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Vision and Mission Statement

​​The Patients' Behbud Society for AKUH

The Patients' Behbud Society for AKUH (PBS) 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. ​​

​Vision of the Society:
“To continue to mobilize resources as much as possible to meet the on-going needs of mustehiq and indigent patients at the Aga Khan University Hospital."

​Mission of the Society:

The Society shall be a charitable institution for facilitating health care to indigent patients wishing to receive treatment at the Aga Khan University Hospital, clinics and medical centers under its management and supervision, primarily through available zakat funds.

For achieving its objectives, the following shall be the functions of the Society:

1. To help, assist, support and provide financial assistance to:

a) “Mustahiqeen" from zakat funds in accordance with the injunctions of the Shariah;

b) Other indigent and deserving persons from donations, contributions, grants and other funds;

2. To meet required medical treatment solely at the AKUH, clinics and medical centers under its management and supervision;

3. To assist indigent patients to get rehabilitated and to help the families to understand the nature of illness through counseling;

4. To develop a referral system with non-government organizations, local government and government agencies for rehabilitation of patients;

5. To manage, collect, receive, accept and disburse:

a) Zakat funds in accordance with the injunctions of the Shariah;

b) Donations, grants, contributions and assistance, in cash and or in kind, from any person, institution, undertaking, organization or Federal, Provincial or local government, for all or any of the objects of the Society in such manner and in such form as the Society may from time to time in its discretion deems fit.   

6. To engage in such activities and carry out all such objectives and functions as may be deemed conducive or incidental to the attainment of any of the objectives mentioned above.

​Relationship Between AKU, AKUH and PBS:

Aga Khan University (AKU) is one of 10 agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), founded by His Highness the Aga Khan. Working mainly in Africa and Asia, AKDN strives to help those in need achieve self-reliance, and to improve their quality of life through a long-term, multi-input approach to development that spans economic, social and cultural dimensions. AKDN promotes pluralism and gender and social equity, and works to strengthen civil society and support good governance.

AKU's income and property are used only for its objectives and no dividends or distributions are paid to any individual or institution.

The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH), Karachi started operations in 1985, as an integrated teaching and health care delivery component of the Aga Khan University. It is a private, non-for-profit, medical teaching institution committed to providing the best possible options for diagnosis of disease and team management of patient care. AKUH provides high quality of patient care in a broad range of secondary and tertiary services.

AKUH is committed to providing the safest and highest quality care to patients. Its progress in maintaining the highest standards of care is reflected in its accreditations, rankings and activities. At AKUH, a JCI accredited teaching hospital in Pakistan, performance is measured against rigorous international standards as well as the outcomes of care are compared with top medical centers in the region in an effort to continually improve the care.

The Patients' Behbud Society for AKUH (PBS) 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. ​