Al-Shifa Trust was established with the aim of prevention and control of blindness by providing standard and sustainable eye care services which are accessible and affordable to all regardless of gender, race, color or religion. Its essential components would be hospital-based tertiary eye care services, community-oriented prevention of blindness program, need-based human resource development, promotion of basic and applied research in ophthalmology and development of appropriate and affordable technology.
To be recognized as the finest eye care hospital providing primary, secondary and tertiary care in Ophthalmology and to continually improve the quality services to all as well as expand community outreach to the under-privileged.
Ex President of Pakistan, Muhammad Rafeeq Tarar with the Founding President, Gen Jahandad Khan on his visit to Al-Shifa Trust
Dr. Abdul Qadir Khan visiting Al-Shifa Trust
Ex Chairman Senate, Muhammad Mian Soomro with Founding President of Al-Shifa Trust
Ex President of Pakistan, Farooq Leghari on a visit to Al-Shifa Trust
Al-Shifa Trust was established in 1985 as a non-governmental, non-political, charitable organization by Late Lt. Gen Jehandad Khan. He started Al-Shifa Trust in a humble way and developed it into a large organization through his personal dedication, devotion and teamwork. He was the first major donor himself who donated all his savings to the Trust. General Jahandad Khan devoted all his energies towards this brainchild till the last day of his life. He planned for various phases of development and established four state of the art eye hospitals operating in Rawalpindi, Sukkur, Kohat and Muzaffarabad. The fifth hospital at Chakwal was completed in 2021.
Lt. General (Retd) Hamid Javaid was elected by the Board of Trustees to lead the Trust after the death of Lt. Gen (Retd) Jehandad Khan. His contribution in the form of new initiatives like expansion of scope of community ophthalmology and starting of surgical eye camps, expanding cornea department and construction of Eye Bank, construction of new OT, and expanding the clinical services will be long remembered. After his death, the Board of Trustees elected the current President Major General (Retd) Rehmat Khan in 2019.
President of Pakistan is the ex-officio Patron-In-Chief of the trust. The Board of Trusteescomprises of retired service men, businessmen, bureaucrats and professionals
The Trust Complex is in Rawalpindi alongside the Grand Trunk Road (adjacent to Ayub Park).