“Project Hope” was established in April 2005 as a partnership between Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) and Engro. It provides free and easy access to high quality medical consultation services of JPMC specialists to poor patients in remote rural areas of Sindh. To-date, more than 13,000 patients have benefitted from the project. The project has won international recognition for its contributions.
Free Snakebite Treatment One of Engro’s first community healthcare interventions was this program, which since 1977 has saved approximately 73,500 lives. The snakebite clinic located in Daharki is the only one in this region of upper Sindh. The facility is open to the general public, round the clock, throughout the year. Free snakebite treatment has been provided to a record 5,515 patients in 2007.
Established in 2001 at a cost of Rs. 3.7 million in Sukkur, this Center has cared for more than 319,800 patients so far executing over 23,000 blood transfusions, 253,000 laboratory tests and 21,777 tuberculosis treatments. More than 5,990 blood transfusions took place in 2007 in Engro Thalassaemia Center in Sukkur.
The first of the centers was established in Daharki in 2001, and has handled 2,400 cases since then. Responding to demand, a second Center was established in Mirpur Mathelo in 2004 at a cost of Rs. 3.5 million.
Shikarpur area lacked proper facilities for Maternal and child care. An old vacant hospital was converted to a modern hospital with needed equipment and facilities. Engro’s funds were utilized for procurement of hospital equipment. The project is self sustainable via the subsidized rates charged to patients.
Established in 1999 at a cost of Rs. 5 million, Engro’s Eye Care Center in Daharki has so far treated more than 45,000 patients, performing over 4,000 surgeries and intraocular lens implants. The Eye Care Center, established in rural health Center Daharki, provided eye-care facilities to more than 6,000 patients in 2007.
Engro is among the prominent contributors to the new Oncology unit at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi which was commissioned in 2005. The Ibn Zuhr Building houses two radiotherapy linear accelerators, a laboratory, transfusion unit, a pharmacy and 24 chemotherapy stations.
With support from Engro, a two-day free eye camp was organized by Alshifa Eye Trust Hospital on Nov 14-15, 2008 at Sahiwal.