Our Vision

Our vision is to achieve the highest standards in providing psychiatric and rehabilitation services to the mentally disturbed members of society, especially the poor and marginalized and to offer them opportunities to improve their quality of life. We aim to train and develop mental health professionals and to participate in research that will contribute to greater knowledge and understanding of mental health issues. We are committed to mainstream the guiding principles of mental health into health policies at different levels. We envision a society that understands and values good mental health practices, protects and treats people suffering from mental disorders with dignity, fairness and respect.

Our Mission

  • To work for the prevention, relief and treatment of mental illness.
  • To work towards the rehabilitation of mentally distressed people, especially the under privileged and deprived.
  • To raise public awareness about mental illness and to foster behavioural change in society.
  • To organize, train and maintain a team of dedicated Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers to ensure a competent and ongoing mental health service.

Our Journey

Established in 1983 as a not-for-profit welfare organization, Karwan-e-Hayat was an initiative conceptualized by a handful of notable, conscientious citizens of Karachi. Dr Zafar Qureshi, Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan, Begum Tazeen Faridi, Professor Zaki Hassan, Ms Anita Ghulam Ali, Dr Abdul Husaini, Begum Shaista Ikramullah, Begum Abdul Kader and Cardinal Joseph Cordeiro, the Archbishop of Karachi, were the earliest patrons and visionaries of Karwan-e-Hayat. It was their foresight which now enables Karwan-e-Hayat to provide quality psychiatric treatment and rehabilitation services to the most neglected, mentally ill patients in Pakistan.

Achievements

1983
Karwan-e-Hayat established to provide mental health treatment services for the underserved.

1992
Kh-e-Jami Clinic extended OPD services to patients from three days initially, to five days a week.

2004

  • Karwan’s Psychiatric Care and Rehabilitation Centre (PCRC) 100 bed facility operational, largest psychiatric care hospital in Pakistan.
  • Rehabilitation services started functioning.

2009
Affiliation with Rutgers University, USA begins. KeH Rehabilitation practioners begin guidance and training from faculty of Rutgers University.

2011
Korangi Community Psychiatric Centre (KCPC) was formed to initiate Community Outreach services.

2013
Certified by the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy.

2015
ISO 9001 : 2015 Certification acquired

2016
Modernized private rooms operational for patients able to pay for their treatment & hospitalization. Revenue generated, utilized for the treatment of impoverished patients.

2017
Annual patients’ visits reaches 70,378. 93% of these patients were treated free of cost.

2018
Started Community Outreach services at five more remote and underserved locations in Karachi.

Board of Directors

Mr Kamran Yousuf Mirza

Ms Talaat Naeem Tyabji

  • Mrs Qaisra Saleemuddin Ahmed
  • Mr Saeed Akhtar
  • Mr Salim Mohammad
  • Mr Muhammad Shahid Farooqi
  • Mrs Shameem Zuberi
  • Mr Imran Khalid Zafar
  • Mr Ali Ahmed Khan

Advisory

ADVISORY BOARD

  • Prof Dr Murad Moosa Khan

    Department of Psychiatry
    Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH)

  • Mr Justice (Retd) M Shaiq Usmani

    Retired Judge, Sindh High Court
    Mr Jamshed Qureshi
    Chairman, Bond Avertising (Pvt) Ltd

  • Mr Saleemuddin Ahmed

    Former Director, Karwan-e-Hayat

  • Mrs Rehana Alam

    Ex Director, Karwan-e-Hayat

SHARIAH ADVISORY BOARD

  • Mufti Ibrahim Essa

  • Mufti Haris Hanif

TAX ADVISOR

  • Munif Ziauddin & Co

    Chartered Accountants

INTERNAL AUDITOR

  • Grant Thornton Anjum Rahman

    Chartered Accountants

TECHNICAL ADVISORY BOARD & RESEARCH COMMITTEE

  • Prof Russel C Smith

    Rutgers University

  • Dr Carlos W Pratt

    Rutgers University

INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD

  • Dr Naim Siddiqui, Chairman

    Assistant Professor & Consultant Psychiatrist,
    SIUT, AKUH, Royal College of Psychiatrists
    (Member)

  • Ms Muniba Naz, Member

    Social Worker, Karwan-e-Hayat

LEGAL ADVISOR

  • Usmani & Iqbal

Corporate Governance

Board Committees
Four committees ensure smooth functioning of Karwan-e-Hayat.
These include:

AUDIT COMMITTEE

  • Mr Saeed Akhtar, Chairman
  • Mrs Rehana Alam
  • Mrs Shameem Zuberi
  • Mr M Shahid Farooqi
  • Mr Muhammad Salim
  • Mr M Ali Asghar, Secretary

HUMAN RESOURCE COMMITTEE

  • Mr M Shahid Farooqi, Convenor
  • Mrs Rehana Alam
  • Mr Saeed Akhtar
  • Mr Zaheeruddin Babar

MEDICAL SERVICES & ETHICS COMMITTEE

  • Mr Imran Khalid Zafar, Convenor
  • Mrs Shameem Zuberi
  • Ms Talaat Tyabji
  • Prof Dr Murad Moosa Khan
  • Mr Zaheeruddin Babar
  • Dr Uroosa Talib, Secretary

FUNDRAISING & AWARENESS COMMITTEE

  • Mrs Qaisra Ahmed, Convenor
  • Mr Saeed Akhtar
  • Mrs Rehana Alam
  • Ms Talaat Tyabji
  • Mr M Shahid Farooqi
  • Mrs Shameem Zuberi
  • Mr Muhammad Salim
  • Mr Zaheeruddin Babar
  • Mr Kamran Hasan, Secretary

Team Karwan

CEO

  • Chief Executive Officer

    Mr Zaheeruddin Muhammad Babar

Management Team

    • Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

      Mr Muhammad Ali Asghar

    • General Manager (Resource Mobilization)

      Mr Kamran Hasan

    • Chief of Staff and Head of M.E.A.L. and Advocacy & Communications

      Ms Tamkeen Kashif Abbasi

    • Manager I.T Operations

      Mr Muhammad Saeed

    • Manager (Human Resource)

      Ms Misbha Basheer

    • Manager (Administration)

      Ms Saba Naz

    • Manager (M.E.A.L & Supply Chain) 

      Mr Asif Khaskheli

    • Senior Accountant (Finance)

      Mr Aziz Ahmed

    • Senior Executive (Human Resource)

      Ms Saima Basheer

    • Senior Executive (Human Resource)

      Mr Muhammad Adil

    • Assistant Manager (Supply Chain)

      Mr Salman Khan

    • Assistant Manager (Finance)

      Mr Shahzaib Khan

    • Pharmacist

      Ms Vanessa Christine

MEDICAL

  • Consultant Psychiatrist

    Dr. Uroosa Talib, MBBS (Dow), MCPS,
    Psychiatry (Pak)

  • Visiting Faculty

    Dr Nusrat Baloch, MBBS, FCPS (Psych)
    Dr Shifa Naeem, MBBS, FCPS (Psych)

  • In-charge Psychiatric Rehabilitation

    Ms Yasirah Gohar, MSc, PMDCP, M.Phil,
    Clinical Psychology

  • In charge KCPC

    Dr. Ghulam Rasool

  • In charge Jami Clinic

    Dr. Abdul Rahim Magsi

  • Senior RMO 

    Dr. Saba Ismail
    Dr Ahmer Miraj
    Dr. Syed Saad Masood

  • In charge Female ward, PCRC

    Dr Tabassum Waris

  • Community Outreach Team Leader

    Dr. S M Ashfaque Ahmed

  • OPD Coordinator & In-charge Social Work

    Ms Shabana A. Shakoor

  • In Patient Coordination & AM Nursing

    Mr Shawkat Hussain

  • Research Associate

    Mr Nasir Mehmood

  • Rehabilitation Executive

    Ms Hafsa Sakhi