The Indus Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan provides premium healthcare free of cost to the city’s poorest communities. The Indus Children Cancer Hospital (ICCH) offers diagnosis and treatment for underprivileged pediatric cancer victims who cannot afford treatment.
The Rehma Fund has funded an expansion of the Emergency Room and Day Care facilities at ICCH through the purchase of medical equipment. This has improved care for children who suffer from the complications of chemotherapy, and allowed better access to routine treatments such as blood transfusions and antibiotic administration.
More recently, The Rehma Fund has focused on improving the quality of psychological support offered to children undergoing difficult treatment for cancer. We have helped establish a qualified and trained Child Life team who focus on providing active support and counseling to patients and their caregivers. As part of this effort to foster a child-friendly environment, we have also funded the provision of items such as chemo care kits, books, toys, and arts and crafts materials. A child’s treatment for cancer is often painful and stressful and items that provide opportunities for distraction and play can provide much needed comfort and relief.
We hope that by providing the emotional and psychological support that underserved children, and their caregivers, need, and by making their surroundings as comfortable and encouraging as possible, we can do our part to alleviate their discomfort and pain.
For these projects, we had partnered with the Association for the Development of Pakistan, an organization we have volunteered with in the past and who have helped us conduct the necessary due diligence.
In the true spirit of collaboration, The Rehma Fund will partner with the Vietnam Vascular Anomalies Center and Indus Hospital in Pakistan for a new project in 2017. Our collective aim is to create a Vascular Anomalies Center at the Indus Hospital to deliver cutting edge care for underprivileged children suffering from debilitating vascular anomalies. This would be the first clinic of its kind in the country. The transformative potential for children who are unable to afford care and are burdened by the social stigma of visible skin conditions can be life changing.