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World Mental Health Day – 2018

World Mental Health Day – 2018

Karwan-e-Hayat (KeH) celebrates Mental Health Day every year with a colorful activity holding art & crafts and cooking stuff made by KeH staff and patients plus a counseling session on the subject. The objective of 2018’s moot on World Mental Health Day, at Karwan-e-Hayat, was to bring all stakeholders on one platform and design a synchronized methodology, building awareness against this STRONG TABOO hence our aim #BreaktheStigma
The wonderful speakers of the event were Dr. Muhammad Usman Chachar, Additional Chief Secretary, Ministry of Health, Government of Sindh, Prof Dr Vali Uddin, Registrar & Dean Faculty of Engineering Sciences & Technology, Hamdard University, Mr Khurram Shahzad, Senior Vice President, KCCI, Mr Naveed Shaikh from UNDP – SDG support unit, Government of Sindh. Mr Kamran Mirza, Chairman KeH, Mr. Zaheeruddin Babar, CEO of Karwan –e-Hayat, Prof Dr. Zafar Haider, Dean and Consultant Psychiatrist, Karwan –e-Hayat Dr Ajmal Kazmi, Consultant Psychiatrist, Karwan e Hayat and Dr Uroosa Talib, Head of Medical Services, KeH.
This year, the theme of Mental Health day is Youth. Pakistan currently has the largest percentage of young people ever recorded in its history, according to the National Human Development Report launched in May by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pakistan; 64% of the total population is below the age of 30 while 29% is between the ages of 15 and 29 years. We are one of the youngest countries in the world and the second youngest in the South Asian region after Afghanistan. This youth bulge will critically impact Pakistan as a country if not dealt appropriately, depending on how the country invests in the youth by providing them with quality education, employment and meaningful engagement opportunities. Sharing the facts, it is said around 20% of the world’s children and adolescents have mental disorders or problems. Mental and substance us disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide.
The taboo associated with mental illness has been Karwan-e-Hayat’s greatest challenge. Karwan has given hope and a better future to thousands of patients.  At KeH we not only treat our patients with medicines, we believe in a holistic approach.
1st International Psychosocial and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Conference (PPRC’18)

1st International Psychosocial and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Conference (PPRC’18)

Karwan-e-Hayat hosted Pakistan’s 1st International Psychosocial and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Conference (PPRC’18) on June 29th and 30th 2018, to commemorate 35 years of providing the highest standard of psychiatric care and rehabilitation services to people with mental illnesses. Addressing a wide and diverse range of mental disorders, the conference provided forums for discussions, workshops and interactive sessions involving various fields of study related to
psychiatry, psychology and rehabilitation.
The two-day conference was attended by several notable specialists from the field of psychiatry, including private doctors, teaching faculty members and other academic professionals and professors. PPRC’18 became a platform not only for professionals and experts in the field of mental health, but also for nursing experts and policymakers. They exchanged ideas, shared best practices, and set new standards of providing quality services, state-of-the-art technology and innovative mental health care practices.
PPRC’18 has set a new trend in providing a wider platform of opportunities for mental health professionals. Prof. Unaiza Niaz, Director of Psychiatric Clinic and Stress Research Centre in Karachi and visiting professor at Dow University of Health Sciences, Prof. Iqbal Afridi, Head of Psychiatry Department at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Karachi, Dr. Ayesha Sarwat, Prof. Nasim Chaudhry, CEO Pakistan Institute of Living and Learning, Prof. Imran B. Chaudhry, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Ziauddin University, Dr. Sohail Ahmed of Karachi Medical & Dental College addressed various issues and challenges in the field of Psychiatry, innovation and the advent of modern techniques, Women and Mental Health, Phubbing, Depression, Self-harm and Suicide prevention. Vice Chairperson of Karwan-e-Hayat, Ms. Talaat Tyabji and CEO, Mr. Zaheeruddin Babar thanked the delegates and participants for making the conference a success. Dr. Ajmal Kazmi and Dr. Uroosa Talib, representing Karwan-e-Hayat, briefed the audience on the institute’s contribution and services.
Annual Fund Raiser 2017 – Yadain

Annual Fund Raiser 2017 – Yadain Featured

This year Karwan’s annual Fundraiser was held on February 17 – 18, 2018, at The Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture, where renowned artist, Humera Channa, performed on two magical musical evenings. She sang ghazals of legends like Madam Noor Jehan, Mehdi Hasan, Farida Khanum, Ahmed Rushdi and many more. The show was hosted by well-known music composer, artist and friend of Karwan, Mr. Arshad Mehmood. A welcome speech was delivered by Mrs. Qaisra Ahmed, Director Karwan-e-Hayat, which included a slide show presentation overviewing Karwan. The event was attended by a large number of people; the friends, supporters and well-wishers of Karwan whose presence made the event truly successful.