Karwan-e-Hayat, a welfare institute for mental health care, was
June 30, 1983 under the companies Act 1913 with a registration number
K-457/7461. This Act was later changed to Companies Ordinance 1984.
This institute was established for the purpose of providing
psychiatric help, mainly to under privileged multitudes of such
stricken people in our society who are unable to get specialist care.
It is a voluntary welfare non government organization active in caring
for mentally ill poor patients of our society.
Among its founding members have been eminent personalities of: (Late)
Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan, (Late) Cardinal Joseph Cordeiro, Ms
Anita Ghulam Ali (Minister for Education Sind Province), Prof. Zaki
Hassan, Dr. Abdullah Hussani, Dr. Zafar Quraishi and Mr. Ismial Bawany.
Karwan-e-Hayat runs a Mental Health Care Clinic and day Care Center at
its premises in Al-Noor Arcade, Khyaban-e-Jami, Karachi. The institute
is managed by a Board of Directors and financed through donations,
Zakat and grants. It needs generous financial assistance to strengthen
its hands for elevating the suffering and improving the quality of
life of those who deserve the care and treatment, but cannot afford
Eminent and dedicated psychiatrists and psychologist consultants have
been gracious enough to take time out from their private practice and
hold clinic during the week at Karwan-e-Hayat premises on voluntary
basis. Qualified doctors and psychotherapists have been engaged to man
the clinic during the day (six days a week).
A group of sociologists and social workers complete the team which
provides treatment and rehabilitation and also works with the
community to raise public awareness (by holding camps and other means)
about the curability of mental health care services provided by
The accurate and scientific data on incidence of mental illness in
Pakistan is not available.
Global criteria, as developed by WHO indicates that 10% of total
population worldwide suffers from mental illness. Using this global
international criterion a figure of 1.2 million mentally persons are
quoted for Karachi only.
Karachi has 60 psychiatrists and 350 beds, of which 100 are in the
government hospitals, to treat the ill patients.The city does not have
a proper built facility for inpatient treatment of acute or sub-acute
patients. It also does not have a center for care and rehabilitation
of such patients.
It is planned to acquire a one acre plot land for the proposed
project. A 50 beds facility, 25 each for male and female patients
Each wing would have 5 single and 5 double rooms and a ward of 10
beds, cafeteria, rooms for indoor games and vocations such as
painting, TV entertainment etc.
Facility would also have consulting rooms, area for visitors,
administration, accounts, reception and training. The total built up
area will be 14, 000 square feet.
Land in Korangi
Air Conditioning/refrigeration equipment
Information Technology Equipment networking
Patients Entertainment Equipment
Occupancy assumed at 60% and ward patients expenses to be subsidized
up to 70 %. In the initial years, there would be excess of annual
expenditure over annual income which would need to be covered by
generous financial assistance and donations.
Karwan-e-Hayat needs generous financial assistance to first
acquire a one acre plat of land and then construct the facility as per
the plan described above.
All donations, zakat and grants may please be sent to:
ROOM # 101, FIRST FLOOR,
NEAR QAMR-UL-ISLAM MOSQUE,
Karwan-e-Hayat has two bank accounts, namely
ALLIED BANK LTD.
Few present board members, namely
Pakistan Petroleum Limited.
Masood M. Suhail,
Pakistan Petroleum Limited
She is active in
many community related programs and is involved with a charitable
She is active in
well known and successful NGO called BEHBUD.
Mrs. Munira Chinoy,
A very active
A very active
Retired Director, PIA/MD, PIA Investment Limited.
Karwan-e-Hayat also has the following leading consultant’s
psychiatrists on the board:
Dr Zafar Qureshi
Dr Aijaz Nanjiani
Dr Ajmal Kazmi
Dr Shireen Hussain
The first four consultants run OPDs at different hospitals
and the last name is the Head of Psychiatry, Jinnah Hospital Karachi.
Karwan-e-Hayat is presently running an OPD at its premises
where around 400 poor patients are provided free medicines. Dr Zafar
Qureshi, Dr Ajmal and Dr Shireen Hussain visit the OPD on
pre-scheduled days to attend the patients.
The accounts for Karwan-e-Hayat are annually audited by
Chartered Accountants and a report is issued accordingly.