Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammend Al Qasimi, the wife of the ruler of the Sharjah, has announced Dhs 4.4m ($1.2m) for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital& Research Center (SKMCH&R) in Peshawar, informed the embassy of the United Arab Emirates in a statement on Tuesday.
Sheikha Jawaher is the chairperson of The Big Heart Foundation. The funds will be used to procure state-of-the-art facilities for the surgical oncological services for the patients at the hospital.
“Around 2,500 cancer patients will benefit from access to a wide range of high-quality surgical treatment options at two fully equipped operating rooms fitted out with financial assistance from the Ameera Fund,” said the statement issued by embassy.
HH Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Big Heart Foundation, Founder and Royal Patron of the Friends of Cancer Patients, directed to allocate 4.4 Million dirhams to equip two operation rooms at Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa pic.twitter.com/tRPRfr7Uux
— UAE Embassy PK (@uaeembassyisb) October 6, 2020
The statement added that the humanitarian help is intended to improve the standards of the specialized care at the hospital for the patients and help the organization achieve its target of providing financial support to 75% of its patient.
“The collaboration follows Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher’s visit to Pakistan in February this year when she met with several humanitarian organizations including the SKMCH&RC in Lahore,” the statement said.
The contribution came following the visit of Sheikh Jawaher’s visit to Pakistan in February earlier this year. During her trip she visited various humanitarian organizations including the SKMCH&R in Lahore.
Dr Faisal Sultan, CEO of SKMCH&R expressed gratitude to the Sharjah’s royal family for contribution on behalf of the entire team of the SKHMCH&R.
“Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Peshawar represents a window of hope to tens of thousands of cancer patients in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and across other parts of Pakistan, particularly low-income patients who cannot afford to pay for the treatment,” he said.
“We consider every contribution, no matter how big or small, as a step forward to fostering the vision on which the hospital was established, while offering hope to our patients,” said the CEO SKMCH&R while speaking to Gulf Today.