Close the Care Gap

Where you live shouldn’t determine if you live. This was our statement for World Cancer Day 2022.

Our ‘Close the Care Gap’ campaign for World Cancer Day 2022, aimed to raise awareness of inequality in medical care. Shaukat Khanum Hospitals have renewed their commitment to fight cancer by endorsing the importance of closing the care gap in Pakistan and throughout the world. We believe world class cancer care should be accessible to everyone, irrespective of who they are and where they come from. This is what we’ve been working for, for 27 years.

Watch exclusive segment of the World Cancer Day live programme by UICC – Union for International Cancer Control with Dr. Muhammed Aasim Yusuf (Acting CEO, SKMCH) who talks about how Shaukat Khanum Hospitals have been helping to Close the Care Gap in the region.

‘Close the Care Gap’, is all about understanding and recognising the inequities in cancer care around the globe. In healthcare, inequity means unjust, avoidable differences in care or outcomes. Income, education, geographical location, and discrimination based on ethnicity, gender, disability, and lifestyle are just a few of the factors that can negatively affect people’s ability to receive the medical care they need.


Many people in Pakistan know that the inspiration behind building the first Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital was Imran Khan’s mother. At the time, while the affluent could afford to travel overseas to access cancer treatment, ordinary Pakistanis were unable to receive anything but the most basic of services for cancer. Fewer people, however, know of the role of one elderly man in this story, who was almost as much of a defining moment in the fate of cancer patients in Pakistan.

Read The Nation article by Dr. Muhammed Aasim Yusuf (Acting CEO, SKMCH) to find out more about this man

Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide. Each year, around 178,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Pakistan. Together, we can change that. Allow us to continue removing barriers in cancer care by donating today.

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