(Written By, Shazreh Shahzad)
The Rehman Foundation is an organization that is around for the last 16 years,
an organization that is helping people who are in need of dialysis for free. The NGO has
multiple centers in different cities that are operative and are always there to help the
helpless people when it comes to health issues making them one of the finest in persistently
providing the best health services in Pakistan. Moreover, it isn’t very known to people and
the purpose of writing this article is so that the readers can get informed about a very
blessed NGO that helps the needy when it comes to diseases. Pakistan is one of the
countries with the highest rate of kidney failures and due to poverty people are unable to
get a cure but as mentioned earlier, the Rehman foundation aims to put in an effort to
Just a week ago, I had the honor of speaking with the chairman of the foundation, Dr. Waqar Ahmed where he talked about starting the foundation in the first place and talked about what other cities other than Lahore his foundation is operating in. He continued telling how difficult it is to operate a dialysis center with free accommodations with almost 150 patients being treated for free and yet another 100 who are waiting to get cured. He went along with why people have this problem and why in Pakistan it is the biggest problem health-wise, it’s because people don’t do their tests to find out what is wrong with them since they don’t keep up to look after their bodies. Doctor Waqar Ahmed is on the urge of spreading awareness among people to get tested and be aware of the problems they may adopt later. So it is very important to him that people who have the symptoms should get tested immediately before the health gets worse since dialysis is very expensive. The foundation is also keen to give lectures to people on how to take care of their bodies and stay safe from any health issue that can be a problem. When asked why he started the organization in the first place, he said that he was motivated by a young boy who died due to kidney failure because of lack of resources and his parents didn’t know what to do since they couldn’t afford it. And to start the foundation he spent money of his own to get the machines and maintain a relationship of trust with others who were worthy of giving donations to get more resources that could be enough to help with the cure. As time went by him along with the exceptional effort of his team members of the NGOs were able to open operative centers in other big and small cities so people in other cities don’t have the pressure to travel when they have the opportunity to get cured at a center in their own city.
To make more effort in getting people aware of such NGO, he thinks students would be a powerful voice to spread alertness among others with the benefit of social media and other mediums that could help extend the need for donations Rehman Foundation still desire because of some people who are still waiting in line. His team and he has managed to get around 50 dialysis machines with the help of known people who kindly donated to get resources. Even 17 years later, Rehman Foundation is consistent in helping anyone who is required to get treated and organizing fundraisers to get any means of donations so they can help the people.
Another member of the team I had the opportunity to talk with was with Director of promotion Farah Deeba who recently got ahold of a lot of donations through public relations and getting people motivated to consider donating and with having a political background many people supported the NGO and donated enough to get dialysis machines from abroad. When the foundation was just starting out they introduced 3 dialysis machines and today they deal with 100 people daily and treat them with high approach no matter what for free of cost. They also approach the donors to meets the patients so the donors know who are they are helping and the patients know who is treating them, this creates a value in saving both lives and humanity.
The main determination of the foundation is to spread attentiveness regarding funds and Islamic value in a way that back up people to encourage the cause. They ensure that they stand alongside their patients throughout the journey and have hope in donors who are willing to donate in fundraisers and through zakat.
As it is time to wrap up the article, I would suggest that every one of us should take care of our bodies and get a checkup if there’s a problem because you never when one can fall into a serious health problem so it’s better if we take care of ourselves and others around us. Pakistan has a gross population of over 144 million people with the majority of the people are living in rural areas. And as Dr. Waqar Ahmed mentioned there is a continuous number of patients who have chronic renal failure in a country like Pakistan and the number is increasing rapidly. I would encourage all to visit these organizations and to help the people who are still there because they require your help in any way you want to.
Rehman Foundation also encourages people to work with them in order to expand their centers and maintain a relationship that can help the foundation with donations so they are able to avail more dialysis machines especially wanting the government to support them so they get the ability to treat the patients in a better way. Support and faith are also the two things that people look for in each other. Rehman Foundations ensures that there is “Health for all”.