The Patients’ Behbud Society for Aga Khan University Hospital is an independent, charitable society responsible for collecting and disbursing zakat. This zakat is used to help mustehiq patients access high quality medical treatment at the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) and its secondary hospitals.
The Society was established in 2001 and the constitution and by-laws were developed with the help of specialists with a deep knowledge of legal and shariah compliancy. In November 2016, PBS received Shariah Certification, based on an extensive review of its processes and documents by two highly respected scholars, Mufti Ibrahim Essa and Mufti Ahmad Afnan.
Since its inception, PBS has successfully provided financial assistance worth Rs 1.158 billion to support over 37,000 mustehiq patients. The Society's single source of funding is zakat contributions received from individual donors and corporations. The faculty and staff members of AKU also contribute generously to PBS.