The Spirit of Khidmat

In every conversation we have with every member of staff at Shaukat Khanum Hospital (SKMCH) the word ‘Khidmat’ keeps cropping up. But what is Khidmat? In the tradition of many Islamic cultures Khidmat means ‘service to others,’ carried out for

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Reaching Out to the Maldives

As of 2017, Shaukat Khanum Hospital (SKMCH) will be supporting the establishment of cancer diagnostic and treatment facilities in the Maldives. We’ll be training Maldivian doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals in the treatment and care of cancer patients. Physicians with

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Finding Strength Through the Struggle

For most people diagnosed with cancer, battling this disease is probably the toughest struggle they’ll ever face. But cancer doesn’t just affect individuals. It tests families, brings people closer and often forces us to be stronger than we ever thought

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No One Should Fight Cancer Alone

Some patient stories are difficult to speak about. But they are the ones that need most to be heard. Chacha Abdul Karim was abandoned by his family when he fell ill. Frail with age and in very poor health, he

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A Small Thing Like a Baloon

It is hard to imagine what goes through the mind of a child undergoing intensive cancer treatment. That’s why, developing a rapport with play therapists like Bushra -who understand their psyche- is an important part of paediatric cancer treatment at

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Muhammad Furqan Saeed is Still Fighting

It’s a story we hear too often in Pakistan: advanced cancer due to late or misdiagnosis. This is especially common among the underprivileged, because they cannot afford proper medical care. But at Shaukat Khanum Hospital (SKMCH), we strive to restore

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Ather Ilyas Discovers the Value of Volunteering

Meet Ather Ilyas. He volunteered at Shaukat Khanum Hospital (SKMCH) over the summer and learned a great deal about himself and others. “Just before the summer vacations, I was at an internship fair along with my friends. We saw a

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