Ali Hajvery Free Drug Bank embodies the true spirit of public-private partnership in providing health services to needy patients. In 2012 Dr. Zaheer-ul-Hassan Mir founded Ali Hajvery Free Drug Bank (AHFDB) with the vision to provide free of cost medicines to patients coming to public hospitals. The first step towards this vision was taken when the first drug bank was set up at Mayo Hospital, Lahore. Since then two additional centers have been established in Lahore General Hospital and Mian Munshi Hospital, Lahore. Ali Hajvery is also committed to serving patients with kidney disorders through its Free Dialysis Center located at Mian Munshi Hospital.
For most patients, medicine remains as a major cost of their treatment. Every month, 18,000 patients at Mayo Hospital and 15,000 patients at Lahore General Hospital do not have to worry about this burden because of provision of free medicines by the centers. Ali Hajvery is also providing insulin to 500 diabetic patients monthly and life changing and life saving medicines to people suffering from cancer, thalassemia and hepatitis.
At Mian Munshi Hospital, Ali Hajvery has 12 dialysis machines through which we are providing free dialysis services to 36 patients on a daily basis.
Public hospitals remain one of the busiest destinations for the bulk of the patient population. These hospitals welcome patients from not only nearby cities but from virtually all over Pakistan. Health facilities are sparse in rural areas. There is very limited access to quality diagnostic services and trained medical staff. Patients are willing to cover huge distances to access to quality institutes in major cities such as Lahore. In the year 2014-15 Mayo Hospital admitted more than 450,000 patients and more than 1 million were treated in its out-patient department (OPD). Due to growing demand of quality health care, public hospitals face scarcity of resources. This is where non-profits such as Ali Hajvery Free Drug Bank come into play. By establishing health centers in existing hospitals diverse number of patients can be catered to.
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