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MALC HR/Administration department facilitated a session for female staff on “Knowing your Rights”.


MALC HR/Administration department facilitated a session for female staff on “Knowing your Rights”. The discussion was about the issues generally faced by women at workplace. This session also covered sensitization of the female staff about different situations which they might come across and their solutions. The session was conducted by Ms. Salwa Zainab-Manager-Resource Mobilization, whereas Mr. Savio Periera-Director HR/Admin briefed about the existing policies.

 

 

MALC celebrates 64th World Leprosy Day.


MALC celebrated 64th World Leprosy Day, 50 years celebration of Public Private Partnership and 60 years of German Leprosy Relief Association- GLRA. On this occasion Dr. Ruth Pfau- Founding Member of MALC was the Chief Guest whereas Dr. Sikandar Ali Mandhro- Minister for Health- Government Of Sindh was the Guest of Honour. A special message by Mr. Burkard Koem- CEO of GLRA- Ex- Officio Member of Governing Body of MALC was also relayed on the occasion.

 

 

Every year 400 to 500 new cases of leprosy are registered in Pakistan said experts at a press conference at MALC on 64th World Leprosy Day.


Every year 400 to 500 new cases of leprosy are registered in Pakistan and it is likely that the same situation will continue for two more decades, said experts at a press conference held at the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre (MALC) to mark the 64th World Leprosy Day. Dr. Ruth Pfau- Founding Member MALC accompanied by Mr. Mervyn Lobo CEO- MALC and Dr. Ali Murtaza- Director Training- MALC urged the concerned authorities to discuss threadbare and consequently adopt the draft of country specific leprosy eradication strategy, developed by Marie Adelaide Leprosy Center.

 

 

Eternal Hope distributes gifts to celebrate New Year 2017!!!


Mr. Sameer Shehzad- Founding Member of Eternal Hope like every year collected gifts to be distributed among the patients at MALC hospital and girls residing in MALC hostel at Manghopir. The patients and girls at the hostel thanked Mr. Sameer Shehzad for remembering them and sending New Year’s gifts for them.

 

 

Habib Bank Ltd. Islamic contributed to support MALC.


Mr. Fahim Siddiqui- Head Product Development, Habib Bank Ltd (Islamic Banking), Presented a cheque to Ms. Salwa Zainab- Manager Resource Mobilization (MALC) to support the activities carried out by MALC. Dr. Ali Murtaza- Director Training and Blindness Control was also present on the occasion.

 

 

The management at MALC is extremely grateful to National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) for its continued support towards MALC hospital.


The management at MALC is extremely grateful to National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) for its continued support in adopting the female ward at the MALC Hospital in Karachi. Mr. Ovais Asad Khan (Executive Vice President, HR/Divisional Head – NBP) presented a cheque to Ms. Salwa Zainab (Manager Resource Mobilization, MALC) for the continued support in helping the patients admitted in the ward. With such an endeavor from NBP, the hospital will surely improve the quality of care provided to the patients suffering from Leprosy, TB & Eye complications. MALC values the strong bonds with its donors and hopes that such friendships, from trusted and committed donors, will continue in the future as well.

 

 

MALC held a General Health Camp in collaboration with K-electric in Lyari.


MALC in collaboration with K-electric under their #projectujala held a General Health Camp in Lyari altogether 385 patients consulted the camp for different General health problems. MALC’s team comprised of Dr. Iraam Nadia Khan, Dr. Hassan Raees, Dr. Masood Alam along with Bihar centre’s team. The camp was facilitated by Resource Mobilization team of MALC.

 

 

Mr. and Mrs Emil Wyss- Ex Consul General of Switzerland to Karachi, called on Dr. Pfau.


Mr. & Mrs Emil Wyss- Ex Consul General of Switzerland to Karachi, currently serving as CG of Switzerland in Los Angeles, visited MALC and called on Dr. Pfau- Founder Member of MALC during their short visit to Karachi. Mr. Mervyn Lobo- CEO MALC along with his team welcomed Mr & Mrs Wyss at MALC. Mr. Wyss also presented a cheque towards the endowment fund of MALC.

 

 

Re-Affirmation of MALC’s MPK TMC By Mr. Shahbaz Islam-GM CSR SSGC.


Re-Affirmation Ceremony of SSGC adopted Mirpurkhas Triple Merger Center was recently held at the MPK centre. This centre has been adopted by SSGC since 2005 and the support extended by SSGC has helped MALC a lot in the treatment of patients for Leprosy, TB and treatable blinding conditons. Mr. Shahbaz Islam- GM CSR SSGC along with his team comprising of Mr. Salman Siddiqui- DGM CSR SSGC and Mr. Muhammad Ali Gohar- Chief Manager SSGC visited the centre and inaugurated the plaque. During media brief Mr. Shahbaz Islam said that this centre is one of the few health initiatives SSGC has taken up under their CSR banner and the overall satisfaction by seeing the service delivery through this centre is immense and laudable. Dr. Ali Murtaza- Director Training and blindness control MALC, Ms. Salwa Zainab- Manager- Resource Mobilization MALC, Mr. Nisar Malik- Media Manager MALC along with MPK TMC team were also present on the occasion and facilitated the ceremony at the centre.

 

 

MALC celebrates International Day of Persons with Disability.


MALC celebrated International Day for PWD’s under BMZ project banner at Arts Council of Pakistan- Karachi. International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which is celebrated on 3rd December every year, is an international observance promoted by the United Nations. The observance of this day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities (PwDs). It also seeks to increase awareness of integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

 

 

Dr.Abdul Bari-Indus Hospital visits MALC.


 

It was a pleasure to receive Dr. Abdul Bari- Indus Hospital at MALC Hospital. Dr. Abdul Bari was very much impressed by the upkeep of the Hospital and the quality and standard of services being offered through it. He spoke highly of the work done by MALC over the period of time and discussed collaboration between both the institutions. Dr. Ruth Pfau, Mr. Mervyn Lobo-CEO MALC, Dr. Ali Murtaza-Directior Training and blindness control program, Dr. Mutahir Zia- Leprosy Specialist, Mr. Savio Pereira- Director Admin/HR, Dr. Shahid-Community Development Coordinator and Dr. Hasan Raees- Medical Officer, TB Desk

 

 

MALC held free surgical eye camp in Harnai supported by HBF.


 

MALC in collaboration with Habib Bank Foundation, held a free Surgical Eye Camp in Harnai–Baluchistan. During Camp at Harnai a total number of 1,289 patients availed eye care services.124 surgeries were conducted (Cataract surgeries with IOL 115, among them 57 were male & 58 were females) and 09 were other minor and major surgeries among them (06 male, 03 female There was an overwhelming response to this free camp sponsored by HBF and many people benefited through the camp. Mr. Abid Rafiq Ghazi- CEO HBF also visited the camp along with Ms. Salwa Zainab- Manager- Resource Mobilization and Mr. Fateh Muhammad- Regional Coordinator South.

 

 

National Bank of Pakistan adopts Swabi Medical Centre in Khyber Pakhtunkha.


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The management at MALC is extremely grateful to National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) for its continued support in adopting the Swabi Medical Centre in Khyber Pakhtunkha. Mr. Ovais Asad Khan (Executive Vice President, HR/Divisional Head – NBP) along with Medical Superintendent Swabi DHQ inaugurated the centre. MALC-NRO Team including Mr. Abdul Aziz-Assistant Manager Accounts, Dr. Jalal Khan- Medical Coordinator NRO along with Swabi Medical centre team and Ms. Salwa Zainab (Manager Resource Mobilization, MALC) was also present on the occasion. MALC is thankful for the continued support from NBP in helping the patients. With such an endeavor from NBP, the centre will surely improve the quality of care provided to the patients. MALC values the strong bonds with its donors and hopes that such friendships, from trusted and committed donors, will continue in the future as well.

 

 

SSGC RENEWS ITS SUPPORT FOR GWADAR EYE CARE CENTRE AND MIRPURKHAS TRIPLE MERGER CENTRE


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In a simple ceremony at SSGC house, Mr. Salman Siddiqui (DGM – Corporate Communications, SSGC) presented a cheque to Ms. Salwa Zainab (Manager- Resource Mobilization, MALC) for the adoption of the MALC centres at Mirpurkhas and Gawadar for the year 2016- 2017. SSGC- CSR Team along with Mr. Savio Pereira (Director-HR and Administration, MALC), Dr. Ali Murtaza (Director- Blindness Control and Training, MALC) were also present on the occasion. MALC is extremely grateful to the management of SSGC for their continued support for to MALC by supporting two of its centers i.e. Gwadar Eye Care Centre and Mirpurkhas Triple Merger Centre. It has enabled the organization to continue to offer timely and quality services to the people of both regions.

 

 

FREE SURGICAL EYE CAMP HELD IN KOHLU IN COLLABORATION WITH HEAD OF MISSION FUNDS (HOMF) NEW ZEALAND


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MALC in collaboration with Head Of Mission Fund New Zealand (HOMF) held a free eye camp in Kohlu–Baluchistan. During Camp at Kohlu, a total number of 1,280 patients availed eye care services,143 surgeries were conducted (Cataract surgeries with IOL 123, among them male 73 & female 50) and 05 were minor surgeries among them (02 male, 03 female).There was an overwhelming response to this free camp sponsored by you and many people benefited through the camp.

 

 

NBP READOPTS FEMALE WARD AT MALC HOSPITAL


 

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The management at MALC is extremely grateful to National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) for its continued support in adopting the female ward at the MALC Hospital in Karachi (July 2016- June 2017). Mr. Ovais Asad Khan (Executive Vice President, HR/Divisional Head – NBP) presented a cheque to Ms. Salwa Zainab (Manager Resource Mobilization, MALC) for the continued support in helping the patients admitted in the ward. Mr. Anesh Kumar (Manager Finance) was also present on the occasion.

 

 

FREE SURGICAL EYE CAMP HELD IN KHUZDAR IN COLLABORATION WITH HEAD OF MISSION FUNDS (HOMF) NEW ZEALAND


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MALC in collaboration with Head Of Mission Fund New Zealand (HOMF), held a free Surgical Eye Camp in Khuzdar–Baluchistan. During Camp at Khuzdar a total number of 4047 patients availed eye care services.338 surgeries were conducted (Cataract surgeries with IOL 288, among them 125 were male & 159 were females whereas 04 male children were also operated) and 50 were other minor and major surgeries among them (27 male, 23 female There was an overwhelming response to this free camp sponsored by HOMF and many people benefited through the camp.

 

 

SKIN CAMP HELD AT MACCHAR COLONY- KHUSHAL CHOWK, IN COLLABORATION WITH K-ELECTRIC


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MALC, in collaboration with K-Electric held a Skin Camp at Machar Colony in Maripur. The OPD was conducted by Dr. Shahid Zafar- Skin Specialist along with MALC Bihar Centre team, screened 170 patients for the skin and general health problems. The camp was coordinated by resource mobilization team and field team of MALC, whereas from K-electric Bilal Ahmed (Manager Marketing), Mr. Usman Moeen (Deputy Manager Marketing), Mr. Irfan Mir (Deputy Manager C&P Maintenance) coordinated the camp.

 

 

FLOOD RECONSTRUCTION & REHABILITATION PROJECT (FRRP) CLOSING CEREMONY AND AWARD DISTRIBUTION


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The FRRP Closing Ceremony was held on 14th Oct, 2016 at MALC Head Office. The project was initiated on 1st Sept, 2012 and concluded on 31st March, 2016 in collaboration with GLRA, Caritas Austria and Caritas St. Poelten. During the course of 5 years MALC with the help of Consortium partners was able to provide shelter to 2,568 families; 4,104 individuals were helped through provision of livestock; 96 water schemes including hand pumps, wells were also part of the project. Apart from that 1,744 individuals were helped through small income generating schemes. 15,927 individuals were provided health support through different medical camps, nutritional support initiatives, outpatient consultations and rehabilitation of Persons with Disability (PWD).

 

The project during its Phase 1 in Sindh district Ghotki, Shikarpur, Larkana, Dadu, Jamshoro, Thatta and Hyderabad were covered. Khyber Pakhtonkha (KPK) District Swat, Charsadda, Nowshera, Buner and Kohistan were provided with the relief and rehabilitation. During the second phase Shadadkot, Mirpurkhas, Tharparkar and Badin were covered in Sindh whereas Awaran in Baluchistan was also covered.

 

In the concluding ceremony Mr. Mervyn Lobo CEO MALC, during his remarks appreciated the efforts and commended the team spirit during the days of disaster and how they strived for knowledge and capacity building for relief and rehabilitation activities. Dr. Pfau in her concluding remarks applauded the efforts of the team members who were actively working for the project and congratulated the team on the successful completion.

 

Later, Appreciation Certificates and Awards were distributed to the FRRP team, followed by dinner.

 

 

WHO TEAM VISITS MALC


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The WHO Team, comprising of Dr Albis-Francesco Gabrielli – Regional Advisor, NTDs, WHO-EMRO/ Cairo, Dr  Qutubuddin Kakar, Focal Person NTDs, WHO-CO-Islamabad, and  Dr. Sara Salman, Head of Office , WHO Sub-Office, Sindh visited the offices of Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 to discuss WHO Mission on Neglected Tropical Diseases  (Leishmaniasis, Trachoma, Filariasis, Leprosy and Soil Transmitted Helminths). Since Pakistan has the highest burden of STHs, Leishmaniasis and still have cases of Leprosy and Trachoma, this visit by the WHO team provided an opportunity to review the current situation of these ailments in Pakistan and discuss the New Strategic Options available in the context of WHO guidelines.

 

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Dr. Ali Murtaza – Director Training & Community Development MALC, Mr. Savio Pereira – Director, HR/Admin MALC, Dr. Shahid Zafar – Coordinator Community Development MALC, Mr. Mervyn Lobo – Chief Executive Officer MALC, Dr. Ruth Pfau – Founder Member MALC, Dr.  Qutubuddin Kakar, Focal Person NTDs, WHO-CO-Islamabad, Dr. Sara Salman – Head of Office, WHO Sub-Office, SINDH;  Dr Albis-Francesco Gabrielli – Regional Adviser, NTDs, WHO-EMRO/ Cairo, and Dr. Mutaher Zia – Leprosy Specialist MALC.

 

 

INAUGURATION OF MNCH PROGRAM AND GENEXPERT BY EBM AT MALC – EBM HEALTH CENTRE


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English Biscuit Manufacturers (Pvt) Ltd. (EBM) is one of the leading donors of MALC and has shown its support for over a decade. Once again, EBM has generously come forward in support of the cause and donated a GeneXpert machine, which will help in the treatment and diagnosis of Tuberculosis, as well as to formally launch the Mother and Child Healthcare program at the MALC-EBM Health Centre. An inauguration event was held at Landhi-Korangi where the Managing Director & CEO of EBM, Dr. Zeelaf Munir, graced the function as the Chief Guest. Other esteemed guests included members from i-Care Foundation, philanthropists and media personnel.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Zeelaf Munir, said the technology would lead to improved health-care for expecting mothers, as well as identify efficient preventative measures for growth and development of mother and the newborn. She emphasized the impact of Tuberculosis on maternal health, and the increased risk of premature birth and low birth weight.

 

Dr. Ruth Pfau, Founder Member – MALC, who was also present at this event, was extremely thankful to EBM for their continued support and was encouraged by their interest in the welfare of the country.

 

 

DR. PFAU VISITS FAYSAL BANK TO ENCOURAGE SUPPORT FOR MALC ACTIVITIES


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Faysal Bank Ltd, one of the long-time supporters of MALC, has continued their assistance to help the patients at MALC hospital. Their backing for the work done by MALC is overwhelming. Mr. Nauman Ansari (President & CEO, Faysal Bank) accompanied by Ms. Rabia Salahuddin (Head, HR Advisory, Learning & CSR/IC) had received Dr. Ruth Pfau (Founder Member, MALC), Mr. Mervyn Lobo (CEO, MALC) and members of MALC’s upper management to Faysal House for a meeting. After pleasantries were shared, a discussion on MALC’s services was held and Faysal Bank appreciated the efforts made by MALC for the betterment of healthcare in Pakistan, especially for those living in extreme poverty. Following the discussion, Mr. Ansari then presented a cheque to Dr. Pfau, on behalf of Faysal Bank, for the continued treatment of Leprosy, Blindness and TB, as well as to offer other medical services to help the most deserving strata of our society. The management of MALC is extremely thankful to Faysal Bank for being supportive towards the cause of bringing an improvement to the healthcare system in Pakistan.

 

 

MALC CELEBRATES PAKISTAN’S INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH FLAG-HOISITING CEREMONY


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On the auspicious occasion of the 69th Independence Day of Pakistan, MALC organized a small event at its hospital in Karachi, with staff and patients, to celebrate the birthday of our country. Dr. Pfau (Founder Member, MALC), in the presence of Mr. Mervyn Lobo (CEO, MALC) respectfully hoisted the national flag at the hospital with the national anthem being played. She also cut a cake in remembrance of the solemnity of the day and distributed it to all present.

 

The ceremony was symbolic as it displayed unity with the rest of the country. Hoisting the flag reminded the MALC family of the commitment they had to serve the most deserving and underprivileged classes of society in the country. MALC was initially founded to provide help to those affected by Leprosy but since its establishment in 1956, it has branched out its activities to include TB and Blindness Control, Community-Based Rehabilitation for Persons with Disabilities, Mother and Child Healthcare and Disaster Risk Reduction. Doing its utmost to help the Pakistani nation as much as possible, the MALC staff would continue to serve the country for many more years in the future.

 

 

ADAMGOTH SCHOOL CELEBRATES PAKISTAN’S INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH ZEAL


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After a gap of 6 long years, the Adamgoth community school, managed by Rah-e-Najat and MALC, celebrated Independence Day with school children and community members. It was indeed a special occasion for the community as the students prepared for the celebration with overwhelming zeal and patriotism at very short notice. The teachers dutifully helped the children prepare for their dances and speeches, and gave their all to make this event a success. The school principal, Mrs. Josephine Jamshed, in her welcome speech, thanked one and all for their contributions and effort, whilst emphasizing to the audience how important it was to keep this school alive for the betterment of the community.

 

This event would not have been possible without assistance from some regular supporters of MALC as well. A very big “THANK YOU” go out to Ms. Ainee Shahzad (Chairman, MALC Fundraising Committee), Eternal Hope, McDonalds Pakistan (for providing the students and teachers with a hearty lunch), Hilal Sweets, EMI for the goody bags and a team of students from Karachi Grammar School (KGS) for joining hands with MALC to help give the community an event to remember. The KGS students also presented books to the school so that it may have its very own library. They also brought along their musical instruments and sang songs with the community school children to add more gloss to the event.

 

With the happiness evident on the faces of the community school children, it was clear to the organizers that such an event should be an annual one. It will provide the motivation for the students to attend classes regularly and would definitely boost the extra-curricular activities in the community.

 

 

MALC TANDO JAN MOHAMMAD CENTRE INAUGURATED BY DR. RUTH PFAU


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The achievements of MALC continue to grow in number and another feather was added to the cap in the shape of the latest centre to be inaugurated. MALC is proud to announce that its newest centre in Tando Jan Mohammad has officially started working in the area for Leprosy, Blindness, TB, MCHC and those suffering from disabilities. Additionally, it would act as a mid-way facility for the Tharparkar region too. Dr. Ruth Pfau (Founder Member, MALC) was the Chief Guest at the inauguration ceremony and proudly unveiled the plaque at the entrance of the centre. Distinguished guests included Mr. Mervyn Lobo (CEO, MALC), Dr. Khalid Memon (Coordinator, TB Control Programme), Dr. Fazal Rehman (MS Taluka Hospital HQ, Digri), Mr. Azam Azeem (Ex-DLC, Mirpurkhas), Mr. Qazi Faizullah (Ex. Taluka Nazim) and Mr. Ahsan Jarwar (Social Worker, Mirpurkhas).

 

Speaking on the occasion, each of the esteemed guests had words of praise for the work that MALC and Dr. Pfau had done for Pakistan and more importantly, the effect that this new centre would have in the region. Dr. Memon highlighted the strength of the MALC field staff and explained the importance of collaboration between MALC and the government in helping to minimize the effects of TB. Mr. Lobo, Dr. Rehman and Mr. Azeem echoed the same sentiments and ideas whilst also briefing the guests about their experiences with MALC. In her own words, Dr. Pfau was deeply appreciative of the work that the MALC staff were doing, and was encouraged by the fact that the local government was excited to work with the centre to bring some easily accessible healthcare to the communities.

 

 

MALC INAUGUARATES GENEXPERT MACHINE AT ORANGI CENTRE


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MALC is taking a leap forward in TB control with its second GeneXpert being installed at its Orangi centre in Karachi. The machine was generously donated by Mr. Furrokh Captain, Chairman – iCare Foundation, and he was invited as the Chief Guest for this inauguration ceremony. Included in the list of guests were Mr. Ashraf Adamjee, Mr. Faisal Farooq Khan, Mrs. Ghazala Ahmed, Mrs. Ainee Shahzad, Ms. Ulli Raimann and Mrs. Claudia Villani. A very special thanks must go out to Mr. Aziz Ahmed Khan (Consultant, MALC) and the Resource Mobilization team for their dedicated efforts into making the acquisition of this machine possible.

 

GeneXpert is a recently introduced diagnostic test which can be performed in less time with better reliability (sensitivity equivalent to Culture S/R) and has brought hopes to improve TB diagnosis with better outcome. The new molecular test can be performed on site as it takes around two hours for the machine to give results with fairly high accuracy (equal to culture). It minimizes the chances of error as the machine carries out the whole process with very little human involvement. Besides, the test can detect Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in fewer numbers (unlike sputum microscopy) and bacteria resistant to Rifampicin. Therefore, the test is an excellent tool to diagnose TB patients in otherwise hidden cases and an early detection of drug resistant tuberculosis, for proper treatment at an early stage.

 

 

MCDONALDS AND ETERNAL HOPE TEAM VISIT MANGHOPIR DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (MDP) TO DISTRIBUTE GIFTS


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Mr. Jamil Ahmed Mughal (Director, Marketing & Development – McDonalds), Syed Abbas Ali (Manager Projects – McDonalds) and Mr. Shakeel Obaid (Asst. Manager Projects – McDonalds) along with Mr. Sameer Shehzad of Eternal Hope visited Manghopir’s Tatarko Yagangat School (TYS) and the Girls’ Hostel, a project of Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre. This visit was facilitated by Ms. Ainee Shehzad (Chairperson, Fundraising Committee and Member, Governing Body MALC) and the MALC Resource Mobilization team. The guests were warmly welcomed by the students of TYS and residents of the Marie Adelaide Girls Hostel. For the McDonalds team, it was their first visit to Manghopir and they were given a tour of the facility to apprise them of the services offered to the students. On this occasion, the girls prepared and presented a variety program to welcome the guests. Mr. Sameer, of Eternal Hope, had worked tirelessly to raise funds for the Manghopir project and on this occasion, presented a number of recreational games to the children so that they may use these in their free time. This was not the first time that Eternal Hope had provided help for the Manghopir project. Mr. Sameer and his team were also responsible for setting up a small library at TYS to encourage the children to start reading. After a brief discussion with the MALC team, the guests promised to help in the facelift of TYS and the hostel so that the environment could further be enhanced for the children. The students, hostel residents and management of MALC & MDP are thankful for this joint effort of McDonalds and Eternal Hope and hope that many such supporters come forward and help them regularly.

 

 

MALC COMPLETES FLOOD REHABILITATION PROJECTS IN SINDH AND KPK


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MALC has successfully completed its Flood Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Projects (FRRP), which started in 2011, meeting all its set targets of rehabilitating flood-affected families in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces. The project was funded by a Consortium of three major international partners: DAHW/GLRA Germany, Caritas St. Poelten and Caritas Austria, which concluded on 31st March 2016. Through various interventions, spread over 2 phases, 11,095 families have benefited (approx. 141,000 individuals). 3,548 families received one-room shelters, 914 families received livestock support, 553 families were supported in small income-generating activities, 5,904 families were helped with various water-scheme projects for drinking water and 20,998 patients received free treatment facility. In order to create a healthy environment, the project also facilitated communities  with tree plantations (over 20,000 tree saplings planted in Sindh) which was carried out with full community participation. To deal with post-flood activities, MALC has opened two new centres, one in Tando Jan Mohammad and one in Badin, which will also cater to activities in Tharparkar. These activities will focus on aspects concerning Mother and Child Healthcare which is the utmost need of the area. In connection with this project, the MALC team participated in a final Consortium meeting and press conference held in St. Poelten in early June 2016 to explain in more detail the achievements from this massive project.

 

 

MALC VISITS HILL INTERNATIONAL TO INITIATE DIALOGUE ON FUTURE STRATEGY


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On a recent official visit to Austria, the MALC team paid a visit to Hill International to discuss management strategies for MALC’s future. Hill International is a pioneer in Europe, offering full services in HR and management consultations, and is represented by 50 offices in over 30 countries. The purpose of this meeting was to share ideas and evaluate current business practices and discuss long-term strategy building. Mr. Othmar Hill, who is the founder of Hill International, visited Karachi in May 2016 to introduce his company to MALC and the visit sparked a dialogue between the two organizations. Relations between MALC and its Austrian supporters have been healthy over the years and collaborating with Hill International on future projects provides more reason for optimism for the MALC management and staff.

 

 

GETZ PHARMA PAYS GOODWILL VISIT TO MALC


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Getz Pharma has been one of MALC’s very long-term supporters and their constant assistance to help patients is overwhelming. On a recent visit to MALC, Mr. Khalid Mahmood (Chief Executive Officer, Getz Pharma (Pvt.) Ltd.) and his team called on Dr. Ruth Pfau (Founder Member, MALC) and Mr. Mervyn Lobo (CEO, MALC) and the upper management to see first-hand how MALC operated. This was Mr. Mahmood’s first visit to MALC and was very impressed with what he witnessed and learnt at the MALC hospital. Accompanying him on this visit, from Getz Pharma, were Mr. Aamer Naseer (Administrative Head) and Ms. Nadia Rehman (Associate Manager, Corporate Communications). This visit was facilitated by the Resource Mobilization Department at MALC and many thanks must be given to Mr. Aziz Ahmed Khan (Consultant, MALC) for making this meeting possible. During the course of the meeting, Mr. Khalid Mahmood stressed that Getz Pharma would continue to offer their services to MALC and would do its utmost to provide medicines for the cause that MALC was fighting for.

 

 

HABIB BANK FOUNDATION CONTINUES ITS SUPPORT OF EYE CAMPS IN BALOCHISTAN


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A 3rd free eye camp was held with the help of Habib Bank Foundation (HBF) at District Headquarters Hospital at Chaman. Again, the MALC medical team was called into action and did a marvelous job where 1,949 patients were treated including 90 surgeries being performed by the surgeons. MALC has always been ready to help the deserving classes of society in Pakistan and is extremely thankful to HBF for joining hands to fight against blindness.

 

 

HABIB BANK FOUNDATION SPONSORS FREE EYE SURGICAL CAMP AT KILLA SAIFULLAH


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Another great milestone in the treatment of eye diseases was recently achieved by MALC with the continuous support from Habib Bank Foundation. A free eye surgical eye camp was held by MALC at district Headquarters Hospital in Killa Saifullah in Balochistan. The MALC medical team treated 1,939 patients, performing 160 surgeries, including 17 minor surgeries. MALC’s mission to eliminate blindness and eye diseases will be strengthened by the continuous support of such donors and holding a medical camp in the region is a small step forward in the right direction.

 

 

MALC CONDUCTS FREE EYE SURGICAL CAMP AT ZHOB


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We are extremely grateful to Habib Bank Foundation for their continued support to sponsor a free eye surgical camp at Zhob. The MALC team comprised of surgeons, technicians, and other medical staff. During this camp 2,891 eye patients were treated where 190 eye surgeries were conducted including 31 minor surgeries. The people of Zhob are very poor and the hope and happiness in their eyes after successful treatment was reward enough for the team involved.

 

 

NBP CONTINUES ITS UNWAVERING SUPPORT TO HELP THE NEEDY AT MALC


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The management at MALC is extremely grateful to National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) for its continued support in adopting the female ward at the MALC Hospital in Karachi. Mr. Ovais Asad Khan (Executive Vice President, HR/Divisional Head – NBP) presented a cheque to Ms. Salwa Zainab (Manager Resource Mobilization, MALC) for the continued support in helping the patients admitted in the ward. With such an endeavor from NBP, the hospital will surely improve the quality of care provided to the patients suffering from Leprosy, TB & Eye complications. MALC values the strong bonds with its donors and hopes that such friendships, from trusted and committed donors, will continue in the future as well.

 

 

MALC CONCLUDES ITS MATCHBOX COMPETITION AFTER SUCCESSFUL AWARENESS DRIVE


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MALC recently organized and managed its Matchbox Competition (MBC) with various schools in Karachi. The activity was primarily done with a focus on the work that MALC is doing in Pakistan and to encourage the students to raise funds to help the needy in receiving medical treatment. For this event, 5 schools in Karachi participated whole-heartedly and the response was overwhelming from the students and staff of St. Patrick’s High School, St. Paul’s High School, St. Lawrence’s School, Nasra School (both shifts) and City School PAF Chapter. City School PAF Chapter was declared the winner of this competition as it generated the highest contribution for needy patients.

 

An elaborate concluding ceremony at MALC Headquarters was arranged for all the schools and their representatives. Dr. Ruth Pfau (Founder Member, MALC) was the Chief Guest at the occasion and was accompanied by Mr. Mervyn Lobo (CEO, MALC). Present at this event were also Mr. Savio Pereira (Director, HR / Admin), Dr. Ali Murtaza (Director, Training and Community Development), Ms. Salwa Zainab (Manager, Resource Mobilization), staff of MALC and the respective section heads and principals of the participating schools.

 

 

 

 

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