The 2nd International Al-Shifa Research Conference at Al Shifa Trust Eye Hospital was held on Monday, 26th December, 2022. Dr. Ume Sughra, Director Research and Principal Investigator successfully organized the conference under the theme “Landscape of Clinical Trials in Pakistan.”
The chief guests of the conference were Maj Gen (Retd.) Rehmat Khan, President Al-Shifa Trust and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Director ICCBS H.E.J Karachi, UNESCO Chair on Medicinal and Bio-organic Natural Product Chemistry.
The speakers at the conference were renowned medical and public health research professionals, including Prof. Dr. Tanwir Khaliq Vice-Chancellor PIMS, Prof. Dr. Shahzad Ali Khan VC HSA Islamabad, Dr. Saima Saeed, Senior Pulmonologist and Director of Lung Health Program at Indus Hospital & Health Network Karachi, Dr. Sadia Asim, Director IBBPS (Institute of Biological, Biochemical & Pharmaceutical Science), Dow University of Health Science, Karachi, and representative from Maroof International Hospital, Islamabad.
We are thankful to our conference CROs: DRK Pharma Solution Lahore, Tigermed Pakistan & Senior COM Tigermed Consulting Pakistan (PVT) Ltd. Lahore, Metrics Research Karachi, Dimension Research Karachi, and Medical Functions Cyntax Health Projects (Pvt) Ltd. Islamabad.
The conference was attended by respected Executive Director, Brig (Retd.) Rizwan Ullah Asghar, Dean PIO Prof. Dr. Wajid Ali Khan, Chief Consultant, Prof. Dr. Nadeem Qureshi, HOD Ocular Oncology and Oculoplastics Prof. Dr. Tayyab Afghani, doctors from all departments of AST and PIO professors, students, and staff.
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President Al-Shifa Trust, Major Gen (Retd.) Rehmat Khan and Dean PIO, Prof. Dr. Wajid Ali Khan presented a token of thanks to Dr. Tahira Rathor on the recent Gala Dinner organized by the Pakistan Institute of Ophthalmology.
Al-Shifa Trust is grateful to Dr. Tahira Rathor for her unwavering support and for all she does to benefit humanity.
Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital established a 3-day free surgical and screening eye camp at THQ Hospital Shujabad. The camp was generously sponsored by OGDCL CSR.
Col Tariq Usman GM ACCO, Mr.Rana Shehriyar Noon ( Son of Rana Qasin Noon) MNA and Chairman standing Committeeon rules, procedure and privileges, Mr. Muhammad Tayyab RC Multan, Dr. Rana Javed Iqbal Medical Superintendent THQ Hospital Shujabad, Mr. Abdul Rehim SWO RO Multan visited the camp.
We are thankful to OGDCL for their continuous support to our cause of fighting eye diseases in the country.
We are pleased to announce that after the successful clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine, ZFSW001, Dr. Ume Sughra, Director Research and Principal Investigator, has started Influenza Vaccine trials at Al-Shifa Trust along with her team members. The new trial is a Phase III, Randomized, Observer-blind, Multicenter Study to Evaluate the Efficacy, Immunogenicity, and Safety of Seqirus’ Cell-Based Quadrivalent Subunit Influenza Virus Vaccine.
On the occasion of the first Influenza Vaccine administration at the trial site, President Al-Shifa Trust, Gen (R) Rehmat Khan, President Al-Shifa Foundation of North America (AFNA)—Mr. Tahir Zafar—Executive Director, Brig (R) Rizwan Ullah Asghar, Dr. Ume Sughra, Director Research and Principal Investigator of this trial, Dr Wajid Ali Khan, Dean PIO and Head of Cornea dept, Al-Shifa Research Center team members, and other higher management of Al-Shifa Trust were present.
This is yet another success in Al-Shifa’s journey towards conducting high-quality clinical trials.
Al-Shifa School of Public Health, Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Allied Courses, and Students arranged an awareness walk for early Signs of Diabetes and Prevention.
Dr. Ayesha, Head of ASOPH, delivered a lecture on Early Screening for Patients, and Dr. Amtul, gave a brief explanation on the Effects of Diabetes on the eyes.
Volunteers were also tested for blood sugar.
Al-Shifa Research center continues to grow. After the successful COVID-19 Phase III Clinical Trial at Al-Shifa Clinical Trial Site, a new clinical trial site has been established on the 1st floor of Children Eye Hospital. President Al-Shifa Trust, Gen (R) Rehmat Khan inaugurated the site on 31st Oct 2022. The inauguration ceremony was attended by the higher management of Al-Shifa Trust, President Al-Shifa Foundation of North America (AFNA)—Mr Tahir Zafar—CROs, Sponsors, Head of Paeds Department—Prof Dr. Sumaira Altaf—and team members of Al-Shifa Research Center.
A big shout-out to Al-Shifa Research Center for their continued growth in the domain of clinical trials.
Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital established a 3-day free surgical and screening eye camp at THQ Hospital Jand. The camp was generously sponsored by OGDCL.
President Al-Shifa Trust, Maj Gen (Retd) Rehmat Khan, Executive Director, Brig (Retd) Rizwan Ullah Asghar, senior management from Al-Shifa Trust, and Admin Officer Dakhni Oil Field OGDCL, Mr Tahir visited the camp.
We are thankful to OGDCL for their continuous support to our cause of fighting eye diseases in the country.
Dr. Mujtaba Qazi, an Ophthalmologist from St. Louis, Missouri, visited Al-Shifa Trust and delivered a lecture on Innovative Management Techniques and Presbyopia. The lecture was attended by residents doctors, faculty members of BSc Optometry, and students.
Dr. Qazi is a Director of Clinical Studies at Pepose Vision Institute. He is actively involved in many research projects, with special expertise in customized laser vision correction, the surgical correction of presbyopia, and visual outcomes after cataract surgery.
A general medical camp and an eye camp were established where free medical check ups, medicines and eye glasses were given to the patients.
President Al-Shifa Trust along with Executive Director and other team members personally visited the camp and met with the flood victims.
Your donations make a big change. Please donate as much as you can to send medical aid for the victims of flood.
Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital organized its first flood relief camp at Nowshehra Kalan on 6th Sep 2022. More than 1000 victims of flood received free medical checkups. Ration bags were also distributed. President Al-Shifa Trust, Maj Gen (Retd) Rehmat Khan and Executive Director, Brig (Retd) Rizwan Ullah Asghar, were present at the medical camp and distributed ration boxes to the affectees.
Your donations make a big change. Please donate as much as you can to send medical aid for the victims of flood.
Al-Shifa Foundation of North America honorable donors Dr. Riffat and her husband Abdul Rahman Chaudhry visited Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital today and met our patients in wards, eye cancer unit and OPDs. They also visited Light House and highly appreciated Al-Shifa's efforts in offering rehabilitation to patients with un-treatable vision loss.
The foundation stone for the expansion of Al-Shifa Eye Trust Hospital Mureed was laid by the former district nazim and leader of Pakistan Muslim League-N Sardar Ghulam Abbas.
Al-Shifa Eye Trust Hospital Mureed has been providing free eye treatment and treatment facilities to the people of Chakwal district for a long time. The construction of a new block in this hospital is a result of increasing number of patients. The construction of this project is estimated to cost Rs. 5crore.
President Al Shifa Trust, General (R) Rahmat Khan, Executive Director, Brigadier (R) Rizwan Asghar, MS Dr Shiraz Tareen, Admin Manager Wahid Mehmood were present at the occasion.
More than 6 Al-Shifa Eye Trust Hospitals are providing free services to the public. Talking about Chakwal hospital, General Rehmat said that a rush of people in this hospital is a sign of trust and this is the reason why we have now decided to expand this hospital. We are doing this work especially for the sake of Allah, so Allah Almighty will bless us with His treasures IN SHAA ALLAH.
General R. Rehmat Khan further said that people have to pay the rent only to visit the hospital, the rest of the check-ups, medicines, eye operations and food are the responsibility of the institution.
We are proud to announce that Pakistan Institute of Opthalmology (PIO) got top 3 positions in the final professional exam of B.Sc (Hons.) Optometry and Orthoptics held in March 2022 by the University of Health Sciences. Congratulations to our toppers.
AST and OGDCL regularly hold eye camps in remote areas of Pakistan as part of their partnership to eliminate blindness in the country.
The ACCO team of Al-Shifa Trust recently established a 3-day surgical eye camp at DHQ Hospital Gwadar from June 12 to June 14. The camp was generously sponsored by OGDCL CSR.
We are extremely thankful to OGDCL for supporting our cause and helping us reach far flung areas to serve the underprivileged.
Due to rising influx of patients at Chakwal hospital of Al-Shifa Trust, we have planned the construction of a new block that would help us cater more patients everyday.
A very generous donor has taken the responsibiltiy for the financial aspect of the new block's construction. May God bless him for his compassion.
We are looking for donors who believe in eye health and a brighter world. Make a donation today, and help us continue the good cause of fighting blindness in Pakistan.
NUST SkillDev Club We proudly conclude this mesmerizing event which gave us an opportunity to “Change the ending to someone’s story” by standing up and donating for the right cause. We are proud to become a part of this campaign of providing eye treatments to every citizen in need organized by Al Shifa Eye Trust.
A 5-day training workshop on "Clinical and Functional Low vision management " by sight savers commenced today at Pakistan Institute of Opthalmology (PIO).
Key topics discussed in today's session included: vision rehabilitation in global context, introduction to low vision, psychosocial impact of low vision and low vision Clinical assessment.
Al-Shifa Trust collaborated with the Childhood Cancer Care Trust to create a new kids play area in its pediatric chemotherapy unit in the Center for Eye Cancer. The play area is a part of our holistic approach in treating pediatric cancer patients.
Al-Shifa Trust appreciates the efforts of the Childhood Cancer Care Trust Organization in improving our chemotherapy setup. We look forward to similar collaborations in the future.
Cheezious and AST have signed an MOU where Cheezious has agreed to donate Rs 20 per transaction carried out by their customers during Ramadhan.
The MOU was signed by Executive Director of Al-Shifa Trust, Brig (R) Rizwan Ullah Asghar and Executive Director of Cheezious, Mr Omer Farooq and was attended by senior executives and marketing team from both organizations.
Al-Shifa Trust truly appreciates the involvement of the local food brand Cheezious in joining hands with us. A Big Thank You to Cheezious for supporting our cause.
Dr. Nusrat Ara Majeed visited Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital for an awareness talk on heart diseases in women. She shared her clinical experience regarding how common symptoms are often misdiagnosed or ignored in the case women.
Dr. Nusrat Ara Majeed also emphasized that timely detection through regular check ups at Cardiologist may prevent heart diseases in women. She also represented Go Red for Women which is a signature initiative of the American Heart Association for women's heart health awareness.
Al Shifa hopes to serve as a catalyst to improve health through such awareness talks.
By the grace of Almighty Allah 100KW Solar system installed & inaugurated today at Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital ChakwaL. AST Chakwal installed a solar system to reduce fuel consumption and join the green energy initiative.
Thumbs up for AST Chakwal for taking part in this cause.
The Centre for Eye Cancer at Al-Shifa Trust, Children Eye Hospital inaugurated its Chemotherapy Unit. A 4-bed chemotherapy facility has been established for pediatric patients. A free-of-cost chemotherapy was administered to two pediatric patients on the day of inaugural. The new facility has specialized paeds oncology staff, oncology pharmacist, emergency case equipment, and all necessary items to administer chemotherapy in a proper way.
President Al-Shifa Trust appreciated the completion of this milestone. The set-up of a chemo facility at Al-Shifa is another step towards treating all forms of eye cancers under one roof.
ALZA pharmaceuticals Al-Shifa Trust has transitioned to a renewable energy system. We have installed a solar system to reduce fuel consumption and join the green energy initiative. Thumbs up for AST for taking part in this cause.
An international conference on COVID 19 Phase III Clinical Trials in Pakistan was held at Al Shifa Trust Rawalpindi on Wednesday, 8th December, 2021. It was the first international research conference by Al Shifa Trust. The theme for the research was building research expertise with changing times; research at the forefront of Pandemic. Esteemed decision-makers, researchers, academia faculty and scholars, renowned researchers, and representatives from World Health Organization and Drug Regulatory Authority Pakistan took part in the conference.
The conference was put together to highlight the research opportunities generated as a result of the pandemic in Pakistan and the role of national institutes in becoming a part of global activities to combat the pandemic through research in Pakistan. The paradigm shift from curative to preventive medicine was also discussed by the national and international speakers present at the conference.
Highlights of free surgical and screening eye camps held in far areas by Al-Shifa Center for community Ophthalmology Sponsored by Al-Shifa Foundation of North America (AFNA) to provide free eye care services to the deserving population. We are thankful to President Mr. Tahir Zafar (AFNA) for personally participating in this effort with Al-Shifa Trust.
He's not only a student but a Blogger, motivational speaker, writer and Hafiz-e-Quran as well. He's truly an inspiration for all of us. This Device will help him in mobility since his hands were also damaged in the bomb explosion. His hard copy books will also be saved in this device thus helping him excel in his future endeavours.
President AST declared that this MyEye Orcam device would be provided to the most deserving candidates who have the drive to contribute to the society and have the ability to excel in their respective fields.
We are grateful to Mr. Tahir Zafar, President of AFNA for personally bringing MyEye Orcam device to Al-Shifa Trust.
Thumbs up for AST/ AFNA for their great contribution in fighting blindness.
President Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Rawalpindi visited AST Muzaffarabad Hospital along with his team. In a meeting, future plans for provision of best facilities to the people of Muzaffarabad was discussed. It was decided that the specialists of AST Hospital Rawalpindi will regularly visit AST Hospital Muzaffarabad to offer their expert services. We are also glad to announce that the eye care services available at Rawalpindi Hospital will also be accessible at Muzaffarabad Hospital. AST will continue to expand its facility and focus on the quality of eye care services.
We welcome Vitreoretinal specialist, Dr. Muhammad Amjad, who has joined our team at Al Shifa Trust Eye Hospital. He completed his ophthalmology training (CCT) from the UK, followed by clinical fellowship in Retina from the world-renowned ophthalmology centres of excellence – Moorefields Eye Hospital & Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London UK. Before moving to Pakistan, he worked as a consultant ophthalmologist at Calderdale Royal Hospital UK, while also performing paediatric retinal procedures at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London.
Dr Amjad is passionate about training junior doctors and will be helping trainees as they journey towards completing their training. With his deep interest in giving back to community in his own country, he joins Al Shifa as a Retina Specialist, where he will be working with other ophthalmology colleagues to offer his expertise to the patients at Al Shifa Trust Eye Hospital.
The week-long sports and cultural activities at Al Shifa concluded yesterday in the final prize distribution ceremony. Prof. Dr Muhammad Ali, Vice Chancellor Quaid-e-Azam University (QAU) was the honorable chief guest of the event. He gave commendable remarks on the performances of the students and distributed the prizes among winners. He highly appreciated the dedicated work being carried out at Al Shifa Trust and shared how proud he feels that Al-Shifa is a part of QAU.
Gen. (R) Rehmat Khan, President AST appreciated students of PIO on how well they stand out in academic and extracurricular activities. He concluded his speech by announcing that PIO will now offer scholarships to students securing the first three positions.
Al-Shifa Trust and Oil and Gas Development Company Limited of Pakistan (OGDCL) have signed MoU to collaborate on establishing free eye camps for the underprivileged across four provinces of Pakistan. A total of 33 eye camps with an estimated amount of Rs92 million against CSR initiatives of OGDCL will be established in the vicinity of various OGDCL fields. This new collaboration will help Al-Shifa in bringing eye care to people in remote communities.
In this month of October, Al-Shifa Trust celebrates World Anesthesia Day to appreciate the outstanding work and commitment of our anesthetists. We pay tribute to our anesthetists for serving humanity and made tireless efforts for the organization and made their identity.
MyEye orcam device is presented as a gift to Syed Sardar Ahmed pirzada, the first blind Journalist of Pakistan. He gave a very positive feedback on using the device and highly appreciated the fact that AST is the first to bring this device in Pakistan. As a great response, donors are coming out from different areas of Pakistan to sponsor this device for people who are visually impaired but have potential to reach new heights.
This device will not only make people independent but also will make them a useful citizen for the nation. Patients will be facilitated with Myeye orcam device at Light House, Al-Shifa Trust. Thumbs up for AST for their great contribution in fighting blindness.
We are proud to announce that Al-Shifa had pledged for 5000 eye screenings at the official website of VISION 2020/IAPB for their campaign of #loveyoureyes however we surpassed the number and achieved more than 21,000 Eye screenings. Thumbs up for AST and ACCO for their efforts in saving sights!
OrCam MyEye has been brought to AST through the great efforts of Mr. Tahir Zafar, President Al-Shifa Foundation of North America (AFNA). Mr. Zafar has been associated with Al-Shifa for 20 years and regularly facilitates in our fundraising efforts. Al-Shifa aims to empower the blind and visually impaired. We facilitate patients with irreversible vision loss in the Light House, a rehabilitation center working to help patients overcome the challenges of low vision and blindness. To further improve facilities at the Light House, we have acquired OrCam MyEye at a cost of five thousand dollars.
OrCam MyEye is compatible with all levels of vision loss. It also works great for people with reading difficulty and reading fatigue. The devices empowers people with vision challenges and allows them to access visual information. Thumbs up for AST and Tahir Zafar for their great contribution in fighting blindness.
We are proud to announce that Alza pharmaceuticals of Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital has achieved the highest ever sales up till now. Alza manufactures Ophthalmic medicines ensuring that quality remains top priority. Alza pharma will step beyond the boundary of Pakistan and will move aggressively to expand its export market. Way to go Alza pharma!
We are proud to announce that Pakistan institute of opthalmology (PIO), Al-shifa Trust Eye Hospital got top 3 positions in Second professional B.Sc (Hons.) Optometry and Orthoptics exam held by University of Health Sciences (2021). Way to go!
In celebration of Childhood Cancer Awareness month, Al-Shifa Trust conducted an event in its Oncology Department. Children suffering from eye cancers along with their families were invited. A puppet Show and other fun activities like face painting were organized to engage the kids. Children fighting cancer were given souvenirs by the President, Executive Director, and Head of the Oncology Department.
Special thanks to Cancer Care Trust for collaborating with us in organizing this event.
Glimpse of Free Eye Screening Camp at Pakistan Sweet Home organized by ACCO team, Al-Shifa Trust. Conjuctivitis, squint, blepharitirs, vkc and blunt trauma were also treated and given free medical advice. Zamurrad Khan CEO Pakistan Sweet Home and their entire team appreciated Al-Shifa for their services and generosity.
5 Sep is International Day of Charity which commemorates and honors the work that organizations and individuals are performing to better the lives of those who are not as fortunate. AST president Gen (R) Rehmat khan thanking and appreciating our donors and supporters for their contributions to our mission of fighting against blindness in Pakistan. Your generosity helped us restore millions of sights and spread smiles across Pakistan. Let us all continue to fight against blindness.
The COMSTECH team visited Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital on 9th July 2021 and had a detailed meeting with the President and senior officials of Al-Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Rawalpindi. The meeting was chaired by Maj General (R) Rehmat Khan, President AST. The agenda of the meeting was to finalize the arrangement of free eye camps being jointly organized by COMSTECH and AST under the sponsorship of Islamic Development Bank (ISDB) in the third and fourth weeks of August 2021 in Niger and Gambia respectively.
The Fifth hospital of Al-Shifa Trust is an expansion of our services in the domain of eye health care. The new hospital built adjacent to Balkasar Interchange M-2 is spread over an area of 60,000 square feet with a total cost of Rs. 250 million. The new hospital has opened its doors for the people of Chakwal who earlier had to travel to Rawalpindi for eye problems. Al-Shifa Eye Trust Hospital in Chakwal features state of the art facilities of OPD, Operations, Pharmacy and Optical shop. The hospital has the capacity to serve 500 OPDs and 50 surgeries daily in its premises.
COMSTECH and Al-Shifa Trust have signed an MoU for capacity building and research collaboration in Ophthalmology. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Coordinator General of COMSTECH and President Al-Shifa Trust signed MoU, this partnership will aim to end preventable blindness in the OIC member states. According to the MoU, COMSTECH and Al-Shifa Trust will collaborate in following three domains:
In addition to the above, VC of University of Gambia also attended this ceremony and asked Al-Shifa Trust to hold its camps in Gambia as well.