Indus Hospital & Health Network (IHHN) is now embarking on its 15th years of existence. However, IHHN’s story actually began – 35 years ago in 1987, when two bomb blasts exploded in Bohri Bazaar among crowds of rush-hour shoppers in the heart of Karachi.
With over 72 dead and hundreds more wounded, Dr. Abdul Bari Khan along with his friends’ triaged injured bodies from dead ones, and yet still most unfortunately could not be saved because of limited capacity at the nearby hospital. Immediately after this tragedy, they were frustrated with the depleted capacity of casualty wards in public hospitals. However, rather than criticizing the system, they decided to take action, collected donations and established an Accident & Emergency casualty ward at the Civil Hospital in Karachi, and eventually the Department of Cardiac Surgery at the same.
Dr. Abdul Bari Khan, Dr. Zafar Zaidi, Dr. Amin Chinoy, Dr. Akhtar Aziz along with some notable philanthropists and businessmen were the visionaries that ideated a paperless and completely free-of-cost hospital. They worked with a blazing passion and invested all their time and energy into nurturing their dreams into existence.
The Indus Hospital (TIH), Korangi Campus was set up in 2007 as a multidisciplinary, tertiary care hospital with 150 beds which was soon expanded to 300 beds. In 2021, it evolved to become Indus Hospital & Health Network (IHHN). IHHN’s flagship hospital in Lahore – Qarshi Foundation, Naimat Saleem & S.M. Pervez (QF, NST & SMP) Campus, is the newest addition to the network. The network has expanded across Pakistan; entered into various Public-Private Partnerships with federal and provincial governments and other corporate and international partners, and as a result, currently have 13 hospitals of which five are owned by the Network and eight are under our management. IHHN also has 4 regional blood centers, 4 physical rehabilitation centers and an extensive network of primary care clinics, community health centers, Pakistan’s first Boat Clinic and various disease-based Community Health Programs. All of this contributes to more than 450,000 patients being treated every month across the Network.
IHHN has been working to alleviate the burden of healthcare on the nation by providing quality care services. More than 450,000 patients benefit from the Network every month. On average, more than 2,500 patients visit the Outpatient Department and the Emergency Room at the Korangi Campus every day, while nearly 250 of these cases require inpatient treatment. The hospital has a limited bed capacity; thus, only a limited number of patients are admitted, while the remaining patients are referred to other healthcare facilities.
Today IHHN stands as Pakistan’s largest private-sector free-of-cost healthcare network, with a flagship 350-bed hospital in Karachi and a 600-bed tertiary care hospital in Lahore which is currently operational with 100 beds, only due to the philanthropy of Pakistani’s, overseas Pakistani’s and beyond. After its completion, IHHN’s New Hospital Building in Korangi, Karachi will be a benchmark in Pakistan’s healthcare sector in terms of its infrastructure, capacity, and service delivery systems. The new campus will also house the Indus University of Health Sciences, a state of the art mosque, and an energy center. The ache for humanity that the founding members felt is a shared sentiment amongst all its employees. Through the Indus University of Health Sciences (IUHS), such beliefs in future generations of healthcare workers will be nurtured.
Through the support IHHN has received over the years, it becomes clear that the Network is a beautiful representation of the confluence of our belief and the incredible generosity of people. We are present at all levels of health intervention, and we do this proudly by positioning ourselves in the pursuit towards comprehensive, compassionate and patient-centered care, for the overall wellbeing of the patient, families and communities at large. The continued growth of IHHN will increase its capacity to serve manifold, bringing IHHN one step closer to its vision of making free and quality healthcare available to everyone.