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Monday, July 1, 2013

Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre - Health initiative by Imran Khan

Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) is a well equipped non-profit medical facility situated in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. It is a project of the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust (SKMT) and vision of renowned Pakistani cricket superstar and politician, Imran Khan. He was inspired to start charitable work after the death of his mother, Mrs. Shaukat Khanum, from cancer.

Imran Khan first appealed to the nation for the collection of funds for the construction of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre through a match between Pakistan and India on 10 November 1989 at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Then a series of more than 50 successful fund raisers were held worldwide. Pakistan's win of the 1992 Cricket World Cup under Imran's legendary captaincy helped in fundraising efforts. He donated his entire prize money for the project. He launched a mass contact campaign touring 27 cities in the country after, the ongoing construction required more financing.

Dr. Nausherwan K. Burki, MB, PhD, FRCP, FCPS, FCCP, of the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky, USA developed and executed the master plan of SKMCH&RC in collaboration with an international team of cancer physicians and research workers. Designing and architectural services were provided by Arrasmith, Judd & Rapp, Architects in Health Planning of Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Architectural aspects were managed by Messrs. Nayyar Ali Dada & Associates of Lahore. Local engineering was undertaken by Messrs. Progressive Consultants, Lahore. Ground was broken in April 1991 and the hospital opened its doors on 29 December 1994.

Clinical Services offered by SKMCH&RC include:

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