The Haemophilia Patients Welfare Society (Rawalpindi Chapter) had its Annual General Body Meeting at Pakistan Sweet Homes on the 29th of December 2018. Over 150 members attended making it a very successful meeting. Society’s membership consists of patients suffering from Haemophilia – a medical condition in which the ability of a person’s blood to clot is severely reduced resulting in excessive bleeding even from minor wounds.
Haemophilia afflicts around twenty thousand people in Pakistan primarily belonging to low income segment of the society. It is causing great hardship to the patients as its treatment is costly and care facilities are very few and far between across the country. The Haemophilia Patients Welfare Society has been providing the patients’ treatment and care at self-help basis for number of years without any government support.
The meeting officially started with the recitation of the Holy Quran by a patient, Mr. Sajid Nawaz & a welcome address by a founding member, Dr. Tahira Zafar. She introduced the society to all those attending which included HPWS’s Board of Governers, Medical Advisory Board, Executive Board, Youth Group, Women’s Group, Save One Life beneficiaries, Staff, Patients, Donors & Volunteers. Her welcome address was followed by the passing of the Annual Report 2018 & the society’s 2017/2018 audit done by the President of the Society Dr. Munawar Sher Khan.
Patient’s also presented their life stories and discussed their hurdles faced and how they overcame them. The first segment was then concluded by a speech from the Chief Guest Maj. General (Retd) Suhaib Ahmed - CEO GRC & a professor at Riphah University & thanking remarks by the Guest of Honor General (Retd) Pervaiz - Consultant Hematologist at Quaid-E-Azam International Hospital and Ex-Comdt AFIP/AFBMTC. They were also presented shields by the Executive Board. The first segment was officially wrapped up with the serving of refreshments for the adults whilst the children participated in drawing/painting competitions hosted by Ms. Abira Maheen.
The second part of the meeting was patient oriented and had a in depth open panel discussion in which patients discussed their problems with the Medical Advisory Board present. This was followed by Save One Life’s (SOL) sponsorship fund distribution for its beneficiaries. SOL is an international partner of HPWS which provides sponsorship, scholarship and enterprise grant opportunities for people with bleeding disorders in developing countries.
The meeting was supported by Mr. Zamarud Khan - Patron-In-Chief, Pakistan Sweet Homes & Ex-MD, Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal. HPWS RWP extends its gratitude to all those who attended and especially Pakistan Sweet Homes for always hosting us when needed.