC team spent valuable time in talking to them about the organization and its work. MALC is thankful to the CAMS management for providing the opportunity to create this awareness and also to raise funds for a noble cause!
MR. AND MRS. AFTAB ADAMJEE VISIT MALC
Mr. and Mrs. Aftab Adamjee visited the Dental Clinic and Radiology Department of MALC Hospital. They have always been great supporters of MALC as they have helped the organization for the upgradation of Dental clinic and Radiology department. Only recently, MALC has been the beneficiary of new dental equipment comprising of a Dental X-Ray machine with digital display, an Autoclave and a Scaler, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Aftab Adamjee for the Aftab Adamjee Dental Clinic at MALC. The Momin Adamjee Radiology Department was also visited by them and they were pleased to see the high level of standards adopted by the Hospital.
From Left to Right:
Dr. Ali Murtaza, Director – Training & Blindness Control, Mr. Mervyn Lobo, Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Salwa Zainab, Manager – Resource Mobilization, Dr. Ruth Pfau, M.D., D.Sc., Founding Member – MALC, Mrs. Aftab Adamjee, Mr. Aftab Adamjee, and Mr. Aziz A. Khan, Consultant – MALC.
INDUS MOTOR COMPANY LTD. PRESENTS CHEQUE TO MALC AS A DONATION
It was a pleasure to receive Mr. Tariq Hussain Khan, General Manager – Human Resources and Mr. Muhammad Arshad, Asst. Manager – Human Resources & CSR, from Indus Motor Company Ltd. The visit was facilitated by Ms. Salwa Zainab, Manager – Resource Mobilization, with Mr. Mervyn Lobo, CEO – MALC, also present at this meeting. As a supporter of MALC’s activities, Indus Motor Company Ltd. presented a cheque to MALC, with a promise to continue to support and donate towards MALC for its work in Pakistan. After the cheque presentation, Mr. Tariq and Mr. Arshad were given a tour of the hospital and were briefed about the management and maintenance of the facility. They were very impressed with the upkeep of the hospital and the quality and standard of services that were being offered through it. MALC gratefully appreciates this valuable contribution from Indus Motor Company Ltd. and hopes that this gesture strengthens the bond of friendship between the two organizations.
INTERNATIONAL CSR SUMMIT
The National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) organized the 6th International CSR Summit and CSR Business Excellence Award Ceremony on 20th February, 2014 at the Marriott Hotel, Karachi. Dr. Ruth Pfau, M.D., D.Sc. was invited as a recipient of an award. A complementary stall was also offered to MALC at the event, to showcase the work done by the organization in Pakistan. MALC was represented by Dr. Ali Murtaza – Director, Training and Community Development, Ms. Salwa Zainab – Manager, Resource Mobilization, Mr. Nisar Malik – Media Manager, Mrs. Erum Yaqoob – Health Education Department and Mr. Haider Ali Soomro – Resource Mobilization Department.
LNS AND NICH INVITES MALC FOR WORLD LEPROSY DAY CELEBRATIONS
The World Leprosy Day programs, which were held in various nursing schools of Karachi, were all part of MALC’s celebrations for the auspicious occasion. MALC’s Health Education team comprising of Mr. Daniel Karamat and Mrs. Erum Yaqoob, accompanied by Mr. Zahoor Iqbal Gill, Director HR/Administration, Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre, were invited to attend two such programs at Liaquat National Hospital School of Nursing (LNS) and National Institute of Child Health School of Nursing (NICH). The year 2014 was significant because it marked the first time that all the nursing schools in Karachi were celebrating World Leprosy Day. To show their love and solidarity with MALC and its leprosy patients, the MALC team members were specially invited as guest speakers for the day’s event at both places. The topic of the day was, “To remove the stigma and wrong concepts of Leprosy from the minds of the general public”. The management and nursing students of both institutions celebrated World Leprosy Day on 21st January, 2014.
DR. RUTH PFAU RECEIVES PRIDE OF
K- Electric formerly known as KESC selected Dr. Ruth Pfau as a recipient of the K-Electric Pride of Karachi Awards for the “Leaders, Visionaries & Social Change-makers” category. The awards night extravaganza was held at the Mohatta Palace on 19th January, 2014. Dr. Pfau received the award as a tribute to highlight her services for the community and to acknowledge the impact that she has had on the socio-economic landscape of Pakistan. Along with Dr. Pfau, other well-known and respected individuals from different walks of life were also recognized at the awards ceremony.
DR. PFAU VISITS STUDENTS AT
KARACHI GRAMMAR SCHOOL (MIDDLE CAMPUS)
Dr. Pfau was recently invited to the KGS (Middle School) to spend some time with the students. This visit was arranged as part of MALC’s World Leprosy Day events held throughout January 2014. Accompanied by Ms. Salwa Zainab, Manager Resource Mobilization and Mr. Christopher Vaz, International Communications Officer, Dr. Pfau was greeted and welcomed by the Middle School Incharge, Mrs. Mancharjee, before addressing the students after the morning assembly. Dr. Pfau spoke at length about her numerous experiences in Pakistan and the students were left amazed by the amount of lives that had been touched by her, during her work with Leprosy control. She encouraged the students to take an active part in social work and helping humanity because, as citizens of Pakistan, they have a duty to help their fellow country-men.
MALC TEAM INVITED TO SPEAK AT JINNAH
MEDICAL & DENTAL COLLEGE
The management and staff of JMDC celebrated World Leprosy Day on 15th January, 2014 in collaboration with the Health Education Department of Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre. Dr. Ali Murtaza, Director of Training at MALC, accompanied by Mr. Daniel Karamat and Mrs. Erum Yaqoob from the Health Education Department at MALC, attended this event at JMDC. Dr. Zainab Hassan, from the department of Community Medicine, welcomed the MALC team and shared the objectives of the leprosy seminar to be held that day. Some students from the 1st year MBBS program performed a tableau for the audience and Dr. Ali presented the current situation of Leprosy in Pakistan with the future challenges that lay ahead concerning this disease. The administrator JMDC, Col. Baqar, thanked the MALC team for their presence whilst he reserved special praise for the participants in the tableau.
MALC INVITED TO SPEAK AT GREENWICH
As part of the continued World Leprosy Day festivities, MALC was invited to Greenwich University on 22nd January 2014 to speak to the students about MALC’s work on Leprosy. The team that participated in this session included Dr. Mutaher Zia (Senior Leprosy Specialist), Mr. Muhammad Iqbal (Statistical Coordinator), Ms. Salwa Zainab (Manager, Resource Mobilization) and Mr. Christopher Vaz (International Communications Officer). Mrs. Tahira A. Khan, Asst. Professor, Academic and Events Coordinator at Greenwich University, warmly welcomed the MALC guests before proceeding to the auditorium for the session. Dr. Zia gave the students a very brief but comprehensive presentation about the work done by MALC and enlightened the students about Leprosy. The presentation was well appreciated by the students and Dr. Zia’s charm endeared him to all who were present. It was a great way to create an awareness of Leprosy amongst the youth and Greenwich University thanked MALC for this experience.
ICI MANAGEMENT VISITS MALC HEAD OFFICE
It was a pleasure to receive Ms. Saima Kamila Khan General Counsel & Company Secretary and Mr. Abdul Ghani CSR Coordinator & Public Relations Manager from ICI at MALC Hospital. This visit was facilitated by Dr. Ali Murtaza- Director Training, Mr. Aziz A. Khan- Consultant & Ms. Salwa Zainab- Manager Resource Mobilization. Ms. Saima Kamila Khan & Mr. Abdul Ghani were very much impressed by the upkeep of the Hospital and the quality and standard of services being offered through it.
FAYSAL BANK LTD CONTINUES TO SHOW SOLIDARITY WITH TB CONTROL ACTIVITIES
In a simple ceremony held on Tuesday, 19th November, Ms. Mehreen Amin- Head of Human Resource, Faysal Bank, presented a cheque to Dr. Pfau (founding member-MALC) for the treatment of 300 TB patients dispersed in five different Leprosy-TB centres in Gilgit Baltistan. Ms. Rabia Salahuddin- Senior HR & Business Partner (Faysal Bank), Mr. Syed Majid Ali- Chief Financial Officer (Faysal Bank), Dr. Ali Murtaza- Director Training, Mr. Aziz A. Khan- Consultant and Ms. Salwa Zainab- Manager Resource Mobilization were also present on the occasion. While taking the round of the Hospital, the team of Faysal Bank appreciated the neat and clean environment and praised the level of care being provided to the needy patients.
Faysal Bank has been regularly supporting the TB control activities by MALC for quite sometime. This donation will ensure the regular supply of Anti-TB medicines for deserving patients in various parts of Gilgit - Baltistan .
MALC’s MALE WARD SPONSORED BY BAY VIEW HIGH SCHOOL (BVHS)
BVHS has been supporting MALC since 2005, through its various fundraising programs and contributions by staff and students. Their magnanimity has helped the hospital to carry out free services for the destitute and underserved patients of Leprosy, TB and Blindness & various other ailments. Additionally, students from the school have also been involved in volunteer work at MALC Hospital during the breaks in session. For the year 2013-2014, BVHS has again extended a helping hand through adoption of a male ward in MALC main hospital. Ms. Karen Ahmed, Director of Studies (BVHS), along with selected faculty and students presented a cheque to Dr. Ruth Pfau at a simple Ceremony held on 12th November, 2013. MALC management & patients are thankful to BVHS management, students and especially all those parents who stand with MALC & BVHS in supporting this noble cause.
KARACHI GRAMMAR SCHOOL COLLEGE SECTION PRESENTS A CHEQUE FOR THE EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS IN AWARAN (BALUCHISTAN)
Karachi Grammar Helpers' Society (College Section) presented a cheque as donation to MALC for the treatment of patients in earthquake stricken parts of Baluchistan. Mr. Mervyn F. Lobo - CEO, MALC received the cheque 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 - Manager-RMD, MALC, Mr. Christopher Vaz - International Communication Officer were also present on this occasion.
ADOPTION OF SADDAR EYE CARE CENTRE, TRIPLE MERGER CENTERS OF LIAQUATABAD & NEW KARACHI BY ANONYMOUS PHILANTHROPIST
Like past many years, MALC main hospital in sadder along with two other sub centres in Liaquatabad and New Karachi have again been adopted by a local philanthropist, who wishes to remain unknown. This untiring act of kindness has enabled the three facilities to continue providing quality care to the needy patients of the area. MALC cherishes this friendship and feels proud to have such a trusted and committed donor.
EBM RE-ADOPTS LANDHI KORANGI TRIPLE MERGER CENTRE
Management of English Biscuits Manufacturers’ have readopted our Landhi Korangi TM Centre. The centre provides free services to patients of Leprosy, TB, and eye conditions from all areas of Landhi Korangi. We are very grateful to the Management of EBM for their kind and continued support, which will result in continuation of much needed services for the poor and marginalized population of the area. MALC and the patients wish to convey their heartfelt gratitude to the Management of EBM for their generous support over the years. We sincerely hope that EBM will continue the solidarity in the years to come.
PFIZER DONATES MEDICINES TO MALC
In a simple ceremony, Mr. Shaharyar Kazi- Manager Public Affairs, Pfizer Pakistan handed over the donation of general medicines to Dr. Ruth Pfau, Founder Member of MALC, for patients being treated free of charge by MALC across the country. Mr. Aziz Khan- Consultant MALC, Dr. Ali Murtaza- Director Training, Ms. Gul Pari- Pharmacist and Ms. Salwa Zainab- Manager Resource Mobilization were also present on the occasion. MALC management, staff, and patients are extremely thankful to Pfizer Pakistan, for their much needed donation.
NATIONAL BANK OF PAKISTAN RE-ADOPTS FEMALE/MALE WARDS
National Bank has very kindly consented to extend their cooperation and support to MALC in providing free treatment for the deprived patients. The Bank has re-adopted the Female/Male wards of MALC Hospital. We and our patients are extremely grateful to the management and staff of National Bank for their generous support. Re-adoption of these wards will ensure continuation of free and quality care to the patients admitted in MALC Hospital.
KARACHI GRAMMAR SCHOOL (MIDDLE SECTION) DONATES RATION FOR DISTRIBUTION AMONG FLOOD AFFECTED FAMILIES
Helpers’ Society of KGS (Middle Section) donated ration for distribution among the flood affected families in Sindh. MALC (FRRP- team) distributed the ration to 40 families in Village Gohram Muhammad Chandio, district Badin. A large number of women & children were gathered at the distribution site. Students of KGS have always helped MALC by contributing towards the cause of reaching out to the marginalized communities and helping the people in need. We are very thankful to the management & students of KGS for their support.
MEEZAN BANK PRESENTS CHEQUE AS DONATION
Mr. Fayyaz Ur Rehman, Vice President Special Projects & CSR- Meezan Bank presented a cheque as donation through their Ihasan Trust to Dr. Pfau. Mr. Mervyn F. Lobo-CEO MALC, Dr. Ali Murtaza Director Training, Ms. Salwa Zainab- Manager Resource mobilization were also present. During his visit to hospital ward Mr. Fayyaz appreciated the fact that all the facilities are being provided under one roof and the hospital is adequately equipped to fulfill the needs of patients. Dr. Zia –Senior Leprosy Specialist, MALC and Ms. Ronica Martin, Matron MALC facilitated the visit of hospital wards and different departments.
MR. MOHSIN NATHANI, PRESIDENT STANDARD CHARTERED BANK (SCB) PRESENTS A CHEQUE FOR THE PURCHASE OF YAG LASER TO DR. RUTH PFAU.
In a simple ceremony held at MALC Mr. Mohsin Nathani, President SCB presented a cheque to Dr. Ruth Pfau for the purchase of YAG Laser for MALC Saddar Eye Care Centre. Mr. Farhan Ahmed, Head Corporate Affairs, SCB; Ms. Marium Soomro, Head of Brand & Sustainability, SCB, Mrs. Ghazala Ahmed, Member, Governing Body MALC; Mr. Mervyn Lobo, Chief Executive Officer, MALC, Dr. Ali Murtaza, Director Training, & Incharge Eye Desk, MALC, Mr. Aziz A. Khan, Consultant, MALC and Ms. Salwa Zainab, Manager Resource Mobilization were also present on the occasion.
MALC is highly grateful for the contribution of SCB under their “Seeing is Believing” philosophy. Their constant support has really helped MALC Eye Unit at its main hospital in Krachi to develop into a comprehensive and well equipped eye care facility. The new YAG Laser will be used to treat patients with posterior capsular opacification, which is a very common complication after cataract surgery. We once again thank SCB and look forward to their support to continue in coming years.
DR. RUDOLF WALTER OF SPEKTRUM HERDER VISITS PAKISTAN TO WRITE A BOOK ON THE LIFE OF DR. RUTH PFAU.
Dr. Walter came to Karachi to write a book on the life of Dr. Pfau. Dr. Walter has already written a collection of seven books in German language on Dr. Pfau. During his stay he also attended Dr. Pfau’s birthday. Dr. Walter, during his farewell speech, applauded the fact that MALC family is a well-knit unit and is making a tremendous change through their work.
PSO REVIVES THEIR SUPPORT FOR MALC KOHISTAN, PATTAN- DASSU TM CENTRE.
We are extremely grateful to the Management of PSO for continuation of their support by adopting MALC Kohistan, Pattan- Dassu TM Centre. This would help us to improve the quality of care for the Leprosy, TB & eye patients of the area. We are confident that this support of PSO will continue in the years to come, enabling MALC not only to eliminate Leprosy but also reduce the burden of TB & Blindness.
MALC HOLDS TWO FREE MEDICAL CAMPS IN DISTRICT JAFFARABAD, BALOCHISTAN, IN COLLABORATION WITH NATIONAL BANK OF PAKISTAN.
MALC successfully conducted two free medical camps sponsored by NBP in flood affected areas of District Jaffarabad- Balochistan in Village Muhabat Shakh (9th & 10th September, 2013) and Goth Ghulam Rasool Lehri (11th September, 2013). During these camps a total of 1916 people were provided relief; during first camp 1483 people visited the camp and 433 people during second camp. Both the villages are affected by 2013 floods due to rains. Apart from this current volatile law & order situation has also made it difficult for people of the area to access the basic health facilities. There was an overwhelming response to these free medical camps sponsored by National Bank of Pakistan. The turnout ratio during these camps was very high and a large number of people benefitted through these camps. In addition to medical care, necessary health awareness messages were also given to people on safe water sanitation and hygiene.
UNITED BANK CONTINUES ITS SUPPORT BY ADOPTING MALC BAGH- BANNI PASSARI TM CENTRE, AZAD KASHMIR
At a simple ceremony held at United Bank Head Office, Ms. Maliha Anwer Khan, SVP/Head Wealth Management and Priority Banking, United Bank Ltd. presented a cheque to Ms. Salwa Zainab, Resource Mobilization Manager of MALC. Mr. Raza Mustajab Haider, Senior Manager Public Relations, United Bank Ltd., 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 by adopting MALC Bagh- Banni Passari TM Centre, Azad Kashmir up to June 2014. 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.
DONATION FROM THE NEW ZEALAND HIGH COMMISSION
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 new sets of cutting instruments, ophthalmoscope, and refraction boxes. This support will enable us to provide quality surgical and medical care to the needy patients, especially in Balochistan. MALC management and especially the staff of Balochistan eye care program are extremely grateful to New Zealand High Commission and Mr. Moin M. Fudda, Honorary Consul General, New Zealand for their generosity and help to MALC Balochistan eye care program.
KESC EXTENDS A HELPING HAND TO MALC ZAKAT CAMPAIGN 2013
Management of KESC has continued to support MALC by publishing our Zakat Appeal on their consumer bills. This generous act will go a long way in supporting MALC cause.
PSO SPONSORS ZAKAT APPEAL HOARDING FOR MALC 2013
PSO has once again sponsored Zakat appeal hoarding for MALC at their retail outlet on Korangi Road. 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.
MALC CELEBRATES 84TH BIRTHDAY OF
DR. RUTH PFAU
The Management, Staff and Patients celebrated the 84th Birthday of Dr. Ruth Pfau, Founder Member of MALC on Monday 9th September 2013. Mr. Mervyn Lobo-CEO MALC congratulated her on her birthday and presented a bouquet, Dr. Romina Mirza, Dr. Rudolf Walter and Mr. Lukas Steinwendtner also presented bouquets to Dr. Pfau. In his welcome address, Mr. Lobo appreciated that Dr. Pfau has no plans to slow down as she still keeps herself busy in serving the patients in the hospital as well as in the field. Mr. Zahoor Iqbal Gill, Dr. Ali Murtaza & Dr. Mutahir Zia presented gifts on behalf of staff & patients. The function was also attended by the of Sisters of her Congregation- The Daughters of the Heart of Mary, staff members and patients. At the end Dr. Pfau thanked all for celebrating her birthday.
MS. SAMAN QURESHI-MANAGER PUBLIC AFFAIRS NESTLE PAKISTAN LTD PAID A VISIT TO MALC ON 28TH AUGUST, 2013
Ms. Saman Qureshi- Manager Public Affairs, Nestle Pakistan visited MALC Hospital to orientate herself about the services available and being offered by the Centre. During her visit of the hospital she appreciated the commitment of the staff and overall cleanliness and upkeep of the hospital. Mr. Mervyn F. Lobo- Chief Executive Officer-MALC, Dr. Ali Murtaza- Director Training, along with Ms. Salwa Zainab- Manager RMD were also present on the occasion.
EBM MANAGEMENT VISITS LANDHI KORANGI TM CENTRE
It was a pleasure to welcome Ms. Attiyah Inaam, Manager CSR of EBM and Mr. Zahoor Abbass, Asst-Manager Health Safety & Environment at the Landhi- Korangi TM Centre adopted by EBM for the last 8 years. MALC is highly thankful for their keen interest in the functioning of this centre and their contribution to support the medical care for 2.2 million inhabitants of the area.
The visit was meant to discuss the opportunity of screening the employees of EBM and their medical check up.
A DELEGATION FROM MALC CALLED ON MR. MUHAMMAD HAROON AGAR PRESIDENT KARACHI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY (KCCI) ON 20TH AUGUST, 2013
A delegation headed by Mr. Zahoor Iqbal Gill-Director Administration, Mr. Savio Pereira- Manager Human Resources, Mr. Nisar Malik- Manager Media, Mr. Francis D’Souza- Management Coordinator, Ms. Salwa Zainab- Manager Resource Mobilization from MALC called upon Mr. Haroon Agar in his chamber to discuss the needs of the hospital and explore ways for KCCI to support MALC. Mr. Haroon Agar assured personal and chambers help in full capacity for MALC. On this occasion Mr. Nasir Mehmood Vice President KCCI and Mr. Ateeq ur Rehman were also present. Ms. Salwa Zainab presented a photograph to Mr. Haroon Agar taken with Dr. Ruth Pfau (M.D., D.Sc.) during his visit to MALC. Later on Mr. Agar presented a shield to Mr. Zahoor Iqbal Gill on KCCI’s behalf.
MR. MUHAMMAD HAROON AGAR, PRESIDENT, KARACHI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY (KCCI) PAID A VISIT TO DR. RUTH PFAU
Mr. Muhammad Haroon Agar, President, KCCI, along with his colleagues Mr. Ateeq ur Rehman and Mr. Zafar Saeed visited Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre (MALC) on the 30th of July, 2013. During his visit to the Centre, Mr. Haroon Agar met Dr Ruth Pfau and her team. The President KCCI and his colleagues were apprised that Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre is one of the largest NGO in the country running Leprosy Elimination, TB & Blindness Control Program and has its headquarters in Karachi. MALC also serves as a secondary/tertiary referral facility for Leprosy patients from all over Pakistan who are treated free of charge irrespective of caste or creed.
Mr. Haroon Agar paid tribute to Dr Ruth Pfau for dedicating her life for the people of Pakistan to eliminate Leprosy and that MALC was successful in its aim so far. He asserted upon the need to draw the attention of the elite and the business community as well as the business and commercial concerns to contribute and support MALC under the CSR programs, as the Centre provides quality treatment and medical services free of cost to all segments of the society without any discrimination. He assured Dr Pfau of Karachi Chamber’s best support in this regard.
URDU TRANSLATION OF DR. RUTH PFAU’S BIOGRAPHY TITLED “KHIDMAT HO MAQSAD-I-HAYAT MERA” LAUNCHED AT GREENWICH UNIVERSITY
Urdu translation of the biography of Dr Ruth Pfau titled ‘Khidmat Ho Maqsad-i-Hayat Mera’ translated by Ms. Saima Irum was launched on 4th May, 2013 at an event jointly organized by Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre and Greenwich University. Dr. Pfau’s biography was originally penned by Dr. Mutahir Zia under the title of “Serving the Unserved”. Speaking at the launch, Dr. Zia shared his experiences while writing the biography; Mr. Mervyn Lobo CEO-MALC also shared his views on the launch and said that with a urdu translation, the book will reach to a broader audience. Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Seema Mughal, the vice chancellor of Greenwich University said that the book is a great gift for youth. Dr. Tilo Klinner, the German Counsel General in Karachi said that through this translation, Dr. Pfau’s services can now be widely read through out Pakistan. He also added that he wishes to see Sindhi, Pashtu and Blochi translations of the book as well. Fatima Suriya Bajiya well known script writer and intellectual said that with this book Dr. Ruth Pfau’s name has become immortal and urged students to take inspiration from people like Dr. Pfau and work for the less fortunate part of the society . The event was attended by a large number of students, teachers and members of the civil society.
HELPERS SOCIETY OF KARACHI GRAMMAR, MIDDLE SECTION PRESENTED A CHEQUE AS DONATION TO MALC ON 3RD JUNE, 2013
Students of Karachi Grammar, Middle Section presented a cheque as donation for treatment of patients to MALC during their morning assembly on 3rd June, 2013. The amount was collected through a bake sale organized by the students of the Middle Section. Ms. Salwa Zainab- Manager RMD-MALC received the cheque. Speaking on the occasion, she thanked the students for raising the funds and KGS for being a great supporter of MALC.
KESC MANAGEMENT TRAINEES VISITED MALC
A group of management trainees from KESC visited MALC as part of their orientation program. The group was given a detailed a presentation about MALC’s work. Later on the trainees were taken for a detailed round of the hospital. Mr. Zahoor Iqbal Gill (Director Admin-MALC), Dr. Ali Murtaza (Director Training, MALC), Mr. Francis D’Souza (Management Coordinator-MALC), Ms. Salwa Zainab (Manager-RMD) facilitated the orientation. All the trainees appreciated the work which is being done by MALC.
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 balochistan 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 balochistan 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 balochistan 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 balochistan 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.
PPL holds skin camp with MALC:
A skin camp was organized in Kandhkot by MALC with the support of PPL. The camp was held on 6th July 2010, where our Dermatologists Dr. Shahid Zafar from Karachi and Dr. Farooq Rehman Soomro from Larkana examined 606 patients and provided medicines to all those needing treatment including patients suffering from scabies. MALC is highly grateful to PPL for their support and expect continuation of such patronage by PPL.
Dr. Ruth Pfau inaugurates KAROPHTH 2011
Dr. Ruth Pfau, M.D., D.Sc. Founder Member of MALC attended the Inaugural Ceremony of Karophth 2011 held on Friday, 11th February 2011 as Chief Guest. The 33rd Annual Karophth 2011 was organized by the Ophthalmological Society of Pakistan from 11 – 13 February 2011.
MALC suspects TB cases in IDPs:
MALC medical team has suspected more than 800 people for TB at various IDP camps in Karachi. The report says that among these suspected cases 36 were found to be TB patients. MALC is conducting TB OPDs in relief camps to retrieve TB patients who had already been diagnosed and were receiving treatment in their respective areas, so that their treatment may be continued. During screening at a camp in Gadap Town, among a total population of 12,000 who were examined, 650 were suspected and 25 were diagnosed as TB patients while in an another camp at Maripur, the team suspected 230 among a group of 4,500 people and 11 patients were found. The patients were put on treatment as per NTP guidelines and provided with supplementary diet which includes milk, fruits and multi-vitamin tablets.
ENGLISH BISCUITS RE-ADOPTS MALC’S CENTRE:
English Biscuits Manufacturers (Pvt.) Limited has re-adopted MALC's centre of Landhi/Korangi for another period of 4 years. The centre is situated in slum area of Landhi-Korangi and providing health care services to the poor community free of charge. MALC’s Management, Staff and Patients are grateful to the EBM Management for their generous support and renewal of their sponsorship. The centre has been renamed as EBM Landhi-Korangi TM Centre.
THE GERMAN CONSUL CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF DR. PFAU IN PAKISTAN:
The Consul-General of Germany Dr Christian Brecht arranged a concert at his residence on 6th March in honour of Dr Ruth Pfau for her untiring efforts to eradicate leprosy from the country and for raising the lot of the marginalised communities. The concert featured a mixed bag of classical music by the world renowned theremin player Carolina Eyck and her music ensemble. Carolina Eyck is one of the world’s foremost theremin virtuosi. Beginning her training at the age of seven, Ms. Eyck studied theremin under Lydia Kavina, the grand-niece of the instrument’s inventor, Leon Theremin.
MALC CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF DR. PFAU:
Dr. Ruth Pfau, Founder Member of MALC completed 50 years of her services in Leprosy and uplift of marginalized groups in Pakistan on 8th March 2010. The Golden Jubilee of Dr. Pfau also celebrated by the management, staff and patients and a number of programmes were organized to pay tribute to her dedication and commitment. An Evening Programme arranged at St. Patrick’s Boys School Auditorium with patients and staff. The main event was organized on 8th March. In both functions Ms. Carolina Eyck and her group performed theremin music, and Bay View High School’s children presented a drama on the life of Dr. Pfau.
PROVINCIAL HEALTH MINISTER DR. SAGHEER AHMED TRIBUTES DR. PFAU:
Provincial Minister for Health, Dr. Sagheer Ahmed hosted a reception on 12th March arranged by the Health Department Sindh in honour of Dr Ruth Pfau on her completion of 50 years in Pakistan. On the occasion the Health Minister Dr. Sagheer Ahmed said that Leprosy is a curable disease and through awareness its spread could be minimized to a great extent. While talking about Dr. Pfau he said that Dr Pfau has dedicated her whole life for the cause of treating leprosy patients, who are otherwise shunned by society as well as their own family members. The function was also attended by Mr. Shakil Ahmad, CEO of MALC and his team of senior and mid-management staff.
MALC RECEIVES DONATION FROM GERMANY:
The Charite, Germany has made a valuable donation in kind to MALC. The donation of a truck load and a pickup full of day-care and hospital supplies was delivered at the MALC Headquarter in Karachi. His Excellency Dr. Christian Brecht, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany accompanied the donors Mr. Sygnecki, Rev. Hohner and two female guests from Germany on Saturday, November 11, 2009. Dr. Ruth Pfau and CEO of MALC Mr. Shakil Ahmad along with the management received the honorable guests. The donation is yet another gesture of goodwill by the ever-supportive German friends of Pakistan, and reflects on the solidarity of the Germans with the people of Pakistan. MALC gratefully appreciates this valuable contribution from loving people of Germany and especially Charite Group through Mr. Sygnecki.