Karwan-e-Hayat patient statistics from 2005 to date are as follows:
Patients treated: 198,091
Patients who attended Rehabilitation and Day Care: 63,225
The journey to provide treatment to patients continues.
- Karwan cares for both rich and poor mentally ill patients
- A reasonable fee structure is in place
- Patients are charged according to their financial ability to pay.
- Those who cannot afford to pay anything are treated free of charge.
- Visitors are welcome at all locations.
Certification by the Pakistan Center of Philanthropy (PCP)
Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP) is a recognized certification body for charitable organizations on their working standards, procedures and financial systems. PCP conducted an audit/survey of Karwan-e-Hayat facilities at its three centers in Karachi (Khayaban-e-Jami, PCRC Keamari and KCPC Korangi).
We are pleased to announce that Karwan-e-Hayat has been awarded certification with 92% marks in Financial Management and 78.8% in overall assessment of the organization. This is a matter of pride for us and recognition of the best practices, standards, procedures and program delivery systems being applied at Karwan-e-Hayat.
PCP has certified Karwan till 2016.
Mrs. Farzana Panhwar is a biochemist by profession. She specialized in genetic engineering and biotechnology. She has lectured and travelled widely. Farzana has more than 200 published papers to her credit and she has co-authored 3 books, 25 manuals are still unpublished.
I was admitted to Panah Shelter Home through a court order in July 2010. I was happy living there because the Chairperson. Justice (Retd) Majida Rizvi took special care of me. Then I developed a serious eye problem which in spite of visits to an eye hospital continued to get worse. I retreated into a shell and refused to communicate with anyone. Worried about my condition. Justice Majida Rizvi sent me to Karwan-e-Hayat where I arrived in June 2011 and was admitted as an inpatient in the women’s section.
Many people suffer from mental illness. Even when they suffer from the same disease, they will have different symptoms and the severity of the disease will vary with every individual. At Karwan-e-Hayat treatment is tailor-made for each patient by a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation practitioners and social workers.
When I came here, I immediately felt safe, cared for and very much at home. With a small dose of medicine and a large dose of kindness I soon began talking again!
My eye problem was then addressed because my eyesight was still a great source of worry for me. At first, I went through extensive tests for two days. Now l am being given injections in one eye, but finally everything is under control.
I now have a good pair of spectacles so I can see properly once again. I can read and use the computer. I feel my life has been handed back to me!
What is it that makes people better at Karwan-e-Hayat? Occupational therapy takes place in the Day Care Unit where you not only spend leisure time playing board games or watching TV, you also learn arts and crafts, music, useful things like cooking, stitching, laundry, computer skills, English etc. There is something of interest for everyone. Exercise machines are available for physical fitness and yoga classes for both relaxation and energizing. The library is my favorite place in PCRC.
In group therapy every morning, people who have become anti-social because of their illness learn once again to interact with each other and to express their emotions freely in brainstorming sessions. At PCRC a new rehabilitation program is in practice. I am a part of an Illness Management and Recovery group. I have learnt practical facts about my disease and I know many important people have lived with my symptoms yet spent a good life. This has given me courage and confidence for the future.
IMR is a self-help program to aid the recovery process. I am taught to make realistic short, medium and long-term goals and then to allocate a time frame for accomplishing them. Some of these I have already accomplished and some I am in the process of achieving. I was taught how to cope with stress by building a social support system and to develop an effective relapse prevention plan mainly by thinking positively and by using medicine regularly. I learnt how to combat the stigma associated with mental illness and I now also know that mentalIy ill people have legal rights for their protection.
It is not anybody’s fault if you are mentally ill. This happens due to chemical imbalance in the brain. These chemicals are called neurotransmitters and their malfunctioning will send wrong signals to the brain. There are psychotropic drugs to correct this malfunction and therefore it Is important that psychiatric patients take these medicines regularly.
The process of recovery at K-e-H Psychiatric Care and Rehabilitation Centre is slow for some patients and quicker for others, but everyone who comes here benefits in the end. I have regained my self-confidence and rebuilt my personality. Once again I have a sense of purpose in my life and I look forward with hope to the future. I feel that now I am in a position to help others just as I have been helped with so much kindness and encouragement at Karwan-e-Hayat.
The following story is an English Translation of an actual letter written by a patient’s mother.
Dear Sir, Asalam-o-Alaikum,
Eleven years ago Adeel was a happy young man and an average student. Then, before his exams, he became anxious and worried. Soon he was suspicious of everyone and even considered his family to be his enemy. Sometimes he was violent.
For 10 years AdeeI was not himself. We went to doctor after doctor but his disease just became worse. We, his family, forgot how to laugh. Then we heard of Karwan-e-Hayat. We brought him to Karwan and in just one year Adeel has improved so much that we can hope again.
All the doctors at Karwan-e-Hayat are good but Dr. Ajmal Kazmi and Dr. Fizza are outstanding. Miss Asia of Daycare and Mr Aman, the yoga teacher, are also very compassionate and helpful.
We had never expected our son to become so ill. Adeel’s condition had shattered us. We are grateful to Allah for having directed our steps to Karwan-e-Hayat for here our son has learned to live again and we, his parents, have received nothing but respect.
I end with prayers for all the workers and all the patients at Karwan.