Considering the need of the patients at Dr Ruth K. M. Pfau Civil Hospital (Karachi), three passionate students of DMC decided to establish Patients’ Welfare Association...
To provide iron chelation therapy to our 192 registered thalassemic patients.
To open registrations in Thalassemia services.
To work on Thalassemia eradication in Pakistan
Start Thalassemia screening test.
Crossmatch automation in our Voluntary Blood Bank.
Over the years, with the hard work and dedication, PWA’s Voluntary Blood Bank has become the largest single outlet blood bank in the country with the daily output of around 270 blood bags. According to Islamabad Blood Transfusion Authority (IBTA), there were 20 blood banks in Islamabad and Rawalpindi and their combined input from July 2015 to June 2016 was approximately 68000 blood bags. While in the same period, the single outlet of PWA at Dr Ruth K. M. Pfau Civil Hospital, Karachi collected and processed more than 74000 blood bags. PWA’s Voluntary Blood Bank provides component therapy in the form of packed cells, fresh frozen plasma and platelets on exchange basis, completely free of cost. To ensure the provision of safe blood, each blood bag goes through a careful screening process, being screened for HIV I & II, Hepatitis B & C, Malaria and Syphilis in accordance with WHO guidelines. With the advancement of technology PWA has further upgraded it’s screening methodology from Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) to Chemiluminescent Immunosorbent Assay (CLIA).
Thalassemia Daycare Center has been managing patients under the guidance of a competent hematologist for the provision of regular, screened blood transfusions, viral markers, screening, baseline investigations iron chelation therapy and other medications completely free of cost. Currently 246 registered patients (with a budget of PKR 20 million annually) are being facilitated with the aim to improve the quality of life of these patients by zero compromise on the standard of services rendered.“Sponsor A Thalassemic” Campaign was launched in 2011 to meet the monetary needs of treatment for our thalassemia patients, where you can sponsor any patient’s medication therapy or other facilities being provided to them by PWA. The cost is around PKR 250,000/- to 450,000/- per patient per year. We would like to thank the philanthropists, who are a major support in our cause and help us sustain the services. We request you all to join hands with PWA to bring smiles on these little faces and improve their quality of living.Thalassemia which is affecting almost 5,000-6,000 new-borns every year in Pakistan.
1. Weight at least 110 pounds ( ~ 50 kg) or above
2. Age must be 18 years or above
3. Blood pressure should be preferable normal 120/80
4. Diabetic patients with control sugar level
Thalassemia is a group of disorders that affect the body’s ability to produce normal hemoglobin. ( Red blood cells transport oxygen throughout the body; hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that actually carries the oxygen.) Who is at risk for thalassemia? Thalassemias are an inherited disorder, which means they are passed from a […]READ MORE
1. It saves lives. What else you need?
2. It is painful to lose a loved one which you could save by donating blood
3. Because if you need blood one day, you would not hesitate to take it
4. It gives you inner satisfaction
5. It gives donor a medical check at no cost.
Dr. Ruth K. M. Pfau Civil Hospital, Baba-e-Urdu Road, Saddar G.P.O. Box # 1314, Karachi